The car is actually a 1987 190e 2.6 with power seat/headrests and ABS. I have driven this car 3000 miles since purchase and I have to say that of all 40 cars I've ever owned - this Baby Benz gets the award for best all-around automobile. It's comfortable, quiet, economical on the gas, roomy and has tons of trunk space. The 170hp engine never fails to surprise!. The car simply does everything better than you would expect. At 23 years old, it feels and drives like it's brand new - a testament to the build quality of Mercedes Benz.
The electric headrests without a doubt. Second would be the enormous trunk - its like having an SUV; the trunk will fit TWELVE of those plastic -wrapped splits of firewood; probably 8 bags of golf clubs!
None. In fact - here's a case where they got it right the first time. Though boxy looking by today's standards, it has adopted an almost adorable presence. It drives and feels like a bank vault 23 years later.
I have used my baby for about 3 years now. I must confess, I've never driven a Mercedes better than this one. Starts in the mornings very well, fuel economy is fantastic. Transmission is so smooth (soft clutching system) Suspension is very tough, never changed my shock absorbers. I've not fixed anything in the engine so far. No kick or alternator problems. It's just the perfect ride. I'll recommend it to anyone who cares to know.
This is my first car, after driving trying
many cars, even a couple years old
Mercede's, and of course the
American cars (all worthless cars),
the 190E was the one for me, fits me
perfectly, gets me from point A to
point B in style and unbelievably fast,
a lot of critics claimed this car was
under-powered, I strongly disagree,
this car is old, but still in style and
looks new after all these years.
Enormonous steering radius
Small, yet big enough to hold 5
This car MOVES, top speed over
Acceleration is fine, but could be
better, maybe weight reduction.
Little tight on fuel economy, wouldn't
seem so bad but it runs on premium,
no complaints though.
When a relative (the proverbial little
old lady) gave us this car last year,
it had 15,000 miles on it. Now it has
25,000 and is still in flawless
condition. It is the perfect size for a
small family sedan, but not big enough
for long trips with more than 2 people.
I would have thought the gas mileage
would be a little better. 20 mpg is all
she gets, and premium fuel is required.
Edmunds tells me the trade-in value of
this car is $3,500! If I could find 10
of these cars, with 25,000 miles or
less, in cherry condition I would buy
this 190e 2.6 is a fun little car to
drive, it's a pleasure getting into it
every morning and just taking off
whether going to work or somewhere,
it's fun little sporty car. people
looking for a fun luxurious feeling
sedan but don't wish to lose the sport
aspect, this is a winner.
tight steering, good turning radius,
more engine room to work with, very
tight with 2.6 6 cylinder engine. head
gasket valve cover needs replacing
every 2-3 years, when oil starts
leaking on top of the crank case.
2-3 gear shift delay (mercedes default)
for warming up transmission.