What a pleasure to drive. Easy to maintain. Affordable on a small budget. So comfortable, so peppy, good gas mileage, light yet solid door construction, supreme steering, turning and acceleration. Removable flooring for easy cleaning, ultra soft plush leather seats, first aid kit in rear window of every model car, affordable tires and so much more. Good single person or family car as long as kids are younger. Not much leg room in back. I'm 6'3" tall and I swear I'm serious when I say I can stretch my left leg out completely as the driver. Owned Cadillac and Lincoln my entire life and will only buy Mercedes from here out. Their design, craftsmanship and quality are simply amazingly smart!
Leather seats are smooth as a baby's behind! Steering wheel is large, stable and offers good resistance. Trunk is ample. Tires are affordable, Front end is very cute and rear end tapers. Nice rear! Is that too suggestive? Sun roof is quiet even when driving 60 mph when fully opened. Amazing!
Darker tinted windows would have been nice. Heater vent added to center dash area. Dual gas input spout from both sides of vehicle or rear only. Slightly longer body for few more inches leg room for rear passengers. Slightly tighter turning radius. Faster power window motors. Brighter headlights.
Use my 190 everyday, bought this car very cheap. Have replaced master cylinder, alternator, belts, water pump, and fuel filter etc. Needs paint job and must fix a/c. Car was not well maintained by previous owner, but in spite of this the car is fun to drive. Not the quickest but can reach high speeds easily on freeways. Not bad for odometer reading two hundred and seventeen miles and counting.
I love this car. Quality Mercedes model year starts from the 80's into this early 90's model. Solid ride and beautiful handling like mentioned in many other owners. The other dissatisfied owners must remind themselves whether they just got a lack-of-maintenance one. How can you find something you hate about this car? It's worth every dollar I pay for to maintain properly. A properly taken care of car can go a long way (e.g. 200+ K to 300+K miles on this car is easily found). That's how one can count on.
Handling. I can drive this for hours still with a smiley face! Respectable gas mileage 25MPG for an inline-4. Very safe and reliable. Lifetime timing chain.
This car is fantastic! I love it. I bought this after having a Handa accord with a V6 and got amazing gas mileage, to this V4 with the typicall luxury car MPG. But this car doesn't dissapoint. Its handling it amazing, it has the smoothest quietist ride. I think it's quite attractive, and the interior is dreadfully comfortable.
Handling, comfort, sooth ride, great suspension, durabilty, reliablity.
Cup holders, replacement parts are through the roof!! But it's because it's made with great quality parts. But other than that nothing, I seriously love this car.
As Mercedes began to replace models through the '90's, cost-constraints turned the replacement models into mere mortal cars (or sub-mortal, judging the severely tarnished reputation for quality in recent years). The W201s (190 series) are among the last true Mercedes -- built to a money-is-no object standard. The car is constructed with a tremendous and obvious overcapacity; it performs flawlessly and, after more than a dozen years, is hardly distinguishable from new. Don't kid yourself that this quality means a 190 is a cheap ride. They're relatively inexpensive to buy, but the maintenance and occasional repairs are very costly. Don't think about skimping on maintenance either.
Build quality that will never exist again; solid feel; high quality materials. The complete disbelief of expressed by any passenger or driver that the car can be this old or have this many miles.
Essentially irrelevant on a car that went out of production more than a decade ago. For those who think the car is slow, try rowing the transmission manually. It's still not fast, but you'll be surprised how much more lively it becomes if you let the engine rev a bit higher.