I bought a '93 2.6l after its 20th birthday, with 130k miles on the clock. Even though I've had to do a lot of work to catch up with missed maintenance of the previous owner, I have enjoyed all my tim...
I bought a '93 2.6l after its 20th birthday, with 130k miles on the clock. Even though I've had to do a lot of work to catch up with missed maintenance of the previous owner, I have enjoyed all my time with this car.
Mercedes designed this as a small car with the quality of the S-class in mind, and it shows. Not only does it bear great familial resemblance to the fanciest of this era's cars, it rides like and feels as solid as a luxury full-size. My passengers are always surprised when they settle into an old car and experience how new it feels! I have received many compliments on its appearance, including being told it was "the classiest one here" at a casual cars & coffee meetup.
The car has the safety and creature comforts of a car 15 years newer, as these were very ahead of their time. The suspension gives a comfortable, if not overly sporty ride, and holds the road like a train even around tight corners. The big window area gives driving visibility that make new cars seem like bunkers. The ABS brakes haul the car to a surprisingly quick stop when a deer or inattentive driver pulls out. The engine's power is well above adequate, making merging and passing a cinch.
The build quality is incredible, and it doesn't show its age despite the abuses of CA sun and IL snow and salt. The MB-Tex "pleather" interior looks like brand new, and lasts forever even on abused cars. My mechanic even complimented how tight and solid the doors feel as they shut!
The one upgrade that is almost necessary is switching to Euro-spec lights. The US-DOT lights are far too weak, hamstrung by the draconian laws of the time. Grabbing a set of aftermarket Euro-spec (or even used Euros, as I did), will really light the way!
The one word of caution is that you will want to find a trustworthy mechanic. The dealerships charge outrageously for parts and labor, and the 6-cyl engine WILL require a head gasket within its life (due to use of incorrect coolant!). Find a good non-dealer mechanic, and buy your own parts, and repairs are as affordable as any other "normal" car. With the right care, you'll net a few hundred thousand miles on this car. 190Es in junkyards rarely have less than 250k on the clock!