1993 Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.3

Faults:

Needed a complete cleaning and detail when I got it.

Head gasket appears to need replacing at 134000 miles.

General Comments:

Love the car! Will get it fixed and keep it.

It needs new headlight & fog lamp lenses, but nothing major.

I'm a bit bummed about the head gasket, but my previous car (Aurora) needed one, too.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th March, 2013

1993 Mercedes-Benz 190 e 2.6 I-6

Summary:

Solid, reliable, and classic looking car, that is a serious cruiser

Faults:

Rusty radiator.

Dash light burnt out.

Middle vent not working.

Wires tend to "stick".

Tall people don't quite fit in front seats.

General Comments:

Overall, it is miles ahead of my previous car, my Volvo 850T. I am so glad I bought this, and sold my other car!

It is comfy and cruises better than any car I have driven or ridden in. Not the best performance, but it is quite stable. I am toying with sway bar install to make less body roll, and I just want to drive the AMG version now.

Engine is so smooth, along with the power band. Sluggish under 3K, but has plenty of highway passing power.

Overall, a dope car if you find a well maintained one. Handles well, and you have to really want to get the tail out. Even when this happens, so controllable.

The best attribute is the steering, to which I think no other car I have driven can match. The intrinsic sensation that you know how the road feels. A true Mercedes, and one of the last years before there was a real shift in MB. A true classic that is safe. I love it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 28th April, 2011

2nd Jul 2012, 10:58

Middle vents only provide external air, not heated. Read the manual.

1993 Mercedes-Benz 190

Summary:

Fantastic car, still well made in old tradition of M-B, unlike today's models

Faults:

Coil springs.

Alternator.

Climate control vacuum unit.

Radio.

General Comments:

Bought the car from original owner with genuine 84.000 Km on it. Today my Baby-Benz has 162.500 Km, and it is a pleasure to have it.

The above listed parts replacement is reasonable considering the vehicle's age. Some parts, like coil springs, are naturally subject to fatigue.

The only problem is that the new parts from dealer are too expensive, and the availability from scrap yards is quickly diminishing.

While driving the car also in winter, the paint is original and there is not a single rusty spot showing yet. Possibly due to my regular application of oil spray before each winter season.

Truly a great car, which made me think of buying a new one when the time comes.

Regrettably, based on widely publicised reports of outrageously poor quality of today's M-B models, I definitely will not.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 20th March, 2011

1993 Mercedes-Benz 190 e 2.3

Summary:

A beautiful car with quality craftsmanship when new. A headache when they get old.

Faults:

Many, many parts changed.

General Comments:

This is a beautifully well built car, detailed and refined in all aspects, a true German piece of nostalgic engineering. BUT never consider buying a high mileage 190e, don't even think about it! This car does not age well. When these babies get old, they require high maintenance and are very fussy in cold Canadian weather.

Despite the fact that I kept changing the parts, I simply couldn't keep up. I got so fed up I just gave up and bought a 2004 Honda accord.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st February, 2010

3rd Jul 2012, 11:51

Fussy in Canadian cold weather? Heated block pump used? Actually 190s are not that expensive to run to 0.5 million miles, as long as one keeps the rust at bay, and on top of servicing. What writes a car off is engine or gearbox failure, and the reconditioned gearbox is cheaper than risking another secondhand car.

All my Mercedes have gone well past 200k miles, and it was bodywork that got expensive. Each time I changed to another make, I regretted it, and wish I had instead spent the money on repairs on the Mercedes. Pre-1990 cars are best built with few electronic faults.

6th Apr 2013, 21:55

Don't know what part of Canada you live in, but my 190E 2.3 starts at -35C and has never failed to start. It has 220K+ MILES on it and uses no oil, and still gives 32 MPG city and highway.

And the bonus is that you can still buy any part for it that you want, not like the American made cars that you can't buy parts for after 20 years.