1990 Mercedes-Benz 190 D 2.0 diesel, OM601


Slow and cheap means of transport


Blinker relay broke at 196 000 km.

Odometer (km-counter) "half-broke" at 197 000 km and only works now and then.

Throttle/kickdown linkage is worn, which makes the transmission shift up too early, and the kickdown switch does not always work.

The trunk takes in a lot of water.

General Comments:

Appealing looks.

Very slow, even though it's a reasonably light car (1150kg) and has, at least on paper, an acceptable 75hp. This car should have a manual gearbox with at least 5 gears. The 4 speeds of the automatic are too far spread to make use of the narrow powerband of the engine.

The engine feels "overloaded" at highway speeds (100+ kph), the water temp and oil pressure gauges must be watched constantly.

Its cheap to run, around 5.5L/100km.

It handles well, although the rear end can swing out pretty abruptly in wet/slippery conditions.

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

Review Date: 30th November, 2009

27th Dec 2009, 09:06

Glow plugs not working at 202000km, and it's -20 degrees C outside. It's a pain.

14th May 2013, 08:44

It's recommended to use a engine-block heater at -12C and more. This is not typical for just this engine, but for most diesel engines.