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.
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