1985 Mercedes-Benz 190 D 2.5 2.5 diesel from Australia and New Zealand
Substance exemplified: a bare bones diesel rocket, inspires total confidence
Replaced old shock absorbers and various worn suspension bushes and rubbers etc. when purchased.
Fitted new water pump when purchased.
There is a minor leak in the automatic transmission, from a sensor plug, which unfortunately cannot be rectified without removing and dissembling the transmission to access the plug housing.
There is a sensor on the fan belt that disables the air conditioning when maximum power is required, and if belt slip is detected. The sensor malfunctioned, and required rectification.
This car is marvellous; at its best on the highway.
A beautiful drive. After 22 years and 275,000 kilometres, and a few dings and scrapes, there is not a single rattle.
It might be old technology to go without a turbo, but the 2.5 makes an excellent argument: at around 7 litres/100kms, clockwork reliability, and plenty of torque.
Not much glamour; all substance.
I strongly recommend picking one up!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th May, 2007
11th Feb 2009, 10:44
A turbo adds stress to engine and excess heat... Turbodiesels require more effort to keep running... must change oil more often for turbo to last.. also cooling issues are greater..
I own a 85 190D with 2.2... Slow as hell.
30th Nov 2009, 07:00
I have a 1988 190d. It's done close on 400,000 and still does just under 8 litres to 100km. An absolutely wonderful car.
30th Nov 2009, 13:40
Hi I'm twenty and am the proud owner of a 91 E300 with the 3.0 liter inline six. I love my car, but what could be done to increase power as it is very slow. I don't race my cars and drive slower than most people, but I also have a 98' Crown Vic and the difference is night and day. I know the Benz will never be as fast as my V8 Vic, but I would at least like a little more power. Please help. Thanks!