1989 Mercedes-Benz 190 190E 2.6 gas from North America


Best luxury sport compact in the world


Water pump, pad under hood, bushings, ignition control module, tensor, fuel pumps, check engine light, air conditioner leak, electric window motors.

General Comments:

Although I have had to spend money on this car, it is still the best of this world in performance, it also has style that surprises people when they ask the year of make. I cannot match it with another car, which is why it was never replaced.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd August, 2003

1989 Mercedes-Benz 190 190E 2.6 2.6 from North America


Fast and save car... built like a tank!


My Fault:

Went down a hill at about 120km/h and I shifted to a lower gear...the transmission made a huge gun like banging sound...soon after that my car have problem backing up.

Not my fault:

Rear windows didn't work properly (Electric)

General Comments:

A VERY good car to drive... owned this baby for 7 years! Still runs at a top speed of 170km/h! Amazingly FAST. Although a good car... this car is dead in winter. It is NOT drivable when there is a bit more snow.

I still love it very much as it is almost 14 years old and could run up to 170 km/h. It's a great car even with the annoyance of the rear window thing...

Overall this car kicks butt on highways! Who says Mercedes is for old people?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th December, 2002

10th Jan 2003, 22:05

I found it interesting that you seperated "things that have gone wrong" into two elements.

I disagree with your critique on winter driving. Although this is my first Quebec (Canadian) winter with my own '88 190E I have done O.K. to date. My driving includes secondary highways and a 1.5 - 2 km. hill/mountain up a well maintained dirt road. The right tires can make all the difference. I'm riding on Toyo GO2plus. The manufacturer incorporates crushed walnut shells in the compound for added traction (an intelligent alternative grip design, as opposed to studded tires). These tires are designed to perform well with snow and ice. Their braking characteristics are also noteworthy.

Because the car is responsive and you seem to like to move is it possible that you may need to adjust your driving style more, to better accomodate wet or snowy conditions?

You may also wish to consider a good wet traction four season performance tire for spring, summer and fall.

1989 Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.6 6 cylinder from North America


A wonderful car to own


I had to replace the fuel filter and I suspect the throttle position sensor is acting up, but other than that the car is perfect.

General Comments:

Performs best over 80 mph. Nice comfy interior.

Very confusing A/C controls.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th November, 2002

1989 Mercedes-Benz 190 Cosworth 2.5 - 16 from UK and Ireland


The best car to date, I love it!


Head gasket blown.

Broken camshaft.

Blowing blue smoke slightly on gear change even though while head work was under-way, a cylinder inspection resulted in good general engine condition.

Head was skimmed at the same time as other work was carried out.

Exhaust blowing slightly, I decided to replace the whole system, later finding out the price much to my disgust.

General Comments:

I love these cars, it's my second Cosworth to date and I can't help but throw all my hard earned away on them.

The cars handle really well for their size, but big wheels and lowered suspension are a must for the little country lanes around me.

People who try and alter the sound from their 190 are mad. The car has a lovely deep sound as standard, which is increased in volume with ease just by simply drilling the airbox.

The interior of the car is best when re-trimmed in a softer leather than standard as the original is of a hard material with a chequered centre section, which seems cold and uncomfortable on long journeys.

In general the Cosworth 190e is a beautiful car to look at and drive, it tends to be blessed with more character than more modern Mercedes, which I can only put down to a wider imagination of designers in the 80's.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 8th December, 2001