1991 Mercedes-Benz 190 D 2.5 diesel from UK and Ireland


Well made, reliable, good value, economical and quite classy


Gearbox failed last year due to oil leak that my local garage misdiagnosed as a diesel leak.

Broke telescopic aerial in drive-through car wash. Fixed by friend with a proprietary replacement.

Seems prone to many stone chips.

Lights in fascia display failed and are very difficult to reach for replacement.

Water ingressed into boot through poor seals, as others here have found.

General Comments:

Overall, before the gearbox went bang, it was no problem for 3 years. The manual box is difficult to come by second hand, and a helpful transmission expert had to cannibalize several to make a new one. This was costly.

The car is now fixed after a recent pheasant strike wrote off the radiator, grille and a headlight.

Overall, sturdy, good handling, simple to turn round due to its tight steering and rear wheel drive. Well built overall, and economical to run. The parts cost a lot, but scrap parts are quite easy to come by online.

Quite a cheap car now to pick up, and the diesels have loads of miles in that 5 cylinder unit. A turbo would be nice, as would a gearbox low oil level warning light!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th November, 2004

1991 Mercedes-Benz 190 2.5 16v cosworth 2.5 16v from UK and Ireland




I brought the car with a high mileage so I knew there was a lot of work required. As a mechanic I knew what I had to do to get this car into shape; so I rebuilt the engine, replaced the gear box and put on new suspension. Now it drives like new .... and very fast. The 2.5 engine is one of the best I have ever worked on - strong and responsive. Cosworth and Mercedes did a very good job with this car.

General Comments:

The handling is tight - it lets you know who is in control; and with the power going throught the rear it's great around the track. It's nice inside too: the seats hold you in well and the steering is sharp. Where you turn the steering wheel there the car goes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th August, 2004

1991 Mercedes-Benz 190 2.3 Luxury from Australia and New Zealand


A prestige performance pocket rocket



General Comments:

This car is great - never had a single problem since I purchased it from my father.

It will blow many modern day cars at the lights and on the highway - despite its age.

Still looks the part in its green metallic paintwork and will keep on going with only 75000 kms on the clock.

Among the best cars Mercedes has ever built - but it must be at least a 2.3L to make it perform.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st September, 2003

1991 Mercedes-Benz 190 2.6 2.6 from North America


A pleasurable experience to drive and own


Very few things have malfunctioned with this fine automobile, other than brake replacements, tires and regular oil changes.

Bushings on the alternator wore out at 120000 miles.

Air conditioner recharged at 130000 miles.

One of the two front radiator fans seized up at 130000 miles.

General Comments:

Excellent vehicle.

25mpg + gas mileage in stop and go driving better on highways.

Very comfortable on long trips.

Solid safe feeling for a car this size.

Excellent handling and braking.

All Controls easy to reach and well thought out.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th November, 2002

1991 Mercedes-Benz 190 E 1.8 petrol from Singapore


A Merc is a Merc


Auxiliary fans (2) shorted each other out due too bad wiring. This was sorted out at $40 (wiring work) before anything major happened. Cooling is now superb.

Stalled at a stop-light and could not restart. Called for roadside assistance and realised later that I tried to restart the car in "Drive". The car was not towed.

The car seems to be in very good condition even though it's 11 years old. I guess I'll find out more as I go along.

General Comments:

As my previous car was a very reliable workhorse ('93 Daewoo Racer GSi - reviewed twice by me; 1999 & 2002), I half expect the 190 to be a lemon (I got it cheap!!!). But surprisingly, it seems to be in good working condition and has been well maintained.

Having had 3 years experience with the Daewoo, and 3 years before that with an Alfa Sprint, I am prepared for the worse should it decide to happen inn the next 60 seconds.

Parts are surprisingly very, very cheap (probably due to the availability of OEM parts) and I'm glad to be able to get used parts at a nearby wrecker dirt cheap!!! Yup, that's the story of my life.

My wife and kids love the car cost it is really comfortable.

I look forward to driving it everyday because it's fun looking at traffic through the 3 point star that sits on the bonnet...

So much for the Integra...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th November, 2002