1992 Mercedes-Benz 190 2.6 from North America


Great starter Benz


Had to replace the front driver's side strut because I hit the same pool size pothole two days in a row. Total cost to repair was 290.00 by using used parts.

General Comments:

Car runs very quietly.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th March, 2006

1992 Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.6 from North America


I only drive it because I can't afford a different car


Backseat passenger door lock failed.

Three of the four automatic windows failed.

The oil leaks and needs refilling every month or so.

The A/C only works for 6 months before needing a refill.

Loose/broken A/C vents.

Car cuts off randomly when coming to or starting from a stop, sometimes not restarting for several minutes.

The leather interior on the door panel ripped from normal wear. I am not hard on my car.

The idle speed fluctuates often.

Brake lights need replacing often.

Several fuses have needed replacing.

Motor mounts broke at 120,000. This cost over 1,000 to fix.

The rear defrost failed at 125,000.

General Comments:

I never want to own another Mercedes again.

The car is far too expensive to maintain and still remain on a practical budget.

The mechanics have replaced several things on the car trying to fix the cutting-off problem, but to no avail. I have had to put more money into this car than it is worth in order to keep it running. I haven't even fixed everything on my list because it is too expensive.

The car is a real money pit. If you have the cash to spare, go for it. I'd almost pay you to take mine.

If you want a Mercedes, get one relatively recent. It's not worth it to put all the money into fixing one of these up.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th October, 2005

29th Oct 2005, 01:59

I agree with the above comments. I have a 1992 190 E 2.6 with 88,000 miles, and it's been the most reliable car I've ever owned. If you treat these vehicles right they will outlive you. Preventative maintence is the key (that goes for any car). If you buy a used one that has been abused it will be problamatic, of course. But in general, Mercedes of this era are bullet-proof.

1992 Mercedes-Benz 190 Sportsline 2.0E from UK and Ireland


Fast, refined, subtle, elegance, with the handling to surprise even the odd Evo


Well, my brakes failed at 85mph, which was alarming; after jumping across a road, I limped it home.

Also the water pump has blown, so a new one of them has been fitted.

Naturally being a Mercedes, it has cost an arm and a leg. But apart from that, it has been great, just normal wear like rubber, that might be due to the way I drive it though.

General Comments:

This car is brilliant on the road, it is quite gutless, it is about as fast as a Zetec Mondeo 1.8. But it's the handling that's astonishing about this car, it is a Scooby baiter.

It is very comfortable inside, and well finished, especially with the sun roof. Because it's the Sportsline, it has been lowered by Mercedes and has a list of extras.

+ Wider track

+ Larger wheels 205-55-15

+ Trim around the car

+ Bucket seats

+ Sports gearknob

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th July, 2005

27th Jun 2006, 09:11

I read your review. I am surprised you gave a blue face when your review actually describes the car as a yellow smiley face.

* just curious if you were thinking something else or you got blue face by mistake. thanks.

1992 Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.6 from North America


A fine blend of luxury, sport and peace of mind


So far, nothing has gone wrong with this car. It was meticulously maintained at Mercedes-Benz service centers by an elderly couple in the local Dallas/Fort Worth area. The car was garaged for all of its life so the interior was perfect the paint was glossy with only minor dents and blemishes.

General Comments:

I have only owned 3 cars in my short lifetime. This Mercedes 190 E is by far the best.

It's not the worlds quickest car, but it doesn't have to be.

This car has a great suspension system, and the smoothest ride I have personally witnessed.

The Interior has every feature and amenity you could ever expect from a fine luxury car.

The exterior is plain in its original form, but there are so many after-market products that can give this Benz a totally new and exciting look.

Anyone thinking of buying this car should do so.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th June, 2002