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


A high quality, high performance work-horse


Original battery failed after 8 years (!) of service.

Sun roof can stick occasionally when opened back (as opposed to tilt). This tends to be on hot days and I haven't bothered to fix it since the tilt works just fine.

Minor oil leak from gasket, which was rectified cheaply (£40 parts/labour).

Water leak from the cooling system, although this is just happening (Oct 2001) so I'm unsure as to the cause/cost to rectify.

General Comments:

In performance terms this car is excellent. It will comfortably cruise at 90mph down the motorway and pushes upto 100mph without any grumbles. It can easily keep pace with modern cars. It will equally potter at 65mph with the same road holding and balance in both cases. Fuel economy is MUCH better at 65mph though...

The body work and engine, etc., are in excellent condition. Prior to myself the car had one lady owner (hmm...), but I have kept it on a busy street for 3 years and have no corrosion/rust at all. As one other reviewer said "it's a tank". My local mechanic rates the engine and other technical bits as A1 and reckons I will easily get 200,000 out of it.

Dealer servicing is an extortionate rip-off. I had one service from a main dealer in Manchester and it cost me twice as much as a private specialist. They clearly only did the main items and, like most garages, ignored the "smaller" items that, cumulatively, can cause problems. Very poor.

In general, the car lacks some of the refinements that you get on other models or, nowadays, as standard on most cars, e.g. air conditioning. Overall, this is a quality car and will run and run with regular servicing. If you are an advocate of "banger-nomics" then this is a great car to go for. Current value: £3,000. Annual maintenance costs: £500.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th October, 2001

7th Jul 2005, 04:13

I am thinking about buying a 190 - this has further encouraged me to do so.

There is much to be said for buying a quality car and running it according to the principles of "Bangernomics".

Thank you for this very sensible and helpful review.

1992 Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.3 four cylinder gasoline from North America


This car is built like a tank!


My head gasket blew at 35,000 miles (car was five years old). Mercedes paid half the cost of replacement.

I needed a new radiator at 55,000 miles when the car was seven years old.

I needed new valve seals at 64,000 miles when the car was nine years old.

I needed a new right rear window motor at 65,200 miles when the car was nine years old.

The seat belt has worn the seam of the MB-TEX on the driver's seat.

General Comments:

This car is built to last. Although I have had to put money into maintaining it, it runs like new. The car is solid and there is not a rattle in it after close to ten years of mainly urban driving.

I feel confident on the road with this car. It is stable and secure. On the highway, the car feels like it can run forever.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st June, 2001

25th Aug 2001, 17:45

I read your review. I think some of your problems stem from the fact that you bought the car from someone who did not do basic maintenence. I have a 93 190. It has only been maintained up to 80,000 miles. Maintenence has been a little expensive, 500 every 15,000 miles + oil changes. Just brakes and a strut type of product up to now.

I did just have a $1300 air conditioning issue. It is just such an excellent car, it is worth the maintenance costs.

1992 Mercedes-Benz 190 E 1.8 from UK and Ireland


Good quality from a class manufacturer


Catalytic convertor broke.

Timing chain went.

General Comments:

This car is a quality car, from a quality car manufacturer.

It has good build quality and there is no rust formed on it which is good if you look at other cars from different manufacturers from the same age.

The problem with Mercedes Benz is: They are targeted by theives and get broken into a lot. They also have the badge ripped of a lot. But other than this they are excellent cars.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st April, 2001