1993 Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.6 I6 from North America
7th Mercedes Benz: Baby Benz Love!
(PLEASE NOTE: Project Automobile)
- Head gasket replacement.
- Transmission repair and rebuild.
- Oil pan leak.
- Door upholstery rip.
- Good cleaning.
This is my 7th Mercedes I have owned. It was intended as a restoration job, but I fell in love with it more and more as I have worked on it.
I have had all ranges of Mercedes Benz over the years, and this one has been one of my all time favorites.
Lovably dubbed the "Baby Benz", it has been an interesting project and fun to work on. These older Mercedes are well built and sturdy, and sometimes require a little extra TLC, but when they run, they will continue to run even when broken. This one in particular, when bought, had a blown head gasket and still drove fine with no trouble (i.e. no overheating, stopping). As soon as I replaced the gaskets and tackled a few of the other faults, it was truly a magnificent car. It has such a great presence. They are very reliable cars! Nothing can match up to its superior quality. Highly recommended as a first car for the Mercedes enthusiast. You learn so much about the brand by just starting out with a simple older Merc.
Repairs can vary in price, but parts for these 190s are so common because so many people owned them in the 90s that repairs are not as bad as one may think. A great starter DIY car (easy to access parts and easy to access the engine.)
These particular W201 engines are notorious for head gasket failure, so be on the look out for power loss and engine oil in the coolant tank. If any of these signs have surfaced, have the head gasket done ASAP to prevent damage to the car.
Mercedes Benz has superior quality, but it must be maintained as much as possible.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th December, 2014