Knowing today what I have experienced with the car I would make the same buying decision again.
At 125,000 miles the front/rear brakes were replaced.
At 126,000 miles the tires were replaced.
At 131,000 miles the battery was replaced.
The CD player is dead or broken.
The radio crackles and hisses.
The sunroof opens at the back, but no longer retracts.
Fuses have been replaced.
One headlight bulb was replaced.
I bought the 190E in October of 2004 for $5,000 due to Mercedes reputation for quality and reliability. It looked good, ran good, and has been a real joy. Yet by the time autos reach the age of 131,000 miles things go wrong. What repairs would I have faced had I spent $5,000 on a used Cadillac?
The car is very comfortable and I have a real sense of protection if a wreck should occur. It handles great just like a much younger sedan. The doors still make that confident thunk that they did 13 years ago.
Mercedes has long produced quality autos that establish a certain design which repeats itself year after year. Therefore a 13 year old car can still be recognized for who and what it is.
Interior-wise it looks new and even retains that wonderful MB leather smell.
If you are entertaining the idea of buying an older MB you might consider the 190E.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th January, 2006