1993 Mercedes-Benz 190 e 2.3 from North America
A beautiful car with quality craftsmanship when new. A headache when they get old.
Many, many parts changed.
This is a beautifully well built car, detailed and refined in all aspects, a true German piece of nostalgic engineering. BUT never consider buying a high mileage 190e, don't even think about it! This car does not age well. When these babies get old, they require high maintenance and are very fussy in cold Canadian weather.
Despite the fact that I kept changing the parts, I simply couldn't keep up. I got so fed up I just gave up and bought a 2004 Honda accord.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 1st February, 2010
3rd Jul 2012, 11:51
Fussy in Canadian cold weather? Heated block pump used? Actually 190s are not that expensive to run to 0.5 million miles, as long as one keeps the rust at bay, and on top of servicing. What writes a car off is engine or gearbox failure, and the reconditioned gearbox is cheaper than risking another secondhand car.
All my Mercedes have gone well past 200k miles, and it was bodywork that got expensive. Each time I changed to another make, I regretted it, and wish I had instead spent the money on repairs on the Mercedes. Pre-1990 cars are best built with few electronic faults.
6th Apr 2013, 21:55
Don't know what part of Canada you live in, but my 190E 2.3 starts at -35C and has never failed to start. It has 220K+ MILES on it and uses no oil, and still gives 32 MPG city and highway.
And the bonus is that you can still buy any part for it that you want, not like the American made cars that you can't buy parts for after 20 years.