2nd Mar 2005, 17:44


Sounds like you need to Maintain your car. Any car needs maintenance and it sounds like you don't have money to fix it.

4th Jul 2008, 01:20

How is the Auto fluid level?

Sounds like it could be low...

20th Aug 2008, 09:06

Best car I ever owned as far as handling, braking and steering. Unfortunately repairs can be expensive.

I bought a 1989 U.S. 190e 2.6 which was the least problematic year. After 12 thousand miles I have spent about 4 grand on mechanical repairs. Maintenance is high on a Mercedes; I should have bought a Honda Civic. Though I smile every time I cruise the highway in this beauty. Excellent handling.

21st Aug 2008, 00:09

I am considering myself a happy camper!!! I am buying my first 190e 2.6 tomorrow 1989. She is grey with lighter grey on the bottom half... runs like a top and feels so smooth to drive... can't wait to insure it!

One problem I noticed is that the rear door panels the leather is coming off... does anyone know a quick fix for this problem???

15th Sep 2008, 20:17

I own a 1989 2.6 W201 Mercedes Benz. The first time it landed in my garage I was so disappointed knowing the car was out of tune! It couldn't even run after a 1000cc car. I made some PMS, replaced some under-chassis parts and tuned the car to its tiptop condition. Now what? After spending 60 grant, oh my! The pretty girl turns into lovely lady! Making remarkable turns and speed was really great!

Take note that 2.6 W201 will not give you the power and reliability if not well maintained and not taken cared for.

15th Oct 2008, 02:54

Just got a 89 190E, and I'm curious to what my rpms should be at while doing 60 m.p.h.? I think that its about 3000 rpm. Seems too high to me. Am I wrong?

16th Oct 2008, 15:58


I would like to know what fuse is what, I have a 190e, but the fuse-box is marked in German. I don't understand the language, can anyone tell me which fuse is for the rear windows?

6th May 2009, 23:30

I bought a 1989 190E for 2400. I asked the dealer to replace what was needed and they did most of it for 200 extra.

The flex disc, fan belt, repacked the wheel bearings and changed the oil. Later I found out I needed to replace the front wheel bearing on one side. And also I paid 600+ at a great shop to fix and replace the A/C compressor.

After all that, and one front end part and alignment and new tires, she's the best car and the most fun to drive. It's 20 years old, but people are right here, it's pretty impressive on the highway and around town driving.

I bought it with 118, and it had 126 now. I didn't drive it much for a year but drive it often now.

I bought a 2004 320 e wagon, and the 190 is more fun to drive.

It gets about 22-23 on the highway, and it's worth the effort to keep it going.

I paid 2400, and think I've added 2400 and it may need some work in the future. The fan motor for the heater has been squeaking since I've owned it and maybe a heater core. Both are big repair jobs, but if I can find a good shop to do it.. it's worth it.



9th Jun 2009, 00:53

Just bought a 1990 or 91 2.6 with 67 000. Paid 4600$ with taxes, at a local Mercedes used car dealer.

I drove it, loved it for its power and punchy yet secure shifts of the tranny (AT). I also let my mom drive it, and she drives slower, so she complained about the transmission shifting hard and jerking.

So I took the car around the block, like an hour later, and I drove slow like her, the tranny did really kick into second very hard... but 3rd came very smooth and soon I was doing 50 mph on 30 limit... so I slowed down and thought nothing is wrong. Is this model known for having tranny problems, and if so at what mileage, and under what conditions.

I just learned how to check the tranny oil, but it is raining and I will do it tomorrow. Any ideas or suggestions to what should I do if the tranny is really shifting hard into 2nd. Consider it has 67k miles. Thanks and enjoy the Mercedes Benz, if you have one, and maintain it.

P.S. I'm thinking of flushing the tranny oil and adding new, after changing the filter.


7th Aug 2009, 04:00

August 7th 2009

I have a 1989 190E 2.6. This car drives great.

I bought it when it was well maintained. The only problem with my car is lots of minor leaks, but I love it. The engine is well tuned, but now I need to change the radiator, it has a slow leak, steering fluid leak is leaking, but I keep on adding fluid... the heater is leaking badly, so it seems as if I will be in danger in winter because if I put the blower on the car overheats..

But other than that, the car engine is great. I have 109K miles, I bought it when it was at 63k miles and the engine is great! My plan is to fix it slowly. Nothing really mechanical, only leaks.. if not the heater, which can be expensive to fix..

29th Aug 2009, 11:57

I bought my 1989 190e in 1989 and kept it until about 2002 when I gave it to my son so that my teenage granddaughter could drive it.

She never did and now after 7 years my son gave it back to me. At first I was a bit hesitant as it needed a lot of work and the last thing I needed was a third car.

But, since I always loved it I took it back, put about $1400 in it and it runs great. I love this car and drive it whenever I can.

I wish I could find out more about it and do some of my own work although I am in my seventies. I have tried to find a repair manual but have not had much luck.

Any help would be appreciated.


31st Aug 2009, 21:22

Hey, ya'll, I'm looking at a 1989 E190, 2.6, but it needs an alternator. Can anyone tell me how hard this is and what will it cost? Also, what's with this MB starting in 2nd gear?

Thanks for any input you can give. p.s. is 700 bucks too much to give?

7th Jan 2010, 18:55

I have a 1989 Mercedes Benz 190E 2.6 that I love. It has 215,000 miles (heads were redone 18 months ago) on it and I have had it for a year. It is black with black interior all in almost perfect condition, I had a new stereo put in, new Mercedes wheels and new tires put on as well as the windows tinted.

The problem is that I got rear ended in it and they want to call it a total loss. It needs close to $2800.00 worth of body work. I cannot find any comparable vehicles in my area for sale, I want to fix my amazing car. It is still shiny and sweet.

Did I mention that I put 40,000 of those miles on it? In one year this car just wants to drive. It has been in for a service every 4000 miles, never anything more than an oil change and a shock mount!!! Such a great car, I would hate to lose it!!!