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1987 Mercedes-Benz 190-Class 190E 2.6 SedanReview
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Possibly The Best Car I've Ever Owned At Any Price. —

Having owned an 1987 190e 2.6 for 4 years as a daily driver, I can't praise this car enough. First - even the best condition lowest mileage example sell for near nothing ( around $5k ); Second - the 190e simply does everything better than one would expect. The 6 cylinder has extraordinary pep with an Under 8 Seconds 0-60; The handling and turning radius is superb - especially when fitted with Bilstein HD shocks. The interior - finished in the indestructible MB-Tex leatherette NEVER shows any wear unless you rip it; the trunk is large enough to accommodate 4 golf bags or 3 tires; Passengers both front and rear have ample leg, hip and headroom. Front seats are more supportive than most Mercedes with better seat and back bolsters - and if you get the electric seat option, even the headrests adjust with a button. Headed seats were a rare but desirable option. Gas mileage for the 2.6 averages in the low 20's although it does require premium. Parts are available as many were shared with other models. About 90% came through to the US as automatics, but 5 speed sticks are out there. If its the Cosworth 2.3-16v you're after because of the performance - be aware that was detuned for the US market and the 2.6 automatic does pretty much the same 0-60 times; The Cosworth engine is British-tweeked so you will NOT get the typical German reliability. If you are looking at any late 80's Mercedes, buy the best and lowest mileage example you can find. Things to look for: (1) The front fenders were painted ON the car so the bolts in the engine compartment should be painted; (2) The trunk was painted OFF the car and all original paint 80's Mercedes will have PRIMER ONLY - NO PAINT COLOR - on the underside of the trunk lid. And finally - LEARN the EXACT placement of where the factory put the model number designation on the trunk because it is the easiest clue to a car having been repainted or involved in an accident. Mercedes model emblems are on the LEFT; (BMW puts theirs on the right side). If the emblem is off-center, too high - too low - or on the wrong side - best pass on the car. I highly recommend the 190e to everyone. You will be amazed at how great these cars are.

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: The Baby Benz 190e was Mercedes attempt to put a dent in BMW's push into the low-end market; MBZ spent over $1Billion over-engineering this car - that so many are still on the road and appreciating in value is testiment to the great job they did.

Cons: The 2.3 4cylinder is prone to blowing the fan fuse which can quickly lead to over-heating and a blown head gasket; All w201's are prone to rust at the 4 jack ports in the rocker panel due to clogged drainage tubes, so clean with a wire coat hanger every Fall.

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1987 Mercedes-Benz 190-Class 190D 2.5 Turbodiesel SedanReview
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Best All Around Car Ever — The only thing I dislike about this car is......still thinking..........the parts are kind of expensive to buy there are a lot of aftermaket vendors for suspension, brakes. The air conditioning could be better but that is about it. If you see this car for sale anywhere, you should buy it.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: It is a diesel!  Moreover, it is a 2.5 liter Turbo diesel.  They only imported 1200 of them in 1987. I paid $2000 for mine in 2010 and it was the best purchase yet.  If you can find one for sale, buy it.  You will not regret it.

Cons: Absolutely none

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1993 Mercedes-Benz 190-Class Reviews

The 1993 Limited Edition 190e 2.6 - The 6 Cylinder Cosworth? By RickELake

Mercedes 190e fans know about the 4 cylinder 2.3-16v Cosworth variant that was imported to the USA in 1986 and 1987. About 2250 were available; Few have ever seen the 1993 Limited Edition 190e 2.6, of... Read More

Love It By Ryan

Awesome saloon. The power is great when going down the freeway.Very responsive chassis and super plush. Its not a racecar but comfortable and fun to drive. Deals on these can be found all the time if ... Read More

1992 Mercedes-Benz 190-Class Reviews

Must Get Car. It's Amazing!!!! By Music

It was a great car. Clean. Leather seats. New radio. Work has been done on the car. It has over 200,000 miles on that car. We sold it to someone we know. I miss the car a lot. It was a wonderful car. Read More

I Love The Mercedes-benz By Samer

this car is fun to drive you can do what ever you want even drifting with it she has a lot of performance i wish my father could bought the cosworth 2.3 16v it will be a much power car with high perfo... Read More

1991 Mercedes-Benz 190-Class Reviews

This Was Built When Cars Were Made To Last. By carolinohio

Great second car. Great handling. Fun to drive. Nice car to look at, chrome! For a car of this age, it is ageless. Reliable. Compact but not too compact. Acceleration is perfect. Braking is per... Read More

Rides Superb,handles Efficiently,not Very Comfy By FXX_1501

i bought this car from my mom. $2500. not bad for the $$$ it sat almost 3 yrs after we trailered it from SC to NY. Started right up and nothing really wrong. it blows hot air all the time, a vacuum le... Read More

1990 Mercedes-Benz 190-Class Reviews

The Best By Alex

The classic Baby Benz. One of a kind in appearance. No hesitation, great acceleration. I wouldn't trade it for the world. It only cost me 1500, and is an absolute blast to drive. If anybody was ever... Read More

Good Performer But Lacks Fuel Economy By Aravind

1986 190E saloon auto: good performer a classic merc to own. a good family runner but hard to maintain and lacks fuel economy. good to own as a classic German runner. very fun to drive. classic sal... Read More

1986 Mercedes-Benz 190-Class Reviews

Great, Comfortable, Little Jewel. By Haawaiibenz

Unless you live in a metropolotin area, repair may become a bit of a problem. Seems that specialized tools are needed to do some repairs. The front headroom is limited if you are a tall person. Gen... Read More

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