• 142 K on the odo. Will need a certificate saying what the real mileage is since he changed the odo. 15 K and he didn't even detail under the hood? Gotta figure any guy that can change an auto to a manual transmission should be able to detail under the hood… I really like it, but not 15 K worth.

  • I really like these cars and was close to buying one several times until I found out that MB used wiring harnesses with bio-degradable insulation which deteriorates prematurely. A MB wiring harness is not a cheap part! George in GTA. I don't like the Auto tranni in my MB 190E 2.6 it is a 4-speed which starts in 2 and is therefore really a 3 speed auto.

    • True, as did many other automakers of the era as well (Volvo for one, don't ask how I know—it's a long, smoke-filled story). The good news is that by now, they will have been replaced, as there's no way in hell one would have lasted this long without failing.

  • The engine wiring harness is not a big job to replace on these and they are readily available second hand on eBay. The throttle body actuator has the same crappy wiring and is not replaced as often as the engine harness. If you know what you are looking at, you can determine whether both pieces are original in five minutes.

    • I'd rather have a harness made with new TXL wiring or something similar. Fixing a problem should remove the defect instead of merely putting the situation back to where it was before the problem surfaced. I'm not sure how much it would cost to have harnesses made of better wiring, though.

  • There is not a issue with the replacement Bosch/Delphi harnesses. Anything with a date code after 1998 is generally considered to be safe.

    • Good to know. Intentionally biodegradable wiring has to be one of the worst "green" product decisions ever.

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