The Mercedes-Benz 190E is an entry-level luxury car produced from 1982 to 1993. Even though it was Mercedes first attempt at the compact car market they did not skimp on the W201. This platform introduced a 5-link rear suspension subsequently used in E and C class models, front and rear anti-roll bars, anti-dive and anti-squat geometry—as well as airbags, ABS brakes and seatbelt pretensioners. Find this 1986 Mercedes-Benz 90E 2.3-16V on eBay with a Buy It Now price of $12,900 in San Diego, CA with 16 days to go.
We’ve had quite a few features of 90s Mercedes-Benz sedans in the past few weeks…which isn’t a bad thing. Maintenance costs from a dealer are the reason most people won’t drive a ’90s Benz, but if you have a local independent shop you trust and/or are handy with a wrench, these things will provide miles of entertainment for a low buy in today. And this next one has two of my requirements for a 30 year old daily driver — a non-thrashed interior and a manual gearbox. Find this 1993 Mercedes-Benz 190e 2.6 Sportline bidding for $3,400 reserve-not-met with buy-it-now of $6900 in Olalla, WA on ebay.
Before we get to far into the details of this next car, I’ve got to point out the major elephant seal in the room — this thing has a slushbox auto. But maybe that is okay in a car that was never designed to clip apexes or let you heel-toe. This is a car built […]
In the world of fast German luxury sedans, there is an interesting rivalry between the BMW M3, Mercedes-Benz C-AMG, and Audi’s S4. These three compact executive cars have been brawling since the beginning of time..and while you might think that BMW landed the first punch in the German street car brawl with its barn-storming E30 […]
Almost all Mercedes W123 E Class cars sold in the USA were diesel powered. The OM617 diesel engines move these cars at a snails pace, but have the reputation for being nearly un-killable. The rest of the world had much greater choice in both engines and transmissions. Large USA spec bumpers were an definite eyesore […]
The Mercedes Cosworth 190e 16v successfully competed alongside the famed E30 M3 in 1980’s DTM events. According to James May from Top Gear, former F1 driver Martin Brundle is to have said that the 190e, “had one of the best chassis ever fitted to a four-door saloon.” The USA spec Mercedes 190e was available with […]
Most cars at this price point are far from perfect and are far from done despite most seller claims. Buy and finish quickly is the siren song of the seller. Fall for the puffery and claims in any sales pitch at your own peril. While there are exceptions and great deals out there if you […]
If you believe the self-effacing prose from automotive pundits like Jack Baruth you might get the impression that old cars are terrible and rebuilding a suspension will cost you $12,000 (Canadian dollars maybe?) and the car will still be terrible. On the opposite side of the racetrack you’ll find forum posts describing a similar experience […]
The W201 Mercedes-Benz was introduced in 1982 where it was sold as a compact offering on the bottom end of Mercedes’ luxury sedan lineup. Over the years it has gained a reputation for being sturdy and reliable (and expensive to repair), but not sporty with the exception of the Cosworth version. However, there was a […]
Any car guy worth his beans is familiar with the AMG Hammer, which used the big W124 chassis to build a $170k super-sedan that put sports cars to shame. However, AMG also mixed their secret sauce into the W201 Mercedes-Benz 190 platform and created something known as the Baby Hammer. Find this 1987 Mercedes Benz […]