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190E (W201) 1982-1993: 190E 2.3, 190E 2.6, 190E 2.3-16, 190E 2.5-16, 190 D 2.2, 190 D 2.5, 190 D 2.5 TURBO, 190E 2.5-16 Evolution I, 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II

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Old 12-02-2006, 04:45 PM   #1
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Possible Console Upgrades for 190E

Hi all,

I recently got my license and I bought a 1990 190E 2.6 for about 4000. It is excellent condition and only has 51k miles, also it was garaged for many years (this is why seller was selling it). I absolutely love the car, and it is MUCH better than driving my mom's Subaru wagon (DUH).

There is only one problem with the car, and that is this. Since it is from 1990, the car has a tape player, not a big deal, I ordered a Blaupunkt cd player to replace it (awaiting its arrival), but right above the player there is a console which is filled with 6 tape cassette holders! I have included a picture to show what I mean.

Is there anything I can buy to replace the tape holders with? My dad was thinking of a CD holder, but that seems a little useless as well. I would be happy with just a blank space that I keep stuff in since the benz doesn't have any place to really keep stuff.

Any ideas?

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Old 12-03-2006, 01:06 PM   #2
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you can replace the cassette holders with a "Map Pocket" (or storage bin). It's around $50 at your mercedes dealership. The part number to order is 201 683 00 91.
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Old 12-03-2006, 05:46 PM   #3
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Thanks, just before reading your post I found my way to www.2phast.com and I found out about the storage insert, although he did not provide the part number, so I thank you for that.
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Old 12-07-2006, 01:57 PM   #4
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I went to a local Benz dealer and I placed the order for that storage tray.
It will cost $45 US Dollars. So now I am just waiting for it to arrive!
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Old 12-12-2006, 09:53 AM   #5
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A pictures of this new part installed?

I have the same set up and am wanting to do the same thing as you have. Do you have a pictures of the new look?
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Old 12-12-2006, 01:40 PM   #6
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I currently do not have pictures of the completely new set up. I installed my new CD player/Radio last Sunday and that installation went really smoothly (except my antenna doesn't work! Motor could be burned out). I got the call from Mercedes last friday that the Tray was in and I could pick it up anytime.

My Dad is going to be picking it up this Wednesday (tommorow) (as that is his only day off and they aren't open on weekends). So I will probably have the console completely done tommorow December 13.

I'll take a new picture and post it up here, and I'll also probably start a new thread about my antenna problem so I can figure that out

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EDIT: Oh I forgot to mention. That website I posted earlier, 2phast.com, has a picture of the Benz with the storage tray. I will post up the picture.

Photo Courtesy of Rik Johnson of www.2phast.com
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Old 12-13-2006, 12:08 PM   #7
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Thanks for the pic.

Thats GREAT!
Not much space in these cars but this really helps. Looks nice too!
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Old 12-13-2006, 12:50 PM   #8
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Another option, with a modest amount of modificaton, there is an aftermarket CD drawer system made for the W202 that can replace the cassette drawers. The map pocket offer much more utility, but the CD holder might appeal to some.

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Old 12-13-2006, 01:33 PM   #9
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oh wow, I didn't even realize Benz made a CD tray like that. Oh well, that's why I have an Ipod!
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Old 12-17-2006, 10:15 PM   #10
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finally complete

Alright guys, I installed the storage try into my 190E.The installation was really smooth. The only trouble I ran into was when I tried to reattach the plastic surrounding plate to my Blaupunkt. It was hitting the rubber of the tray so I took the tray and shaved a little bit off of it, and it fit in great!

enjoy the pic
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Old 01-08-2007, 12:15 PM   #11
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Wink 190 cup holder/coin tray conversion

I bought a cup holder/coin tray that was removed from a '95 Ford Taurus and installed it in the dash over the radio in a 190E. First I removed six cassette trays from the plastic trim ring that surrounds the cassette trays and the radio. They just snap out. Then I centered the Taurus cup holder in the upper cavity of the plastic trim ring and secured it with 3M doubled sided sticky pads (you could use Velcro, too). Then I cut two pieces of black ABS plastic to fill in the cavities on either side of the cup holder and glued them in place.

Reinstall the plastic trim ring/cup holder in the dash cavity where the cassette drawers were. The dash will hold the cup holder in place. It's that easy!! Ford used that cup holder/coin tray in Taurus' and Sable's in the middle !990s, so they've available at the junk yard or on ebay. This part is used to convert the dash in lots of cars with a single DIN opening so demand for the part is high and may cost $20 to $30.

Pros: easy, cheap, looks like factory, very sturdy.
Cons: cup holder/coin tray isn't level (liquid can slosh over the cup rim so a big gulp is recommended.... or a cup lid).
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Old 01-08-2007, 01:35 PM   #12
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hmm. that's actually pretty cool. The Benz does have some pretty weak options for drink holders, as in the two indentations on the inside of the glove compartment, so props for adding some functionality to the interior of the 190E

on a less serious note Ford parts in a Mercedes!?! I know its just a console piece but cmon man have you no pride!

But really, I think Benz didn't put a substantial or practical cupholder in this vehicle because driving to Germans is not a chore, its a joy.
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Old 01-08-2007, 03:01 PM   #13
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Cupholders for consuming beverages while driving are very much an American obsession. There's a lot of room under the arm rest for cupholders large enough for a "Big Gulp"

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Homebrew using PVC couplings from hardware store, some koa wood veneer and mounted to a piece of clear plexiglass cut to fit the center console. About $10 in materials.

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Old 01-08-2007, 03:04 PM   #14
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wow now that's germanesque!

are those custom made or actually from benz?
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Old 01-08-2007, 03:57 PM   #15
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Cool Merfordes?

"Ford parts in a Mercedes!?!"

Would it make you feel any better if you knew that the same cup holder/coin tray is available on the Saab 900 from the factory? Now let's see... who owns Saab? Could it be GM?
I knew you'd feel better once I explained it to you!!
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Old 01-08-2007, 04:00 PM   #16
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Saab Parts in a Mercedes?!?!?!

Dude calm down, that's why I said "on a less serious note" aka I was kidding!
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Old 01-21-2007, 04:33 PM   #17
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i'm actually keeping my cassette tape holders specifically because there are so few 190's out there that have them in working order.

most have been rotted by the sun and either have missing individual holders or wont shut and stay shut, or are just completely falling apart.



in a few more years, it will be even harder to find original ones and it'll keep the car somewhat time period specific.


...and hopefully fetch me more cash when i finally decide to sell it
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Old 01-22-2007, 02:06 AM   #18
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i'm actually keeping my cassette tape holders specifically because there are so few 190's out there that have them in working order.

most have been rotted by the sun and either have missing individual holders or wont shut and stay shut, or are just completely falling apart.



in a few more years, it will be even harder to find original ones and it'll keep the car somewhat time period specific.


...and hopefully fetch me more cash when i finally decide to sell it
I have a spare one! I just hate it. It works perfectly tough....
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Old 01-13-2010, 05:15 PM   #19
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CD Changer in place of cassete holders?

Has any done a CD changer in place of cassete holders.

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Old 06-09-2010, 12:03 PM   #20
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CD Changer instead of tray or cup holder

has anyone done the above?
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