Go Back  MBWorld.org Forums > Mercedes-Benz Sedans > 190E (W201)
Daughter's first car >

Daughter's first car

Notices
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

Daughter's first car

 
Old 05-30-2003, 11:52 PM
  #1  
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Concord, NC
Posts: 14
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
1999 C230 Sport Kompressor
Daughter's first car

Hey guys! I'm considering purchasing a 190E 2.6 for my 16 year old daughter. I'd appreciate some feedback as to what your experience has been with the 190E 2.6. From what I've read, they seem to be reliable cars.

msport3
msport3 is offline  
Old 05-31-2003, 12:36 PM
  #2  
Member
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Huntington Beach
Posts: 125
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
See sig.
Great car

Just examine it's records carefully and have it looked over by a good mechanic. 3 common issues I'm aware of:
1 - Poor AC compressor function
2 - Flex discs needing to be replaced
3 - Head gasket leaks, which are expensive to get fixed.

Good luck w/ the search
Chamorro is offline  
Old 05-31-2003, 01:58 PM
  #3  
MTI
MBWorld Fanatic!
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Scottsdale, Arizonai
Posts: 2,719
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
'85 190E 2.3-16 '99 C280 '11 GLK350
What a lucky daughter (I shall hold back my opinions of 16 year old drivers) and the 190E is a great car, for any age group.

The 2.6L M103 engine is a tight fit in the engine bay designed for the 2.3L M014 4 cylinder. The advantage is more HP and with the six and hydraulic lifters, a much smoother response. The A/C systems on all of the 190's were underdesigned for American use, most european models didn't have them. Before buying any car, have it inspected by a reputable mechanic familiar with the brand, especially Mercedes. Do a "leak down" test of each cylinder to check the top end. Mercedes acknowledged a problem with their valve seals shrinking over time causing some leaks if the oil level weren't maintained. Inspect maintenance records and see if the timing chain tensioner has been replaced or if it should be.
MTI is offline  
Old 06-01-2003, 01:30 PM
  #4  
Senior Member
 
Limited Edition 190E's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Virginia
Posts: 328
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
2005 CL65 AMG
Great pick! Nice safe reliable car.
Limited Edition 190E is offline  
Old 06-05-2003, 01:43 PM
  #5  
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Concord, NC
Posts: 14
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
1999 C230 Sport Kompressor
Thanks for the information. I ended up not buying the 190E 2.6 and bought a BMW 318ti instead.
msport3 is offline  
Old 06-07-2003, 06:10 PM
  #6  
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Cornwall, NY
Posts: 101
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
e320 2000
I bought an '87 190E 2.3 for my kids to learn to drive. It has been great, minimal maintenance, safe and each for them.

I'd tell you to go for it.
suntubi is offline  
Old 06-09-2003, 11:24 AM
  #7  
MBWorld Fanatic!
 
E-Klasse's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Arizona, USA
Posts: 1,536
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
W205 C300
Originally posted by msport3
Thanks for the information. I ended up not buying the 190E 2.6 and bought a BMW 318ti instead.
Better start writing the checks for the repairs

The 190E will last longer and have less maintenance.

Go to the BMW Forum now.




Just kidding.

Last edited by E-Klasse; 06-09-2003 at 01:47 PM.
E-Klasse is offline  
Old 06-12-2003, 01:15 PM
  #8  
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Cornwall, NY
Posts: 101
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
e320 2000
Wink We all make mistakes

Get the Beeeeeeemer out of your system and come back to Benz!

I did.

The b's are good cars but I have to agree to keep your checking account funded.
suntubi is offline  
 

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Quick Reply: Daughter's first car


Contact Us - About Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

© 2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
 
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: