I've owned an '87 and have an '88. The '88 is a
better car. I believe you will find the general consensus on the 190E is the newer model the
better it is.
Good luck on your future purchases and if you
have limited knowledge on these models (190E's)
have a independant shop that works on Mercedes
check out car before you buy it. Ask owner
to look at service records also, and if you buy
it get them from him for your records.