Sorry to all my fellow MB fans for my brash and, far more importantly, non-technical response to bradfordro's slam on his 190. Whereas it's his right to do so, perhaps it was just the way he put it that prompted my response.
I agree that this should remain a forum to solve problems with our cars, and our cars are Benzes. We've owned others, but I for one have concluded that the safety, general reliability and quality of these cars keeps me a proud owner. Wouldn't put my family in anything less safe, even if I have to keep buying them used!
Happy motoring to all, and best of luck to bradfordro with his gremlin.