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Old 07-10-2002, 04:19 PM
yhliem yhliem is offline
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Originally posted by pentoman
Brian - thanks for the offer, but living in Bristol and working a lot, it'll have to wait for another time :-(

And i just noticed the dreaded 'Autobahn' word in there.. which is rather disappointing, I'm not too keen on a car which is mainly suited to the autobahn, as there is obviously compromise elsewhere.. I think the 16v is nudging ahead very slightly here for me.

Does anyone know if there are versions of the 2.5-16 without a catalyst (or if they even came *with* a catalyst), and what year they came about?

I think all 16vs were equipped with cats. the N/A versions had 2 pre-cats as well. 2.3-16s were available from 1984-1988 and 2.5-16s were from 1989-1991...i think.

The thing to remember is that the 16vs are 4 bangers and have quite buzzy drivetrains. ie. you KNOW you're doing 100mph 'cause you can hear it.

the 500E can pull 130 mph without trying and it'll feel as rocksteady as it does at 55 mph.

the 16v is a more dynamic car to drive because it's smaller, lighter and therefore, far more "tossable" than a 3800lb mid-sized sedan.

by the same token, the 500E is more roomy. I HATE sitting in the back seat of a 190E. too cramped back there.
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