I have a 5-speed manual
I was attracted to my 190E 2.3 Sportline because it was a manual. In fact, I was not even looking to buy another car! It was the fact that not only was it a manual which is rare here but a 2.3 (most, especially manuals, are 2.0 or 1.8) and a Sportline. That combination makes it very rare here. I have been told it may be the only one in Australia so I'm happy I purchased it. With 215,000km the gearbox still feels fine. The synchros are all good and the shift action is sweet. Previous owners records show that it has had gearbox seals replaced. Unfortunately the clutch action on these is not great. A low kilometre 180E (190E 1.8) I owned for a short time that my brother now owns felt the same. I would prefer shorter pedal travel even if it meant a heavier pedal. Mine also suffers a little clutch shudder when cold. A fellow club member with a 190E 2.3-16 (fairly rare in Oz) also complains of a little clutch shudder (despite being a new clutch). He also had to have his Getrag 5-speed rebuilt due to bearing failure.
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