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Old 08-10-2008, 03:36 PM
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1990 -190e 2.6

Thinking about buying a 1990 190E 2.6

I need a decent car(Mercedes of course) with good mpg. Neither one of my cars does better than 15mpg local driving. Anyone know what the real world mileage on this car would be? Light footed, good tuned condition, mostly local suburban driving under 50 mph.

I've read they are pretty nice to drive. Anything to look out for in particular model? The one I'm looking at has 154,000 mi, no rust, working air, good paint and body. What's a fair price to pay?
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Old 08-10-2008, 07:13 PM
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Thinking about buying a 1990 190E 2.6

I need a decent car(Mercedes of course) with good mpg. Neither one of my cars does better than 15mpg local driving. Anyone know what the real world mileage on this car would be? Light footed, good tuned condition, mostly local suburban driving under 50 mph.

I've read they are pretty nice to drive. Anything to look out for in particular model? The one I'm looking at has 154,000 mi, no rust, working air, good paint and body. What's a fair price to pay?
I got 26+ on the highway with mine though mine was a 5 speed stick. Needed to add about 200 lbs in the trunk to be able to go anywhere in the snow. Stopped good though.

See what you can find out about the oil consumption. May need valve seals or guides by this point in time. I really liked that car and was sad to see it go.
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Old 08-10-2008, 10:15 PM
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22-24mpg mixed driving.
Headgasket, valve guides/seals.
Last time we had the headgasket
replaced we were told that MB had
fixed this with a better gasket.
AC seems a little weak.
$3-5K
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Old 08-11-2008, 10:04 AM
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I had a 91 2.6. Would still own it if my daughter hadn't totaled it.
Good safe kid car btw. Glad she wasn't in a Mazda or something when she t-boned the other vehicle.
Bought it at 75K and ran it up to 144,000 before the accident.
mileage low 20's I suppose. I had no issues with it. Same M103/104 motor as the 300 series. Los of common engine parts/issues I suppose. Mine had been very well maintained by a good friend I bought it from.
Kinda sluggish on the uptake with the AC on, but so's the 300ce

Insurance settlement (6 years ago) was 7,500 less 500 ded. which was right there with KBB. Small car tho for an average size man. I'm 6'0" and the seat was pretty far back. With 2 in the back, it was uncomfortable for me to pull seat us and have good leg room.
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Old 08-11-2008, 12:08 PM
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Needed to add about 200 lbs in the trunk to be able to go anywhere in the snow.
I was fine with it in the snow as long as we used snow tires. Accelerated up thru a gentle incline with 4 inches of snow on the ground but was using steel wheels and tires.
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If you don't need the smooth highway cruiser feel of the six cylinder, you might want to consider the slightly less thirsty 2.3L M102 engined version. From a DIY perspective, it's an easier car to work on, with more room in the engine bay. However, the added torque and smoothness of the inline six is very nice.
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