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Old 09-05-2009, 10:21 AM
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Test Drive : W201 190E

Yesterday after doing some work with Colin on his wagon (the exhaust) we took a ride to autozone in his ultra low mile 190E. When we got back he asked if I wanted to take if for a spin, which I could not turn down.

Compared to the SDL the handling seems to be a lot more nimble and I could probably dart in and out of traffic without a problem, plus the turning radius is incredible.

The funny thing about the 190E is there is no rear legroom at all if I want to have legroom up front and I can touch the verticle part of the rear seat with ease in the w201, compared to still having a good 6" before I could even consider touching the bottom of the rear seat in the SDL with the drivers seat all the way back.

I let Colin drive the SDL since he has never driven one and I think he is hooked, it felt kind of weird to sit in the passenger seat, I should have sat in the back and pretended to have a private driver lol.

In the end, I don't know if I could actually own a 190E(maybe.. maybe a 16 valve). It was odd driving the SDL after the 190E since there was soo much more car.. lol
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Old 09-05-2009, 10:42 AM
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I am 6' 4". When I drive my car it's a 3 passenger. No one can sit behind me. I might be able to put 2 fingers between the seat back and the bottom rear cushion.

I have a similar experience when I drive my wifes 124. Lots of room and just a bigger feeling car. Her car just seems to glide over the road in comparison to mine. Mine, is to a degree, very haring to drive especially on the crappy roads here in TX. I feel every bump and crack in the road but I can toss it around with out a thought. The 124 is not nearly as nimble or tied down in the turns.
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Old 09-05-2009, 11:20 AM
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I had a 124 with a black interior, and the back seat seemed TINY. My kids swore that there was more room in the back of the Kia Rio my daughter drives. I suspect a 201 has NO back seat room. I like 190e's, they really are solid little cars, and they're not worth much around here, so you get get a decent one for cheap.
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Old 09-05-2009, 12:17 PM
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Had a '89 190E 2.6 5 Spd. One of my all time favorite cars. Other than subtle vibration that I couldn't cure I loved that car.
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Old 09-05-2009, 05:12 PM
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I have both a 190E 2.6 and a SDL I appreciate both cars. For a big car the SDL is pretty nimble compared to say a big american car. The 190E which I took out today to see how it ran ands pretty nimble and comfy, smooth ride and has a solid feel on the road just like the SDL.

I just wish the 190E was less troublesome, always doing something other than maintance on it. I have already fixed issues with the fuel injection, replaced the waterpump and the transmission.
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Old 09-05-2009, 10:27 PM
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I'd drive a 190D 2.5 turbo or valve.. But would settle for I think the North American 2.6
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Old 09-05-2009, 11:15 PM
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Glad you liked it Joe! It is a fun little car to have, fast enough to have fun with and slow enough to keep me out of trouble.

Mine is a 2.3 by the way.

I really liked the SDL, a lot actually. It felt like something I would drive every day, I'm totally hooked.

I think I might have to go with something with a 603 in it if I buy another diesel.
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Old 09-06-2009, 12:14 AM
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ya, speaking from experience,

i have both a 16 valve and an SDL. both are great to drive, but for different reasons.

the SDL is for long drives and chauffeuring around your friends. and it gets great gas mileage even though mine runs a little rough.

the 190 on the other hand, is the sports car. tossing that little car around is great fun. and has excellent road holding for its type of car. i wan't to get it tested to see how many lateral G's i can pull
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Old 09-06-2009, 09:49 AM
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Glad you liked it Joe! It is a fun little car to have, fast enough to have fun with and slow enough to keep me out of trouble.

Mine is a 2.3 by the way.

I really liked the SDL, a lot actually. It felt like something I would drive every day, I'm totally hooked.

I think I might have to go with something with a 603 in it if I buy another diesel.
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Old 09-06-2009, 12:44 PM
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I've never actually been in a 190 but this picture does illustrate just how small they are....


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Old 09-06-2009, 12:46 PM
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wow... the w126 looks gigantic.
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Old 09-06-2009, 01:34 PM
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I'm likely biased, but the W201 is one of those "milestone" cars for Mercedes despite it's small size and relatively low price tag. Being the smallest 4 door sedan chassis that the company ever made, the engineering and design work still showed that Mercedes could build smaller without sacrificing much in build or performance, with the exception of the rear passenger leg room.
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Old 09-06-2009, 01:43 PM
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I'm likely biased, but the W201 is one of those "milestone" cars for Mercedes despite it's small size and relatively low price tag. Being the smallest 4 door sedan chassis that the company ever made, the engineering and design work still showed that Mercedes could build smaller without sacrificing much in build or performance, with the exception of the rear passenger leg room.
yep, dont get me wrong.. I'd probably drive one. I am just blown away at how much legroom the SDL has.
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Well, what do you think they did with the extra wheelbase?
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Old 09-06-2009, 02:50 PM
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Well, what do you think they did with the extra wheelbase?
I have no idea what your statement is referring to..
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