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Old 04-22-2001, 10:15 PM
Ruben Swint
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I am looking for a used car for my son. I am thinking about a 190E, preferably 2.6, for son. What are the unique mechanical weaknesses of this model? What should I be sure to check for? Are there better model years?
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Old 04-22-2001, 10:28 PM
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Great cars. You can't go wrong with the 2.6, but be advised re the "valve seal, valve guide issue". Get as late a model as you can, take care of it and enjoy..
Jeff Lawrence
1989 300e
2000 Dodge Grand Caravan SE
No matter what you fix, there will always be something else to fix..
"Warranty" is just another way of postponing the inevitable.
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Old 04-22-2001, 11:22 PM
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190 E 2.6 models are very reliable. The problems they have are valve guides/seals on early models and just the valve seals on the later 1989 and up. This is not a major repair but the car will have excessive oil consumption.
The other problem is the automatic climate control is suseptible to problems. Make sure it works properly on a vehicle that you are purchasing or factor it into the price. These cars will go for 100s of thousands of miles with routine maintenance.
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