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Old 05-17-2001, 09:24 PM
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Today I put some money down on a 1985 190D, 2.2L diesel, w/ 90K, 5speed. Price $4600.

Its from a small dealer, so I have NO history. It looks clean. It has decent acceleration w/5speed, and seems to drive fine. Although it likely needs shocks.

The engine (which was NOT cleaned by dealer) is bascially clean, but has some oil seepage on the outside of the head-gasket (on front and under the intake). Also oil around power steering pump.

No oil in coolant, seems to run smooth and strong.

This car is 2hrs from me so bringing it to a MB mechanic would be difficult. I only put down $200. Should I run?

Are these motors strong, easy to fix? Should I worry about the head-gasket? What should I look for?

Any advice from MB diesel owners is most welcome.



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Old 05-17-2001, 10:13 PM
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The car that you are refering to does have a strong motor. I would definately have the car looked at by a MBZ mechanic for a PRE-buters inspection, no if's and's or but's.
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Old 05-21-2001, 05:33 PM
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I have no experience with the 2,2 liter Diesel in the W201, but the 190D 2,0 and 2,5 liter diesels are strong as hell. Along with the W124 200D and 250D, these cars are the last long lasting/low service costs cars that mercedes build...
I used to drive a 1985 190D (2,0 liter) with 600.000km and no problems.
Check the trunk for rust underneath the rear window (they tend to leak) and above/under the taillights (previous collision damage).
Some W201 rusts round the jack support holes after some time as well.

Besides that, these cars are great.

1990 300SL-24
1993 C250D
with a minor 600+k kilometer
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