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Old 03-02-2012, 05:43 PM
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Should I buy this car???

1992 190e 2.3L. well maintained with service records. Current owner has had it 12 years and drove a lot of highway miles. No rust, interior is fine

Car has 254,000 miles. everything works and drives well. Owner has not had to install a new head gasket but not sure if one was put in before he bought it. If it blows a head gasket I know how to fix that (been there done that)

With this many miles is the trans ready to go even if it was maintained properly? Asking price is $1900.

Looking for some experienced advice. Should I even look at it or keep looking?
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Old 03-02-2012, 09:09 PM
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With that many miles on a 102 motor I wouldn't let you give it to me, much less buy it. The entire timing drive is likely on borrowed time.
90 300TE 4-Matic

Turbo 103 4-Matic, 3 cam advance
11-18 PSI, A2W I/C, 40 LB/HR
MS II Extra, 60-2 Direct Coil Control
3" Exhaust, AEM W/B O2
Underdrive Alt. and P/S Pulleys,
Vented Rear Brake Discs, .034 Booster.
3.07 Front and Rear Diff, 1st Gear Start

91 300CE parting

90 300CE 104.980
Milled & ported head, 10.3:1 compression
197 intake cam w/20 advancer
4 ignition advance
PCS TCM2000 running 722.6 trans, 600W PWM fan, water injection
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Old 03-02-2012, 10:26 PM
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Is it worth buying and installing a new timing chain and guides?
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