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Old 03-27-2002, 12:24 PM
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1987 190E 2.3: Repair or Replace?

The fateful day has finally come when I must decide whether to repair my 190E 2.3 (156K miles) or replace it.

It is suffering from massive blowby, and I'm told needs to be bored. I don't know what the condition of the head is, but the machine shop seems to think that "reconditioning" it should run around $200-$300. They also think that the work on the block should be around $300. The mechanic who is now in possession of the car expects, at first glance, that the job will run around $1500. I suspect he is conservative, because a piston kit appears to cost about $400, bringing the total so far to $1000 without labor.

The car also needs a new HVAC fan control switch, which I can do myself and a few other odds and ends, but the chassis appears to be generally sound.

I would truly value the input of people who are more familiar with these cars than I am.

Do these costs sound realistic?
What are your feelings about repairing this car or replacing it?
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Old 03-27-2002, 05:10 PM
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A complete overhaul on this engine takes around 30-35 hrs total, so I would think with parts & labor you will spend $2500-$3000.
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Old 03-28-2002, 04:50 PM
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Repair or replace?

That's more like what I was expecting.
In you opinion, is this car worth that kind of repair bill? I think I could replace it for slightly more, but I run the risk of getting into the same situation with the next one.

The car appears to be reasonably sound otherwise, so I have SOME confidence that I could stil get a lot of use out of it.

I would probably shop around for a 300E in the event that I scrap this one.

Any input would be appreciated.

Thank you.
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Old 03-28-2002, 05:36 PM
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The question in my opinion involves not only the cost of engine renewal, but the remaining service life of other major components:

How many miles on the transmission? Rear Axle/Differential? Power Steering Pump? Radiator? Climate Control System? Struts? How much downtime can you tolerate while the items are repaired/replaced as they fail?

I guess what I'm saying is that while having a sound bodyshell is a major plus, it's possible that other i$$ues are on the horizon. I would wonder if investment in an early-Nineties 190 with about half the mileage would be more prudent. I think blue book on a 1993 falls under $10k.
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