Parts Catalog Accessories Catalog How To Articles Tech Forums
Call Pelican Parts at 888-280-7799
Shopping Cart Cart | Project List | Order Status | Help

Go Back   PeachParts Mercedes ShopForum > Technical Information and Support > Tech Help

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-27-2002, 12:24 PM
Posts: n/a
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?
Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-2002, 05:10 PM
Join Date: Mar 1999
Location: Tucker, Ga USA
Posts: 12,153
A complete overhaul on this engine takes around 30-35 hrs total, so I would think with parts & labor you will spend $2500-$3000.
MERCEDES Benz Master Guild Technician (6 TIMES)
ASE Master Technician
Mercedes Benz Star Technician (2 times)
44 years foreign automotive repair
27 Years M.B. Shop foreman (dealer)
MB technical information Specialist (15 years)
190E 2.3 16V ITS SCCA race car (sold)
1986 190E 2.3 16V 2.5 (sold)
Retired Moderator
Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-2002, 04:50 PM
Posts: n/a
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.
Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-2002, 05:36 PM
Posts: n/a
Carpe Loan Officer

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.
Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
190E 2.3 Fuel economy worsened 190D-SPORT Tech Help 1 06-09-2003 12:40 PM
190E 2.3 Timing Chain: After how many miles should I replace?? Herr Leber Tech Help 10 08-30-2001 11:51 AM
190E 2.3, 1987 Power seat problem sidhu Tech Help 0 01-03-2001 08:04 AM
1987 190E 2.3 16V Fuel Filter rommel Tech Help 2 01-02-2001 08:53 PM
AC Repair on a MB 190E 2.3 rabacan Tech Help 2 05-20-1999 10:22 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:34 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2018 Pelican Parts LLC - Posts may be archived for display on the Peach Parts or Pelican Parts Website -    DMCA Registered Agent Contact Page