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Old 06-20-2002, 03:16 PM
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Exclamation Opinions Needed Before I Buy Car

I was just given the chance to pick up a 1985 190D diesel. The body is excellent except for some rust on the passenger door. Interior is super clean and everything works. The car has 230,000 KM or about 138,000 original miles. How good was the engine in this car? Anything that they are notorious for? How was the general reliability of this model? The guy wants $4000 US for it. I am looking at it for my wife to replace her 1994 Jetta Diesel. Are the 190D known for expensive repairs like the newer Mercedes with their $1500 wiring harnesses? Any and all advice would be appreciated. The guy will hold the car for until Monday for a decision. Are these diesels aluminum block? Should tensioner and/or chain be replaced at this mileage? Buy - or Pass - Please help!
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Old 06-20-2002, 04:10 PM
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Curious about this car myself. There's a Diesel Discussion Board at this site as well. Here's something for starters. I'd check out the diesel board for more info.
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Old 06-20-2002, 04:13 PM
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Thanks Mike - I will do a lot of reading
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Old 06-20-2002, 08:34 PM
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The price is WAY too high. I'm selling Dad's super-clean 1990 190E 2.6 for about $5000CDN.

A 1985 190D is a $3500CDN car, tops.
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Old 06-20-2002, 08:40 PM
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I am going to chime in here as well and say that it had better be an awesome car to be asking $4000 for. I'm with John in saying the price is a little too high.
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Old 06-21-2002, 01:11 AM
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Here's what NADA says about it:


Body Style: Sedan 4 Door 190d
Model Number: DB22
Weight: 2,700
Low Retail: $2,900
Average Retail: $4,050
High Retail: $4,975

I think maybe the high mileage would put it between "low" and "average"
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Old 06-21-2002, 09:54 AM
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Thank You - I will take a pass on this car. People helping people - that's what this site is all about!!! Appreciate all the input
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