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Old 08-06-2002, 10:22 PM
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to keep or not to keep 86 190E 2.3

This forum is great. My first post so please help me out. I have a 1986 190E 2.3 with 150K miles. The engine has been rebuilt about three years ago. Here is my situation. The air conditioner blows moderately cool air but nothing to write home about. I have had the freon checked and it is full. Second the front end has started making a horrible creaking sound when I turn the wheels. I am pretty sure I need new struts but I am worried about what else might be causing these sounds. Lastly when I had my oil changed this last time the mechanic told me the front and rear "oil seals" are leaking. I really like this car but should I get these things fixed. The master plan would be to drive this car for another year and let my kids drive it as a first car. Any suggestions? Should I keep it and fix it and if so any idea about what amount I might have to spend or should I just say enough already and look for another.
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Old 08-06-2002, 10:36 PM
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I really can't comment on what it would be to fix the car. I do know that the a/c evaporator on a W201 is very easy to access and replace, unlike the W124's.

It may or may not be cheaper to sell it and buy another one, but considering the age of most 190E's, you're just as likely to buy another car that needs other things done.

Maintaining a used car is a fact of life. If you enjoy the car and it looks nice, fix it.
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Old 08-06-2002, 11:25 PM
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The creaking could be caused by the top of the strut assembly. The spring turns with the wheels and may be complaining about it. A little oil in the right place may keep it quiet.
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Old 08-07-2002, 12:41 AM
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Take a look at my latest post and I say SELL IT! I am starting to think all cars are created equal. No hate mail from die hards please. Just my experience.
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Old 08-07-2002, 02:16 PM
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A creaking sound when making a turn may be caused by worn lower ball joints. Check and replace (if you've got the means) if necessary.

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