Mercedes-Benz 190E - Should I buy a Mercedes 190e? - Alfred Rees-Glinos

Hey guys. Our Mondeo's head gasket is beginning to go. So after some searching online, I came across an advert for a 1989 190e 2.0 auto. 200,000 miles on the clock, one owner, full service history, and a years MOT. My main question is, should I buy it? I would rarerly be taking it on significantly long distances, mostly commuting 20 mins to work. Second, how easy would it be to find spare parts in the future? Would these parts be signifianclty expensive? Thanks in advance. Alfie.

Mercedes-Benz 190E - Should I buy a Mercedes 190e? - RobJP

Whilst it comes from an era when cars were far easier to work on, and Mercs were far better engineered than they have been in recent years, just bear in mind that it is nearly 30 years old.

Does it sound like a good idea to HAVE to rely on a 30 year old car to get you to work every day ?

Mercedes-Benz 190E - Should I buy a Mercedes 190e? - nellyjak

Assuming you are paying very little for it...just one question that should apply to running a 30 year old car as a daily vehicle......how lucky do you feel.?

Mercedes-Benz 190E - Should I buy a Mercedes 190e? - badbusdriver

The 1st thing I would say is go on a Mercedes forum and ask them regarding using it for commuting, spare parts situation, etc.

My heart would say yes, definitely!. In theory there is no reason why a 190 couldn't manage just fine for what you want. But that kinda depends on what kind of life it has led, and how well its been looked after. But, as Rob says, the 190 was made back in a time when Mercedes engineering and quality was the best, so it would put up with more abuse than pretty much any other car of it 's time (except a volvo 240 of course!). The 190e had a 2.0 injection engine which was generally reckoned to have the best balance between economy and performance (though its power output would be well and truly laughed at these days). It is also quite a petite car (compared to its equivalent these days) and doesn't have that much rear seat space, so bear that in mind if you regularly have more than 2 adults in the car.

Mercedes-Benz 190E - Should I buy a Mercedes 190e? - SLO76
Along with the 124 series E class the 190 was the last proper Mercedes. Extremely well made and mechanically simple these were about quality above all else. Sadly the cars that replaced it went rapidly downhill as volume became the mantra at Mercedes Benz.

It is however nearly 30yrs old and carrying a huge six figure mileage. It will require constant repair and maintenance so don't buy it if you're on a tight budget even if it's at an appealingly low price. This won't be a particularly cheap car to run though if looked after it will suffer zero depreciation, in fact it will even rise if it's a nice example and kept that way despite the mileage. Nice low mile examples are fetching very strong money with specialists now but these are a world away from a tatty example which is still near worthless.

If you're looking for cheap transport look elsewhere (I can't stress this enough) but if you fancy a bit of retro everyday transport and don't mind paying the cost for it then these are a good day to day classic which has decent road manners and reasonable safety considering its vintage.
Mercedes-Benz 190E - Should I buy a Mercedes 190e? - badbusdriver

Hey guys. Our Mondeo's head gasket is beginning to go. So after some searching online, I came across an advert for a 1989 190e 2.0 auto. 200,000 miles on the clock, one owner, full service history, and a years MOT. My main question is, should I buy it? I would rarerly be taking it on significantly long distances, mostly commuting 20 mins to work. Second, how easy would it be to find spare parts in the future? Would these parts be signifianclty expensive? Thanks in advance. Alfie.

Just had a quick look on t'internet, and there actually is a forum specific to the Mercedes 190, complete with buyers guide, so that's probably your best bet for advice.

Mercedes-Benz 190E - Should I buy a Mercedes 190e? - gordonbennet

Cars of this era were the best all rounders by far, and the 190 Merc one of the best of the best, maybe not quite as bullet proof as a Volvo 2/7/9 series or most Toyotas but very very good, they never built a car as well again IMHO.

Check overall condition, you have to get down and dirty to check underneath, checking for corrosion around the rear subframe mountings and jacking points.

Parts are cheap and plentiful and there's always scrappers to raid, the car is reasonably easy to work on, but as said it is an old car and will require maintenance and rust prevention measures, if you can do the bulk of the work yourself then you could do worse than buy one of these but obviously it has to be very cheap, around £800 tops.

Mercedes-Benz 190E - Should I buy a Mercedes 190e? - madf

Rust - sills, floorpan and suspension mountings..

You could be buying a car in need of HUGE work - thinks £5k plus bills and worse still - work talking months...Skilled welding. And scarce parts.. And unless you choose the right repairer,..a possible can of worms...

You need a skilled paid for writen report onm its condition if you don't have the skills.

If you have to ask the question, my advice is no..

Edited by madf on 21/06/2017 at 20:34

Mercedes-Benz 190E - Should I buy a Mercedes 190e? - Avant

A 190E sounds like a great idea for a 'leisure car' - one that you might enjoy driving for fun - but not ideal for being relied on to get you to work.

I'd suggest only buying it if it's going cheaply, and you have enough left for a new head gasket. If that's all that's wrong with the Mondeo, repairing it is the cheapest option.

 

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