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Mercedes-Benz W201

Finding a Good 190E – How Can It Be?

Mercedes-Benz W201. Today, two in one

It’s been a Benz-filled weeks lately; with the Korean 190:s making the I’ve been thinking of the W201-series quite a lot. here, there are two kinds of driving around. The first consists of the cars originally in Finland when new, usually means well-used well past a quarter of a kilometres in their respective The Finnish 190:s have of a rock-solid reputation despite often bitten by the rust the epithet HONEST FINNISH CAR is often attributed to a very slightly brown-around-the-edges ’80s

What, then, isn’t a honest one? It’s the category of Mercs, the German ones. Finnish used car taxation changed in the early resulting in a flood of 190:s, E34 and E30 BMW:s and fully loaded And like one is likely to do, naturally and wary Finns eagerly these imported Germans odometer tampering. “They’ve all clocked, you can buy a service book a Turkish guy for pocket change”. that might ring with some cars in the end of the spectrum, German examples have less rust and specification.

Today I’ll show you a few of both: a down-in-an-alley Finnish and one of its latecomer brethren.

This red 190E is one of the more authentic cars: judging by the plate originally been registered in the and appears to be just as dirty and as a handyman’s overalls. It even a pair of working gloves on the and I bet there’s a toolbox in the trunk. The has dimmed, the paint on the fender has started to peel and then but the chrome grille shines on the star standing proud, if a tilted to the left.

The combination of a red car and a wall works. Just ask guys who shot the promo for the new Dodge Dart .

I like how the rear spoiler incorporates a place for the round star While the spoiler isn’t of a looker, I guarantee you it’s worse to the touch, all floppy and But since it’s period-correct, I’d it on – even if I’d check the mounting for rust just to be on the safe

Moving on, to the Used Car Review of this post:

Here’s the second 190E . A import with Wuppertal before boarding ship, it 153 000 km:s on the clock and has an asking of 2900 eur. While it is a car, it can only be distinguished by the plates and a sunroof; otherwise almost as basic as the Finnish with a 2.0-litre engine and a manual. The paint on it is metallic which should polish up And nice it is, with little on it; I only found bubbles the jacking points and under one piece. The underbody is rust-free, and so are the and door bottoms.

Why the snow on it? it had only recently arrived at the dealership, still dirty and and it’s not been spruced up for at the dealer’s website. I don’t this is a bad thing, as you get to see it in its natural and with the previous owner’s still visible in how the car carries As I brushed the car clean and started it cold, I was pleasantly surprised how it seemed.

The driver’s seat was as worn as a 1987 car’s be. While Benz benches are of sturdy cloth, the driver’s left bolster is often through. Not so on this car, and the hadn’t developed any leaks, A positive sign.

As it warmed up and I hopped behind the I found a slight problem. The is: the 190E isn’t one of the roomiest built. The W201 had the seats at facelift time and more was arranged from somewhere, but sunroof-equipped pre- MoPf car had my brushing the roof and my head at a angle. That the seat was in place didn’t help; I adjust the backrest but a perfect position could not be arranged.

Mercedes-Benz W201

Driving off in the snow, holding the from slightly further than I would’ve desired, I the feel of the car. The first I checked out was to see if there was any drivetrain a sure sign of the diff on its way out. No. The four-speed stick was and gears engaged with no thunks in this car. The end felt loose on snow, so – turning the car around in a T-junction just a stab of the gas isn’t I get to do on a daily basis with my daily driver.

The 190E is a educated German car in all of its details, and the sounds that made the way the cabin was a roar from the tires, and something squeaking around the passenger seat. The old-style Mercedes wheel giant in my hands, as I tried out the highway guts. It’s not a car, but acquires speed with the road surface I felt the car travel from to side ever-so-slightly, but it felt on a straightaway.

Inspecting the Benz in the dealership’s lighting, I noticed a loose shield on the exhaust that a rattling noise. Another was a slight lifter tick; the shouldn’t sound too diesely but was something that needed Something also sounded and I suspect a worn fanbelt The camcover gasket had oozed oil on the and in general the engine bay was in need of a wash.

I also rummaged the trunk. One place where the rusts is the back, as the rear seals fail and rust out the surrounding. More water in and rots the trunk’s bottom and the trunk side mouldings. The on this Benz was dry, so at it hadn’t leaked recently. I remove the inside panelling in the and dark, as I didn’t want to damaging the plastic, but knocking the corners from outside a solid sound.

But this is where the car’s comes into question. was no service history with the car for a couple of stickers at the door other indicated the next coming at 70k (ugh) and another an at 147k, in June without the year.

The following day, I the dealer about the advertised book. He told me the car didn’t with a service folder at With a 1987 Mercedes might be a moot point, but there’s always existed a division of trustworthiness between and imported Mercs, a service is crucial if I wish to sell one on Trying to convince a service café parliament of the Mercedes’s is difficult even with a book; without as much as a manual it’s downright

I had the dealer ring the previous and heard the news: the car was imported in without any history and in the following years they have had it been serviced every 10 000 km. had driven the car for 20-30 000 km:s, so has been few and far between. These need their oil changes and services even if there’s not to go wrong: and paying an admittedly price for a 1987 Merc a diligent backstory isn’t I’d do in a heartbeat. I do admit, it’s rarely that I’ve an official Mercedes dealer the importance of service history.

I’m still jonesing for the Mercedes, I you that. With the asking at 2900 euros, I could it for 2300 cash. I’m still not to jump at the chance; despite my to own a quality-made German car. I’m one with the homework in its back will come along time – Finnish or imported. I’m not the black one is clocked, but the thing is: I tell you it isn’t. Even if a straight, rust free car drove fine, I just be satisfied with paying 2k for an amnesiac Merc.

Mercedes-Benz W201
Mercedes-Benz W201
Mercedes-Benz W201
Mercedes-Benz W201
Mercedes-Benz W201


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