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1986 Mercedes 190E 2.3L

I was wondering if this car was still in the era of when Mercedes made every car like it was built for royalty, or if was like pretty much every other car from the 80's?


Also what other "classic" benzs are ur favorite?
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The W201 was a dramatic departure for Mercedes and it ruffled a few feathers of "Mercedes fans." The styling by Bruno Sacco was a departure from past sedans. Being the lightest and smallest Mercedes sedan since the 1930's, it was thought to be unworthy, however it was planned and designed in the late '70's for a changing market. Reviews by the motoring press at the time literally "gushed" over the new model, despite its price point in the low US$20K.
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It looks like your response was from a textbook or magazine somewhere [8D]
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There were loads of compliments. The consistent thread by the motoring press was that it was every bit a Mercedes as the bigger sedans were. They noted that the interior, particularly the dash layout, was instantl recognizable as Mercedes. Peter Egan included the 2.6 as one of the 10 most memorable cars he ever test drove for Road & Track, along with some Ferraris, Corvettes, etc. His rememberance was that closing the front door made all other cars that he tested after that seem flimsy. Being the pioneer platform for the 5-link rear suspension, it was a hit on curves too. For a short time Mercedes considered a FWD layout, but stayed "traditional" RWD in order to utilize existing manufacturing factory space, which was in short supply, and to maintain some parts interchanges with the upcoming W124.
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so ur saying its a sweet car?
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RE: 1986 190E 2.3

Had one --- great fun to drive. They did save money, but it is lighter and there are some not too terrible ways they saved money.

The 2.3 has head gasket problems. Make sure it was changed or get an extended warranty - if possible.

Don't put 18" or larger wheels on it. I had a good friend and mechanic do it on his 190E and it ruined the road feel in a big way.

Good luck[:)]

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Thanks for the advice, actully I just got a new head gasket on it like 2 weeks ago [:D]

Also I just hand polished my rims ( or wheel covers) whatever they are so I'm not looking for bigger rims.

Finally, I know I want to get the clear "european" blinker lights, are there any other upgrades I could do, that are relativly cheap, and increase either performance or looks substancially. thnks
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you can take the grill out and spraypaint it black:

cheap, easy, and it looks cool
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do u have any pics of a black grill (especially on a grey 201)
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Look for clear cornering lights ( on eBay or...) and you might want to change the headlight assembly to the newer single piece Euro lights.

As I recall the '86's had the single bulb on each side "framed" by the plastic light bezel.

IMHO I don't find the "black" grill look does all it could, but that's a matter of taste.

Add a K&N Airfilter for better breathing....

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