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Was I right in passing up this 190D?

This weekend I test drove a 1984 MB 190D with a little under 237k miles. It drove fairly well, though I think it might have a vacuum issue as its 1-2 shift was quite harsh. The A/C does not work in the car, and it does not have service history records. The brakes work but are a little "rough". At the very least it would need new rotors and pads relatively soon.

Structurally, the car appeared in reasonable shape. There was essentially no rust underneath or inside the wheel wells. Surface rust was present behind the wheels and at the jacking points. It had a small dent on one of the rear passenger doors. T

The car checks out fine on CARFAX. The asking price was $1400, and I got it down to $900. I probably could have had it down to $800 but decided to walk away for reasons of cold feet. I'm not sure I have enough free time to address its known and unknown issues. Moreover, the lack the A/C is bummer that is not cheap to fix.

What would you guys have done? Did I make the right decision or did I miss a potentially good deal?
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There is an old saying...

"There is nothing as expensive as a cheap used Mercedes"

The 190E is not all that expensive of a car in terms of one that is already in good shape. 237K is a bunch of miles, and the A/C issue alone can be very expensive.

Unless you have a lot of cash to throw at a project car, or lots of time, or both... you did the right thing, IMHO.

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Unless you are looking for a high mileage beater then you made a good choice to pass.
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Thanks.
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Fixers are not for everybody.
237k for diesel is just "broken in", but the model has it limitation. Sure for person with limited budget it could be cheap transportation for next 20 years if you don't mind wear out paint and oil drips.
I sold my 1983 300tdt because got tired of fixing oil drips. I could afford newer one and even newer diesel wagons are not available from MB USA, the gasser was offering even better gas mileage with twice horsepower. Add ABS, traction control, dual climate zone, air bags. Those are very nice things, but for the money.
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True. The mileage on the engine didn't really worry me. The rest of the drivetrain I'm not as sure about as it has an auto. tranny. What I'm looking for is a cheap second car to save miles on my first, and I'm not afraid to get my hands dirty. I'm just not sure about this one.

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"There is nothing as expensive as a cheap used Mercedes"...JR
Ditto with JR. I bought my first high mileage MB because the price was right. It wasn't long before I had to start pouring money into it. However, for only $800-$900 that might be a little enough investment that you'll have the resources to make it worth your while. Lastly, I see a lot of rust-free 190E still rolling around here and I'm sure those were all well-built cars.

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With that many miles... thats sketch.
Good luck with the smog test.
I would have left it alone too.
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Lastly, I see a lot of rust-free 190E still rolling around here and I'm sure those were all well-built cars.

Actually my much newer W210 is running with window regulator from old 190. At those times MB didn't cut corners ordering cheaper plastics.
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Actually my much newer W210 is running with window regulator from old 190. At those times MB didn't cut corners ordering cheaper plastics.
Ditto Kajtek1

That is what I am saying too. Those were built during a different era and I think most of the 1980s and early 1990s were good years for MB.

I see a lot of those and they are all in good shape. The paint is holding up and the MB-Tex interiors from what I have observed. What I do not know is how much the owners are paying to keep them running. I only know a couple of the owners personally, they are both women, and I have never asked them for details like that.

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