Date registered: Apr 2009
Vehicle: 96 E-320, 91 190E, various and sundry Euro and American vehicles
Location: N/W Chicago in the cornfields
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Actually the costs of repairs are not bad on the 190E, in comparison to Honda. Honda oem parts are not cheap just like Benz. Aftermarket stuff is out there for most of the basics, and if you are a hands on DIY type you should be fine.
I have had a few things go bad that are not unusual from my knowledge. Interior fan went down and also a coil spring in the front broke. I replaced a starter at 140k miles. Car currently has 170k on it and is getting a little rough around the edges. The clearcoat goes bad and they either rust or don't. Mine has not, and it is an outdoor car on Chicago salted roads. Only other thing that went was the intake manifold gasket (mine is the 2.3, not the 2.6). There is a lot of spaghetti in vacuum lines, and at that time they were all replaced due to age.
Other than that, the car has been bulletproof, and I am not easy on cars.
Personally I believe from a cost standpoint in repairs it is superior to my E-320, but time will tell since I've only had the e-320 for 1 year.
I have owned the 190E since 1999, when I bought it with 75K miles, so for 100k miles of abusive driving, and buying it used, it has been good.