Name is Phil and I just purchased my first Benz yesterday. I am replacing my old beat up 91 Acclaim with it. It is a 1992 190E 2.6 Automatic, black on black, 214 000 km. It has leather interior, sunroof, electric windows and right rear view, heated seats (useful in Canada), Cruise Control, Powersteering, and AC (im sure theres more I don't know of yet).
The previous owner had the car for 5 years and took extremely good care of it (look at pics) and spent 21 000$CAN on it. Being the smart man that he is, he saved and classified all the invoices. He also provided a quick list of what he was told to check @ his last visit to the MB repair shop (Metz Benz in Laval).
The major problem of the car (IMO, and im no mechanic..) is the transmission. When changing into R, it takes 5-6 to engage (but does so smoothly), and when going back to D, you feel that the change is rough. The same can also be said from 1-2, but slightly less (you feel it, but not as hard as R->D).
The other things that need to be checked according to the list are (translating from french here, and my mechanical knowledge is limited): the bushing from the speed handle, oil leak power steering, suspension hand in the back ("bras de suspension"), and the rear brakes.
The rust is very limited on the car: 3 small spots that need fixing on the paint, and adequate rust below. Anti-rust was done every 2 years on the car.
And finally the paint on the roof behind the sunroof has been braking on the top for the past 4 years without actually popping out. We believe the car was repainted by the first owner (hopefully he didn't cover up some rust spots).
I paid 3200$CAN for it. It came with 4 extra winter tires in good condition and few lights.I believe I made a good deal considering the amount the previous owner invested in it (21K, all mechanical, no aesthetics), and the great care he took of the car. I plan (hope?) on injecting as much as I paid to fix the few problems.
Ive had the car for 24h, and I already love it. The crack on the front bumper was done less than 10h after I got the car...Someone hit my car while it was parked in downtown Montreal..hit and run ftl...
Now I shall go read/spam the forums to learn as much as I can about my new car