Date registered: Nov 2009
Vehicle: 1993 190e, 2.6. Two-tone green. 3rd(?) owner. 128K miles.
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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Old broad + old MB = new member of BenzWorld
I've been lurking on this board for the past week. This is a great place for those like me who want to learn about their "new" purchase and how to keep it until it becomes a "classic."
I bought my first MB last week. It may have been a good deal or I may live to regret it. My boyfriend has standing orders to never use the phrase, "I told you so" with regard to my purchase. Yeah, a few days ownership and I'm hooked.
I bought a 1993, 190e, 2.6 with almost 128K miles. I made sure to get it over 128K within a few days. What a wonderful ride. Smoooooooth and handles like a dream.
There are things wrong with her I'll address as time goes by. Mechanical first. Cosmetically, she's pretty okay. I'll add pictures later. She's two-tone green (original paint) and has been well maintained; cosmetically. I have a feeling the mechanical is going to make me cringe; I'll deal.
We looked at several cars and were thinking she'd need new tires; she was confused with another MB we looked at. Good news; tires not *needed*. Bad news: power steering pump *was* needed. There's also a high-pressure hose she needs for the A/C. Winter here, even in Las Vegas, so A/C waits for a bit. Cost of repairs I guesstimated I'd have to do after purchase; a wash.
I don't do much mechanical for myself so I'll be browsing this board to have an idea of what I'm talking about when I find my "perfect" MB repair shop. Any input of good MB repair shops in LV area is greatly appreciated. Yep, I'm reading through that thread.
Things I do for my cars; check and fill fluids, check and replace (or have replaced) belts, check rubber parts (I live in the desert). I do my own detailing. I'm good at that; dad taught me (I'm reading those threads, too). I make sure to have my vehicle serviced regularly; I have a hard time finding a GOOD mechanic; that's why I'm here. Looking for good MB mechanics and learning what I can do to maintain a very nice and *reliable* car.
Things I know that will need repair: rear power windows don't work, driver's side power head rest doesn't work, remote adjust for passenger side mirror doesn't work, driver's side master door lock/unlock doesn't work (trunk master lock used in the interim), A/C (see above), there's a not-(yet?)-quite-clunk sound around the front-end suspension (bearings? bushings?), antennae lower is finicky, the rest is minor cosmetic; center caps for two wheels, match tires front and back, couple of minor (really minor) dents, rubber bumper on front end minor cosmetic fix needed (will have to replace the whole), plastic lens on front passenger side headlight cracked, oh, and the net storage behind seats needs tightening (will do myself based on FAQ here at BenzWorld. I've been known to pull off door panels and make minor repairs, replaces hoses, etc. to previous vehicles.).
This board is wonderful and a great resource. Thank you to all who contribute. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going back to reading and learning.
As the old road-side signs used to say, "Happy Motoring." (Yeah, I'm *almost* that old.) LOL