Date registered: Jan 2011
Vehicle: 1985 190E 2.3-16
Location: Versailles, KY USA
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A couple of suggestions, things I've learned owning a Euro 16v...
I'm surprised at how many gray market 16v's are in the US, quite a few made it over here via that route. They did a poll of 16v owners over at 190rev, almost half were gray market. Finding a Euro model is not outside the realm of possibility.
Find out how it was converted. The gray market 16v's are a real grab bag. Some went for a full transplant of a KAT injection computer. With my 85, it looks like they just slapped a catalyst on the exhaust and left all the other Euro gear in place, including the Euro ECE computer. Look at the rotary spark advance switch by the battery, it will say either ECE or KAT. The minimalist conversion with the ECE computer is the best, less to go wrong and no 02 sensor to worry about.
The Euro 16v often comes with the simpler, less trouble prone manual heater setup instead of the climate control unit, mine did. Downside to this is if the heater fan motor goes out, it's not the same as the climate control heater fan - I'm still trying to find one. Personally, I like the Euro interior with minimal wood, but that's just me.
No, not looking to sell mine, I've become rather attached to it.
If you have the bucks, I'd give the AMG model that POS has a serious look. They are quite rare.