For Sale - 190e 2.6 Sportline - in Chicago
Hi all, Iím looking to unload my 1993 190E 2.6 Sportline (the one with the lowered suspension and red/black interior). Itís been a great daily driver for three years, but dammit, I really miss having a manual transmission and am looking to pick up an older Quattro.
I bought it on Ebay three years ago and brought it from Albany to Chicago. Paid 4500.00 for it as it was described as very nice. It wasnít quite as described, but I couldnít complain because the seller died halfway through the deal (long story).
Itís a nice car, and has been very reliable, but Iíll be very honest about the condition, it has some issues, all fixable and worth doing since it is a Sportline.
Engine - Runs great. Havenít had to do anything to it except replace the o2 sensor. Runs strong (I pulled the resistor out and run only 92 octane. I did indeed notice a difference in performance, not to start a debate or anything...) I have the resistor to re-install if you like. Idle is pretty steady, doesnít stall. Should really replace the serpentine belt, which I have but havenít put on yet.
New exhaust from cat back put on in 12/2011. All OEM replacement bits.
Rebuilt transmission (ouch) 9/2012
Interior Ė Nice leather. Seats of course have the odd scuff or so, but no tears. Cocomats since last summer, Alpine CD player with Boston speakers in back, Alpine speakers in dash. Third taillight is missing, yanked out in very rough fashion. Headliner ok, has some stains around sunroof (doesnít leak, anymore anywayÖ) Some of the c-pillar trim and left rear door trim is loose. The tops of the door cards are pulled back in spots. Dash is not cracked. All lights work except the backlight for the outside temp gauge. A/C and cruise work, all windows work, power seats work, A/C was charged 134 last summer, worked last time I used it in August, rear window defog blows a fuse every time you try to use it, so I donít. Sunroof tilts, doesnít recline Ė gets stuck. Odometer stuck at 115000 k, trip doesnít work either. Blower fan getting noisy. Car has about 140,000 miles on it. I think.
Exterior, good paint. The door dings youíd expect after 20 years, some stains and scratches on the hood and trunk. A real buff job would do it nicely, but shines up well. One dime sized bubble on left rear quarter, not through the paint yet. No other rust. Grill horizontal bars are broken off. Wearing euro lights with working city lamps. All in all, very nice 10 footer. Very presentable.
Suspension - Replaced shocks with 200 mile used Bilstein Comforts Dec , 2012. Not a bad ride with the lowered springs. Ball joints and tie rods seem good. Bearings donít howl. Brake master cylinder shows a leak right at the servo/master cylinder joint. Brakes work fine, rear pads a little thin, was planning a brake job in Spring, Rotors seem good but I havenít measured. Have a full set of Hancock snows on some old MB rims, have a mis-matched set of Summer tires on factory Sportline wheels. Was gonna put new tires on in the spring.
So there ya go. Iíll post pictures tonite, It really is a good honest car that could be an elegant daily driver right now with a couple fixes that should be done soon or restore since it is rare. I was originally going to throw a few bucks at it once the snow melts and drive it another two years. I tried to list everything that is good and bad about it. Itís been a fun car, but I am kinda loosing interest and good, older Quattros keep popping upÖ
Iíll put up some pictures tonite/tomorrow. I set a price I think is fair for what it is (rare), what is has (new tranny, been stone reliable otherwise), and what it needs (about $750 bucks of repairs at a shop, a good detail, and a set of summer tires).
1993 190E Sportline
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