I decided that I am going to consider selling my beloved 190e. A lot of you know this car. I bought it from Mark (5dbl-o) on this forum in January of 2012. I flew out to Virginia, picked it up, drove it home, and have enjoyed it greatly ever since. Below is a portion of his original FS thread that I feel I should post since he is the one who performed the major mechanical changes on the vehicle.
1/10/2012: "What a beast. I have close to 10k invested. many pics (mb tech for over 20 years , I personally put this car together but now time for a boat) anybody seriously interested call me work # 434-386-9035
Bought on ebay from dealer in Toms River NJ for 2600.00 It has 80,000 miles on the car. Converted to 3.2 liter 5 speed manual. Also bought a 1995 e320 sedan for the donor car. I removed the engine and replaced the head gasket and performed a nice 3 ange valve job. Replaced the timing chain , water pump and other items I cant remember. Custom made the wiring harness everything soldered and heat shrink. Bought a getrag 5 speed from a scrapyard for 600.00 (it had been on the shelf there for 10 years. Yes I got very lucky. The fluid was so clear it was like brand new) it is flawless. Genuine new MB flywheel My buddy machinist (34 years expert) took 9 lbs off the flywheel and balanced it for me. Installed all new genuine MB clutch and linkages, and everything that goes with it. Shifter and pedals from ebay uk. new bushings in shifter and new genuine MB shift knob/boot. Gathered all 16v body parts painted them and installed the body kit. (320.00 worth of fasteners) This car runs very strong and seems to never stop pulling. I installed a 329 limited slip from a e320 4matic wagon/ cut, shortened and sleeved axles properly. Dont want to scare anybody off but I do have nitrous installed and have run 1 bottle through it. Wow, Nice. Since this car was automatic it has the kickdown switch under the acc. pedal. That is the activation button and I tucked the child lockout switch under the console so it is always on and the child lockout switch that you see in the console just arms the system. factory look I moved the battery to the trunk because the new control units take up the old battery space up front. I run a passport radar detector and use an optical isolater so when the detector goes off it mutes the stereo . Interior and body in great ,great shape Beilstin sport shocks, front suspension and front brakes from the 95 e320. I have been an auto tech for 34 years and strictly mercedes for 22 years now You dont have a clue how strong and reliable a car like this is unless you have driven one with this conversion. Want to know more call me 434-238-8378 or 434-386-9035 Sorry, The rear diff was from a 91 300te 4matic. It is 329 limited slip with the hydraulic 100 % lock option."
The car now has 90,000 miles. Other than much preventative and regular maintenance. The only changes I performed were OEM euro headlights/turn signals/tail lights and AMG Hammer wheels. The car never skipped a beat, has always been an absolute joy to drive and look at. After having numerous 190's including another M104 swapped car, I am convinced that this is one of the most properly built 190's out there.
Shortly after buying the car, I took it to a local dyno day at PSI Proformance, where the car put down a healthy 222whp/226wtq on a Dynojet (no nitrous). I've used the nitrous just to experience it a few times in 3rd/4th gears. It's definitely a very nice boost, but I never felt that it's needed.
The car starts, runs, and drives with no issues. I purchased a SPEC Stage 2+ clutch shortly after buying the car, simply because. I felt that the clutch will eventually need to be replaced, but it doesn't. I will include the new clutch kit with the car.
Sadly, I am generally very busy working on a lot of things in my life, and do not drive the car often. It is by far the favorite car I've ever owned, but it deserves more attention than I am able to give it. It needs to be driven and shown around. I do not need to sell the car, and will not sell it to someone who will not care for it properly. If your 16 year old son is looking for a first car, I will likely not let that car be my 190.
As far as an asking price, I am asking $14,000. This is a car for someone who is willing to pay to have a properly built, no expense spared, and ultra reliable car.
I apologize for some of the pictures being low quality, as well as the description not being a 10/10. I am currently at the office, I will update with more details and high resolution pictures later.