What year is the car? I think it's smart not to get emotionally attached to a car that you have a hunch might be a problem. There are a lot of these 190s out here in California and I've come to the conclusion that many of them, unless they are one-owner-meticulously-taken-care-of-and-look-like-it, are cars that someone thought would be cool to have but not cool to take of. It's a shame because they are great vehicles, much more satisfying to drive than older 3 series BMWs. If I was a zillionaire I would have bought every 190 I've looked at and put the shine back on them all.