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I really want to buy a 190E soon but my friends and family keeps telling me it's going to cost me a lot to maintain it.

I would like to know how much it costs you guys per year to maintain your 190E or someone might tell me how much they think it would cost me to maintain a 1993 190E keeping in mind I live in Montreal, Canada and that I will not drive it during winter.

Thank you very much
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cost

No more than a regular car, but its gonna last adn last and last.
Since I took ownership of mine 2.5 years ago I've managed to accumulate 110K miles (almost 220 K km I guess). I'm on the verge of 180 K miles. I've had to buy a new battery ($100), distributor cap+ wires ($300), tires ($350) and brakes ($400)...normal consumables. They don't cost a rediculous price either. Find a mechanic you trust and do your normal maintainence. You'll be driving this while your friends will be trading in their 2nd or 3rd car. Performance wise, despite the fact she's 12 years old with all those miles on her it still goes 110 mph and red lines on a regular basis. As a matter of fact I got a ticket last year in Quebec doing 138 kmh, should have been 160 kmh but I had the gumption to tap my brakes.

best of luck

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generally very good

Two major issues w/ these cars invlove the flex disc (for automatics) and head gasket leaks. Make sure to check all the work previously done on the car, test drive it, and do a good visual inspection w/ your mechanic (or at least look for leaks/damage on your own).
 

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I haven't had my 190E for a long time but my fuel pump just recently went out and they are...

I haven't had my 190E for a long time but my fuel pump just recently went out and they are not too cheap and on top of it the 2.6 model has dual fuel pumps which I haven't figured out why. One pump costs around $200 and if both go out then it's $400 total.
 

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Re: generally very good

Two major issues w/ these cars invlove the flex disc (for automatics) and head gasket leaks. Make sure to check all the work previously done on the car, test drive it, and do a good visual inspection w/ your mechanic (or at least look for leaks/damage on your own).
He's right! I had a leak which my mechaninc found before I purchased, however since it was repaired no issues. Flex disc was replaced at time of purchase and I'm still running fine, however I may replace it for the hell of it, its been 110K miles.

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I see a lot of people are viewing this post but not many reply, so I'd like to ask you all...

I see a lot of people are viewing this post but not many reply, so I'd like to ask you all to please take two minutes and answer my question because this will influence my final decision.

Thank you very much.
 

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Have a lift?

If you have access to a lift, your normal maintenance costs would just be for oil, filters, fluids, etc. In other words - normal maintenance costs are no higher than any other car. Obviously, costs rise if you have to pay someone for the routine stuff (best labor charge I've found is $60/hr). These cars are really solid mechanically, as long as you check the vehicle history
 

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How much do you like the car?

Example: I looked at about 25 190s over a year and I'll be danged if I wasn't forced to buy a car after my 318i BMW finally gave up the ghost. Unfortunately, I only had $2000 to work with. I have an '86 300E, so I have quite a bit of respect for Mercedes. Anyway, to make a short story long, I had to find a 190 in 24 hours as I absolutely needed a car for my wife to go to work in. I found a somewhat worn '86 2.3 sitting on the street with dealer's license. I tracked down the dealer and took it for a test. Everything worked fine, particularly noting the AC, which doesn't work on most of the older 190s around here. The car had 133k miles on it. The silver paint was bad, but the car ran smooth enough.So I asked the dealer what he wanted for the car and he $2000. I said, 'sold', and decided to take my chances. (Btw, most older BMWs in the $2000 price range were real wrecks. I'm done with BMW, after three older 3 series models.) So, I bought a 190E 2.3 for $2000 and I'm still happy after about 8 months and $2500 in repairs. That's right. My wife was a bit aggressive with transmission so I had to replace it. I also had to replace the master cylinder and the rear brakes and the handbrake. I probably have another $200 in general maintenance to do and I should be sitting ok for awhile. Sidebar: My mechanic charges $110 an hour and has been at MBZ and Porsche repair for 30 years so he saves me a lot of troubleshooting grief. Alright, so I've got $4500 in this car and it looks like it's set for awhile. I like the 190. It's smaller than a 300E and more sporty to drive. The engine is smooth. BOTTOM LINE: You are looking at a pre-owned purchase. Don't expect it to be a new car. Expect to have repairs and fixers. General maintenance isn't that much. If you have replace a head gasket or master cylinder or AC or transmission, you're talking bigger dollars. I recommend having the money available for emergency fixes on any older car. The biggest problem with those of us who like these cars is that they really grow on us, and we really don't care what it takes to keep driving them (within reasonable limits, that is). Good luck.
 

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and a new motor from MB is about 800 bucks if you send the core. think about that should...

and a new motor from MB is about 800 bucks if you send the core. think about that should a head gasket become a problem. labor is a bit more. but if you've ever taken and engine out or put one in. mercedes are some of the easiest to do.
 

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hey your not the only one looking for a good 190. after driving my friend's 87 190D a fe...

hey your not the only one looking for a good 190. after driving my friend's 87 190D a few times and my parents getting another E-class. i have decided i want one for the next vehicle. they are relatively inexpensive to buy and maintain and since they are older benzes. nearly bulletproof if maintained properly. you can see in my sig what i'm looking for though. i might as well for a for a diesel since its offered.
 

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Well, I've made my decision, and yes, I want to buy a 190E. This will be my first car so m...

Well, I've made my decision, and yes, I want to buy a 190E. This will be my first car so my dad will have a say on this and so far he's having doubts, but I'll manage to convince him.

The thing is, I will only buy a 1993 black or silver 190E that's had only one owner and has never been in an accident. This might be VERY hard to find, but I'm patient, and one day the car will find me [:p]
 

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How far will you travel for your dream car?

There are lots of 190s where I live and they hit the market weekly. Most of them are in excellent condition because they are owned by people who appreciate quality so they know how to take care of them.
 

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I'll go anywhere on the Upper Eastern side of the continent ( South Carolina is the lowest...

I'll go anywhere on the Upper Eastern side of the continent ( South Carolina is the lowest, I'll go ).

So I think it's safe to say California is a bit too far for me !

Thanks anyways for the tip [:)]
 
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