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There's someone locally selling a '91 190E 2.6L, and I thought I could set my mind at ease here. Mainly it's because it has 170,000 miles. I know these cars are supposed to last for a long time, but I wasn't quite sure if it'd be worth it to buy one with that many miles. He's asking $2200 for it. I have enough money for the car, but I'm wondering how reliable one that old will be, since I'm a student and I don't have enough money for any large repairs. If anyone else with the same model and high miles can tell me how reliable it is, or around how many miles you had problems, I'd appreciate it.
 

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If you don't have much money for large repairs, don't get it. In fact, don't get any Mercedes / BMW. Parts simply cost a good amount, and even if you DIY you can be in the thousands. Not to say other old cars can't be expensive too, but my GF's Honda has been much less of a money pit than mine and she has even more miles and has seemingly fewer problems than me. FYI, I only have 112k miles on my 2.6 now, and I've put about $4k into the car, minus the cost of the car which was darn near free. I could have done things a lot cheaper but I am planning on keeping this vehicle as my commuter and was willing to put extra $$ into it to buy new parts instead of going to the junk yard etc. in hopes that it will last longer. But it gives you a good example of approximate cost of ownership. It's not the most expensive thing, but I wouldn't call it frugal either.
 

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I just ordered a bunch of parts for my newly purchased 190e online and honestly parts prices are not that bad at all.

1 Breather Hose $16.01
1 Washer Reservoir Cap $2.69
1 Thermostat 79c $13.83
1 Front Brake Pad Set $28.44
1 Rear Brake Pad Set $22.55
4 Spark Plug $7.76
1 Air Filter $16.02
2 Oil Filter $11.40
2 Front Brake Disc $41.74
1 Radiator Hose Upper $7.70
1 A/t Cooler Hose $19.39
1 Radiator Hose Lower $44.68
That said, I would buy the newest, lowest mileage, best condition 190e you can find. If you have to give up on a 6cyl engine or some options, so be it. I got a 1 owner California 1993 2.3 with 105k miles for $2500 including tax and registration.
 

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Yeah, awhile ago I was looking at one with only about 115K miles, but someone was trying to sell it for like $4,000, which I don't have. So I guess I'll just keep looking for a better deal then. Thanks for the help.
 

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it sounds aight, i wouldnt pay $2200 for it, but i bet you could talk him down. what does it look like? you should ask him if you could test drive it, and if you know alot about cars or have a friend who does them have him look at it for you. there nice cars, i paid 400 for mine and only had to get a head, great cars though
 

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Here's a picture he sent to me



I was planning on test driving it and taking it to my parent's mechanics to see what they'd say about it, but I figured I'd get a better call on how reliable they are in general by asking here.
 

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I just ordered a bunch of parts for my newly purchased 190e online and honestly parts prices are not that bad at all.



That said, I would buy the newest, lowest mileage, best condition 190e you can find. If you have to give up on a 6cyl engine or some options, so be it. I got a 1 owner California 1993 2.3 with 105k miles for $2500 including tax and registration.
Some parts can get expensive though. A new radiator is $300, new smog pump is $1k or so. And if you can't do your own head gasket (and it hasn't been done yet) then you can expect a $1k+ repair.
 

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Basically it all depends on how much of a DIY person you are and whether the maintainance on the car has been kept up. I'm a student as well, but mine has been extremely reliable since it has been maintained well over the years. Some people buy old Benzes really cheap and then find out they need thousands in repairs.
 

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my 190e costed me 775 bucks with 180k o it if your good at troubleshooting and auto repairs then i would suggest talking him down, buy used parts also too from ebay,.. theyll help you diagnose problems that you may think are wrong then you can relist your old part if there is no substancial change.. dont cheap out on oxygen sensors and electronic componenets or sensors there a bitch too diagnose new.. otherwise seems steep check tailpipe for crbon blowout ..
 
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