Mercedes 190E 2.3-16

Discussion in 'Other German' started by leeber, Jun 16, 2019.

  1. leeber

    leeber Karting

    Dec 21, 2012
    Charleston, SC
    Does anyone in the forum have a Mercedes 190E 2.3-16? I am thinking of buying a Euro version and importing it into the USA. Dont know why I cant get these out of my system of "car wanted" over the last 3 years!
  2. PT 328

    PT 328 F1 Rookie
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    Can't be of much help but I have been a fan of the 190 Cosworth for about 30 years.
  3. johnei

    johnei Formula 3
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    John Wiley
  4. absent

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    mark k.
    I had manual with dogleg pattern in 1986 and Auto in 1987.
    Very well balanced and fun to drive but performance was underwhelming even then, I remember complaining that the chassis was so good it deserved at least a 40-50HP more then it had.
    Manual was hands down a better car, Automatic was just lazy and slow.
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  5. AndersForsberg

    Jul 22, 2019
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    Anders Forsberg
    You'd think that my first ever message at FC would be about a Ferrari, and not involving a Merc with fewer valves than it should have.
    All kidding aside... I just wen't browsing the forums and happened upon this thread before I can actually get cracking on researching 348's to see if that's a worthy first foray into Ferrari territory.

    Like I said, I'm missing a few valves and some 50 odd horsepower on my own 190.
    I did go looking for a 2.3 16V a while back, though. Test drove one of them and @absent isn't really that far off.
    Buuut... I've also driven an E30 BMW M3 and I can't really say that it was thaaaat much more excting. And that's at least double the money these days.
    Don't expect to be wowed by it's performance, but it's good to get thing's out of your system. Go for it!
    But do the manual one, for sure. And it can't really be a downside to have a 'better' car when it comes time to let it go. The USD is also strong compared to some local European currency.

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    Here is mine.
    A (prior to me) one-owner car with some period AMG-pieces.
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  6. 88MONDIAL

    88MONDIAL Formula Junior

    Apr 13, 2005
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    Jim Smith
    190's are great cars, a 2.3-16 would be awesome. If you can do it, I say yes.
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  7. mclaudio

    mclaudio Formula 3

    Dec 13, 2003
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    My favorite street Benz to drive. Euro is noticeably more rev happy than US. Go for it!
  8. tbakowsky

    tbakowsky F1 World Champ
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    Sep 18, 2002
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    Had a 92 190 2.6. Best car I have ever owned. Put over 800,000km on that car before it said goodnight. My father bought it new, and gave it to me, so that's combined milage.
  9. leeber

    leeber Karting

    Dec 21, 2012
    Charleston, SC
    im still looking. if anyone has a lead on finding a 190E 2.3-16 (1st choice) or 2.5-16 with cloth interior, manual trans, and air conditioning. please contact me.

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