1991 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.6

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For me, the 190E almost defines the perfect Mercedes-Benz. I’m not a fan of huge cars, so the W201 certainly works on a size basis for me but still embodies all the great things I loved about this brand from the past, including timeless design, solidity and dependability. This 1991 190E 2.6 for sale in South Carolina has the tasty combination of the inline-6 paired to the seldom seen 5-speed manual gearbox. The rare shade of Bornit Metallic makes this baby Benz all the more attractive.

Click for details: 1991 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.6 on eBay

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Manual mates: 1985 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 vs. 1993 190E 2.6 Sportline

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The time has once again come that you can not purchase a new Mercedes-Benz in the United States with a manual gearbox. The SLK250 was the last to be equipped as such. Even on a stroll around Frankfurt, Germany last week, I spotted few new Mercedes-Benzes with a proper gearshift on the console. As time passes on, they are only going to become more rare. So we might as well look back to more vintage models to satisfy our dynamic driving needs. We’ll take a look at two very different 190E models today, both equipped with 5-speed manual gearboxes. We’ll start first with this European spec 1985 190E 2.3-16 for sale in Florida.

Click for details: 1985 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 at Champion Motors

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1992 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.6

This 1992 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.6 isn’t an enthusaist dream machine, it’s basic transportation, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. The listing caught my eye because this car is a one owner vehicle that’s up for sale only because the elderly owner has had her driving privileges taken away. In terms of ideal purchasing situations, that is right up there with the best. Not only do you have a vehicle that has been driven hard, but you also have the added bargaining power of knowing that they need to sell the thing. This example is up in an affluent area just east of Beverly Hills, so I don’t think it’s a stretch to assume that the car has been routinely serviced. There is no mention of service records, but I’m hoping that there’s a big ‘ol manilla folder full of them in the glovebox. If not, I’m sure it wouldn’t be too hard to track down the shop that serviced the vehicle and get all the details on what it may, or may not need in the near future. My guess would be, not very much.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1992 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.6 on Craigslist Los Angeles

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1993 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.6 Sportline 5-speed manual

As I was headed to the airport this afternoon, I was scanning eBay to kill time on the commuter train and came across this rarity, right in my backyard. A 1993 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.6 Sportline with, shock of shocks, a 5-speed manual gearbox! The Sportline option was rare enough as it is, with bolstered seating and a tighter suspension. Couple this trim with a 5-speed manual in desirable black over gray leather, and you have a recipe for one sweet, classic Benz. This example is for sale in Northern New Jersey, having been lightly used by its current owner. This is one of those times you’ll see my cursing myself out for having but one parking spot.

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1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.6 – REVISIT

As we get familiar with a new C-class this year, let’s take one more look at the car which started the Baby Benz craze, the 190E. We featured this particular W201 back in March and it’s back up on offer at the same price.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1990 Mercedes-Benz 2.6 on eBay

The below post originally appeared on our site March 10, 2015:

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Tuner Tuesday: 1987 BMW 325i/Hartge H26

As with earlier’s AMG clone 300CE, this 1987 BMW 325i presents a bit of a problem. This particular car also visited a tuning shop in Germany, one that like Ruf and Alpina can be considered to produce its own cars. In this case, this car – had it been fully built and titled – would be considered a Hartge H26. But, also in this case, the car is not fully built and consequently not fully titled a Hartge. What you have, then, is a very good looking 325i sporting one of the less usual engines to see – the 2.6 inline-6 rated at about the same 190 horsepower as the early M3s. Now, perhaps it doesn’t matter to you that it’s not a full Hartge car – but it matters to the market:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1987 BMW 325i/Hartge H26 on eBay

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1989 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.6

A few weeks ago, I popped this 190E 2.6 up on our Facebook Fanpage; while it looked quite nice at the time, there weren’t many photos and the pricing seemed a bit high. But the big question was “Why?”; why would someone choose to convert the less desirable 2.6 inline-6 automatic model into a fast Benz when you already have a solid starting point in the 2.3 and 2.5 16V models? In part, the seller answers that in their description below; but to me, it doesn’t necessarily matter what the base model is – after all, there are plenty of people modifying Porsche 912s and 944s, there are countless E30, E36s and E46s that aren’t M3s that people choose, and even plenty of Audi A4s that get turned up in favor of the S4. Why not the 190E 2.6, then?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1985 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.6 on eBay

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1993 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.6

With the newly introduced CLA sedan and a new C class slated for 2015, the thought of owning a Mercedes-Benz is more accessible than ever. But it wasn’t always that way. The 190 class made waves in the early 1980s and shook up the Stuttgart manufacturer’s product lineup. The “Baby Benz” as it was dubbed became an instant hit, selling almost two million copies over the course of an 11 year production run.

There’s a lot of models to choose from. A lot of our readers are partial to the 190E 2.3-16, as it offers a bit of sporting fun for much less money than it’s contemporary, the E30 BMW M3. I’ve always been partial to the late model 190E 2.6. Growing up with one of these in the family, I was impressed by its build quality and smooth engine. It offered a level of refinement seldom seen in cars of its class. Unlike other Mercedes models, it’s hard to find a good 190E these days. But this final year 190E 2.6 for sale in Florida has under 50,000 miles and is a minter.

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Year: 1993
Model: 190E 2.6
Engine: 2.6 liter inline six
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 49,256 miles
Price: No reserve auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1993 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.6 on eBay

Garage kept, one owner, low miles! No accidents, clean Carfax, low original 49K miles, excellent gas mileage, never smoked in, original condition inside and out. 100% rust free exterior, beautiful beige leather interior, factory retractable moon/sun roof, power seats, power windows, power locks, tilt wheel, cruise, a/c, stereo, factory tinted glass, factory alloy wheels, 4 new radial tires. This car is just absolutely beautiful inside and out. If you want a great reliable classy automobile for under 5K this is the best you are going to find. Call Chuck 727-688-5786.

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The color combination of this car isn’t my first choice, but this was a shade that was in vogue in the early 1990s. Given this is a no reserve auction, I’d suspect this 190E will probably fetch somewhere between $6,000 and $8,000.

-Paul

Two Mint Baby Benzes: 1991 190E 2.3 & 1993 190E 2.6

The Mercedes-Benz 190E was the car that introduced consumers to the idea that of a compact Mercedes-Benz. This small luxury sedan would eventually be revered for its longevity and brought the idea of Mercedes ownership closer to upwardly mobile consumers in the 1980s. My father drove a 1992 190E 2.6 for a few years and while it wasn’t the most exciting car I had ever driven, I remember it fondly for it’s smooth power, excellent build quality and durability. It’s getting harder to find nice examples of the Baby Benz, as it was called, these days. But two have cropped up this week, one with the 2.3 liter four cylinder engine, the other with the 2.6 liter inline six.

First up, we have a 1991 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3 with a very low 50,000 original miles for sale in Texas.

1991 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3 on eBay

Hi Folks,

Up for grabs is a beautiful low mileage 190E finished in Pearl Blue over Blue. Car has been garged and well maintained. It gets compliments everywhere I go. You just don’t see very many in their orginal well preserved state any more. I am a huge Mercedes fan and really enjoy driving and caring for older Mercedes. We are in the middle of a move, and the wife would prefer I not bring along all the toys. My prior Benzes included included a 92 300D diesel, an 83 300SD and and an 85 300D.

This car was owned by an elderly couple and then transferred to the son and subsequently, grandson, who I purchased it from (hence the multiple owners). When I purchased the car last year, I went through the entire car to ensure its roadworthiness. It was used sparingly by us for in town driving.

MECHANICAL:The 2.3 L four cylinder engine is smooth and efficient, with adequate power. Only 50k original miles. Transmission shifts smoothly through the gears. It drives efforlessly at 70 MPH. No leaks. COLD AC and heat. Recent service highlights include:

– AC recently serviced, with a replaced AC relay. I had the system checked for leaks (which there were none) and topped off. It blows very cold.
– New Bosch Alternator and Battery
– New spark plugs/wires/rotor
– New accessory belt tensioner.
– Replaced heater valve. Heat works great.
– Replaced radiator last year. New radiator hoses replaced aging hoses.
– New air filter
– Suspension is tight.
– Slight vibration at idle and may benefit from new motor mounts.

EXTERIOR: Finished in pearlblue (perlblau) paint (code 348), the exterior is in great shape. No fading or oxidation, even on the roof. No RUST or oxidation anywhere. Lower plastic panels are in great shape. Has been mostly garaged. Sunroof delete model so more headroom and no leaky or clooged drains to worry about.

– The headlight and tail light lenses are in great shape and not faded.
– 15″ inch OEM wheels in good shape with fairly new tires.
– Windshield is in good shape. Has a tiny chip. No cracks.
– There are shallow hail dings in the trunk. They do not show up well in the pic and can only be seen up close.
– Small crack in the right rear bumper trim, but I have a replacement trim to accompany it. Has a small ding right above it.

INTERIOR: Matching blue interior is in great shape and well preserved thanks to being garaged. NON SMOKER.

– The dials and the needles in the instrument cluster are bright and orange, and not faded, another sign of being garaged.
– The seats are firm and supportive, without any tears or sagging. The mesh storage inserts behind the front seats are still taut. They usually sag in cars ofthis vintage.
– The Zebrano wood is in excellent shape without any cracks or delamination.
– NO DASH CRACKS
– Headliner is perfect. Sun visors are perfect.
– OEM factory radio and speakers are in good shape.
– Clock and temp indicator work great.
– Carpets are in good shape. No unsightly stains. Driver’s side floor mat has some wear.
– All power windows work great. Functional power side view mirror.

In summary, you are getting a wonderful piece of German engineering that will continue to provide years of motoring bliss. The car is not new and not perfect, but is very clean for a 21 year old. It is not concours but can easily be. They don’t quite build them like this anymore. Be realistic in your expectations and you will not be disappointed.

Next up, we have a 1992 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.6 for sale in California with an even lower 43,000 miles on the clock.

1993 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.6 on eBay

1993 Mercedes Benz 190E. Although this 190E is 19 years old it does not compromise its luxury and style through the changing years of Mercedes-Benz. The Mercedes Benz 190E offers all you would hope a Mercedes-Benz would. This particular 190E is in immaculate condition and when I say immaculate, I really mean it! The interior is flawless and looks like it did the day it was born! This is a car that will impress even the most fussy buyer! To top it off, it’s a one owner California car!

Both of these 190E sedans are very appealing. Personally, I’d rather have the 1993 2.6, mainly because of my familiarity with this version and because of the color combination. However, the 1991 2.3 could be an excellent, efficient commuter car for someone who couldn’t bear being seen in a modern day econobox. It’s nice to see clean W201s out there, as many were used up and thrown away. These cars deserve to be preserved, as they are great examples of good things coming in small packages.

-Paul