1985 Mercedes 190E 2.0
After the MGB, I knew I'd had enough of convertibles and small cars. I wanted something big and solid, something I could cruise in on the motorway in peace and quiet. I decided to look at Merc's, BMWs, Saabs and Jaguars. No Jags or BMWs came up for sale for £4,500 and I didn't see any Saabs but I did see two Merc's.
The first was a metallic grey one, with alloys, a spoiler, an electric sunroof and an arm rest. I think it was badged up as a 2.6. The price was good but unfortunately it wasn't tidy enough. The driver's seat was badly worn, a rear door was in need of a re-spray as the outer lacquer was peeling and the owner said it had a FSH but he couldn't find it (He later did, but I had bought the other Merc).
The other Merc' was a mustard colour, it had power steering, ABS, a sunroof and heated seats. It was very tidy and drove like new. The stereo was out of a Ford and could have done with being changed. The colour wouldn't have been my first choice but it was by far the tidiest for the money. My offer of £4,400 (in 1992) was accepted.
My friend Nigel Howson, drove me to
I was surprised how many people liked the car. Most couldn't believe how little it cost. I would say, of all the cars I have owned the Mercedes 190E was the one which most people said they'd liked to have owned.
The 190 was great fun in
I was impressed that a dealer service for a Mercedes was no more than a Ford dealer service for a Sierra. The practicality of the car, the heated windscreen water nozzles meant they wouldn't freeze, the Hazard Triangle, first aid kit & tool kit in the boot. Everything was very solid, no rattles even though the car was 6 years old.
I spent £400 on a service and having the rear brakes replaced. I sold it for £4000 when I thought the CV joints and the clutch were going. I had visions of Porsche sized bills.
The Mercedes 190E: You won’t be disappointed. Make sure you get all the options you want (electric windows etc..) and it will be a car you can afford and it will drive the neighbours green!
I wanted some luxury, electric windows, air conditioning etc. from my next car, so I thought it was time for a Jaguar. I looked at over ten Jaguars over a 4 week period and was disappointed by them, they were rusty and the owner's all seemed to have not owned them for long. I was in need of a car for my forthcoming holiday and a friend of mine was selling his Saab.
1989 Mercedes 230CE Auto
After owning the BMW 316i for 3 years (the longest I've owned a car), I decided it was time for a change. Not the kids, nor the pending house move was going to stop me. I had not given up looking for the perfect car, but I'm convinced that it doesn't exist any more. I wanted something big & luxurious, but quick and agile and of course cheap to run.
I liked my BMW 525e, my Jaguar and my Alfa so I knew I was looking for an automatic. I liked my Mercedes 190 and I had my eye on the E class coupe. The one with the relatively small 2.3 litre engine, I was debating whether the coupe was worth the extra money compared to the E class saloon and I had noticed the E class convertible but they were about double the price of the coupes. I also considered the idea of an older SL and even spending £15,000 on a '92 J reg. but while I was looking a 1991 230CE came up for sale in a
The Mercedes came with a Full Mercedes Service History, a 4 speed auto box, power steering, remote central locking (with Clifford alarm, TOAD immobilizer and a tracker device), electric sunroof, windows, mirrors & ariel, a Blaupunkt CD player, front & rear fogs, climate control and a cream leather interior and a wooden AMG steering wheel (Plus the original in the boot).
I got 30mpg out of the first tank full and about 17mpg when commuting in
The running costs during my 2 year ownership were acceptable even including the £600 spent on repairing a blown head gasket. I only got £2,500 for the car when I sold it (in 2004) which was a bit disappointing.
1996 Mercedes C200 Estate Auto
I was looking for a nice estate car for the family.
This Mercedes came with a Full Service History, a 5 speed auto box, power steering, remote central locking (with alarm), electric windows, mirrors, a Blaupunkt CD player, front & rear fogs, climate control & cruise control.