|1992 Mercedes-Benz (W201) 190E Auto|
Only 28,700 Miles - 1 Family Owner - Simply Amazing
Pristine 568 Signal Red - Unmarked Black Cloth Interior
Date of Registration: 1st January 1992
MOT Expiry: July 2017 (No Advisories)
Mileage: 28,754 Miles
Service History: 17 Stamps + Some Invoices/Old MOT Certificates
Last Service: Jan 2016 @ 28,750 Miles
Keys: All Original Keys
Previous Keepers on V5: 2 (all same family)
HPI Status: 100% Clear (report included)
Manual Slide Sunroof
Load Adjustable Headlamps
Front Fog Lamps
Period Alpine Tape/Tuner
Factory Tinted Glass with Gradient Band Windscreen
Newly Refurbished 15-Hole Alloys with New Pirelli P4 Tyres
Quite possibly one of the best, and lowest mileage W201 190E's available. Bought new from Continental Mercedes, Cardiff, by a Pharmacist who owned a chain of Chemist Shops, this is quite a basic car. However I find owners, back in the days when buying a Mercedes-Benz was a real mark of success, and who had obviously saved hard and stretched themselves to aspire to owning one, are so much more likely to look after it than a millionaire just buying another car. This car proves that very point perfectly, and as a result is in absolutely stunning condition having been garaged all it's life, and also looked after like a baby. I really seriously considered sidelining this one for myself; with the way values of the W201 190 are going, it's examples like this that are going to be the very best investments.
The 190E 1.8 vs 190E 2.0 Debate
This is something I'm asked again and again, mostly from concerned potential buyers who have read that the 190E 1.8 is somewhat under powered. Well, I can tell you having owned and driven more W201's than most, that in normal day to day driving, you won't notice the difference 99% of the time. There's also lots of mis-information and misunderstanding of the different variants of the M102 engine fitted to the W201. The only 190E 2.0 that actually had 122 bhp was the M102.962 versions, without catalysts, and a slightly less complex versions of the KE-Jetronic system made between around '88-'92. As soon as the catalyst was fitted, the power output of the 2.0 Litre decreased to 118bhp. Conversely, the M102 1.8 is rated at 113bhp, just 5bhp less!.
To test my theory, I once had a potential customer who was convinced the 190E 1.8 would be underpowered. When he visited me, I let him test drive two 190E's, a 1.8 and a 2.0, back to back, without telling him which was which. After a ten mile test drive in each car, he actually thought the 1.8 was the 2.0 and vice-versa, which proves my point exactly.
Also, now, some 20 plus years on, its all a bit academic, as it comes down to how a particular car has been treated during its life. I've had quite a few very well looked after 1.8's that, because of the way they've been maintained, would leave an average 2.0 for dead.
Finally, an interesting piece of information arises from all this; it's been suggested by some that Mercedes, in their wisdom were somewhat conservative when quoting performance figures for their cars during this era, so as not to be embarrassed in the future. It's not unusual to hear from owners who've had their cars rolling road tested, to find that they're still producing very near the original quoted outputs, which is testament to this.
At the end of the day though, where can you go fast these days, and if you do want a fast car, why buy a W201?. That's not the point of these cars; it's all about the incredible standard of engineering and that feeling you get behind the wheel of what I think is the best Mercedes car of the last 30 years.
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Unlike some, I don’t just simply go out, buy any old car, give it a good clean, then advertise it for more than the purchase price, disregarding any issues the car may have in the hope the new buyer won’t notice…I just couldn’t do that. The cars I source are carefully selected, and I work very hard to ensure that when these cars leave me, I have the satisfaction of knowing they are as good as they possibly can be within the constraints I have. As such, in my 11th year of doing this, I have many repeat customers and a steady stream new customers coming along that have been recommended via word of mouth…this is the ultimate accolade for anyone in business. To read more, see my website at http://www.mtsv.co.uk
Any other questions, please feel free to contact me at [email protected] or on 07976 280738. I'm a firstly and foremostly a true Mercedes enthusiast of many, many years, and a Mercedes Club Member, so it's a pleasure to meet and speak to like-minded people.
Finally, I'm situated in Keighley (pronounced keith-ley), West Yorkshire (Postal Code Area BD21) which is approximately 11 miles from Skipton, and 20 miles West of Leeds.
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