|1991 Mercedes-Benz (W201) 190E 1.8 Auto|
Low Miles - Comprehensive Service History - Head Gasket Just Done
Stunning (348) Pearl Blue Metallic Blue - Unmarked Mushroom Cloth Interior
Rare & Fully Functional Air conditioning (conv. to R134a)
Naturally 100% HPI Clear
Date of Registration: 29th January 1991 (H Prefix
MOT Expiry: 2nd August 2017 (No Advisories Issued)
Mileage: 92,460 Miles
Service History: Stamped up Service Book + Large A4 File with Invoices/MOT Certs/Tax Discs
Last Service: July @ at 92,458 Miles (Head Gasket replaced at 90,000 miles)
Keys: Two Sets of Keys/Two Remote Fobs
Previous Keepers on V5: 5 (1st Owner Mercedes-Benz Dealer)
HPI Status: 100% Clear (report included)
Fully Functional Air conditioning (Converted to latest R134a Refrigerant)
Electric Front Windows
Electric Tilt/Slide Sunroof
Remote Central Locking
Load Adjustable Headlamps
Front Fog Lamps
Factory Tinted Glass with Gradient Band Windscreen
Genuine Mercedes Ribbed Overmats in Blue (stay looking cleaner!)
Recently Refurbished MB 15-Hole MB Alloy Wheels (inc. Spare) with Near New Hankook Tyres
This is a very nice example of a 1991 Mercedes W201 190E and comes from the pinnacle of the production life of the model range. It started off life as a Mercedes-Benz owned vehicle, before being sold to a company owner, whom I believe kept it the obligatory three years. It was then sold, under the MB Signature Used Car scheme on 28/02/1995 @ 29,570 miles, through Macclesfield Garages Limited (Mercedes main agent) for the not insignificant sum of £16,250 to a gentleman from Wilmslow, Cheshire, who kept it right up to 2011, and looked after it like a baby, having it serviced more regularly than required, and having any problems remedied as they occurred. There's lots of paperwork to back this up, all contained within an A4 ring binder, as well as a stamped service book, and a print out of just about everything ever done to the car in the last 15 years. Incidentally, throughout its life, its never had any advisory notices issued at any of its MOT tests, which is quite incredible for a car of this age. Recent work also includes a head gasket change, carried out by a respected Mercedes enthusiast.
Also, rare on most Mercedes of this era, and particularly on the W201 190, the car is fitted with fully functioning air-condition, converted and running with the latest R134a refrigerant. The older R12 refrigerant, that these systems originally used, is no now no longer available on environmental grounds, as it's deemed un-environmentally friendly, and converting these systems can prove quite costly.
As you'd expect of an extremely well maintained 190E, the car drives superbly. Also, don't be put off by the fact it's a 1.8 (see paragraph below).
So, in summary a gorgeous low mileage, well sorted example of what I think was Mercedes' best car of the last thirty years! This is also a view many other MB enthusiasts are also now coming round to, and is a view I've personally held for quite some time, after buying my first 190E back in the late 1990's! Now, as this realisation eventually sinks in, and the supply of exceptional examples get ever more scarce, the values of these cars are rising strongly.
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 catalysts were 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 under powered. 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, and also to the standard of engineering these cars were built to.
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.
THE MTSV DIFFERENCE
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.
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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