1986 Mercedes-Benz 190-Series
This is a great example of a well maintained and preserved 2.3-16. I have owned the car for about a year and a half in which it has served as a fun car/daily driver. The interior is well preserved and includes a few Euro model upgrades such as driver's knee bolster,auxiliary gauge panel (black) and Euro 7k rpm tach. The radio is an Alpine unit and supports Aux in function.Everything functions as it should including power door locks, Air Conditioning (still R12), cruise control, power windows, power seats and mirrors. The sunroof however DOES NOT work and did not when I purchased the car. I have never been a fan of sunroofs so I chose not to repair it but it was diagnosed as needing a motor as it can be moved manually. Seats, carpet and mats are all clean and stain free. The dash is crack and warp free. The headliner is free of tears and staining, map and overhead lamps work as they should as well. Door panels are all warp free except for the driver's which I have attempted to reglue with no luck. Wood paneling is all in good shape and included is a NOS piece for the upper climate control. The shift boot was replaced 2 months ago with a genuine Mercedes piece.Thesuspension received an overhaul a few months after I purchased the car. This included new Bilstein front struts, topmounts and bump stops, new steering linkage, new 500efront lower control arm assemblies, new rear subframe bushings, genuine Mercedes self leveling rear shocks and accumulators as well as self levelingadjustment linkage and rearknuckle bearings. When I purchased the car it had been lowered on H&R springs. These were not to my liking so I replaced them with a set of new genuine Mercedes 16v springs. The ride as you would expect is sporty but comfortable. Brakes were replaced at all four corners with genuine Mercedes pads and rotors 8 months ago.A major service was performed @ 142,750 miles which included oil and filter, air filter, fuel filter, original Bosch copper plugs, trans fluid (Mercedes), diff fluid (Mercedes LSD), brake fluid flush, coolant flush, power steering filter/fluid andvalve adjustment. The clutch was replaced by the previous owner at 140,000 miles and it works very well. At this time the shifter bushings were also replaced/upgraded with Delrin pieces for a more direct feel over the sloppy factory shifter. I have also replaced a few of the common engine electrical connectors that tend to degrade with time with new Mercedes connector housings. Theover voltagerelay has alsobeen replaced proactively.The body is straight but does have a few cosmetic blemishes. There is one ding on the passenger rear door and it is the size of a nickel and not very deep. The other flaws arescratches that are on par with a daily driver. The spoiler has the common cracked paint but the third brake light DOES work unlike most. Paint is starting to fade on the trunk. I will also include a spare set of side skirts, body cladding and spoiler that I rescued from another 16v. To be clear the paint shows well but DO NOT expect concours quality All paint is originalwith the exception of thefrom bumper which has been touched up/repainted.The car remainsstock with the following exceptions which I have performed. Headlights are Bosch Euro pieces along with amber corner lamps. Wheels are 16 R129 wheels and the car comes with a full set of 5. Tires are less than 6 months old and are 225/45/16 Dunlop star specs. The original and functioning catalytic converter was replaced with a Stromung high flowdownpipe and 50state legal cat converter. Sound is stock as it runs into a stock exhaust which was also replaced with a new genuine Mercedesexhaust at the same time. However, the factory converter assembly is included in the sale. At 148,000 miles I installed a set of CAT CAMS sport camshafts, valve springs and followers. At the same time the timing chain and tensioner were also replaced/upgraded with genuine Mercedes parts. The cams give a nice power increase with no sacrifice to idle quality ordrivability. If I had to guess I would say the car nowmakes the same power as it's Euro counterpart or an E30 M3. A recent compression test was performed and all cylinders were at least 180 psi.Again this is a fun and well sorted daily driver that has received a lot of care when needed. It was originally a northwest car so it has NO rust and that even includes around the jack pads where it is most common. If you are looking for a perfect concours car this is not it but if you want a car that is well taken care of and that you can enjoy instead of parking in a museum then this is a great choice. I have over 80 photos including undercarriage and engine internals (when cams were done) as well as receipts for all parts so those who are seriously interested feel free to contact for more pictures.