This 1986 Mercedes-Benz 190D is finished in Nautical Blue Metallic (929) over a Blue (172) MB-Tex interior and is powered by a 2.5-liter diesel inline-five paired with a five-speed manual transmission. Equipment includes an electric sliding sunroof, fog lights, 15″ alloy wheels, and climate control. The car reportedly spent time in Colorado, New Mexico, and New York prior to its acquisition by the seller two and a half years ago. Recent work is said to have included replacement of the dash, belt tensioner, tires, steering idler arm bushings, engine mounts, OVP Relay, clutch, alternator, glow plugs, diesel return lines, fuel filter, brake booster unit, brake rotors, brake pads, front crank seal and the starter. This W201 shows 181k miles and is offered by the seller in Georgia with a clean Carfax report, OEM tool kit, partial records, manufacturer's literature, stamped service booklets and a clean Georgia title.
The body is finished in Nautical Blue Metallic (929) with black bumpers and side moldings. Exterior equipment includes European H4 head lights, front fog lights, a mono windshield wiper, asymmetric side mirrors, an electric sliding sunroof, and ribbed taillight lenses. Blemishes including clear coat failure on the roof are displayed in the gallery. The hood has been repainted under previous ownership and the tow hook cover is missing. The car is reportedly rust-free top and bottom with the exception of corrosion on the OEM muffler.
Factory 15″ alloy wheels are wrapped in Michelin Defender 185/65 tires showing 2018 date codes. No paint fade or curb rash is noted on the OEM wheels. A full-sized spare OEM wheel is included in the trunk mounted with a Yokohama AVID tire. The seller has had both the brake pads and rotors replaced along with a new brake booster.
The cabin is upholstered in Blue (172) MB-Tex with matching door panels and Zebrano wood trim on the center console. Amenities include air conditioning, cruise control, a power-adjustable passenger-side mirror, power windows, central locking, and an aftermarket stereo. The front seats wear contrasting gray sheepskin covers and the excellent condition of the front seats is displayed in the gallery with the covers removed. The A/C system has been converted to R134a and has a slight leak but reportedly blows cold. The seller notes that the cruise control actuator unit was removed by the previous owner and is therefore inoperable. Under the seller's tenure, a new dash has been installed which is free of any blemishes.
Instrumentation includes a 120-mph speedometer, a 6k-rpm tachometer, an analog clock, and auxiliary gauges for fuel level, oil pressure, and coolant temperature. The six-digit odometer shows 181k miles, approximately 16k of which were added by the current owner.
The 2.5-liter OM602 diesel inline-five sends power to the rear wheels through a five-speed manual transmission. Service in the past few years reportedly included an oil change and replacement of the following components:
The Carfax report shows no accidents or damage with history in Colorado, New York, and Georgia along with linear mileage updates throughout. This W201 shows 181k miles and is offered by the seller in Georgia with factory literature, stamped service books, a clean Carfax report, OEM tool kit, partial records, and a clean Georgia title.
A cold start video is viewable below.
The 190E was a smashing success when it was introduced in 1982 and enjoyed one of the longest, uninterrupted showings of any body style in the modern Mercedes era. With classic Sacco styling, economical usability and notorious reliability, these little benzes that could quickly became favorites for commuters and daily-drivers across the globe. This example tops the heap of economical reliability as not only a diesel, but a 5-speed manual example; allowing for approximately 42mpg on the highway and 35 in the city. Finished in a gorgeous blue on blue color combination, this baby benz will surely go on to ferry well-rewarded passengers for decades to come with very little to show for it in terms of repair bills or gas station receipts. There are few smarter moves than acquiring a well-kept, well-maintained manual 190D like this one. The smart money takes this little one home for keeps and reaps rewards ad infinitum for pennies on the dollar.
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