Wanted Mercedes Benz W201 190E 2.0l Manual

Discussion in 'Classifieds - Wanted' started by Hamish767, Jul 29, 2010.

  1. Hamish767

    Hamish767 New Member

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    Hi
    I'm 19 years old and am looking to buy my first car, I had hoped to take my Dad's 190E in perfect condition as my first car but sadly he gave it away. I've been driving for a year now in his E300D but because of an accident, which was not my fault the insurance company had decided to increase the premium anyway.
    I have been looking at all the usual first time cars for a guy of my age but it seems ridiculous to buy a car and still spend the same amount on insurance as something like a 190E. Therefore I'd be much appreciated if any would point me in the direction of where I could find a 190E (not carburettor version) 2.0l Manual. (there seem to be too many autos on the market and i'd really love to drive a manual).
    Thanks
    Harshil
     
  2. ss201

    ss201 Active Member

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    There's a very good reason why most W201s have auto gearboxes - they are superb and make for a very relaxed driving experience. As you live in London with all that slow-moving traffic, an auto box makes a lot more sense than a manual, especially as it's easy to over-ride the auto by snicking the gear lever back and forth should you need to. Good luck with your search.
     
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  3. neilrr

    neilrr MB Enthusiast

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    ss201 speaks the truth.

    I wouldn't buy a non 16v 190 of any engine size with a manual gearbox. It's a much better car with an auto, especially if you are in London traffic.

    Have you tried one?
     
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    d w124 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Will Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    +1 on the above.

    A manual gearbox will spoil the experience of these fantastic cars, IMHO there's no real benefit of a manual gearbox in a relatively sedate 190E 2.0 :)

    Not to mention that as most of these cars are autos, you'll be ruling out most of the cars on the market if you only consider manuals ;)

    Don't totally rule out a 1.8 injection either as there's really nothing much to distinguish between the two.

    Will
     
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    Hamish767

    Hamish767 New Member

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    Thanks guys for all of the above. It's really not the car I drive mainly how much the insurance costs. Especially as I'm 19 you can imagine what insurance is going to be like in my own name (well in to the thousands) :S. The 190E 2.0l is actually cheaper to insure than the 1.8 and the mercs are cheaper to insure than something like a golf which I find very confusing. I really wanted a manual because I haven't driven one since I passed my test and recently went on a test drive and found I was appalling and I know that that mercedes have fantastic auto boxes but I really would like to be able to drive a manual again.

    Thanks
     
  7. jasonyw

    jasonyw Banned

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    I thought you wanted a repair manual.
     

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