Mercedes Benz 190E Problems
As an entry-level luxury car, the Mercedes Benz 190E sported decent features that include a 5-link rear suspension, anti-dive and squat properties, and ABS brakes. A part of the E-Class series, the 190E fared well mostly in Europe, but production came to a halt after the vehicle has been in the market for only 10 years. Like many other luxury vehicles that came after it, the 190E encountered several problems in its parts.
Transmission shift issues
Transmission wear is very common in the 190E models, and that made gear shifting a challenge. The problem could be blamed on worn-out parts in the transmission. 190E owners reported that difficulty in shifting gears usually happen when changing from a higher to a lower gear. Replacement of Mercedes Benz 190E parts (such as hoses, cables, and rubber fittings) helped in preventing the problem from becoming worse.
Mercedes Benz 190E models from 1990 to 1993 experienced refrigerant leaks that affected the efficiency of the car's air-conditioning system. Because of the leak, the air-conditioning unit had difficulty producing cold air, which was a hassle to vehicle drivers especially on hot and humid days. Some 190E owners found that adding Freon to the unit did not help at all.
Battery problems in the Mercedes Benz 190E were common in certain year models. This made starting the vehicle a daily challenge for some owners. When the vehicle does start, there is still the possibility of it losing power while on the road. Battery replacements usually solve the 190E starting problem, but owners were urged to check on the batteries regularly to prevent the onset of more serious problems in the engine.
Leaks coming from different Mercedes Benz 190E parts were a common complaint too. Owners reported that engine oil and coolant leaks had prevented their 190E from functioning properly. The leak problem was common to 190E 2.6 L 6-cylinder engines from model years 1990 to 1993. The leaks are usually spotted within the head and timing cover gaskets and are usually repairable. However, there are occasions when a replacement is needed instead.
Fuel-Saving Maintenance Tips for your Mercedes Benz 190E
The Mercedes Benz 190E was released in 1982 as part of a line-up of Mercedes Benz 190 models. Of the entire line-up, the 190E was the most fuel efficient. It was equipped with a multi-point fuel injection system, whereas the other 190 models came with a carburetor. This was the reason the 190E was not only more fuel efficient but also more powerful.
Today, there are already so many fuel-injected vehicles out there. But, you can keep your MB 190E competitive in terms of fuel efficiency if you just know the maintenance secrets that enable a vehicle to save more gas. Here are a few:
- Improve your aerodynamics.
Do you know that drag can reduce your vehicle's fuel efficiency? Drag is a resistant force that opposes the motion of your vehicle—a wind resistance. To improve your car's fuel efficiency, your goal should be to reduce drag and improve aerodynamics. How? First, keep your car windows closed when driving. And second, if you've installed a roof rack in your 190E, try to remove it when not in use. This will reduce the surfaces that might create drag and cause poor fuel efficiency in your ride.
Your vehicle is much like your body—the heavier it is, the more energy it will consume in order to run. Therefore, try to remove any excess weight from your vehicle (i.e. your week-old clothes at the backseat, your sports equipment in the trunk, or whatever is adding weight that you don't really need at the moment). Your car, and your pocket, will thank you for it.
- Free up your exhaust system.
Most factory exhaust systems are designed to be restrictive in order for them to muffle sound. However, this restriction reduces power and therefore wastes fuel. By getting more efficient and higher performance exhaust components (from the catalytic converter to the muffler and pipes), you can be sure every last drop of fuel goes to your wheels and is not wasted.
- Inflate your tires properly.
Do you know that improperly inflated tires can increase your gas consumption by as much as 4%? That's correct! When your tire has lower pressure than normal, it takes more fuel to move your car. Besides, this is dangerous to both you and your passengers. Therefore, it's important that you regularly check your tires and keep them properly inflated.
- Replace your air filter regularly.
The air filter allows air into your engine to burn the fuel during combustion. After a while, the filter gets filled with dust and dirt particles, which create clogs that reduce the amount of air getting into the engine. This means you get more fuel in the combustion chamber but less air to burn the fuel, resulting in poor fuel efficiency. To avoid this, always follow the replacement interval for the filter as indicated in your owner's manual.
By following all these simple maintenance tips, you can expect your Mercedes Benz 190E to remain fuel-efficient even as it gets old. Just remember: it's all about discipline when it comes to car maintenance.
Molded for Greatness: Mercedes Benz 190E
They say that greatness is never born; it is created. And though this holds true for the Mercedes Benz 190E, one cannot neglect the fact that this vehicle had glimpses of brilliance right out of the gate. The 190E was part of the third Mercedes Benz model series, which came in the form of a compact, four-door vehicle. This automobile was highly anticipated, and upon its release into the market, the 190E clearly justified the hype. In terms of design, engine materials, and suspension, this car was clearly in a class of its own.
1982: The birth of a game-changer
The 190E (E for Einspritzung or Fuel Injection) was very powerful and more fuel efficient when compared to non-fuel injected 190 models. Also known as the “baby Benz”, the 190E was the first “small” vehicle released by Mercedes.
1983-1988: Fine-tuning a champion
The September of 1983 marked the debut of the Mercedes Benz’s smallest vehicle at the Frankfurt Auto show. Its unveiling came with much excitement following the Nardo speed record. In 1984, the 190E 2.3 16V won the supporting race of the Germany-hosted F1 races, which were held at the brand-new Nurburgring racetrack. The 190E was available only in black-blue and smoke silver at the time. Interestingly enough, the 1984 Mercedes 2.3-16V models are slightly different from the 2.3-16V models produced in 1985. Some differences include the windshield wiper being positioned on the right instead of the left and the wiper arm including two small wipers rather than one large one.
The engine went through numerous improvements in order to yield more power. In 1986, a catalytic converter became option, with the engine producing 170 bhp. The 190Es manufactured for the US market came with a slightly reduced compression ratio and offered 167 bhp at 5800 rpm and 220 Nm at 4750 rpm. The engine also came equipped with an oil cooler that boosted engine performance.
The 190E was also given a manual five-speed Getrag gearbox for a more versatile performance. And to improve stability and traction, the 190E was standard fitted with 32% limited slip differential. Better braking and fuel capacity were other upgrades.
1988-1993: Ending with a bang
In 1988, the fastest version of the 190 was introduced. Soon after, the 190E 2.5-16 Evolution was presented at the Geneva Motor Show in March of 1989. This vehicle provided some serious driving power and improved suspension. The production of this vehicle ended in 1993, but it definitely went out on its shield.