Hi new here and considering a 190 2.6

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January 28th, 2010, 4:30 pm #1

Hi everyone!

Im Steve,known more as catgroom or groomus(felinius!!) as I groom cats as my job,Persians,in homes of the public.

Anyway,I recently sold my Audi Coupe 2.6 V6.I went for a real oddball as I was doing a lot of miles.

The chances were that after the novelty wore off I may wish to sell.I took the chance though,as it has often paid off for me.

So,the fact Im here speaks volumes really.I love my German cars,and have owned the Audi,a show condition Mk1 Golf GLI Cab 1980 and a 1986 Porsche 944 Lux Auto...

Im very interested in the 2.6 and loaded up with questions and ideas for the search function

Steve ;)
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January 28th, 2010, 4:37 pm #2

Welcome Steve,

I'm not long of this forum myself but in the short time I've been here I have found it to be extremely friendly, informative and at times, daft.
Any questions you may have I can almost guarantee there will be someone one here who can answer it.
Also, I bought my 2.6 from a member (Stwat) and have to say it is absolutely fantastic, these are truly amazing cars and in my opinion you couldn't choose better.

Happy 190 hunting.

Paul
1988 190e 2.6l Auto, 877 Petrol blue/green metallic, 174,000 miles ------ SOLD
1991 190e 2.6l Auto, 199 Blue Black, 205,000 miles

Muswell Hill, North London
Originally Ayr, Scotland
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January 28th, 2010, 4:43 pm #3

welcome to the forum
1988 190E 2.0 Nautical Blue
1993 190E 2.3 - 8v Sportline. LSD. Air Con. Almandine - Sold
1987 190E 2.0 Blue Black - Now Dead
1988 190E 2.6 Black - Sold
1992 190E 1.8 Bornite - Sold
1992 190E 2.0 Bornite - Sold
1990 190E 2.5-16 Almandine - Sold
Plymouth, Devon
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January 28th, 2010, 4:44 pm #4

Welcome. Can't fault your choice on a 2.6.



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January 28th, 2010, 5:00 pm #5

Thanks chaps!

Germanicness ist calling ze Groom!!!

I miss my Coupe 2.6,but not the colour.It was one of six made in those Audi Lifestyles Colours.I had mine in Lime Pastel.
Loved it,but some days you just didnt want to be driving around in a radioactive wheeled tardis!

Im one of these people who likes to procure a lot of car for the money.
A big lover of the Lancia Thema Turbo (owned an 8v Turbo and a 16v Turbo plus one integrale Verde York)
The Audi was another example of this type of car,alas the one I currently have,a 3.2 Honda Leg End was my head clearly having a "too mad for tablets" day!!She is a minter though.

So,Im gonna go learn me some 2.6 :)
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January 28th, 2010, 5:00 pm #6


Hi and welcome. There are plenty of different sections here to post all your questions.

The 2.6 is a great car. Its a lovely cruiser and has some poke if you need it.

The sportline versions are harder to find but may offer you a better compromise on comfort/performance depending on what you are looking for?

Regards

Stu
No longer a Mercedes owner - maybe its just temporary?
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1991 190E 2.0 auto - 355 blue - 148k - lowered 60mm - sold.
1990 190E 2.0 auto - 147 white - 81k - factory standard - sold.
1990 190E 2.6 auto - 355 blue - 137k - 'sportline+' suspension - sold.
1999 E300 3.0 auto - silver - 101k - superchip remap 221bhp/400lbft - sold.
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January 28th, 2010, 5:05 pm #7


Member MICHAEL was selling his sportline in the for sale section - not sure if its gone?

Stu
No longer a Mercedes owner - maybe its just temporary?
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1991 190E 2.0 auto - 355 blue - 148k - lowered 60mm - sold.
1990 190E 2.0 auto - 147 white - 81k - factory standard - sold.
1990 190E 2.6 auto - 355 blue - 137k - 'sportline+' suspension - sold.
1999 E300 3.0 auto - silver - 101k - superchip remap 221bhp/400lbft - sold.
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January 28th, 2010, 5:25 pm #8

Hello and welcome, yes Michael's sportline is excellent I'm sure its still for sale. B)
Current 2003 (C215) CL500 39K.
1992 190E 2.6 Sportline manual 68K Sold.
1990 190E 2.5-16 Blue Black 109k Sold.
1989 190E 2.5-16 Almandine 169K Sold.



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January 28th, 2010, 6:02 pm #9

Welcome to the site,from what iv'e heard the 2.6 is a brilliant all rounder.. :D
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January 28th, 2010, 8:51 pm #10

The 2.6 is a joy to own - I can't stop buying them!

Welcome, and good luck with your search. Any questions, just ask.


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1992 2.6 auto. brilliant silver. orion grey leather: sports chassis, totally standard: 113k miles
SOLD
2005 W203 320CDI Elegance SE estate 113k miles
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January 28th, 2010, 8:57 pm #11

Hello and welcome.


Stu

1989 300 SE 75,000 miles and counting...
1992 190E 1.8 project car and 190 number four of the stwat ownership. Sold
1988 190E 2.3-16 manual ASD. 168,000+.....Gone but not forgotten
1988 190e 2.6l Auto. 163.000+ miles. Sold
1989 190E 2.0l Auto. First merc, sold many moons ago
Location-Sheffield
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January 28th, 2010, 9:52 pm #12

Hi there and welcome,

Although I don't own a 2.6 (only a humble 2.0 I'm afraid) I have heard only good things about them. I know the M103 well though (from my Dads W126) and it's a super silky smooth unit and very easy for DIY maintenance. If you find a nice one I am sure you will enjoy it. I love the look of the Sportline one currently being sold by a member (Michael). In my opinion I don't think you would go too far wrong with that one.

Hope that you find a cracker!

Best of luck

Gary
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1992 300SE Auto - Blue/Black (My Dads)
1990 300CE 3.0 Auto - Nautic Blue
1991 230TE Estate Auto - Midnight Blue
1988 300SL Auto - Nautic Blue
1963 Rover 110 - Marine Grey/Black



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January 28th, 2010, 10:56 pm #13

Hello and welcome Catgroom.

As a relatively recent 2.6 purchaser myself, I don't think you will be disappointed as it is a sought after 190 model for good reason. They are quiet, quick, smooth, relaxing and the M103 engines are renowned for their longevity.

You'll be sick of hearing it, but the Sportline version is the one to go for and Michael's car is as good an example as you will find!
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1988 E190 2.6 Auto, 86K (Midnight Blue/Pebble Lth) 2004 C180k Evolution Panoramic Sports Coupe, 41K (Silver, Black/Grey Lth)

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January 29th, 2010, 1:57 am #14

Wow!

Thanks for your replies and friendliness guys,nice one.

I will have a look for this one for sale by Michael then.

Ive scoured the net tonight,bar Pistonheads,and it is now very late.

Love the idea of it being smooth.
Would be like having my Audi back,without it being Lime Pastel Green!
The Honda is a smooth 3.2 24v V6 but it has a certain harshness through the floor feel,Ive experienced this with many Jap cars in the past.

Iam open to 2.0 Autos too.

Ive decided to let some performance go for the sake of fuel economy.

Im not sure how the 190 2.6 compares to the Audi Coupe or 80 2.6 economy wise.
OK,I did have a free flowing exhaust,spent 4 hours porting my throttle body by hand (!) and had Denso Iridium plugs,but with that 2598cc engine,regularly got 33 mpg on a run.
If I could expect that from the 190 2.6 it'd be cracking!
Not owned a Mercedes before either.Iam ex motor trade though and have driven pretty much all cars up to N registration.

Anyway,I shall press on!

Thanks :)



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January 29th, 2010, 9:37 am #15

Economy wise I think 33 is achievable if you are steady with the car and keep the car in 'E' (assuming you go for the auto). But. this will take some dedication at just steadily driving along!

I also have a 2.0 auto. In some ways its a better car to drive, if you want to drive slowly, but to be honest, despite the slightly better MPG I would not go back to a 2.0 having driven the 2.6. The 2.6 pulls the car effortlessly and even at slow speeds it makes the drive more relaxed and smoother.

BUT, be aware the M103 is a lazy engine. It doesn't like doing much more than burbling along under 3500rpm, so you have to give it a kick up the a*** and drop the gears to get it to sprint. Once the engine is up around 4000 RPM then it feels like the engine has woken up and taken a caffeine boost!

However, is seems to me that the 2.6 is a compromise between comfort, sound and speed. The autobox will let you quickly drop down to '2' or '3' when driving and thats how I drive my car. I leave it in 'E' and use the selector to give me '2', '3' or 'D' (effectively '4') when I need it.

I have driven a rebuilt 2.5 16v manual, albeit only steadily, and the car was much more responsive. The power kicked in much quicker all through the rev range and the acceleration was harder even when driving steadily.

I think the 2.6 is ideal for me but if I were looking for a quick, quick car then I would go 16v or the 3.0 conversion on then M103 (same engine different size so a straight swap I understand).

Stu
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1991 190E 2.0 auto - 355 blue - 148k - lowered 60mm - sold.
1990 190E 2.0 auto - 147 white - 81k - factory standard - sold.
1990 190E 2.6 auto - 355 blue - 137k - 'sportline+' suspension - sold.
1999 E300 3.0 auto - silver - 101k - superchip remap 221bhp/400lbft - sold.
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January 29th, 2010, 12:47 pm #16

Do not hesitate - buy one immediately! They are the best-kept secret from Stuttgart. I have a Sportline (that's a chassis with 20mm lowed suspension and tougher bushes) 2.6 with automatic transmission and it may well be the best all-round car I have ever owned. It has covered vast mileage and simply gets better and better. It does the thick end of 140 mph (private road, obviously) delivers 30 to the gallon and is supremely comfortable. It is a mini-Royce.
1985 2.3-16 Smoke Silver - 138K miles; getting to know it. Bodywork being rebuilt. (Blodwyn)
1990 2.5-16 Evolution 2 - Blue/black; 85K km. Will be perfect. (Frieda)

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January 29th, 2010, 1:07 pm #17

^ What he said and welcome to the forum.....:)
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January 30th, 2010, 8:26 pm #18

The late, great LJK Setright (motoring journalist par excellence) had the 190 2.6 as one of his favourite cars and he'd driven pretty much everything.
I love my humble 2.0 but would love a decent 2.6. http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/index.htm?md=235
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January 30th, 2010, 8:44 pm #19

Hi Steve 1sty welcome i too have a 2.6 & i must echo what other's have said they are a joy to drive but on to you wanting a 2.6 if you go to the for sale section on this site click on car's for sale 3rd one down is Basil1 has a 2.6 for sale take a look regards Kev B)
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