My "new" 190e

Frogeye61
Newbie
Joined: January 5th, 2018, 1:23 pm

June 11th, 2018, 12:43 pm #1

Hi. I got this car back in when my colleague offered it for a very low price. I knew of the car for the prior 10 years, having inspected it for purchase when he bought it, and after performing some small repairs in the meantime.

On one of the identification sites, it mentions "Order number 0 9 220 04925 (Destination: Branch Hannover)". Do you think that would imply it was sold as a German domestic market vehicle? I'm in Copenhagen so it isn't impossible somebody imported it to sell here for profit, or some other reason.

I am wondering about the front grill. It doesn't look like most of the others I've seen. Anybody know what it is, or what to do about it?
IMG_20180524_163547 by frogeye61, on Flickr

Otherwise there are just a few rust spots on the wings, mostly due to the stupid Danish blink lights mounted to the front wings. Which I oddly enough don't have a picture of, so you get this one instead.

IMG_20180323_071847 by frogeye61, on Flickr

I've already had the opportunity to fix the sunroof. Apparently a bolt came loose holding the cable to the sunroof. Then the sheet metal holder twisted enough times on the remaining bolt to brake an ear off at which time it stopped working. It remained slightly open and the PO (previous owner) just duct-taped it up. It's easy enough to take the liner off and I just removed the cable, welded the sheet metal holder back together and filed it so it fits within the guide tube, then bolted it back on. A bit of adjustment in the boot and it's doing fine. I suppose I really should lube the guide rails soon though.
Quote
Like
Share

Chunk
Highly Addicted
Joined: June 25th, 2007, 11:22 pm

June 11th, 2018, 1:03 pm #2

That's an aftermarket grille. Personally I would fit an original back on. Personal taste though.

What really sets the dark blue cars off is orange front indicators.


With orange...

My Mercedes so far....
1992 Mercedes-Benz 190e 2.0 Auto - K30 LDM - Midnight Blue
1993 Mercedes-Benz 190e 2.0 Auto - K179 PCN - Diamond Blue - Scrapped
1990 Mercedes-Benz 190 2.0 Manual - H516 HAD - Arctic White - Sold
1998 Mercedes-Benz C230 Kompressor Sport - S795 TBU - Brilliant Silver Metallic - Sold
Daily drive - 2001 Volkswagen Passat SE 1.8 20v Turbo - Inky Blue
Quote
Like
Share

mika
Part of things
Joined: February 9th, 2012, 9:16 pm

June 11th, 2018, 6:43 pm #3

Welcome to the forum :driver:

Quote
Like
Share

stwat
Wearing Hotpants
Joined: November 11th, 2005, 1:14 am

June 11th, 2018, 6:50 pm #4

Hello and welcome.

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
Quote
Like
Share

Greek Taxi
More than part of things
Joined: August 30th, 2011, 8:35 pm

June 12th, 2018, 12:24 pm #5

Welcome Frogeye.
I'm going to show my age now and say 'ha! VD number plate!'
The younger end won't get it of course, they're trying to avoid STIs these days.

Nice honest looking car you've got.
Quote
Like
Share

MarcA
Newbie
Joined: May 24th, 2018, 10:47 am

June 13th, 2018, 10:52 am #6

Nice car Chunk! Those aftermarket grills are grim. Probably designed by some Chinese guy! Have you seen the styling of Chinese cars? They don't just get there!
Quote
Like
Share

Frogeye61
Newbie
Joined: January 5th, 2018, 1:23 pm

June 14th, 2018, 11:01 am #7

Thank you, Gentlemen.

I have been wondering about possibly lubricating the windshield wiper gearbox. I have seen some videos where the turtle shell comes right off, and I've seen some where the whole system must be removed first to get at two screws from the back side.

How can I know which I have without taking everything apart first?
Quote
Like
Share

Greek Taxi
More than part of things
Joined: August 30th, 2011, 8:35 pm

June 14th, 2018, 11:43 am #8

The 190's wiper needs to come off so you can dismantle it from the back. It's the w202 C-class where you could take the front off easily.

It's a fiddly old job. But if you're open to a shortcut, carefully drill a hole in the 'turtle shell', then squirt some WD-40 followed by white grease in there.
Then cover the hole up.

There's a pic of the dismantled wiper on page two of Tom's 2.6 thread: http://mercedes-190.co.uk/topic/8005113/2/#new
...so you know where to drill. Basically, do it in the centre, near the bottom.
Last edited by Greek Taxi on June 15th, 2018, 1:07 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Quote
Like
Share

Frogeye61
Newbie
Joined: January 5th, 2018, 1:23 pm

July 2nd, 2018, 12:51 pm #9

Thanks for the info.

I have now thoroughly lubricated the wiper assembly.
Taking it out was a breeze, re-installing a bit more difficult.
Disassembly was easy enough on a bench, except the turtle didn't want to completely separate, but I could at least open it up and check everything. No rust or "fluid" grease, so I lubricated generously with lithium grease and re-assembled.
the gear housing was a real mess, but quite a bit of cleaning with toothbrush. Then lubricating with waterproof grease and it seems ok.

All in all, a short job.

I glued the broken grille, but will soon buy a proper MB grille instead of this Chinese thing.

This car really drives like a dream. My daughter is so lucky I buy stuff like this for her.

IMG_20180701_104823 by frogeye61, on Flickr
Last edited by Frogeye61 on July 2nd, 2018, 1:13 pm, edited 2 times in total.
Quote
Like
Share

BrunoSaccofan
Part of things
BrunoSaccofan
Part of things
Joined: November 29th, 2017, 2:30 pm

July 14th, 2018, 4:22 am #10

Chunk wrote:That's an aftermarket grille. Personally I would fit an original back on. Personal taste though.

What really sets the dark blue cars off is orange front indicators.


With orange...
As a fellow W201 owner with the DB 904 midnight blue color, good advise Chunk. I'd get rid of that grill too and I also highly recommend the orange with the midnight blue as well. Easy fixes . Welcome to the forum Frogeye 61. All the best to you with your "new" W201. You'll get lots of good advise here. _-welcome-_
Quote
Like
Share