My friend has one, nothing special, it's also pretty slow. He's selling it if you're interested.
Am i missing something here? I have a serious need for this car.
How great or terrible is this?
These aren't fun cars with a manual. If this is anything like the 300E 5 speed I drove (very much a unicorn), the clutch pedal offered ZERO information about the friction point which meant stepoff and upshifts were a guessing game, and the trans linkage is perhaps the worst I've used next to an '84 Chrysler Caravan.
Also, 158hp (IIRC) doesn't move this car with much verve.
Looks to be exceptionally well cared-for, though, and that counts for something.
My dad used to drive a 2.3-16, which had a bit more power in the revs, but less grunt down low. I never had a problem with the way that accelerated, though it was likely lighter, and it sounded really really great. I'd imagine that the 2.6 has beefier acceleration. I haven't driven a 2.6, but I loved the 2.3-16...
I'd say get the 2.6. I like the way the 190E's feel build-wise, especially compared to an e30. This one seems clean enough and the price is negotiable.
Driving a manual Merc of this era is like churning a pound of butter in a oil drum, with the driving pleasure comparable to seeing your grandmother naked.
Avoid it at all cost.