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    Thread: Manual Mercedes. 2.6 + craigslist content

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      10-04-2012 12:46 AM #1
      Am i missing something here? I have a serious need for this car.

      How great or terrible is this?

      http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/cto/3313446047.html


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      10-04-2012 12:56 AM #2
      My friend has one, nothing special, it's also pretty slow. He's selling it if you're interested.
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      10-04-2012 01:09 AM #3
      The transmission isn't great.

      The E30 is a better car all around.

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      10-04-2012 01:12 AM #4
      It seems to be in pretty decent shape but he's still a little high on price even if it is a manual.

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      10-04-2012 12:19 PM #5
      go drive it and see how you like the feel of the manual trans... theres a reason nearly all of these were automatics.

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      10-04-2012 01:19 PM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by ValveCoverGasket View Post
      go drive it and see how you like the feel of the manual trans... theres a reason nearly all of these were automatics.
      What he said.

      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.

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      10-04-2012 10:38 PM #7
      Meh at best.
      RIP Cosmic TDI

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      10-04-2012 10:46 PM #8
      It's about as fast as a Mk2 Jetta with an N/A diesel if that says anything.

      Once you're at freeway speeds it gets to be much nicer.
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      10-04-2012 11:34 PM #9
      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.

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      10-04-2012 11:43 PM #10
      I dont need to go fast, just a car to put around once in a while.

      There is no way to justify this to the boss but this combo looks perfect to me.

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      10-05-2012 12:00 AM #11
      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.
      RIP Cosmic TDI

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      10-05-2012 12:01 AM #12
      I've always heard the transmissions in these cars were awful. Why not just do what everyone else does and get an e30??

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