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Forgive me AO'ers, for I have sinned.

I have bought a new (used) car, and it doesn't come with the blessing of Santo Alfa Romeo :(

It might be worth explaining the logic behind what I chose and why. This is also known as 'getting your excuses in early' :lol:

1) My driving habits are changing. I still love driving, but I'm happier to pootle than hoon about these days.
2) I don't drive anywhere, anyway. My annual mileage is 5k!
3) I've heard there's a recession on. Having paid peanuts to run and own the Polo, I don't want my motoring costs to rocket.
4) Patterns indicate that I keep cars for five years, so I like them to wear well.

Ok, other stuff that matters.
1) Every time my mum's here, I can't keep bundling her into the back of a 3dr hatch. It's not very dignified for her. My niece is getting bigger, so when we're together we need a tad more access to space.
2) Budget (see recession). I didn't want to spend a huge amount, (£5k max), but that puts you in an odd place; high mileage MK5 Golf, or a miserable low mileage tin-box.

The car.
1) I wanted something - how can I put this? - 'pureblood'; something that's the absolute product of its manufacturer, like a 911 is to Porsche, or a 900 was to Saab, or a CX to Citroen.
2) Nothing fashionista.
3) Something well engineered, but with proven durability and longevity.
4) I don't want six ECUs on board controlling kit I don't want. You just know it'll go wrong.
5) Nothing too big. I like the look of big cars, but I don't like the bulk that comes with them. Golfy-sized - and no more - is fine.
6) Something understated.

And what did I end up with after all this consideration? A low mileage (42k) and rather immaculate Mercedes Benz 190E. Pics to follow after collection next week. :)

So, now I open the floor to the 'nutter! you should have bought a [insert model name here] instead!' type responses :thumbs:
 
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I had one of them :cool:

1992 1.8 in White with the Cosworth bodykit and wheels. I had it 2 weeks before the camCHAIN let go and monumentally smashed the engine to bits.

Anyway I enjoyed it for the short time I had it.
 

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The seller had a W124 E500 for sale, too :cool:. I made a mental note: 'I'm coming back for that one'. I have always loved the E500. :thumbs:

The Cossie 2.3...hmm, hand on heart, it never flicked any switches for me. I preferred the 2.6 190; I think it suits the 190's studious character better than the Cossie nutter wagon :)
 

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I had one of them :cool:

1992 1.8 in White with the Cosworth bodykit and wheels. I had it 2 weeks before the camCHAIN let go and monumentally smashed the engine to bits.

Anyway I enjoyed it for the short time I had it.
I did my homework there :) Some 190s have the simplex chain (prone to breaking), but later 2.0s had the much more durable duplex chain designed to sort that problem. I checked; this one has the duplex. :thumbs:
 

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The seller had a W124 E500 for sale, too :cool:. I made a mental note: 'I'm coming back for that one'. I have always loved the E500. :thumbs:
I've got an old W124 E200 estate, I love it - built like a tank, smooth ride and very reliable-
it's my second favourite car at the minute:):thumbs:
 

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Presumably this is just filling in the time between now and the
day you buy another GTV6, Gino. In which case you have my
blessing :thumbs:
Obviously, Gibbo :); all cars are a mere stepping stone to another GTV6 ;)
 

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Auto gearbox? I've always thought of MB 190s like a pair of Church's brogues - solid, dependable and understated.

Good choice, given you criteria. :thumbs:
 

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@ Gibbo; thank you buddy :) :cool:

@ Rewe; indeed, it's a 2.0 litre mated to the autobox.

one thing to bear in mind...it's no Alfa, BUT, it was designed by an Italian - Bruno Sacco - who was responsible for the W126 (which, I think, is an S-Class, the dignified looking one).
 

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oops, double post ;)
 

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I think the 190 is one of the last of the Mercs that feel like a 'proper' Merc - I.e. carved out of granite and seemingly indestructible. Old school brogue is right.
 

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Welcome to the world of no, or minimal depreciation. And to the world of a bit higher maintenance costs (but overall still a lot less dosh). Finda good specialist to look after her, don't begrudge spending on maintenance (you can afford it because you've not lost £5k in depreciation a year).

A clean, smart, well maintained 190E is getting to be a rare beast. A nice, unusual and understated classic I think. They were very expensive and well made cars so it should be good for your 5 years.
 

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Hello Harry,

I have already bagged a local specialist :) A chap I know through a Merc-owning mate; once the reseller has given it its post-sale service, I'm going to whip it down to him for a proper, full assessment, and talk through and plan what needs to be done and when :thumbs: (I suspect my wallet will be running for cover!) :)

I've got to say...it drove with the serenity, solidity, assurance and hush you'd expect from an MB. Nice :)
 
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