Morocco Overland ~ Mercedes 190 Sahara Project

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Late 2003. Having far and wide in the Sahara on trail and in 4WDs, there is not much to prove with these of vehicles; not surprisingly, they fine. With my Land and Honda XRL sold I had plans to get a car, but could not resist that, with a minimum of would also make a desert car too.

Two-wheel drive exploration in the dates from the British WWI Car Patrols and as we know, the LRDG all over the Libyan Desert in trucks. Fast forward and days the likes of the Plymouth Rally shows that 85% of old can make it across the desert so, a bit of work, a robust two-wheeler do well in all but the sand seas.

What car?

Mercedes 190

I was looking for a and plentiful, reliable, economical, basic big diesel for around I started with Citroen lingered over Peugeot and 205s – but was not convinced by Although I couldn’t recognise one in the I considered Toyota sedans with their great for reliability, they’re expensive for an old

I then discovered how cheap and Mercedes 190s were; a Man’s Merc from the mid The usual web resources produced reports: high mileages common with no rust and great reliability.

Most diesel 190s to be up north where I eventually up a five-cylinder 2.5D with miles for #163;800. Problems up to only small oil leaks and not worth worrying about) that’s it.

Everything worked, the was amazing for the mileage, it had had a recent respray and there was no rust (or so I ). Engine oil pressure was good though the machine was much than I imagined for a car from a marque; it sure looked a basic entry-level Merc I did however like the sun roof what a great feature.

On the way home the well-known chronic change manifested itself, and an annoying fore-aft wobble on changes as if the engine mounts shagged. And. what a s lug a torquey HJ61). I’m glad I didn’t go for the 2-litre

Still, it sits on 80+, and corners very nicely no slack in the steering or worrying First mpg was 46 – pretty good for a quarter-million mile

First thing was to do a few long to try and find some more but nothing except that cropped up. So after a month I it was safe to take the plunge and up the shopping trolley.

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