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With the CLA coming to America soon, let's look back on one of Mercedes' previous efforts to bring a found-cylinder entry model into the US market: the 190E 2.3.

When I say "let's look back," what I mean to say is, "let's be serenaded by the soothing voice of John Davis as he talks over the baby Benz."P

Davis is critical of the stark interior of the 190E (I hear that), the AC controls (sure), the rear room (score a point for the CLA), the giganto steering wheel (hey, I like it), and the slab sided body (what the ****, John Davis, it looks awesome).P

Much as Davis points out the shortcomings of the car that have been totally washed over by nostalgia in the past two decades, I know I'd rather have one of these than a CLA. What about you?

 

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I think everyone was aware of this, a lot of german vehicles from that time were 4 cylinders and just had smaller output engines. Hopefully the CLA's 4 cylinder engine will be as good as the one's mercedes built for the 190E, still till this day I see a lot of 190E's on the road.
 

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I remember those things like I remembered Atari. That was pretty much the CLA of its time but it didn't stick around for too long. A budget mindset but still a luxury at the time. Why didn't it last?
 

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I think everyone was aware of this, a lot of german vehicles from that time were 4 cylinders and just had smaller output engines. Hopefully the CLA's 4 cylinder engine will be as good as the one's mercedes built for the 190E, still till this day I see a lot of 190E's on the road.
Funny you said that but I also see these things on the road still. They seem to last very long not sure about the engine but the body and shell just last forever. I think this will be the same for the CLA but I am quite skeptical about the engine.

Do you guys remember the 190E AMG



 

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I love MotorWeek. I still watch it today. Every week I wait for them to feature the CLA. They did meniton it at one point but I would love to see their assessment. One thing they did in the past that I wish they would start doing again is comparing it with other vehicles in it's class.
 

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Funny you said that but I also see these things on the road still. They seem to last very long not sure about the engine but the body and shell just last forever. I think this will be the same for the CLA but I am quite skeptical about the engine.

Do you guys remember the 190E AMG



Don't know how any real Benz fan can forget this car it's like a BMW fan forgetting or not even knowing how epic the E34 M5's were at the time, even E30 and E36 M3's.

190E AMG's are rare gems, I would try to find one and have it as a summer daily but being already hard to find, I don't want to put up with the up-keeping of one, rather start fresh with a CLA :D

Had to share this vid
 
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