So it's been a while since I have been around these parts regularly. Previously I had a 8v 5 speed.
A few years ago I found my unicorn. I was so far removed form Benz it wasn't even on my radar anymore. I was fully immersed in Subaru (got into rally and winter driving and had an amazing supply of cheap/fee parts and cars). A friend sent me a link to a dead 190e 2.3-16 and I cursed him. Timing was perfect, I was just finishing school, and just sold my old waterski boat and set a small amount aside for a toy fund.
I went and look at the car, and researched it. The owner failed to listen to a very good Mercedes mechanic (You have skipped at least 1 tooth on the intake cam, and if you turn the car on anymore you will ruin it. Tow it home, tow it back in 2 weeks when I can work on it. DO NOT TURN THE CAR ON". and he was quoted a timing chain job. Simple enough, nope, he drove it and I think tried to trouble shoot it and didn't believe it was a timing chain issue. There were some things on the car that I recognized as the signature of a infamous Lebanese mechanic I knew and he was great friends with. So they killed the motor, it went back to the shop and now he needed a full engine overhaul cause all 8 intake valves were bent. So the car went up for sale.
After a lot of debating and waiting I start haggling, and got to a price I was not comfortable with and I walked away. Only to think about it over night and realize I wasn't prepaired to let one of my dream cars slip away because I was stubborn on my negotiating. So the next day I caved to his price and bought it.
I brought it home and fell in love and started researching where to get parts, and this trusty old forum proved fruitful, with Capt having a crap head with excellent valves and seals in it for a fraction of the price. Some more digging and over a few months I accumulated all the parts I needed. And my good friend had almost all the factory tools I needed from his repair business he used to run, and I was on good terms with 1 of 2 originally factory trained Mercedes Techs that knew the model and had been the mechanic that looked at it originally, they filled in the blanks for me.
So after 6 months of tinkering and accumulating parts I finally got it running and on the road. I have since been driving it, and have put 35000km on it with little to no issues. I did rear brakes, new parking brake shoes, OVP relay, and a rear brake line (may have bent it slightly when installing the motor and the steering column joint bolts rubbed a hole through it after 2 summers of driving). I am still picking away at small things (this springs list is- , plugs and wires, fuel filter, oil pressure sensor, power antenna, lap timer, buffing, and paint chip repair). On the horizon is possibly a new exhaust (previous owner hacked in an 8v rear muffler) and eventually bringing the sls back to life.... I know there are better options, but I like stock and original as much as I can.
Currently the car has 140 000km on it, and has had the engine fully gone over, all gaskets and intake hoses replaced, and runs fantastic. I have 17" SLK replica rims on ti, which I am not a huge fan of and will probably go back to stock, the 17"s rub where the front bumper/fender arches meet in bad bumps or hard corners, and I like driving around aggressively on nice roads in the summer.
the interior is in good shape, I have had to fix some peeling on the door panels, and have couple cracks in the dash. I also have some wood I need to take off and re glue as it is starting to warp bt is still in great shape.