The first Mercedes we ever drove was a 190 of late '80s/early '90s vintage, and we must say, we were far from impressed. It didn't seem like a Merc to us. It seemed like a cheap-ass car with Mercedes styling. Laverty, on the other hand, loves him some 190 action. To us, it doesn't seem like a diamond in the rough, it seems like automotive dishonesty. We'll take the X1/9, thank you.