Hello my name is XXXXX XXXXX i will do my best to help you.
in my experience a late model 203 chassis ( C class 2001-2006) are the most cost freindly economical mercedes to buy. especially the last 2 years as they had all the bugs worked out of them and have the nicest interior options and are really well off.
they can be found around 15-20K and low miles if you look hard enouogh and you get all the excitement of owning a benz without the high price tag. depending on what country you re in you may be able to get a good deisel C class which would be excellent as you know these deisels are really well made. her in the US we dont have deisel C class. let me know if i can provide any more info.Lou.