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I'm looking to buy a benz for my wife, she likes the late 90's models. I'm going to buy a diesel. Is there any models or years to stay away from? I'm looking to spend around $12-$13,000 on this car. What is high mileage on a car this old for that price? I'm in NC, so if anyone can point me to a good dealer or person selling a car let me know. Thanks for your help in advance.
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The only model you'll be able to find is called E300D--read about them in W210 forums.

Mercedes suspended selling diesels in USA from 1999-2004.

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The E300D, came in two variants, the early one non turbo and the latter one with a turbo. However the complicated W210 has problems with electronics, and minor other quality issues. I would recommend that you search for an 1990-1995 W124, There were two models of diesel in these years, the I5 300d 2.5 turbo and the I6 E300 Diesel. Both the platforms and the engines have well proven themselves to be sturdy and reliable. However there are small differences between the two, due to small body changes between the years of 1993 and 1994 300d 2.5 is sightly lighter and performs with better fuel economy, and performance. I would personally choose the 300d 2.5, but due to the difficulty in finding either of these vehicles today worth a shit, they would both be good choices.
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