Date registered: May 2005
Vehicle: '07 GL320CDI
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Your best bet is a 2005-6 E320CDI, i.e. the diesel.
Or the V6 gas models of same, called just E320.
Post-'04 C-class are ok, too, if you can deal with the smaller size.
Most of the older cars suggested--while cheap to buy--often need lots of parts replacement to keep them going. A LOT of them ought to be totalled and sent to junk yards, but since they're tough can keep going. A 1980s Mercedes that hasn't had its suspension completely rebuilt really isn't a Mercedes anymore. In addition, it's jsut a matter of time before it needs HVAC and transmission repairs, both expensive. Still, total dollars versus aggravation factor is a personal choice. The old diesels are ancient, fuelish technology compared to the new ones, and they're really slow besides.