Greetings from France.
I love Mercedes cars and have 2 of them, can't seperate myself from my old one....
The newer one is a 2000, Mercedes Elegance E200 sedan, 7cv Diesel with manual gear change. Colour silver-grey with leather interior. It's done 150,000 Kms. It's in lovely condition but has a couple of problems at present that I presented on the forum today - Dec 8th, 2009.
My older Mercedes is a 1987, 190D sedan diesel, 7cv with manual gear change. Colour dark blue. This particular model Mercedes is still very popular in Europe today due to its reputation for reliability. It's done 350 000 kms, apparently there's one that did a million kilometres (no doubt with very good upkeep throughout it's life). I've never encountered easier steering for turning manoeuvres on a road than in this car.