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Well, the day has arrived... I couldn't manage to stop fast enough to keep from wrecking my c230 so now I'm in the market for a new car. For the record, the only reason I'm not going for another c230 is because the 1997 one I had had some slight suspension issues (mainly noticed in the steering going over 50 mph, a slight tendency to want to go right or left randomly, personally I think that might of been the power steering being too sensitive but...).

Basically, I'm looking for recommendations on what type of car I should get next, so if you've driven a few cars and know of one that seems to fit the bill, please chip in, thanks for the help .

mpg: 28+ (I'll take 25 if I have to but I'd rather not)
road worthy: I love the old Mercedes and the way they went exactly where you told them to regardless of the speed, also great brakes are a requirement. the w201s were great... the w202s were.... average
durability: unfortunately I'm not the easiest driver and I don't have the money to spend a ton on repairs, I can handle most maintenance tasks but need to avoid major issues as much as possible.
average appearance: Just something that looks decent, I'm more concerned on what it looks like on the inside then the outside (concerning the design, not the condition)
Budget: 3 to 4 thousand, 5 if I decide to put off the purchase until later... still seems like a little much too me though.
Area: I'm not sure if this matters all that much but I'm located in Arkansas and will be doing around 50:50 driving.

I would be going after an old 190e but the mileage is iffy and the vehicle is rather old at this point, nothing against it really, but I'd like to try for a newer model if possible. Mercedes are great but anything that fits the bill will do it for me.

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location and shopping radius?
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I would prefer under $3000 but depending on the time frame, I could go up to $5000, although reluctantly.

Just realized I'm semi-used to a tight turning radius too, so if the vehicle has that as well, it would be great. Thanks
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$5k can get you a 190 16v with around 100k miles, maybe a bit under. I love mine - sharp handling, uprated brakes, plenty of power, ultra tight turning circle, old Benz construction. Most 16v's have lower miles and were well cared for by previous owners, due to the specialty nature of the car. Only downside is - you do need to check valve clearance every 10k miles or so, the 16v has solid lifters.

Personally, I haven't been too impressed with the standard Benz after the W201. They seem to have lost something with the later models.
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Are you limiting your shopping list to MB models? If not the Scion Tc might fit the bill. They are pretty hardy little cars and have a pretty good fun to drive quotient.
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At this point I'm not restricting it to any particular brand, but I have had a good experience with the driving quality of most MBs that I've driven in the past compared to other brands so I am somewhat inclined to go in that direction. But like I mentioned earlier, a newer car would be nice and most of the newer MBs don't have the quality, mpg, or price that I'm looking for.

In short, I'm definitely open to all suggestions, thanks
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