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looking for a mercedes with these specs...

So I have been looking around and I want to know which model you can recommend me for the following:

- 270+ HP
- mid 90's or later
- 20+mpg combined
- less than $8000 for early 00's, < $5000 for mid 90s
- no excessive miles (i.e. 160 000K+)

Keep in mind I am in CA and have to deal with limited models and smog check. I will have much more freedom when I move back to Europe, but while I am here, I might as well have some fun while gas is still not $6/gallon.

I have stopped on the following models, but they are either rare or too expensive (on CL at least):

- C36
- C43
- E430
- CLK430

I personally would rather get a C200 diesel and be done, but they are practically non-existent here. And I can get one in Europe for $3000, so it's out of the question getting one here.

I need a fast, 20mpg combined, cheap car. Suggest some models, preferably with info if you own that model.

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A W124 E420 fits nicely.

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1. Don't limit your search to California. Pay for an indie inspection there and if it passes, fly out to get the car and drive it back. You'll save a lot of money that way.

2. Look also on ebay and cars.com. Very few cars are actually listed for sale on CL and for good reason.

The E430 would be the best choice of the ones you listed and more available. The W215 may also accommodate.

Good luck.

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