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Help me choose a car for my friend

So my friend said to me one night that he wanted to get a different, more efficient car to replace his aging Toyota Land Cruiser. One night he was driving with me and I mentioned that he might like a late-80s, early-90s W201 or W124, especially since he has a bit of a tight budget, he has a specialist living a block away from him (me), and we have a nearly infinite supply of good, used parts 20 minutes from here.
Now, of course none of these cars are exactly going to go like a scalded cat, but I don't want to subject him to a god awfully slow car. Economy-wise, anything is going to be better than the Land Cruiser he drives now, but I think it'd be good to get him set with something that will return mid to high-20s. He did also say he wanted a fair amount of space for crap-hauling, but didn't want a station wagon.
So what's a good balance of cargo space, economy, and performance between the 190E 2.3 and 2.6, and the 260 and 300E?

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