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Best MB Gassers

So I posted this on the Peach Parts forum because I check out the Diesel Discussion every once in a while but I find there is more traffic on this site so maybe more answers.
As soon as I get the money I want to buy a Mercedes and I was most interested in the W123 and W124 300D as my first car. My interest in the diesels stems from my dad's 1983 240D and 2003 Sprinter 2500. I have only had experience driving the Sprinter as my father loaned out the 240D to an employee and something went wrong causing it to overheat (the employee didn't pay attention to any warning lights that came on) so it is and has been sitting in a shop for the past two years waiting on my dad to either give it up or have it repaired when he gets the money (he hasn't needed the car because he has the Sprinter and my mom has a 1996 Mercury Grand Marquis to drive). So the reason I express interest in gasoline Mercedes is for an obvious reason: better acceleration than the diesels. I may still decide to go with a diesel but thought it would be worth looking into the gassers anyway. So the question is: What is the best gasoline powered Mercedes for under $7000? What I would be looking for is something that is fairly reliable (and fairly inexpensive to maintain), decent mpg rating, decent safety, decent acceleration, and if at all possible has decent leg room. My dad's mechanic said that his favorite line of Mercedes behind the W123 diesels was the w201, saying that both the gas and diesel versions were very good. My only problem with the 190 is that, because of its size, it has little rear leg room and is not as safe as the larger Benz (or land-yachts as some call them). For any suggestions just give me a brief description of the car and why you think it is good.

1977 240D auto 146K- parts car
1979 300SD 220K- parts car
1980 300SD 185K- Brother's
1983 240D manual 322K? (broken odo)- doesn't run- Dad's
1987 190D 2.5 auto 320K- decommissioned due to rust
1993 190E 2.6 209K- parts car
1993 190E 2.6 Sportline Limited Edition 201K- 190D replacement
2003 Sprinter 2500 Passenger 200K
1996 Mercury Grand Marquis LS 230K
2006 Mercury Grand Marquis LS 65K
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