Pardon me, but I'm in a bit of a bad mood. Even on a good day however, the things that would come into my mind would be "money pit" "gas guzzler" and "regret"
Save for a nice Diesel?
I'm in a great mood, and the thought of driving a diesel turns it into a bad one
If someone gave me a diesel Benz, I'd sell it and buy a gasser. You might get 30 MPG w/a diesel, but it'll take a month to get you to highway speeds.
Just about any older carb'ed car will give you non-stellar milage, Benz or otherwise. For $1800, and based only on the pics that were sent, I'd say go for it. However, check for the following:
-rust. Lower left fender could be indicative of rust in the inner rockers. That's one of the prime places for it to set in. Look under the car and search for any other spots that are orange. It's your call after that.
-this model car is known for its "bullet proof" engine, rear end and tranny. However, they do wear or break with poor maintenance. Check the compression and leakdown prior to purchasing. When the car runs, check for blue or other colored smoke, indicating engine probs. Look for leaks under the car (coolant, oil, etc).
-parts are not rare for these things and are still available through Napa, Kraegan, Autozone, etc. If not in stock, they can be ordered and arrived within a day or two. Parts places all over the net are available too, as they are on eBay. Do a general search in the forum and you'll find a wealth of info on parts places.
-be prepared to maintain your car yourself. They're simple and with a basic set of shop diagrams (many of which may be available on the forum)(I have many also), you can adjust, fix, diagnose or maintain to your heart's content, and without having to go to a stealership or mechanic.
My vote: do it!
Yay gassers! Boo diesels