The second benz I looked at was a 83 300D I found thru these forums, bought it and have had nothing but driving pleasure ever since. not a single problem. 40,000 miles so far out of a $2000 car that runs like a dream.
There is always a gem out there somewhere. just keep looking.
2003 Jetta Wagon TDI 145,000MI
1999.5 Jetta TDI 287,000MI
2001 Suzuki SV650S 26,000MI
2008 Yamaha Vino 125 11,000MI