i hope you are counting on spending alot on repairs
As a college student i would be concerned with the amount of money it takes to keep these things on the road.
Just replaced the arm bushings and ABS unit - cost at an independent shop - $2100 - dealer would have been a lot more
Head gasket is leaking .... another $1000
Oxygen sensor - 400
Water Pump - 480
Misc BS - 500
My advice - if you are already planning on spending 10-15K buy an old 85 300D - they are tanks, look cool and you could pick one up for about 5k - save the rest of your money for repairs on it. If you are on a serious budget - forget it. Buy a honda or toyota.
I would not buy another C280 - maybe I got a lemon but I have seen similar problems with this model.
96 C280 - 110K