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Old 12-11-2002, 01:05 PM
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Depends on what you mean by sporty - acceleration or cornering!
The early 300E w124s were better balanced and more 'tossable' than the later 300E/E320s or the V8 124 cars ( http://www.peachparts.com/300e.htm and http://www.peachparts.com/400e.htm ) . They were also reputed to be nearly as quick as the 400s at the site http://web.missouri.edu/~apcb20/times.html#Mercedes :

Year__Model____________0-60__1/4m
1987 Mercedes-Benz 300E 7.5 16.0
1990 Mercedes-Benz 300E 8.7 16.8
1992 Mercedes-Benz 300E 8.6 16.6

1992 Mercedes-Benz 400E 7.6 15.8
1993 Mercedes-Benz 400E 7.2 15.4

1994 Mercedes-Benz C280 7.8 16.1
1994 Mercedes-Benz C280 8.4 16.5 (auto)
1995 Mercedes-Benz C280 7.9 16.0
1996 Mercedes-Benz C280 7.3 15.8 (sport)

1995 Mercedes-Benz C36 6.0 14.5
1997 Mercedes-Benz C36 5.9 14.4
1998 Mercedes-Benz C43 5.8 14.4

The early 300Es didn't get as good of gas mileage as the later w124 6 cylinders, or even as the 400E/E420s! About 20 mpg overall, and a personal best of 25 hiway at 70mph. That said, I much prefer the handling of my 87 300e with sportline suspension parts over our 98 C230 with Koni sports and 16" sport wheels. Maybe a C43 or C36 is your target, but I don't know about prices on those! Good luck on the hunt.
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