I paid $16,800 for it. Bought it last October and now car has 38,400 miles. My buddy has a 1998 E320 bought it new and his now has 97,000.
I call it luck and good timing. I wasn't even looking for a MB when I ran across this one. This is my 1st MB and after driving it for few months, I will always own an MB. I may try BMW oneday! and here is a pic of the engine. I keep it clean the same way I got it. Best of luck for you too!