Been there, done that.
I went through the same thing just about this time last year. I ended up buying a 123 diesel. The reason was that the cars are safe and they are slow, not to mention cheap to buy and simple to work on.
My daughter would have loved to have a faster car, but I believe she is safer in a slow car. If your daughter doesn't like a car because it is too slow, that would make me want to put her in a slow car even that much more.
One of my daughter's friends ended up in an '86 190 diesel and it worked out well for her, although her dad has already had to do a headgasket job because she let it overheat.
The only mistake I feel that I made was listening to here desire for a particular color and buying the car according to its color rather than making condition the number one priority.