when i was 17, i (with the help of my father) purchased a 1977 240D. the car was my choice. i knew it was slow, but i also knew that i could work on it cheaply myself. i'm now 18 years old, and still LOVE the car. i did recently rebuild the engine (yes, myself...), but this was only becuase the car hadnt been taken care of the way i thought it had, and had MANY more miles than i initially thought. all arround, these cars are GREAT. i have a manual transmition which is better on fuel economy, and a little better with accelerating. i think your daughter (it has been my observation that girls dont particularly like manuals) would dig a mid 80's 300D Turbo.