I must agree with several other posts on this thread. The W123 is the best car for this situation. My daughter will be sixteen in a couple more years, and she already knows this is what she will be driving. My ten year old son has already claimed my 300SDL. I think Larry and Aaron hit the main points in their earlier posts. I had a 84 190d and I was not impressed, although I'm told the later models were better. Good luck with your decision.