I'm not here to tell you what to buy. I will tell you what I have.......1987 300E/W124. I'm fairly new to MB cars so I don't know all of the pit falls of the breed. I can however tell you that I really like this car of mine. Quick, nimble, solid driving car!
Good luck in your search! Many people drive MBs, and for good reason. Hopefully they all will speak up.