I am on to my third Mercedes, a 93 190E2.3. It had done 113K miles when I bought it earlier this year. For delightful, trouble free (so far) personal transport it is just great. In fact these forums have helped identify things I should keep an eye on before they get too serious. Comes down to basic maintenance. And, for what it is worth, I have also just moved to LA from Sydney. You may already have contacts in the business, but if you are looking for a trustworthy and reliable servicer and secondhand Merc dealer, give Peter Swatosch at Swatosch ******** in Alexandria a call. I bought my '94 E280 from him, and he sold it on my behalf while I moved to the US. Good luck!