Don't buy this car. The reason it's the cheapest car in the classifieds
is its poor fuel economy (economy, what a misnomer) and high repair cost
when, not if, it breaks.
So you'd drive it 350 miles / week , minimum, at 12 mpg is 29 gal /
week or $45 / week for gasoline. Then there are the repairs which with
any car seem to come in bunches. If you don't have a "Repair Reserve" of
about $2,000 ready cash then this car is not for you for that's what a
couple of not so major repairs could cost unless you can DIY.
If you want to buy a Mercedes look for a 1983 - 1985 300D Turbodiesel.
It's an efficient size, has 24 mpg fuel economy, a durable engine with a
250K useful life and is a comfortable car to drive. A 300SD is the large
body version of the same power train. These can be bought in good
condition for $2,500 to $3,500. Don't buy a "cheap" Mercedes that's been
neglected and run down for that will be a much more expensive car to
keep on the road than a good but "expensive" car of the same year and
If this is too much $$ then buy a standard American sedan from a retiree
or widow. Retirement communities may be good "hunting grounds" for such
cars because many owners have given up driving but don't know how to
easily sell their car.
Whatever you choose, remember, the more standard it is the cheaper it
will be to run and fix.