As much as I love it, I feel it is time to remove the W210 from my driveway, as I now have it running so well that it's only a matter of time before I paid as much in repairs one year after buying it, than what it cost. It has to be diesel, I do way too many miles for a petrol. unless it's a) LPG, or b) somebody knows something I don't about petrol. Do I go for an older E-class, i.e. the bulletproof-er W124 is it? I'm quite happy to pay more than I can get a brilliant W210 just so that it's a) more reliable and b) less complicated and more suited to my happy to tinker with mechanics mind. Or Do I get a Vaneo? They seem low priced, but almost to the point that I keep thinking of what a smarter forum member than me once said "There's nothing as expensive as a cheap mercedes) Or do I go for a W211, or W212, hoping that my increased investment brings me reliability. I mean, the amount of 7 seaters out there is ridiculous, but i don't want a traditional mpv, and i really have considered V70s, but feel like i just wouldn't love it like I do the Merc, The Volvo doesnt' give me the 'james may fizz'. Advice on pitfalls or 'Go and get one of these!..." please. Oh, Budget is ten grand ish. but would increase if i need that for W211/W212. I have no idea what i can pick stuff up for or if they're so flawed it's not worth going to the cashpoint.