Mercedes. The name reeks quality. I recently purchased a 1995 mercedes E-class and I have had nothing but praise from envious colleagues and jealous looks from fellow motorists who are not behind the mercedes wheel. But you have not come here to read how it changes your life you have come here to see why it is the most pleasurable and mechanically sound car on today's market. The E-class is equipped with a powerful 3 litre engine and can do 0-60 in under 12 seconds. The diesel version is economical on fuel in comparison to the size of the car. Also it has an automatic transmission which makes it an incredible car to drive. Manual transmission available on request. ABS brakes come as standard and the structure and weight of the car make it one or the safest cars on the road. I would recommend the E300 as it gives the best performance. A real pleasure to drive and it will last you for life.