Date registered: Apr 2006
Location: Sunshine Coast, B.C., CANADA
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I don't think buying an SL320 is 'settling' for anything. It's just different. There's a fellow on this board who has an SL320 and an SL600. He says that he actually prefers the 320 for real world, around town driving. Sure, the 500 and the 600 have more power and torque but how often do you really get to extract that level of performance? The SL320 had exactly the same option list as the SL500 (most SL600 options as well).
OK, I'll hop off my soapbox now, back to your question. I would look for a unit that has ...
had the wiring harness replaced
had the head gasket replaced
had full, regular maintenance records
soft top replaced, and/or rear window is clear, uncracked
had no serious accidents
Our '94 has been great, best car ever. Going in, I knew (thanks to this board) what to look for. I found the right car at the right price. That said, in the 9 months we've owned it, this is the work I have done personally-
replaced head gasket and valve cover gaskets (oil leaks, no performance issues)
replaced t-stat, fan clutch, and radiator (overheating in traffic)
replaced 6 dash and instrument lamps (bought it that way)
replaced radio/cassette head unit (right channel quit)
repaired inoperative dash unit (bad connector)
drill out 3 wheel bolts that broke while trying to loosen (old, rusty originals)
The only outstanding issue is a suspension squeak in the front end somewhere which shows up after 3 dry days (only happened once here since last October). We've put about 8500 km on it, 6500 of during a two week junket.
'94 SL320 white over tan with alpaca gray interior
140,000km Second owner