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Which one...need advice

Looking hard at two 2005 CLK's Cabriolets...one has 30k miles...is a 500...excellent shape...can get for 30k

The other is a 55AMG...7k miles...can get it for 35k

Decisions decisions
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AMG more likely to have been run hard and put away wet.

Check with your insurance man for the difference in cost of covering each--may be VERY enlightening.

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The AMG is approx $200-500 more per yeaar...waiting an exact quote from insurance...This AMG has 7k miles...garaged...driven by older lady...perfect condition
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Man, what a problem to have. The 500 has all the power and handling you could reasonably want, but an AMG with 7k miles that has all the extra go and turn is awfully tempting. This should be a rational decision, and that would be the 500, but I'd get the AMG. The scooter is going to have more expensive repairs, more expensive insurance, and less gas mileage. That makes the 500 the best choice--right up to the second you stomp the rightmost foot pedal and the AMG tries to detach your retinas. The AMG isn't a car for kids or the reckless; it will get you places and into things with frightening quickness and all those places will be much harder to get out of than they were to get into. If you're under 30, buy the 500 and call it an investment in the legacy of your gene pool.

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For 5 grand more you can get 23,xxx less miles and an AMG. I would def go with the 55 AMG. Way better of a deal.

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Here's another vote for the AMG.

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I too vote for the AMG. For an married/older driver with a clean driving record the insurance won't be that much more expensive.


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AMG here!
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"driven by older lady" -- are you sure? Or did the salesman just say that?

Anyway, I'd normally vote for the 500, but in this case, with the small price differential and the much lower mileage, I go with everyone else here.

Remember to negotiate hard--they're giving away cars now.
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