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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-26-2011, 11:48 AM Thread Starter
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I need your help/advice.. I've owned a '93 190e 2.3 for darn near 12 years now. It's been a superb car, no complaints. I've kept up on all the maintenance and it runs absolutely perfect and it's super reliable.

But it's a 2.3.... It's slow... Sadly, I'm growing tired of it.

I found a '97 SL500 roadster with 85,144 miles for $14,500. Good? Bad? Unrelaible? Stay away from it?

Any information is truly appreciated.

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Way to expensive. I was looking at 92-96 sl500's with 70-80k on them for like $7-9k a few months ago. I test drove a literally spotless '96 sl600 with 75k on it. 1 owner with all the records asking $10k. Most SL owners think their car is gold and ask way too much for it. I spent $14k on my '01 boxster in August and it had 18k miles on it. Could've bought an '02 BMW M5 with 90k on it for $13.5k. Hell for $13k you can get an slk230 with AMG package and 30-50k miles on it
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Don't buy it without first getting a thorough PPI (pre-purchase inspection) from a Mercedes dealer.

Lots of expensive subsystems on this car including, for example, the $5000 convertible top controller that can be destroyed by battery jumping.

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