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Which Benz? 2004 SL600 or 2005 SL55 5.5L AMG?

Looking to purchase my first Mercedes and have two particular used ones for sale I am looking at. The prices are about equal give or take. One is a 2004 SL600 with 49,000 miles and v12 twin turbo. The other is a 2005 SL55 5.5L AMG convertible with 72,000 miles and a supercharged v8. I am torn as to which to purchase. Do I go with the 600 due to lower miles and more luxury or the AMG with sportier feel and newer, more updated interior? Which would be a more reliable choice? Wouldn't do a ton of driving with it so the miles aren't a huge deal unless there were problems with the higher mileage car.
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I'd say reliability-wise they're probably about a wash, thus lower miles might help. Then again, the SL55 might have been maintained better over its 72,000 miles than the SL600 over it's 49,000.

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Agreeing with Ike about the service history and the wash comment. But since those are both the same series, have a look at the forum for the proper SL-Class and you might get a feel for the relative strengths and various problem areas.

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