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Date registered: Dec 2003
Vehicle: 2004 CL500 2008 ML320CDI
Location: Wausau, Wis.
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I have been enamored with M-B since a friend restored a '58 Ponton back in the mid-70s. I missed out on a great 190SL when I was a poor college student (if I knew then what I know now...), then I latched onto a '66 230 in the early 80's. I haven't needed a personal car for the last 20+ years, but fell in love with the Star again a few years ago when I went to the local VW/Audi dealer to get a part for the wife's Cabrio and was bowled over by a gorgeous '97 E420 - to me, German iron at it's best! Unfortunately the thing developed tiny rust nodules all over; by this time I was rehooked on the marque, so I went "practical" with an '00 E320 4Matic. The car that was gonna be my "forever" car lasted a couple of years, 'til last spring when I got the big coupe bug and traded up to an '04 CL500. In the meantime the wife went through a number of other convertibles, but thought the SLKs were too small - until she sat in one at Benz club get together! We snapped up this ultra low miles '01 a couple of weeks later. The performance & handling of the Benzes we have (& had) is tremendous. The style and creature comforts are outstanding. The sense of safety and solidity are second to none. The looks and sense of pride are also, in my opinion, unmatched. As to value, I think the new car cost is insane, but once someone else ponies up those first few years for depreciation they're right reasonable.
"Someday you will die somehow and something's gonna steal your carbon."