Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 83 Astral Silver 280 SL
Location: Planet Houston
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RE: Do you go on joy rides in your Benz?
Mine has the 4spd auto, and if I keep my foot out of it I get great hiway mileage, about 21-25 I would guess, and good city mileage. The price of premium, however, does not help the situation. Also, the sweet spot on these cars built for the Autobahn is between 65 and 90, where it accelerates fantastically, and it is hard to keep the fun down. The Euros really do drive different from the American cars, and are great for Houston's drving environment, which is all wide open four-lanes, even on the city streets, and eight and ten lane mega highways. If you live somewhere where there is a lot of stop and go drving, I would not recommend one because they are inherently slow off the line. Like most Mercedes of the time, it was designed for a specific use, this one as the businessman coupe used in day to day driving, and is intended to be more economical to operate while offering passable high performance as well, for the salesman type who had to cover a lot of ground. Its big brother, the 500SL was meant to be a personal high performance machine marketed to Europeans, who given the high price of fuel did not want the added weight of power options, in either model. The 500SL with a four or five speed manual had Ferrari-like performance in its day, and gets high ratings in collector guides for investment value. Nice examples of the 500 are very, very hard to find in the US. There are lots of nice 280Sl's out there however, especially out west, where some of the big MB dealerships in AZ and CA imported them on their own, so called "grey market" cars.