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post #11 of 34 (permalink) Old 03-14-2006, 11:28 AM
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RE: 2007 SL550

i just cant even fathom being so wasteful.

maybe thats where my reading of your post took a negative spin?

i thought that decent performance and a good ride was the s coupe's(why exactly did they call it a cl?) place in the market? are the sl and cl not the same beyond the roof and other minor things? and wouldnt that make the sl an s class roadster?

whats light about a rwd v8 with air conditioned seats, anyway? it seems like the market has ruined the car by demanding it add features through the years and what theyve ended up with(dont think im being negative-- i cant even afford a house with an sl's pricetag) is a car that really just isnt so special.

i mirror the thoughts of the writer of the original article.. i do know the sl is competent and luxurious, its beautiful, has nice materials and isnt a slouch at anything, but the car set some sort of benchmark and they need to not rest on their laurels and let the lexus beat them in this market too.

and what would be wrong with a sl350? id want manual controls for everything, including the transmission and roof, though. none of these systems that cost more to repair than a compact car does to buy.

while we're at it, i want a w204 c190cdi too. nothing fancy, just a comfortable seat sitting behind a 50mpg turbodiesel engine and that lovely hood star

price it between the passat and the jetta(about 33k)...they'd surely sell like the w123s.

again, that tells you what 30 grand means to me, id like to agree that its silly to not just spend it, but i cant.

that money could be a childs tuition to college. it could change someones life for the better, youd honestly rather see it used to get to 60 1.5 seconds faster?

where i come from, an engine upgrade usually just means moving up a trim level to one with a 3 letter designation instead of just two[:p] i looked at a leon replacement but was amazed that a n/a 2.4 caliber r/t awd costs 22 large.

i wonder if the sr/t 4 will outrun an sl? any flavor would be fine.

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that money could be a childs tuition to college. it could change someones life for the better, youd honestly rather see it used to get to 60 1.5 seconds faster?

Some people would rather spend a little more money to have a faster car. Its not about money. My mom wants an AMG SL, because she wants to be faster.

I have seen people drop 50K in Honda to make it faster. Its about speed. In my mom's case, it about speed and looking good in a Mercedes.

By the way, it’s our money and we spend the way we want to. I have already paid enough in taxes for children’s education and taxes for people that do not want to work.

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I kind of side with chiphomme on this one. If you can buy a $100,000 car, you should be able to foot the rest for something that is going to have considerably higher resale value and possible collectability, not to mention the performance aspect. If you can't afford $130k then you probably shouldn't be buying a $100k car either.

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that money could be a childs tuition to college. it could change someones life for the better, youd honestly rather see it used to get to 60 1.5 seconds faster?
By the way, it’s our money and we spend the way we want to. I have already paid enough in taxes for children’s education and taxes for people that do not want to work.
paying ones taxes does not equate to ones contributing to the betterment of humankind. one is required-- the other requires selflessness; something i fear you mighnt posess.

youve made it clear that you only think of others as below you, i wonder, then...

why didnt *you* buy the AMG? since... you know... youre of this higher order of human being and all.

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i see that point, but if performance is all you care about, you may not need the mercedes at all. theyre supposed to be touring cars, right? i mean the mercedes.

the mercedes philosophy(in my head) is to build a car with a timeless style that has wonderful build quality and also has that certain driving character.

dont you lose that when you try to build a civilized racecar? ive never sat in a new sl, let alone driven one, but it seems to me that a super race car was never really intended. those were built especially for racing?

the first two sl's were spartan inside, which lends to the sporting character, but for 40 years, almost, the sl has been a comfortable cruiser for two with a removable roof, not a true sports car.

i like fast cars, i like nice cars, it stands to reason that i'd like a fast nice car, but when people start talking about 30 grand being some trivial expense, i just gotta question it.

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paying ones taxes does not equate to ones contributing to the betterment of humankind. one is required-- the other requires selflessness; something i fear you mighnt posess.

youve made it clear that you only think of others as below you, i wonder, then...

why didnt *you* buy the AMG? since... you know... youre of this higher order of human being and all.
So how did I make it clear that I think of other below me? Are you upset that I disagree with you that we should spend our money the way we want to and not for your idea of people’s betterment?

I am saying it our money and we spend it any way we want to.

By the way, I am getting an AMG SL55 for my mom. I did not want one because of choice.

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i know a person who wen he was 7 said he wanted 1 he saved up and just got it last year he got it using every penny he could save
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Why do people buy the non AMG versions of those cars?
Simple,... the 600 is faster[:D]
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Because not everybody has a deep pocket like you.


So a person has no problem dropping $100k in a car but it becomes untenable at $130K?
That flat out seems silly. If you can afford one you can afford the other.
That seemed like a given to me but apparently not. I was more interested in the performance functionality angle.


Still talking and acting middle class I see...[:p]
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Some people wouldn't buy the AMG version of any car because they don't have anything to prove, or because they consider AMG 'over-the-top', or because they'd rather give the extra $30K to charity, or because they live in a place (like most of the US) where the 'extra' performance is just meaningless and wasteful, or because they don't like anything remotely resembling a 'boy-racer' image, or because maybe they just don't see the point. Different strokes for different folks ya know.

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Some people wouldn't buy the AMG version of any car because they don't have anything to prove, or because they consider AMG 'over-the-top', or because they'd rather give the extra $30K to charity, or because they live in a place (like most of the US) where the 'extra' performance is just meaningless and wasteful, or because they don't like anything remotely resembling a 'boy-racer' image, or because maybe they just don't see the point. Different strokes for different folks ya know.
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