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FS: 2002 R129 SL500 Silver Arrow

** Sold 11/2013 **




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In response to a few requests

The car has never been in an accident.

There is some cracking in the plasti-wood on the drivers side of the center console slider. I don't know how easy this is to replace; I hardly notice it, but it's there and it isn't perfect.

I have the original (fried) head for the stereo. The code card has gone missing, but I can engage my local dealer to get the code if desired.

The CD changer is still in the trunk and as far as I know would work with a replacement factory head; this was not important to me as I used an iPod for music, and obviously I have no way to demonstrate it now.

I don't have the commemorative aluminum briefcase that shipped with the car.

The spark plugs were changed in 2010, along with a full brake job (62k miles). The steering shock was replaced in 2012 and I also had a full transmission service performed including new "permanent" ATF (85k). A full alignment was performed at the dealer this year. I have records for all service performed since this car was new.

Feel free to PM any questions.

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Recent work completed

Update:
New exhaust from the cats back -- new OEM cats and Magnaflow muffler.
New Interstate OEM spec battery (gel).
Just had the A-equivalent service performed (fluids and inspection).
Car now has 94000 miles.

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It is a very nice SL. I am sorry your health is forcing its sale.

I used edmunds.com and nada.com and can only get the car close to $11k as a retail price.
I used the conditon of "clean" not outstanding due to the craking finish on the console cover wood.

So please do not shoot the messenger. If you want to sell a convertible this time of the year quickly, pricing it over retail will draw very little interest.
I know it is worth more than $11k to you, but if a person looking for that exact model finds one in clean condition for $11k or less could you blame them for spending $1500 less?
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Update,
I looked at asking prices and found mostly cars with less miles but the lowest price on Autotrader was about $15k so apparently the limited edition of your car does give it a bigger swing on the asking price and $12.5k seems fair.

Hope it sells and your health improves.
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All good points. There are a few other SAs for sale here and there that I am monitoring to see what the final price is and will adjust accordingly. I'm not in a position where I "have to" sell this car, so I can be patient.

I do know that if I was looking for a SA, I'd gladly give $12500 for this one considering I know all the work has been done and it's been very well cared for. But then I'm biased.

I'm also pricing it considering the collectibility aspect of the Silver Arrow option. Yes, you can find a 2001 SL of roughly the same miles and quality for $11k, but is it a SA? To me that's worth something, but I'm not sure this package is included in most pricing guides.

As for the cracking: it's plastic, not wood, not that it matters, but it's hardly noticeable (covers maybe 1.5 linear inches on the inside edge of the drivers side of the roll up compartment) and all the real wood is beautiful. Don't want people to get the wrong impression.

One thing I do know is that in my area it's apparently difficult to sell a convertible in *summer*. Even if it has a hardtop.

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In the spring it would sell here. That price is a good one.

The SA goodies are not accounted for at the big pricing sites and when I realized that I looked at the for sale sites and they are asking up to $26k for a 40,000 mile one.
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In the spring it would sell here. That price is a good one.

The SA goodies are not accounted for at the big pricing sites and when I realized that I looked at the for sale sites and they are asking up to $26k for a 40,000 mile one.
If I can't get close to the price I want for it I'll put it in a storage garage down the road for the winter and try again in the spring. There's no way I'm going to let a dealer get away with offering me $8000 in trade for a car this nice. Especially now that it has a brand new front bumper, all new exhaust from the cats back, a new high tech radio, a new battery...

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w0w ...!!!

if You were not some 3700 miles away, I'd be driving this home ..
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Paul, wish I had waited to buy my SL. What a nice car!

I purchased mine cheap but the repairs are still mounting. Would have been nice to just buy one in good shape and drive it.

Oh well lesson learned.
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