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New to the board, hoping to purchase 560SL soon...

Looking for some honest feedback from knowledgable members on this corner of the forum.
Honestly, I can't say why I'm so drawn to this car, but I am (other than the US bumpers, that is).
Am I crazy to think I could use a well-maintained 560SL as a daily driver, putting 6-8k miles/year over the next several years?
If that's feasible, would you recommend a car with ~50k mile range or one with more than 100k miles knowing that I'm going to drive some of the value of the car down with 30-40k miles in the next 5 years?
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Go for a well maintained car that has been driven semi regularly.

These cars are meant to be driven. Garage queens have a different set of problems that will aggrevate you to no end.

You will also love the US bumpers in due time. They take far more abuse against the other idiots on the road who will be drawn to you like moths to a flame! 😛
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Are you going to buy a new car or a second-hand?
Tell us where to buy a "new" R107 560SL. We would all like to know.
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Am I crazy to think I could use a well-maintained 560SL as a daily driver, putting 6-8k miles/year over the next several years?
Depends on where you live. I wouldn't recommend it as a dd in winter climes, although we have at least one member here who does.
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I live in Alabama, so corrosion from de-icers isn't a concern. On the negative side, 100+ degree temps are common in the summer.
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I live in Alabama, so corrosion from de-icers isn't a concern. On the negative side, 100+ degree temps are common in the summer.
I daily drive my 380SL, though this is a misnomer because I work from home. I do hit the gym 4 times a week so I guess those excursions count. Gym is only 2 miles away though.

I put on about 7-8K miles a year.

My advice: make sure you have a back up vehicle. I can't tell you how many ties Benzy has been in dry dock for much needed repairs. Thankfully, I live in a very walkable neighborhood. For most parts I get them overnight on regular shipping charges. Tis the benefit of living in southern california.

Lyft and a rental car joint are nearby for certain things that require cars.

Eventually Mrs Beast and I are getting a more modern beater that's easy to repair. R107s aren't family cruisers, they're toys
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I have a 1982 380SL, which has 54k miles on it. I drive it to and from my office, which is about 4 miles from where i live and other areas in the neighborhood. My 380 SL is the most reliable car I own and has never had a single issue, which I cannot say about my w222 S550 or my A207 350 Cab.

Living in Houston, though, the AC in the 380 SL is not as strong as I would like. When I drive the car from the cover of my garage to smoother covered area, she's fine and the cabin gets and stays cool; however, if I park her under the Texas Summer sun and she heats up, she's a bitch to cool, which can make for some uncomfortable driving. This might be particularly relevant if you live somewhere warm, as your handle suggests. LOL
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In the case of hot summers, I recommend 275 cooling.

2 windows down at 75 MPH.
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I had an auto broker source me a decent 1987 560SL with 70k miles on it out of Texas. I had it shipped to California and used it as a daily driver on my 20-mile freeway commute for years without any major issues. Lots of little issues, of course, and as mentioned you need a back-up as occasionally something will come up that will put it out of action for a few days. Now that I'm in Canada I only drive it around town it the summer but even after sitting in storage for 6 months it starts up on the first crank.

Don't worry about the value as you're going to fall in love with this car and never want to sell it.

DO read up on timing chain guides if you end up getting one.
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You own and drive these cars for the fun and challange. They are old and there is generally a lot of catching up to do on plastic, rubber and electronic issues. On one hand, it is not trouble-free late model Toyota Corolla, on the other hand, thank god it is not a late model Toyota Corolla!

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