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post #11 of 31 (permalink) Old 12-11-2018, 11:41 PM
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This would be a weekend driver for my wife...
Since that's the case you are asking the wrong questions in the wrong forum. You ought to be soliciting member opinions on color and wheel options for an SL600 over in the R230 forum.
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Okay, it may be me....
BUT if the car is really THAT clean, with no accidents, all service records and it's in color you like, why not?

These cars are complex mechanically, and trim and paint issues aren't cheap and easy to fix.
These are not cars you want to skimp on.


It may be worth the extra couple of thousand to have peace of mind of a "no stories" car with known history...

Plus, you don' have to spend money on a PPI, or $1500 on shipping.

Think of what other fun car is out there for $18k.
Not much.

It's a toy, enjoy it.

However, I'd try to get the seller to come down $2,000 for the hydraulic seal replacement...tell him (truthfully) they have a 20 year life, so it's time.
Show him the Top Hydraulics website for the work and costs involved. He might agree or meet you half-way since he's getting a free (no ads, no auctions), hassle-free sale at well above what a dealer would give him for it.
Can't hurt.
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$18k is an awesome price for an equally fantastic car.

If you don't buy it and he sells it, you'll kick yourself...mark my words.
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post #14 of 31 (permalink) Old 12-12-2018, 07:42 AM Thread Starter
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However, I'd try to get the seller to come down $2,000 for the hydraulic seal replacement...tell him (truthfully) they have a 20 year life, so it's time.
Show him the Top Hydraulics website for the work and costs involved. He might agree or meet you half-way since he's getting a free (no ads, no auctions), hassle-free sale at well above what a dealer would give him for it.
Can't hurt.
Thanks JohnEB, that is a good idea. This car will be a car my wife can take to the car shows to join me and my SL60. So I doubt it if she will even put a 1K miles a year on it. My SL60 does about that much. So this will be something for her to have but also I am looking for a long term investment since these in prime condition are going up and up. My only concern is the color. If it was Obsidian Black or Firemist Red I probably would not think twice about it.
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$18k sounds too high for that car. NADA shows ~$8,100 for clean trade in and ~$10,400 for clean retail.

https://www.nadaguides.com/Cars/2000...D-SL500/Values

I'd try to get it for $10k or less (if possible). Have also seen one or two on ebay go for less than $8k but they were higher mileage. 33k miles is a cream puff. The engine is probably not even broken in fully yet. :-)
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$18k is an awesome price for an equally fantastic car.

If you don't buy it and he sells it, you'll kick yourself...mark my words.
Slownrusty I see you visit BAT That is your qoute right?

(Nov 19 at 4:24 PM SlowNRusty 4,521 This car is an easy $20K !)
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We all want to sell for the most and buyers want to pay the least. It all comes down to what it's sold for. We all think our car is worth more than others for various reasons but mostly, it's greed. It's about the money! You get something for a good deal, you're not going to sell it to the other guy for a good deal. 18K sounds seems high. But hey, I'd like 18K for my 2002 Sl500 with 62K miles also!

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If you guys had a choice of identical mileage and price, which color would you choose: Diamond White, Obsidian Black or Firemist Red (Amber).
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I think white should hold up well! - reminds me of miami vice although different car!
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If you guys had a choice of identical mileage and price, which color would you choose: Diamond White, Obsidian Black or Firemist Red (Amber).
Bright Silver Metallic.
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