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I have looked at a 92 and it has 32K miles on it MB is asking 24,500 book is 21,500. I can buy the 600 for 17,995 or 16,995 it needs 9K worth of work and has 72K miles. The 500 as far as I know needs nothing but is way over priced. The question is should I put 9K into an SL600 and have a 24K car or buy an overpriced older 500SL for the same price? Any thoughts? (By the way I still have the 95 SL600 I have been driving it for 2 weeks crap your pants performance now but I still havn't bought it.)
 

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G500, I recently purchased a 1997 SL500 with 61K miles from the Mercedes Dealership in San Rafel California and it was a Starmark Mercedes Certified Vehicle and paid 26,988. A Starmark certified vehicle comes with a 1 year parts and labor up to a 100K mile warranty.

I did a lot of research on the differences between the SL500 and SL600 and my findings were the SL500 overall was be a better value. Also years 1996 and above were better due to some chages from the original release.

Even the dealership said the repairs on the SL500 can be costly but be ready for the shock of your life when repairing the SL600. In general may run anywhere from 25% to 50% more than the SL500.

If I were you I'd go for the 96 and above, SL500 in the best mechanical and physical condition you can find, if it comes with a warranty even better. Also take your time shopping, a quick purchase could cost you a lot of money in the long run.

Good luck, Gary
 

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Since you are going to buy a car once and then keep it I'd suggest going for the 600 if you can. The performance gap is quite small between the 500 & 600 but if I was in the market for another 129 I'd go for the 600 without thinking about it.

At least you know that the 600 needs work,... the 500 might have something wich is about to go wrong (and then the investmenet would kick you in the backside).

Good Luck.
 
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