Well, it only took me a little over a month after buying the SLK to get a speeding ticket. Had always thought the cops in NC were a little more circumspect than in some other states, but guess I was wrong about that--as in many other things. Was only doing 70 (he says) in a 55 zone on a perfectly clear day on a 4 lane divided highway with no traffic. That was another of the nice aspects of all those years living in Germany--you would never have had to worry about something like this. The police there saved their efforts for more important things.