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I have had my slk for about 6yrs now and still love it. This spring I am planning to buy a new car (i am keeping the slk too) I have about $50,000 to spend and this is what I was looking at so far. Let me know what you guys think.

2006-2009 Porsche Cayman S
2007-2010 SLK AMG 55
2001-2005 Porsche 911 Turbo

I am leaning towards one of the porsches for a few reasons but the main one is a manual gear box.

I am just looking to get some feed back or other suggestions...

thanks!
 

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All great choices, but for me I'd probably go with the 55 AMG....love the hard top convertible. There are two at my gym that I drool over every night. Whichever way you go, enjoy!
 

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I'm with Jimbo.
Having my SL55 & loving my SLK230 I'd go with the SLK55.

Normally aspirated, small, and just a great car. I had a cayenne a 2004 model just an s with the base V8, was ok but I choose to stick to mercedes. (other than my two escalades. (2003 ESV & 2008 ESV) BOTH INCREDIBLE. I do a lot of boating.
 

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I'd take the next step up to a 2007+ SL, which, in my opinion, is a supercar, but, unlike most Ferraris and Lambos, one that can be driven daily.
 

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What do you want to use the car for, it makes a big difference....

I love my Benz cars, but the Porsches have something going for them as well. Having another small Benz like the SLK 55 will likely turn you off of either the R170 or the R171 after a while, it's just the way of things.
 

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Engine failure was not uncommon with the earlier water-cooled Porsche motors--more so in the Boxster (20+ percent) than the 911. I don't recall when the problem was finally corrected (recently) but I believe it extended into the time of the earlier Caymans. So, I suggest you ensure the cars you are considering are beyond the engine failure years. I used to be a Porsche owner, but their failure to correct the problem in a timely manner AND not help out-of-warranty owners with engine failures due to a known design problem turned me away from the company.
 

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I have had my slk for about 6yrs now and still love it. This spring I am planning to buy a new car (i am keeping the slk too) I have about $50,000 to spend and this is what I was looking at so far. Let me know what you guys think.

2006-2009 Porsche Cayman S
2007-2010 SLK AMG 55
2001-2005 Porsche 911 Turbo

I am leaning towards one of the porsches for a few reasons but the main one is a manual gear box.

I am just looking to get some feed back or other suggestions...

thanks!
They are all good...
Do you need a driver..?
I am just a candidate...
 

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