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I was stopped at some lights, top down, grandson in the pax seat, enjoying a hot summer's day. An older woman in a station wagon pulled up beside us, and after a few seconds said: "VERY nice car!"

OK, what do you say to that?

Theoretically you shouldn't say 'thank you' because the designers and factory are the ones that made it. You're just an owner moving some cash around the planet. Only the dealer should thank you!

You could possibly say: "Yes, it is." In which case they would think you were halfway up your own escalator.

As it turned out, all I could think to say was "Thanks" in an offhand, nonplussed manner, which probably didn't advance the cause of older men in expensive sports cars.

This is the first time I've been directly approached in the SL--probably helped because of the presence of my grandson, age 8, who makes me appear more homely and older than I really am. It's a bit like the way people can strike up a conversion with a stranger walking a dog--just because of the dog--since alone the dog owner could be anything from an axe-murderer to a car salesman.

Most of the time I just hear "wow!" or "look at that!" from other cars or pedestrians who think I can't hear them. (Mind you, I always wonder if it's because my toupee has come loose or I have a bug stuck in my teeth and they're wondering how such a dippy guy gets to drive round in a $$$ car [:)] )

How does everyone else reply?

Ken Silver
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~1993 SL500, glistening triple black, xenons, AMG facelift to 2002 style.
~1999 SLK 230 Kompressor, silver/black leather, CD, immaculate
~1999 Suzuki Grand Vitara. black & silver.
~1991 Jaguar Daimler, shiny grey/grey leather.
~ex 350SL, 230E, 280E, MX5 and a lot of other makes not nearly as nice.

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While backing out of my driveway, I paused to let a boy of about 12 years go past on his bicycle. He stopped, staring at my SL500, and said "Wow! Nice car!". All I could say was, "Thank you".
 

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Ken,
I love your since of humor...[:D]

Surprisingly that happens quite a bit to me and I just smile and say thank you. I sometimes wonder if it's the car or that fact that I am balded, 6 feet, 230 lbs and built like one of the members of the Baltimore Ravens football team. I have had women walk up to me and give me their phone numbers while I am pumping gas.

hmmmm...yes it must be the car[8]
 

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I always reply by "Thank you". I guess I take a compliment regarding my car as a compliment directed towards me. I get a lot of "Is it for sale?" too.
 

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i (rather dismissively and humbly) say "thanks ,,, it gets me from 'a' to 'b'." then the enquirer usually adds something about its "style" or "quickness" and the like. i just smile and nod.
 

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dfraz - 1/31/2005 1:11 AM
...I have had women walk up to me and give me their phone numbers while I am pumping gas.
Is that any different to pumping weights? [:D]
 

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This happens quite frequently, and my response is always thanks! A late model "beamer" parked next to me, asked me to roll my window down so that I can discuss the attributes of my SL600. Many times the questions are what year is it? How many miles do you have? I'm thinking about getting one, can you tell me about it? But when the top is down and I have a great shine on it, I'm proud to display it and say "Thanks" when people appreciate beauty, class & power![;)][8)]
 

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It's a bit like the way people can strike up a conversion with a stranger walking a dog--just because of the dog--since alone the dog owner could be anything from an axe-murderer to a car salesman.


Or a lawyer!! Well my Benz is actually 'her Benz' yes it belongs to my girlfriend! Yep I get people asking me too, which is rare in the UK, people are far less likely to talk to strangers here than in the states I think. It's a more insular attitude over here. So it's doubly nice when people ask about the car. But my response always has to be, ' Thanks, but it's not mine it's my girlfriends! ' Which kind of counts me out for collecting phone numbers I guess..![:)]
 

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i've gotten that in the neighborhood and all around town from kids and adults alike..."nice car man"...to which i simply reply, "thanks".
 

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My wife and I had lunch at the local lake. When we returned to our car, a person parked next to it said, "Nice car! If you're someone famous, can I have your autograph?" [:)]

I'm no one famous, so I had to decline. But it sure pumped the ole ego. The SL500 is one fine looking machine.
 
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