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Old 10-04-2007, 07:15 AM
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Given a choice which would you get...560SL or a 500SL? Used, obviously.

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Kind of a no brainer if the money issue doesn't decide it for you, the 500SL as it replaced the 560SL which now looks extremely dated.

Just out of curiosity, why are you comparing an apple to an orange?
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Old 10-04-2007, 08:18 AM
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500SL, for reasons above unless there's something about the old body style that appeals to you. The 500SL is probably 18 years newer in technology and platform than the 560, whose roots go back to the 1972 350 SL.
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The admiral and I are wanting to get a "classic" convertible. We started looking at Fiats, Triumphs and MG's; however, their size is a concern of the admirals so now we are on to MB's. Personally, I like the chrome found on the older cars. Hence the question.

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Old 10-04-2007, 08:58 AM
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If it was me...I'd get the 560. The 500 doesn't look new any more and it doesn't look like a classic either. Plus I could imagine they're maintenance nightmares. A lot fewer things to go wrong in an old 560. Now if you want something that screams class...look for an old 280sl. Those things are sharp!
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I have a fully restored 1984 380. Only one made in Pimento Olive that year. I will say, I love that car. I wouldnt buy a new SL they just dont have the classic lines of the older 107 series. All the chrome, and the circle headlights......its a classic! Those new SL's are nice cars but my 380 just has something they dont. The 560 by the way has about enough power to rip the socks off your feet. My 380 goes like hell and thats only a 3.8L V8.

Good Luck with whatever you get, just a few things to check out, on the rocker panels, there are some holes where the jack fits into. Get under and inspect the backside of these. Mine had some rust there that I did not know about. When we did the frame off restoration on mine I found that that whole area was rotted and so was the floor of the trunk. Keep in mind, my car had always been kept inside and looked like a 10. It had 37,000 miles original.

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I have also been told to check out the fire wall due to rusting issues as well. Is this what you have heard?

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The admiral and I are wanting to get a "classic" convertible. We started looking at Fiats, Triumphs and MG's; however, their size is a concern of the admirals so now we are on to MB's. Personally, I like the chrome found on the older cars. Hence the question.

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Okey dokey, well that falls into the category of to each his own. Given what you've told me, you might want to check out a 3 series BMW as a compromise. It will even give you a couple of extra seats you won't get in either Benz.

I bought a new SL500 back in '98 as I had always admired them ever since they came out in '90. It was a very nice car, but it really didn't measure up to the dollars I spent on it. I looked at the Jag briefly, but I wanted a removeable hardtop.

I don't think I could live with the smaller cars you mentioned either, so good luck on finding what best suits your needs and taste.
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Gotta 560sl in the garage now. We'v had a 450sl and a 380 sl in the past. That body style is classic and will always be desirable. Tons of parts available. There are lotsa rust free cars available. The 560sl is a rocket, yet gets decent fuel mileage. 380's are pretty wimpy, but they do have the 4 speed automatic. Maintained properly, the 560sl probably won't drop much in value..forever.
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Get off the wallet and buy her a SL55AMG
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I would, but I haven't found one with outriggers.

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Get off the wallet and buy her a SL55AMG
Now THAT is a rocket!

To you guys who are talking about how fast 560SL's are/were, have you ever driven an SL500?
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The 500SL put out 322 hp and about the same torque.

The 560SL put out only 238 hp and 287 lb-ft torque.

I'd say that while the 500 weighs a little more, it was definitely the faster car. In fact it was the quickest since the original 300sl.
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Where are you located, Motivator? I can put you in touch with a guy in Atlantic City area whose business is selling and servicing used Mercedes. Not trying to shill for his sales lot, just thinking he'd be a good source to talk to about the relative maintenance costs of the 2 different body styles. When I was driving Mercs, I was always surprised at the depth and accuracy of his insights - stuff like "that engine had a head gasket issue, they often need to be replaced around 80-90k"

(No, that particular quote doesn't refer to any SL that I'm aware of)
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SL65 hands down.
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SL65 hands down.
Yeah, hands down, way down... in some very deep pockets. Not enough difference in performance between the 8 and the 12 to justify the difference in price IMO. I think it's more snob appeal than anything else.
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SL500 is my favorite, built like a tank, but I just don't like MB that much. But given the line up I would go with the SL500 before anything else.

Or,,,,,,, I got an interesting trade today, 2002 Aston Martin DB7, it’s a hardtop but it removes whole for a full convertible. Owner wanted the option to go topless, but didn't want to ruin the lines of the car with a soft-top. I will sell it in the area of $68,000. Maybe more than you want to spend, but I got to mention it.
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YBM,
Great looking ride, but a little more than I want to spend. If you run across a red 560SL with the palomino interior let me know.

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Just1more - 10/4/2007 2:09 PM SL65 hands down.
Yeah, hands down, way down... in some very deep pockets. Not enough difference in performance between the 8 and the 12 to justify the difference in price IMO. I think it's more snob appeal than anything else.
Bird, You've obviously never ridden in one. The SL65 is SO much faster than the 55 it is not even funny. [img]../images/emoticons/surprise.gif[/img]
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Just1more - 10/4/2007 2:09 PM SL65 hands down.
Yeah, hands down, way down... in some very deep pockets. Not enough difference in performance between the 8 and the 12 to justify the difference in price IMO. I think it's more snob appeal than anything else.
Bird, You've obviously never ridden in one. The SL65 is SO much faster than the 55 it is not even funny. [img]../images/emoticons/surprise.gif[/img]
Not when you look at dollars per hour vs dollars per second vs dollars lost after you keep it a few years.

Put up some figures for us as to 0-60, 1/4 mile, and top end. I'd be willing you could get a tuner to bump the 55 to higher levels of performance for less money than you'd spend to go with the 65. I'd pick a sleeper over a snobber any day.
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