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Old 08-13-2007, 08:50 PM
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Less miles or a younger SL, what's better?

If you read my previous post you will see I was about to pull the trigger on a 1989 SL, two owner car with 60k miles (or there abouts). Unfortunately someone beat me to that car this morning (good luck to you if you're out there ).

I have been searching again today and have found a 1986 with good history 3 owners and only 46k miles. The owner doesn't use the car anymore (since last years state inspection he has covered 1200 miles), so it has to go, in the photos it looks mint, he has all the paperwork to back up the milage.

Should I wait for a late SL with a few extra miles or not worry too much about 3 years and go for a lower milage vehicle?
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Old 08-13-2007, 09:19 PM
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1,000% condition. Age and milage mean nothing. Pay for condition and make the seller prove it. After that, verify the condition via professional inspection.
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Old 08-13-2007, 10:00 PM
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1,000% condition. Age and milage mean nothing. Pay for condition and make the seller prove it. After that, verify the condition via professional inspection.
Absolutely, 100% on the mark. Age is only important to you, subjectively - how you like the styling, appointments, accoutrements, do-dads, etc. Mileage is only an indicator of how much of the road the car has seen. Let me tell you, I've seen some real 'dog' low-mileage cars through the years. When cars sit a lot, they don't always react well when/if they start and get rolling down the road.

Bottom line; find a year/body style you like. Don't worry about the mileage, but ensure the maintenance records have kept up with the mileage. Get a thorough inspection before negotiating price. Good luck – you’ll do OK.
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