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Old 11-21-2007, 04:07 AM
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good deal?

i'm not very fluent in sl's, but as i am looking to buy one for myself, i am very interested in knowing the forum's opinion of this:
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Old 11-21-2007, 06:51 AM
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They certainly don't give you much to go on in that ad, do they? How much do they want for it?
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Old 11-21-2007, 08:10 AM
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What's wrong with it? Does it come with an engine and trans?
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Old 11-21-2007, 09:06 AM
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i'm not very fluent in sl's, but as i am looking to buy one for myself, i am very interested in knowing the forum's opinion of this:
They may be honest and giving you everything they know about the car, but in my experience if they're admitting to "som rust" there's lots of rust in places a casual inspection won't find. Take it for a professional inspection. If they don't want to allow that, run away.
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Old 11-21-2007, 11:53 AM
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It sounds like it maybe a great deal for a person who can overhaul a car from the ground up. But if you cant stay away. A really good 560SL for 15K will be alot cheaper.

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Old 11-21-2007, 03:04 PM
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remember the SLC does not command the price of an SL
that said this is cheap but I would ask a lot more questions, specifically order history
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Old 11-21-2007, 05:01 PM
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Looks OK in the pictures.

If it runs/drives well, is complete and original, and has no huge flaws (rust, interior damage, subframe mounts, etc.), it's a small bargain at that price. But be aware, it's not a popular model. It would make a great donor car for a fixer SL.
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Old 11-27-2007, 12:27 PM
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Watch out! Rust under driver's door is a huge red flag. If it's there, you can bet it's under the floor mats, spare tire and above the headlights. I'm a fan of these stretched SLs, but this one requires scrutiny with a magnet to find the rust (and the bondo). Remember, it's better to buy poor mechanical on a great body as the mechanical can be fixed, especially on a Mercedes. Get a MB mechanic locally to check it out for you.
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