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Mercedes SL 550 silver arrow

2009 Mercedes Silver Arrow SL550 Special Edition – Only 550 Made – Lightly Used and For Sale at Sears Imports!

Mercedes SL 550 silver arrow

Update! – Dateline: November 20, 2015. Three years on, I received a question about the market potential and values of these 2009 Silver Arrow Edition SLs.

Arguably, no SLs from this very modern era are ‘collectible’ at this point. They are still depreciating, at the usual, alarming rate. BUT… if any R230 series SL is going to be a collectible, or eventually increase in value, the special edition cars will be the ones to lead the pack. We’re already seeing this with R129 series SLs. Now that they’re almost 20 years old, price premiums are being put on the 1997 Anniversary edition SL 320 and SL 500 models (see an article I wrote for the SL Market Letter about an SL 320 40th Anniversary edition that sold at Barrett Jackson in 2013 here). A slight premium is also being paid for the best 2002 SL 500 and SL 600 Silver Arrow Edition cars. Only the most original, low mile cars are being sought by collectors interested in putting them away, driving them very little, hoping that they may end up with a car that’s worth more than they paid, eventually.

It cannot be overstated: the lowest mile, original paint, unmolested, excellent service history cars with as few owners as possible are likely to lead the ‘collectible’ pack in the future. Realistically… the R230 series SLs, the 2009 Silver Arrow Editions, will probably continue to depreciate for the next 15 years. If, at that time, you still have a nice one, that you’ve driven very little, it may begin to climb up in value, but chances are it will be many years, if ever, before a future value eclipses its original MSRP of $112,000+. My suggestion, buy one, drive it on nice days and enjoy it. Your grandchildren might end up with a car that’s worth something, but these cars may never, truly, compare to earlier SLs of the 50s, 60s and 70s in terms of outright collectibility.

Here is my original post about this particular SL 550 Silver Arrow, back when I worked at Sears Imports Mercedes-Benz from the Summer of 2012. >

Sears Imports Mercedes Benz just acquired this perfect 2009 Mercedes Benz SL550 Silver Arrow from its only owner. In 2009 the 5th generation R230 Mercedes-Benz SL got a facelift, it’s first since the 5th generation SL was introduced in 2003. In 2009 we saw significant visual changes to the outside of the car. Most prominent were new headlights, much more chiseled and angular that the previous cars. A new front end treatment was included as well as a completely new hood with aggressive looking raised ‘arrows’.

It was also in 2009 when they decided to commemorate the classic racing victories of the Mercedes-Benz racing cars of the 1930s, known as the ‘silver arrows’ due to their silver color. In fact, Mercedes-Benz engineers left the factory racing cars unpainted, to save precious weight. As result, the aluminum body work of the cars shone bright silver giving rise to the name, ‘Silver Arrows’.

2009 Mercedes Silver Arrow SL550

Just 26,389 original, one owner miles on this car!

This car is one of just 550 Limited ‘Silver Arrow Edition’ SL550s produced in 2009. As you can see on the original option list below, the ‘Silver Arrow Package’ was an almost $14,000 option package that was one these 550 cars. All the usual options were included, all of them were painted the same shade of ‘Silver Arrow’ with Red Premium Leather interior along with special ‘Silver Arrow’ badging.
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This particular car is a one owner vehicle from Iowa. It was driven seasonally and has never seen a Winter. It has just 26,389 original miles, it has a clean, no stories Carfax. This is being sold as a Certified Pre Owned car, so you get the balance of the factory, new car warranty. Once that warranty expires, the Certified Pre Owned Warranty begins which is one more year, or up to 100,000 miles. An additional two years of Certified Pre Owned Warranty is available from Mercedes-Benz when you buy the car.

2009 Mercedes SL550 Silver arrow differences

The new front end of the 2009 Mercedes SL550, new lights, grille and front air dam… great looking new AMG sport wheel option too!

Essentially a perfect car, this is Sears Imports Stock# 20431 and is seriously for sale today for $67,900. There are more photos below.. of this particular car and some of the Mercedes-Benz racing Silver Arrows of the 1930s. If you’re going to own a Silver Arrow Edition SL, you better know the rich history behind the name.

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The Red Premium Leather, a classic Mercedes-Benz interior color.

Mercedes SL550 Airscarf

Another shot of the interior, notice the AIRSCARF vents in the back of the head rests.

2009 Mercedes SL550 silver arrow badge

Here is the interior badge showing that this is 1 of 550 2009 SL550 Silver Arrow Edition cars built. This isn’t car #1, it is just one of the 550 made… they weren’t numbered 1 of 550, 2 of 550, etc. All of them have this same badge. I’ve had two different owners tell me they have car number one… and I hate to break the bad news to them, that ‘everyone has car #1’ and then I explain the badging to them.

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Mercedes-Benz first racing outing of the 1937 season was at the Grand Prix in Tripoli, Libya.

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Cutting edge for 1937… just a couple of years later everything would end for the factory backed Mercedes-Benz racing teams with Hitler’s invasion of Poland. It would be many years before Mercedes-Benz was back on the race track.

2004 Mercedes SL500

$95k+ New, Now Just $31,900! Low Mile 2004 SL500 Just Arrived as Sears Imports Mercedes Benz!

2004 Mercedes SL500

I always love it when we get low mile Mercedes SLs into our inventory, I like it even better when they’re a few years old because they become very affordable and the market is opened up to lots of buyers. This is a Diamond Silver SL500 with just 36,289 miles on its odometer. It has had several local owners, it was originally purchased here at Sears Imports Mercedes-Benz and has been serviced here throughout its life.
2004 Mercedes SL500

Diamond SIlver with Charcoal Leather interior, PARKTRONIC, Multi Contour seats, Wood wheel and shift knob, Bi-Xenon headlamps and KEYLESS GO among other options (see original option list and window sticker below). The car rides on tasteful upgraded wheels from Rial.
Mercedes SL500 prices

As cliche as it is for me to say it.. this one just won’t last very long. This car is seriously for sale today for just $31,900. Once these cars get to about the $30k range they last a couple of days in inventory. Take advantage of the last few weeks of Fall to enjoy this beautiful SL on the open road. It would be a perfect car to take on the Twin Cities Mercedes-Benz Club’s Fall Color Tour on October 20th!

BMW 330ci manual transmission

Sears Imports Employee Looking to Sell His Car… 2004 BMW 330ci – 6 Speed Manual – 78k miles, Two Sets Wheels and Tires – Just $13k

BMW 330ci manual transmission

This is a 2004 BMW 33ci with a 6 speed manual transmission that one of my friends who works here at Sears Imports Mercedes-Benz is interested in selling. It is metallic grey exterior with black leather interior, non smoker, car is in very good condition, inside and out with 78,232 original miles.
BMW 330ci 6 speed manual
This car was traded in by one of my customers for a Mercedes-Benz E class Coupe back in March. One of my friends here at work saw it and bought it… after about 5 months he’s realized that the monthly payment is a little more than he is comfortable paying, so he’s looking to sell it to a good home.
BMW 330ci 6 speed manual

My friend here at work is just the second owner of the car, it is a local, two owner vehicle with a clean Carfax vehicle history report. The car comes with two sets of wheels and tires. The Summer tires are and wheels are on the car now, there is a set of other wheels with mounted snow tires that will go with the car so this rear wheel drive BMW will be a good car this Winter.

He’s asking just $13,000… which I would guess is negotiable within reason.

If you’re interested in the car or if you’d like to make an appointment to come in to look at it I will set you up directly with the owner.He is at Sears Imports just about everyday. Call or email me from the “Contact Dave” page of the blog here to set up a showing. More pics below…
BMW 330ci 6 speed

BMW 330ci 6 speed

Mercedes GL450 Heated Steering Wheel

2009 Mercedes Benz GL450 Highly Optioned w/ Premium 2 Package, KEYLESS GO, Rear DVD, Heating Package, One Owner Just Traded In!

Mercedes GL450 Heated Steering Wheel

This is a one owner, low mileage (just 20,839 miles) 2009 GL450 that was just traded in here at Sears Imports. In fact, this is the GL450 trade in that I drove back from The Dells, WI after meeting the buyer of the lightly used 2012 SL550 halfway between our dealership in Minneapolis and his home in the posh North Shore Chicago Suburb of Highland Park. You may have seen the video I made driving that SL to meet him in this GL that was posted on the DaveKnowsCars.com blog last week.

Low miles GL450 Mercedes

Just over 20,800 one owner miles!

In any case, this is a wonderfully equipped GL450 in Iridium Silver over black leather interior. The gentleman who traded this GL in was the first and only owner. In addition to this car, he also owned an S550 4matic, this wasn’t his only vehicle, hence, the low miles for a 2009 model. This GL450 is very well equipped, I have included a scan of the original window sticker below for your reference. It has the Premium 2 Package (P2 Package) which gives you things like Navigation, Keyless Go, Bi-Xenon headlamps and PARKTRONIC among other options. It also has the rare Heating Package which includes heated front and rear seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Add a trailer hitch and the rear DVD system and the original MSRP of this GL was over $73,000. (see original window sticker, just below)
Used Mercedes Bnez GL450 Prices

The Carfax does show an accident. The person stopped behind the GL was rear ended, they then bumped into the GL. As a result of this light impact, the GL received a new rear bumper cover and new trailer hitch, as the smaller car went under the GL during the collision.

This is a non smoker car, in excellent condition, inside and out. We just installed a brand new set of tires. IT is ready to roll today, although I’m not sure exactly what we are going to be asking for the vehicle price-wise, I imagine it will be int he mid $40,000s range. This is sears Imports’ stock# 20247A, give me a call today if you want more info.

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Dave Knows Cars Road Trip Video! 2012 Mercedes Benz SL550 Trip to The Dells, WI – Driver Impressions – Ya Mon!

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On Wednesday of this week I drove 3 1/2 hours from Minneapolis to The Dells, WI… about the halfway point between Minneapolis and Chicago, to meet the new owner of this lightly used (just over 5,000 miles) 2012 model Mercedes Benz SL550. It’s the longest single stint I’ve put in behind the wheel of an R230 series Mercedes-Benz SL (2003 – 2012). The 2012 model is the last of that series, the most highly evolved of that series, and an absolute joy to drive. Click the YouTube screenshot above or think link to watch the Road Trip Video! (commentary begins at about second 20).

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The car in the Sears Imports photo booth a few days before my road trip. AMG 19″ wheel package, black exterior, Nappa Leather Interior.

Despite what some people say, what might be printed in the marketing material, these aren’t really ‘sports’ cars in the true sense of the word, not like a Porsche 911 is a sports car or a Ferrari 360 Modena is a ‘sports’ car… sports cars are brutal, uncomfortable things, impractical for every day use, but absolute perfection on a race track. The Mercedes-Benz SL is a grand touring car… it handles beautifully and has plenty of power, but it’s a much more civilized machine. You can get in this car and tool around town at 25 – 35 mph comfortably or you can get on the highway and cruise at 75 mph all day in complete comfort.

You can adjust the Active Body Control suspension to be extremely tight and responsive if you want to really take to the twisties, you can use the steering wheel mounted shifter paddles if you want to decide when to shift gears (even though you’ll never be as quick or smooth as the computer controlled automatic transmission in Sport mode). This is a car to throw an overnight bag in the back of and cruise to a vineyard, the lake house or wherever else you might want to go.. the further away, the better.

The 3 1/2 hours I had behind the wheel of this car were comfortable and fun. I tried to find excuses to get off the highway, just to have another chance to apply the gas, liberally, as I cruised up the on ramp to re-join traffic. I kept the cruise control set at 74mph the whole time, a brisk pace, but I certainly wasn’t the driving faster than everyone on the highway. As I would cruise up on someone going slower, in the fast lane, they would see this low slung, black car with huge the huge three pointed star in the grille, bi-xenon headlamps on and immediately get over in the right lane… even though I was only going a couple of miles per hour faster, I think the car is perceived by other drivers to be going a lot faster than it really is. It is certainly capable of a lot faster… it just looks fast when you see it, but it’s the smoothness of the car that’s so amazing. Heavy and steady as you cruise down the highway.

Starting with the 2009 model year, SL class cars got all the latest electronics from Mercedes-Benz along with a cosmetic refresh. Sitting in the driver’s seat of a 2009 and newer you can’t help but notice the bulges in the aluminum hood, they do add a mystique to the view out the front windshield, and, I suppose, do something for the airflow over the hood, as Mercedes-Benz engineers never do anything without a real functional purpose behind it.

Interior enhancements for 2009 and newer cars include the hard drive based system that runs the navigation, music register, iPod connector, voice control… all the latest stuff, so, I hooked up my iPod, put on some Bob Marley, activated the Harmon/Kardon Logic7 Surround Sound system and daydreamed about green little Caribbean islands, I just watched  a great documentary on PBS about the history of Reggae in Jamaica, so I have been on a bit of a Marley kick the past few weeks.

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Nappa leather interior… a great combination with the black exterior.

Perhaps the most amazing thing about this SL road trip was that I was easily achieving just shy of 25mpg with the cruise control set at 74mph. The 382HP engine was much more fuel efficient than I expected in real life. The EPA window sticker says you’ll get considerably less than 25mpg on the highway in this car. While going through a couple of construction zones I reset the cruise control to 60mph… average fuel economy went to 26.2 mpg at that point… so decent gas mileage is certainly possible.

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Notice the 74mph cruise control setting on the left side, 24.8mpg average on the right, 62mph average (due to some exits and on ramps).

So, I met my customer from Highland Park, IL at a McDonald’s restaurant in The Dells, WI where he bought me a cup of coffee and I laid out the paperwork for the transaction. He signed everything, gave me his check and the keys to the 2009 Mercedes-Benz GL450 he was trading in… this was my ride back home to Minneapolis. The GL450 is certainly a comfortable ride, safe, great visibility… but it’s quite a change from teh fighter plane like handling and low seating position of the SL…. it took some getting used to on the return trip.

We have already seen the first of the R230 cars fall below the $30,000 mark on the used car market. Since the 2013 models have already been release, the new body style, we will soon see the R230s drop in price even further from where they are today. They are very modern cars, light years ahead of the R107 models and much more advanced than even the R129 series SLs from the 1990s and early 2000s. As my customer and new found friend from Highland Park left the McDonald’s parking lot with a wave and a smile I thought… everyone ought to own a Mercedes-Benz SL at some point in their lives… and if you’re going to get one… the R230 series are some of the best.

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2012 Mercedes Benz C300 4matic Sedan… Three Autoweek Editors Give High Marks!

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I was happy to see these very positive reviews that three Autoweek Magazine editors gave the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C300 Luxury model. I’ve been an Autoweek subscriber for almost 15 years now, it’s a great car magazine, a real mix of industry information as well as consumer info.
When these kinds of car guys review cars, so often it’s nothing but complaints unless they’re in the newest Ferrari or a Porsche GT3, handling is never good enough, nothing is ever fast enough, but I was happy to see these very positive reviews of the C class.
Like I always say about the C300.. it’s a great, all around car for every day use. If you want to go to a racetrack, take the BMW 3 series, it’s a better car for that, it’s lower, faster, and handles more like a race car, but for everyday comfort and very good handling, the C class is a great choice. The back seat is no S class, but for every day safety, reliability, good gas mileage and a little fun too… the C300 Sport or Luxury Sedan is a great choice in the crowded entry level luxury sedan segment.
The Autoweek article from autoweek.com:
By: Wes Raynal on 7/11/2012

EDITOR WES RAYNAL: Personally, I think the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C300 is a class act. It’s well built, feels solid like a tank, is fast enough (barely), has good grip with AWD—overall it’s a nice smallish car. I have not driven the new BMW 3-series yet, so at present this is my favorite small German sedan. Perhaps the 3-series will change my mind, but if it rides on BMW’s dreadful run-flat tires, I doubt it.

The car felt fairly nimble considering that it has AWD. But it really shines out on the freeway, where it charges forward so smooth and steady and sure-footed (for a small car), the next thing you know you’re going a bit too much over the speed limit. It’s the solidity and smoothness; it drives like a much bigger car. Does that mean it’s a little soft? A little wafty? Perhaps, but at my advanced age I find I like that more and more.

My only beef is that back-seat room is a little tight. With five-foot-eight-inch me in the driver’s seat and a teenager behind me, legroom is tight back. For short trips it’s fine. On longer ones, I’d probably here some whining.
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EXECUTIVE EDITOR ROGER HART: This C-class was a joy to spend some time with. The overall comfort level is quite high, and the only ones who might complain would be those stuck in the back seat. As a daily driver used for commuting to and from the office, this car is perfect. I didn’t find the AWD to really hamper the handling or feel of the car, and in fact, if one was using this as a daily driver anywhere in the snowbelt, having it would be confidence-inspiring. The 3.0-liter V6 is adequate; you won’t win many light-to-light drag races, but the benefit is average fuel economy in the mid-20s.

This car seems a bit stouter than the previous-gen car, a little more robust. That should give buyers some confidence that the thing will last. Previous-generation Cs had some issues with that (see our final report on a long-term C-class wagon as just one example), but this thing is tight, with excellent panel gaps all around and an interior that is simple and straight-forward—once you get the hang of operating the COMAND system.

I was surprised that this car didn’t have a backup camera as it has the standard navigation/infortainment screen, and as far as options, that was the only thing missing. For a car priced in the low $40,000, I think this represents real value in the entry-level luxury segment, and I’d love to have a Baby Benz in my garage.

ROAD TEST EDITOR JONATHAN WONG: The C-class coupe was a new addition to the lineup for the 2012 model year, but the sedan also enjoyed a light update. From a driving standpoint, the seven-speed automatic transmission was updated to be more responsive, more fuel efficient and quieter, and it does perform well. When teamed with this V6, it offers crisp shifts and cracks off downshifts almost immediately after you squeeze the throttle to speed up.

Past C-class cars were a letdown in almost every area, but I’ve become a fan of the current model. Build quality in the interior is much better, with nice materials, and the exterior styling is handsome and clean.

It’s also become a decent handler, displaying respectable grip in corners and decent steering feel and response. One thing Mercedes still needs to work on is the brake-pedal feel that is still too squishy for my liking. In C300 form, this car is still more of an around-town cruiser than a corner carver, which is fine. It’s very comfortable for daily use, with a suspension that absorbs bumps beautifully and a cabin that is well isolated from unwanted noises.

This car still doesn’t have the reflexes of a BMW 3-series, but it has closed the gap a whole lot, and it’s something that you can still have a fair amount of fun with if you throw it around. I just wish Mercedes still offered a manual transmission as it used to back in the old days. That’s about the only thing I miss about the old C-classes.

2012 Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic Luxury Sedan

Base Price: $38,895

As-Tested Price: $43,980

Drivetrain: 3.0-liter V6; AWD, seven-speed automatic

Output: 228 hp @ 6,000 rpm, 221 lb-ft @ 2,700-5,000 rpm

Curb Weight: 3,737 lb

Fuel Economy (EPA/AW): 20/23.3 mpg

Options: Premium I package including SiriusXM satellite radio, iPod/MP3 media interface, 10-way power driver’s seat with three-position memory, power-adjustable steering column, split-folding rear seats, heated front seats and Harman/Kardon LOGIC7 surround-sound system ($2,500); diamond white paint ($1,515); mbrace in-vehicle services ($660); luxury sedan package including luxury styling, Mercedes-Benz star on hood, 17-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires, luxury interior and Burl Walnut wood trim ($410)

For more information: Check out the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic Luxury Sedan at shopautoweek.com

Mercedes S500 or S55 AMG with 80k – 100k Miles, Crazy Idea for a Daily Driver? Not Entirely.

I got an email from Dave Knows Cars Blog reader ‘Steve’ in South Florida a couple of weeks ago. He was looking for a late model Mercedes Benz S class in the 80,000 – 100,000 mile range to use as a daily driver for his 40 mile round trip commute for under $10,000, his questions was simple,  Is this a crazy idea. Well, read on and you will see my answer.

It isn’t an entirely crazy idea, you just have to make sure you find the right car… and he did, as I got an update from him this week, the photo accompanying this post (below) is Steve’s black 2004 S430 that he purchased from a Mercedes-Benz Dealer in Miami just the other day. Congratulations Steve! It looks like you paid up for a very good example that should be a good car for you for many years to come.

Here is Steve’s original email to me:

Sent: Monday, June 25, 2012 9:30 PM
To: dave knows cars
Subject: can you help
 
Hi Dave
 
I was considering buying a 80-110k mile c 2001 S Class S500 or S55 for under $10k. I will drive it around 40 miles a day, 5 days a week. Is that a crazy idea?
What should I look for or do before I buy?
 
Thanks
Steve
My Answer:

On Jun 25, 2012, at 11:42 PM, Dave Tobin wrote:
Hi Steve,I don’t think it’s a completely crazy idea. I would pass on an S55 though. They’re just wound so tightly, such high performance engines will never last as long as the solid 500 V8 and they’re just that much more expensive to fix.

An S500 of the vintage you’re talking about, even under 10k can still be a very good car. I don’t think there’s anything more comfortable and they’re as safe a car as you can buy.Every once in a while we’ll get that 2002 or 2003 model with 50k or 75k miles… maybe it was an old guy’s second car or something, those are great finds and never last long at dealerships, as there’s a huge market for these cars once they get to be so cheap, but you have to find a good one.I wouldn’t necessarily run from a 90 – 110k car… it just has to be a nice one, well maintained.

There are plenty of one or two owner cars that have been well cared for, dealer serviced by the old guy who brings it in when it needs something, but might keep his cars for 8 – 10 years.We have a lot of those kinds of folks at our dealership.

I don’t know where you live, but if you go to the ‘old money’ dealership… more cars like this show up as opposed to the dealerships in the new money areas that lease more cars than they sell.. if that makes any sense to you. You might need to do some demographic research, or find a car guy like me at one of your local dealers, and just kind of ask him about those kinds of guys. They’re out there… you just need someone to call you when they trade in their car for a new model.

With a car of that age and mileage, lots of stuff will have been replaced and repaired on the car, so you can’t get scared about seeing ‘cam seals replaced’ on a Carfax or vehicle history, or ‘transmission fluid leak’ or something like that, they will have all had such problems and will have had things like that replaced.If you try to buy from a private party, ABSOLUTELY have a pre purchase inspection done, even if you’re buying from a dealer, do that… you can take it to a dealer or reputable indy shop that knows the cars. I’d check with someone in your local MB club chapter, call the president, tell them what you’re considering and ask if he would recommend an individual in the club who you could talk to you about finding a place…. they might even know someone with such a car.

I would try to find a very clean car, cosmetically clean, inside and out.. first impressions mean a lot to me when I’m looking at a used car. if it’s clean, inside and out, chances are it was well cared for… and when I mean clean, I don’t just mean, not dirty… but look at the door sills and jambs for wear, look at the buttons on the dash.. are they all work off, the lettering and icons? are the carpets worn and matted from being wet and dry and wet and dry.. or was this the kind of person who put all season mats on top of the carpet mats to protect them?

You’ll want to make sure the suspension is good… bushings and springs are one thing, but the airmatic shocks in these cars can be quite expensive.

They’re going to have chips and imperfections outside at that mileage… but you’re accepting of that I’m sure… but there are cars that have been better cared for than others, you can just tell. Curb rashed wheels are a tell tale sign of a drive / park by feel… I never like those cars.

Those are some of the things I would look at… I have sold S500s with 175k miles on them… they can be good cars for a long time, but hopefully, with the help of a tech and a ppi, you can get one that doesn’t have a ton of immediate needs. I shipped one to a limo service in Colorado, it was an S430 (just as good as a 500), I shipped another old S class to a guy in AZ. People do travel to get these, or use nationwide searches to find them.

I would find a good indy shop to maintain it for you long term, someone who really knows the cars an is trusted by the local MB club. They will be a great resource. Dealership maintenance at that point can be expensive (of course I didn’t just write that, you didn’t hear that from me).

I always say…. and I say this to customers all the time… In the end.. all old cars are like hand grenades without pins… they all blow up eventually… but with proper maintenance, and if you start with a well cared for, decent example, it might not blow up on your watch.

Don’t be afraid to pay up for a really nice example, remember, ‘there is nothing more expensive than a cheap Mercedes-Benz’

Thanks for the question, thanks for reading the blog. Let me know how it turns out.

Dave

Steve wrote me again this week, with the results of his search.. .and this happened faster than I would have imagined, but when the right car like this comes along, you can’t wait around.

Steve’s 2004 S430, just purchased from a Miami Mercedes dealer.

From: Steve

Sent: Saturday, July 07, 2012 7:03 PM
To: Dave Tobin
Subject: Re: can you help
Hi Dave
 
Picked up my 2004 S420 today. Bought from Miami Merc dealer. I’d been to see him and he said he would call when a good one came in. Sold by them in 2004. 2 owners. Trade in against E 350 Perfect carfax report. They did the brakes, ac, full service, wax etc before I picked it up. 91000 miles. $14,200. 90 days warranty. I narrowly missed it being shipped to Colombia but they couldn’t get the cash fast enough!
 
It’s silent on the road. Auto box is smooth. Engine makes a great purr. Interior spotless. Spare tire never used. Stereo is amazing.
 
Thanks for your help
 
Steve

That’s how easy it can be… and how funny is it… that Colombians in Miami couldn’t come up with the money fast enough!? I guess I was just a big Miami Vice fan when I was a kid, the Colombians in Miami ALWAYS had the cash!

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Certified Pre Owned 2011 Mercedes SLK350 Just Arrived This Morning! Palladium Silver w/ Black Leather Just 8,118 One Owner Miles!

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This 2011 Mercedes SLK350 was just purchased here at Sears Imports from it’s original owner. They purchased it in February of 2011, put just over 8,000 miles on it during the course of a Summer and a half here in Minneapolis. It is essentially as new in every respect.

Certified Pre Owned Mercedes SLK350

Just 8,118 original, one owner miles!

Exterior color is Palladium Silver, interior is black leather. This is a very well equipped 2011 model with the Premium I Package (PI Package), full Multimedia Package and the Heating Package which includes the Mercedes-Benz AIRSCARF feature and heated seats. See the complete option list / original MSRP of the car below.

Certified Pre Owned Mercedes SLK350

Light Burl Walnut Wood trim throughout.

This car literally JUST ARRIVED, it hasn’t been in our possession for more than an hour, so I don’t know what the price will be yet, but whatever it is, I’m sure it will be a lot less that it’s original MSRP of just over $62,000. Given the fact that there was a body style change for 2012, this, the last of its kind and most evolved of this body style, may represent an unusually good value in a low mile Mercedes-Benz roadster.

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Extra sporty with the trunk lid lip spoiler and 18″ wheels!

Here is the original window sticker showing all of the equipment and original MSRP of the vehicle. Call me for more info on this one, chances are it won’t last long now that Summer has arrived!
Used Mercedes SLK Prices

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Certified Pre Owned 2009 Mercedes SL550 Roadster Black w/ Red Premium Leather Interior Just 5,130 One Owner Miles!

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Just arrived! This is a 2009 Mercedes Benz SL550 with just over 5,000 one owner miles. It was purchased by one of our customers who Winters in Arizona, it’s been an AZ car since new, now it’s here at our dealership in Minnesota, ready for the rest of the Summer.

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Low, original, one owner miles!

This is a well equipped car, costing more than $111,000 when new (see original option list below). A couple of highlights in terms of equipment on the car: Premium I Package (PI Package) including KEYLESS GO, Active Heated and Ventilated seats, AIRSCARF, PARKTRONIC, Panorama Sunroof, and the great looking AMG Wheel Package. It’s got the classic SL color combination of Black exterior over red leather interior which harkens back to the sports car hey days of the 1950s and 60s.
Used-SL550-Black-Red-interior
This SL is a Certified Pre Owned car which means it carries the balance of its 4 year / 50,000 mile warranty. It was put into service very late, August 3, 2009! This is good for the second owner, as it is under factory, new car warranty until the odometer hits 50,000 miles or until August 3, 2013. Once the new car warranty expires, the Certified Pre Owned warranty from Mercedes-Benz begins which is one more year or up to 100,000 miles, whichever occurs first. This means the car is essentially under warranty until August of 2014 or until it reaches 100k miles (whichever occurs first). The new owner also has the opportunity to add one more year up to 125k miles to the warranty or two more years up to 135k miles which would give you maximum coverage all the way out to August of 2016 or until the odometer reaches 135,000 miles!

It’s available today for just $72,900, Sears’ Imports Stock#20339. Have a look at the original option list / MSRP information below…
Certified Pre Owned Mercedes SL550 MSRP

 

2004 Mercedes SLK-special-Edition

What’s ‘Special’ about this 2004 Mercedes Benz SLK Special Edition Besides its 36,009 Miles and Excellent Condition?

2004 Mercedes SLK-special-Edition

2004 SLK230 Kompressor Special Edition with low, low 36,009 miles just traded in at Sears Imports in Minnetonka! This is an extremely clean car, a perfect roadster to enjoy this season, but what’s different about this 2004 Special Edition?
Mercedes SLK-special-Edition

2004 was the last year for this first generation SLK body style, released in 1997 and the retractable hard top convertible which started the shift, by all manufacturers, towards that feature (I mean, even the Chrysler Sebring has a retractable hard top now). They came out with this SLK Special Edition knowing it was the last hurrah for the body style.
Mercedes SLK-special-Edition

The 17″ wheels are unique to this model so too is the rear deck spoiler and the color coded, silver, front grille. The exterior also sports ‘SLK Special Edition’ badging. The inside, to me, is what really sets this apart from normal SLKs. The interior of this car is has sport seats covered in Mercedes’ highest end Nappa Leather as well as leather wrapped roll bars. The dash is unique to this car with silver rimmed gauges, the shift knob is chrome capped, adding a high end look and feel which finishes things off nicely.
Mercedes Nappa Leather

The interior of this car is so nice, it feels more like the interior of its larger, more expensive stable mate of the era, the SL500. I have never seen seats like this before in an SLK, they’re very supportive, comfortable and they look great. The seats in this car show very, very little wear, the bolsters aren’t all creased and worn out like you might see on so many BMW Z4s, Porsche Boxsters or other SLKs of this vintage. This car is tip top, inside and out.
Mercedes SLK-special-Edition Nappa Leather

This is a local, two owner Minnesota car with low mile for the age of the vehicle, it just turned over 36,000 miles. It has a clean, no stories Carfax vehicle history report and is ready to roll today. It was sold here at Sears Imports when it was new and has been serviced exclusively at our dealership throughout its life. It was a trade in here last week, it’s Sears Imports’ stock# 19875C. Priced right at just $16,900.
Mercedes SLK-special-Edition for sale