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Mercedes-Benz SL-Class, Convertible
#1 of 786 About 60 Days & Counting...
Feb 24, 2002 (8:15 am)
until MB releases our new SL 500 from the docks in Maryland.Our dealer pirated us in to see the car at a MB training session at a local hotel, wow, everything the pictures portrayed it as.Ordered a year ago from a faxed order sheet from the factory, seemed a little odd to order a $100K car from a fax, but that's MB, alittle quirky.Next week the dealers see the car at Boca, then us mere mortals get our hands on it.Any one else waiting? Any one interested in our 2001 CL 500?
#2 of 786 You are Lucky mbdcasey
Feb 26, 2002 (12:14 pm)
I just got back from the dealer putting my name first on the list for the updated S-class (I own a S500) and got a chance to be there when a deal was closed on a new SL. The waiting list is 4 YEARS!! The deal closed on a "market" SL. In other words a car that was flipped. (buyer never intended to purchase just unload at a high profit) The buyer paid 145K for the car. This is the current going rate for the "market". Unbelievable. I may just put my name on the list for a next generation CLK convertible because it looks like an SL (front) and E back with a hard top convertible...I want to make a killing$.
#3 of 786 New SL...
Feb 26, 2002 (1:17 pm)
During my run yesterday afternoon, I went straight past the MBUSA headquarters (where I usually turn) and continued down the hill past the CAC (Customer Assurance Center where all calls to and from MB customers start/end (in theory)). In the lot, I saw a heavily disguised black four-door sedan, which out of the corner of my eye, I thought to be a C-Class. I then asked myself, “Why would MBUSA disguise a C-Class?” Hmmmm, time for a closer look.
Said disguised car turned out to be the new W211 E-Class, however, sitting right next to it (undisguised, but hidden from street view by a couple of bushes) was a new 2003 SL500 in silver with a light gray interior. This car is absolutely gorgeous, inside and out, to my eye, it is the best-looking SL ever. Not that I am currently in the market for such a car (price wise or practicality wise), my only complaint about this car is the transmission. I know this is a personal thing (and maybe a few decades of psycho-therapy will help ), however, I still prefer to stir my own gears, and I gotta tell y’all, to me, that car just cries out for a 6-Speed manual gearbox.
Congratulations on your new ride, I trust you will enjoy it to its fullest.
Mar 02, 2002 (8:28 pm)
I ordered my car today, and wil have it this Tuesday. I couldn't believe I actualy paid close to 100K for any car, but this car looks and drives incedibly well. The MSRP for their launch car is $97,450 and does include a number of added cost options in that price. I paid sticker (another thing I hate to do), but was told if it was not for the number of cars I had bought from this dealer, I would have had a long, long wait, or paid at least 20K over list. I was also guarenteed that they would buy this car back at what I paid if I got rid of it in 9 months or so. So what did I have to lose?
I did inquire about this car 2 years ago, and placed a verbal order which they said was as good as a deposit, so another reason why I was able to get it as quickly as I wil be able to.
More to follow.
#5 of 786 Cost is an issue for me...
Mar 04, 2002 (12:36 pm)
Has anyone heard of any comparisons of the SLK32 AMG vs. the base SL500? I just want to make sure I make the right decision... 30k+ price difference is nothing to sneeze at.
#6 of 786 Don't we have....
Mar 04, 2002 (1:23 pm)
enough Benz SL boards up????? Let's talk about something else that is overpriced like the Volvo C70....uh...I mean the new 2003 CLK.......
#7 of 786 Pricing
Mar 05, 2002 (9:22 am)
The SL500's have now been released to sell by the dealers and the base pricing is slightly lower than the outgoing car at around $85,000.
I arranged European delivery for mine on my birthday next month and cannot wait to open it up on the Autobahn.
Mar 05, 2002 (2:29 pm)
Did you see the article on Road & Track, March issue?
#9 of 786 2003 SL Launch Version in Bay Area
Mar 05, 2002 (4:27 pm)
They are marking up the special launch version between 10-15K in the San Franscisco Bay Area. Car is gorgeous, however. Base at around $87 with the big heavy ticket packages added to the launch version (designo at 10K!) and then a 10+K markup making the selling price $107K. And this is not even the SL55 with the supercharger! I'm surprised that MB, who in the past has allowed no sticker markup is allowing the gouge this time.
I agree with a previous post that the SLK32 is looking quite good about now, in a different sort of way.
#10 of 786 Found one dealer in S. Cal that is willing to
Mar 06, 2002 (9:31 am)
release a launch edition for 5k over msrp.. It's ready now... but I am still need help deciding if i want the SLK32 or the 'base' SL500. Can some one help?