I have had my 2003 CLK320 for just short of 3 years now and have been coveting the SL's [R230] for a while. This yearning was compounded when a colleague bought a 2004 SL500 and on discovering my admiration for the marque, insisted on parking next to me whenever he could. So my resistance has finally crumbled and I went to view three vehicles with varying mileage. To my surprise the low mileage pristine example had service gaps (nothing for 2 years and 20k) even though it was advertised as FSH and a questionable replacement of a single shock (I always thought these should be replaced in pairs). So walked away. So the vehicle I had lined up as a baseline benchmark (high mileage 140k) actually turned out to be quite good, full service and drove as well as the other two, nice and tight. I contacted the MB specialist who had been servicing the vehicle for 5 years and they were very reassuring stating it was maintained regardless of cost. So yep I went for it :bannana: nice jasper blue SL will soon be on the drive (have to wait for plate transfer). I would appreciate any advice on ownership of the SL's from you guys who have owned or currently own.