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Discussion in 'MB Defectors to Other Marques Forum' started by Big Janner, Apr 22, 2019.

  1. Big Janner

    Big Janner Member

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    To be fair, I've had a lot of different cars, but, if I start with my 1st car since I retired . . . .

    When I finished work, I was at the final hurdle in the process of getting my TR6 up to an acceptable standard.
    This I did and looked forwad to spending a lot of time enjoying the drive, however, when we moved house, we ended up going from a grage (for the TR) and parking for 5 cars, to parking for 2 cars and no garage.
    As a result, the TR had to go. You can't park a 1974 built BL shell in the English weather, it won't survive.

    As a replacement for the TR, I bought an R172 SLK200, very pretty, gunmetal metallic with cream leather upholstery.
    But, 10 months later, suffering from not enough cylinders and much to the disappointment of SWMBO, I sold the SLK and bought a Boxster.

    Now, the Boxster drove like it was on rails and went like stink, but, it was just a money pit.
    Whenever any parts were needed, I spent days roaming the internet, trying to find things at a half reasonable price.
    e.g. the car needed a new gearbox sump (I drive autos these days) the Porche dealers price for the sump and all the bits to go with it; £1500 + vat for Gods sake.
    I got them from and independent Porsche dealership for £520.

    Anyway, after 13 months of fiscal dispair and great driving, I sold the Porsche and bought . . . . . . . . .an SL500!
    What a lovely car!
    A gentlemans cruiser, with serious bite
    If I had known about the joys of a V8 SL when I sold the TR6, the SLK and Porsche would not have happened
    Fuel consumption is OK at about 22mpg
    Insurance is just a few quid more than the Boxster
    Road tax is a lot lower
    But the enjoyment I get when I'm driving, (roof up or down) compensates for it all.

    Unless I can find a decent 1968 Mustang, in good nick, for a reasonable price, I'm sticking with the SL500
     
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    Clearly a man with good taste ;-). 1968 Mustang will rust worse than the TR6 though, the yanks didn't build for British weather!

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    c63chris Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Had my SL three years now and still can’t think of anything better to replace it with for similar money. As a second car for cruising around in or a bit of speed I can’t fault it and the sound makes me smile every drive!
     
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    Big Janner

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    Sorry
    Didn't realise you don't know what a MB SL looks like
    See picture below, this is an SL

    280px-2004_Mercedes-Benz_SL_350_(R_230)_roadster_(2010-12-04)_01.jpg
     
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    fabes Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    that's any old SL (and wrong hand drive)

    Yours though.....?
     
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    Newer one for you...[​IMG]

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    Big Janner

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    Thats nice . . . . That the AMG?
     
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    No SL500 amg sport (AMG trim & wheels)...

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    Big Janner

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    My SLK was an AMG Sport
    The pack made for a nice looking car

    I'll find some pictures when I can get at my laptop (house chaos due to renovation, whilst we are living in it)
     
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    Here are pics all round..[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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    SLK1.jpg SLK2.jpg TR6 Cockpit.jpg TR6 Engine Bay.jpg TR6.jpg SL500.jpg the last 4 cars, as discussed
     
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    Roman.jpg And before the cars
     

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    Love the fact you drove a barge before acquiring a rather nice collection of exotic vehicles!

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    Missed off the Porsche, sorry
    John
     
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