Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: NW Arkansas
Other Toys: Corporate Ride - 2011 Ford Taurus / House Car - 2008 BMW 135i / Garage Queen - 1967 MB 250 SL
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Looking to get a used AMG 55 - Advise needed?
I am looking to replace my wife's current car, a 2008 BMW 135i which we bought brand new and which only has 10K miles on the clock after almost 3 and 1/2 years. Since we have no kids yet, and since I also have a company car which she takes whenever she wants to get anything larger than a few grocery bags, I believe we could live with the small trunk in the SLK which is my biggest concern.
We are thinking of a 2006 or maybe 2007 AMG 55 as this will likely be as fast if not faster than the 135i, and not too difficult to live with on rough roads (not that we plan on driving on many of these...)
Would like to get something with low miles (35K or les), still debating what color to go for, as well as which options. My wife likes Black (has never owned a car in a different color) but I also like metallic silver... it's an MB after all. Optionwise, I am sure we "have to have" the airscarf, heated seats and a decent stereo (I drove a friend's 06 about a year or so ago for a couple of days and the sound was definitely something to improve), but other than that, I don't know what are other options and packages available.
I have searched through several threads and I am trying to understand what are the key things I need to know about the car before pulling the trigger. Here are my questions:
1 - Is there anything particularly unreliable about this car? What should I look for in terms of details/work done to it?
2 - Is there somewhere I can see a list of all the options available for 06/07 cars?
4 - What are the colors available in these years? (I seem to have only seen silver, black, white, red and metallic blue)
4 - Aftermarket warranties a good idea? Any experiences/recommendation?
We are selling the 135i on the side, so not in a big hurry to buy. Still, I believe this is about the best time to start looking, so I want to be prepared if I come across an interesting deal.
Thanks in advance for any help answering these questions.