To buy or not to buy?
Any UK owners who may have a view on this please as they are aware of uk costs and issues re fuel etc?
I currently drive a 2009 E320 sport which is fully load with all extras at 38,000 miles (In excellent condition) and while the SLK 55 AMG is of great interest I am wrestling with what to do about things for a few reasons. Facts
I have found a 2005 SLK 55 AMG with 32,000 miles and have looked at the car quite closely. The car is immaculate in all respects and appears to have been garaged and very well cared for. It is for sale at £20,000 and I have been offered £17,000 as part ex with an option to take out a 2 year MB warranty Tier 1 I believe it is called (It comes with 12 months giving 3 years warranty) Cost of warranty a one off £1,090. May be dealer specific not MB direct?
I have spent a couple of days reading this forum and there is a great deal of information though at times conflicting and confusing some of which is due to members from other countries contributing and costs, measurements etc are different.
I have had a Sports car in the past which was a garaged occasional sunday car 12,000 miles in eleven years (TVR Chimeara V8 4 Ltr)
I would be utilising this car on a daily basis with about 10-12,000 miles PA getting in and out of work.
Posts on here seem to indicate that values are dropping fast and while that only matters if you intend to re sell in the near future, if you have the car as a keeper that may not matter as long as the running cost do not suddenly get very prohibitive Ie year 10 - 12 of ownership?
What is the long term view of running costs (Big ticket maintenance reliability) on a vehicle of this age (6 years) do you think it worth the gamble as things stand? does the MB warranty package that they are telling me about sound right?
From this forum I have read about average MPG's ranging from 17 to 32 MPG the later of which I suspect is very ambitious and I am working on 22 to 24 for A road driving in and out work with some motorway over to Yorkshire from Lancashire etc. (55 years old not interested in tear arseing around just normal driving)
The car looks and sounds terrific and I am aware that in reality the forum is unable to help and I need to simply make a decision here but age seems to be making it harder to make impulse purchases as i used to.
Am I just being a tit thinking of going in this direction buying a car that I clearly do not need or is this all part of the therapy?