I've looked into this car before finding out that it was a "lemon buyback" on the car-fax. I pointed that out to her seeing if it would drive down the price into the sub 20's but she didn't even reply back. I even asked her if she would be ok taking it to a local Benz dealer or an inspection and that seemed to scare her off.
She said she'd had some interest from outside the MA area and seemed amenable to having a PPI done when I asked. She's also put herself into the difficult position of saying she's leaving the US end of May, so that puts a firm timeline on things and will probably get her an even lower price. When I saw the ad a month ago she was asking $24.6k, now it's down to $22.9.
Clearbook suggests one in fair condition is only worth $18-19k so if I go ahead that's where I'll be looking at. Still waiting to get copies of the service records.
Luck for me, I passed on this one and ended up with a 2005 SLK55 that I picked up in Malibu,CA for $17,500. Yes, high mileage (102K) but, one owner, all service records, transmission service done at 65K and all cosmetic stuff that I can fix (and enjoy doing myself) including cracked/busted out fog light x2, cracked lower bumper and RIMS that are currently being refinished at a local wheel shop. Overall, car is in great shape, and most important to me, rust free.
Good for you. I see one on autotrader that's in Pacoima, CA with 104000 miles @ $18.5k. Assume that's not yours, but seems to come with an interesting option (Not sure how to post links)!
The owner was willing to have his wife drop his car off at the Benz dealership for an inspection and a report was faxed to me immediately. It made my trek to the west coast to pick up the car that much more comforting.
You're in IL? Did you drive it back or ship it.
My point is, be patient, do the necessary research and don't be afraid to branch out, especially when the car spends its life in a road salt free environment.
Good luck in your search!
I started looking at SLKs about 18 months ago. was thinking of a 350 because most AMGs were in the $30k plus range - more than I want to spend. Then they fell out of favor with me (don't punish me!), until I saw a couple on the road recently and thought "darn, they do look good". Now it seems 18 months of further depreciation are seeing a few AMGs falling within my range.
Jerry, perhaps we can share notes on the ones you've investigated?
working that post count up!