Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Long Island, NY
Vehicle: 2006 SLK280, 2005 E500 (W211)
Other Toys: Horses
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I wanted a car as a present to myself after graduating from college debt free and moving to California. I originally thought I wanted a new Camaro after hearing my dad's stories about having one when he was younger. I knew very little about German cars at the time and stopped by a used Mercedes lot in Anaheim to look at what was available in my price range. I drove a diamond silver 280 with a black interior and a red 350 with a beige interior. I loved the throttle response, handling, hardtop, looks and precision of the car even as a tall person comparing it to CLKs and E classes.
The debate between the Camaro and SLK initially went in favor of an order for a new dark blue Camaro due to outside peer pressure about the maintenance cost of MB, used condition, image and the small size of the SLK. The two SLKs I was looking at sold in the meantime. Apparently still unsure about my decision, I kept looking at SLKs and found a caspian blue car for sale in Buena Park, which sold before I could get financing lined up. I kept in contact with the dealer and they called me when a Iridium Silver 280 (my eventual car) came to the lot. I was running out of time to get a car to get to my new job, the 280 had all the options except lighting and electric seats (which I didn't want anyway) so I bought it before anyone else could and cancelled the Camaro order.
I should have been smarter right off the bat, ignored everyone else and gone with the (obviously) better car, but I was a total novice with no idea what I wanted. No one could believe I was cross shopping those two cars. Everything worked out in the end as the car is in better shape then when I bought it, I have my go to brand for cars and I have a made lot of great friends from this forum. At this point, it's hard to believe there was ever any debate.
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Engine: 272.942 V6
Options: Iridium Silver Paint, Harmon Kardon Sound System, Heated Seats, Air Scarf, Vavona Wood Trim
Modifications: 18" AMG wheels, Brembo Sport Pack Front Rotors and Calipers, 290 mm Rear Rotors and Calipers, SmartTop, Akebono Ceramic Brake Pads, Mid-Size R171 Facelift Antenna, Clear Sidemarkers, Chrome Turn Signal Bulbs, Mercedes Star Valve Stem Caps, Custom Cabin Air Intake Screen, AMG Tinted Tail Lights and 3rd Brake Light, Xenon Low Beams, OEM Sport Air Cleaner with Custom Port Screens, LED License Plate Lights, LED Parking Lights, Lamin-X Fog Light Films