Well, can't think of a better place to do it, so I'll do it here!
As most of you are probably aware, I've failed to feel the love for the new R172. Just too many little things that don't do it for me - maybe too much love for the R171.
I'd pretty much decided I was going to sell the '350 stateside, and either replace it with a R172 or a R171 '55. I originally planned on picking up the lowest mileage, latest '55 I could find - only caveat was I had decided I wanted to get a color combo I really liked; don't get me wrong, I love my black on black, but wanted something different. Figured I'd have to retro fit proper brakes to it, so put that into the cost model.
As it turns out, one of the members here had the exact color combo I was looking for, Firemist Red, with a Red/Black interior. Only downside was it was an '05. Upside was barely 8k miles, the most immaculate condition I've even seen on an 6 year old car, absolutely spotless history and maintenance, and still under Mercedes warranty.
Don (-1-) decided he was ready to sell, and I decided I was ready to buy, so I hopped on a plane last week and headed up to Virginia. Car was better than described(!!), and showed the love and care associated with a passionate owner. We ended up making a deal that made both of us happy, and I got to spend a couple of days enjoying each others company - wish all car purchases where this enjoyable!
I'd kinda decided that if I picked up the car, I'd have it shipped down to Louisiana. Looking at the awesome springtime weather, decided to put 1000 miles or so on my "new" car, and take the scenic route down south through the Smokies. Absolutely stunning drive home over two days with a Sunset over Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, and the "Monster on the Block" has a new home!
Enough words - some pictures are in order!
Apply liberal amounts of water, some wax and the bugs be gone.
Note the assistant. Not that he assisted much, but he did keep me company :-)
Gotta show some love to the '350 - she was feeling cheated on!