Venting my Spleen!
Hey people, thanks for all those welcomes and great points of view, thank you. Overwhelmed at getting any response at all! I purchased all three cars Ferrari, W169 and R171 as used. The SLK55 and Ferrari about 7 years ago at about the same time for similar money. I was very fastidious regarding condition, history, mileage and even more so with the ’55 regarding the options. Both were at 16K miles, now both at 35K. I was very pleased and feeling blessed, especially with such an understanding and loving wife!! From a single man’s point of view, perhaps, both cars have their pros and cons, and drive differently like the various women and/or men you “test drive”. I am a fortunate man having found my perfect partner in life. The ‘55 has had a list of defects as long as your arm, 2 sets of control arms, heated seat base, crank case sensor failure ( a frightening experience on the open road in traffic, has the effect of an instant engine seize), alarm siren, secondary air injection (smog) pump(and relay), externally clouded headlamps, consistent creaking roof, corrosion of diamond cut on wheels, seat belt buckle denting door card, modding wind restrictor to fit designio roll overs, headlamp washer nozzle leak, cam cover oil leak, fitting a Smart top module so the roof behaves in a manner that you would expect, gas boot struts. I’m sorry that I cannot continue listing as I’m getting stressed writing about them. I would consider myself not to be a rich man, but similarly not in poverty. Like all petrolheads striving for the best chariot and maxing out on the size of the wallet. Playing at a rich man’s game and loosing as far as the Merc is concerned, even with my skills, these forums and time investment. The Merc is undeniably smiletastic to drive but I have the burden of lack of confidence. I have a lack of confidence, trying to enjoy the moment before I have to invest hours of research to fix it myself to avoid the “Stealers” or “Indies”. These can charge a fortune (in my financial books) to read a simple fault code. Over the same period what snags has the Ferrari had? Two engine hood and one glove box gas strut plus I left the fuel (gas) filler cap on the tonneau cover and lost it! Selection of previous vehicles Datsun 260Z x2 (triple dellortos), RS Cosworth (2 door) with Ford Motorsport upgrade pack, Twin Turbo Supra Aero Deck, 944 Turbo, Dax Cobra (350 Chevy), Pilgrim Cobra (V6 Essex), Capri 3.0 GTXLR, XR3i, Williams Clio 2, Sunbeam Alpine Tiger, Mini 1275GT, Cortina 1600E, Dutton Phaeton (Burton 1660 with twins), TVR 390SE x2, TVR 420SE to name a few. All smiletastic without the burden. Back to the Ferrari, my local dealer wants to buy it and even tempted me with a Murcielago rag top PX. I preferred my Ferrari and also the Merc, even with its “features”, so its not a bad car, just a disappointing ownership, which could be avoided by the Manufacturer and its army of “stealers” and “indies” joining the parade. My Ferrari dealer offers fixed price servicing (Sneaky Pete not at Netherlands prices…how much do you pay for a pint of Lager!!?), VIP owners events….for free….I like free…for example hospitality at Goodwood 76MM including breakfast!! Turdo2 glad you are finding work with those obviously very nimble hands!! In conclusion the Ferrari is proving to be the better partner, as stated, some you win, others you lose, but the fun is in the chase! P.S. the W169 has been equally a pain in the butt…common denominator Me + Merc! Thanks for reading a Grumpy Old Mans rant!! You will see me in the balcony of next Muppet Show. Feeling better now after venting my Spleen!