Same thing for me (although I’m a few years younger......sorry :grinI promised myself that when I turned 60 years old that I would treat myself and buy a Porsche Boxster S. It was something that I did not need but something that I wanted. My wife however, whilst not trying to deprive me of treating myself had other ideas and said she did not like the thought of a car with a soft top. She said that she had seen a Mercedes which turned out to be an SLK that had a more substantial roof and which she preferred. That said, she got me thinking and just before my 62nd birthday I bought an SLK350. I have to say she was right and the car was a joy and pleasure to own and I am glad that my wife pointed me in the right direction. I now own an SLK55 which was the next step for me. I was sorry to see the SLK350 go and if I had enough space in the garage I would have kept her. The SLK55 was something I also did not need but something I wanted. I have not been disappointed and I am very happy for the 55 to be a keeper.
A removable hardtop like the old SL's was available, but if you didn't buy it you didn't get the mounts you'd need later if you wanted to buy one third party, there is also a third party fast back hardtop for it like the glass back corvettes, it also needs the mounts to be there to install it.A Porsche Boxster comes with a soft top, right? That is the deal breaker for me right there... never gonna give up a hard top for a ragtop, no way....
Because in what's left of my brain I'm comparing my SLK320 with the Box 2.7 or theAMG 55 of course! Boxster? you joking of course, right?
How can you compare an 8 cylinder 55 with a boxster?
I'm still waiting for you to come to our Florida meets!
As a fellow 320 owner I can honestly say I don't feel inadequate when on runs with the '55s. The characteristics of the cars are different, sure, and the 55s are certainly quicker, but we're not on a race track. On a normal road (in UK, so with lots of bends) I can keep up pretty well.You have to get silly to lose them.
Hi Robert, pretty intriguing question and one worth debating out loud. Around here, as you'd expect, everyone will say SLK or even better a 55 > (you know thyselves...)Because in what's left of my brain I'm comparing my SLK320 with the Box 2.7 or the
AMG32 and wondering if spending 6-9K to make that trade up is worth it.
All my roof cylinders leak, never been able to put the roof up or down, ABS BAS ESP SRS lights are on not that I need assistance to drive, Midas messed up my brakes so I get a clunk every time I switch from drive to reverse and back like the pads are a quarter inch too small and move forward or back, brights can't be flashed, cruise control doesn't work, seats are starting to break up and while the covers work well they move because I didn't want to use double sided tape to lock them down, I have a new set of leather seat skins only I can't breaks the bolts free to get the seats out of the car to work on them, the shift insert won't sit level with the bezel, the ashtray door is broken and replacements are impossible to find in burl wood. The first auction is only good for another 24 hours the second a couple of days from now. The AMG32 is only the sports and trim package but 60K sounds a lot better then my 132K which is funny the Poach is also 132K not that hot on the mustard interior but the blue is nice. But hey, on the plus side my SLK has new paint and a new set of halo projector headlamps that look like they could incinerate a love bug at thirty yards. RobertPAs a fellow 320 owner I can honestly say I don't feel inadequate when on runs with the '55s. The characteristics of the cars are different, sure, and the 55s are certainly quicker, but we're not on a race track. On a normal road (in UK, so with lots of bends) I can keep up pretty well.
The biggest weakness I have on the 320 is that the brakes can't stop you as well as those of a 55 - and you don't have the engine braking that the 55s have so you need to think ahead more. You do get better brakes and firmer suspension on the '32 though.
I looked at a Boxster too, but the age I was looking at had reliability problems (IMS bearing failure) and was just not as nice to drive on long distances. My 320 has been pretty reliable since I got it and I've driven a small number of 1,000 and 1,500 mile weekends without any discomfort.
What is making you ask the question?