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These really are nice driving cars. I was in Orlando this past week and I dropped by a Mercedes dealership and took out a 2006 '55 for a ride. Good power and a very nice ride. My rental car for the week was a vette convertible and there really are huge differences between the cars.
The AMG has nice power and is VERY smooth on the freeway The interior is pretty roomy too, for a big guy.

If I decide to go for a two wheel drive car (I live in Canada and really do not want to store cars anymore), this would be high on my list. I no longer see where an '02/'03 SL55 would be a much of a step up: 140 hp + 1,000lbs seems like kind of a wash to me.
Although I would like the Pano roof and ventilated seats.

Anyway, you guys have a VERY cool cars that seem to be a lot of fun. I wish I could have one of these for four days like the vette. I am not really in the market for a vette, but wow are they ever a ton of fun!

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PS: Oh yeah I have been lurking for a quite a while, and thought it was time to say hello.
 

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Hi Shane - Lurk all you want - Cheers!!
 

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Hi Shane - Lurk all you want - Cheers!!
How do you stand the heat? I guess you are just used to it? One day we just had to keep the top up, as were getting fried. Between Disneyworld, Universal and top down motoring we got burnt!

I think I just realized that I LOVE convertibles! I was dying to use the air conditioning but did not want to raise the roof.:biglaugh:

Way too hot for me, but the people were awesome! Great vacation.

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:) But it's a dry heat. Sorry, couldn't resist!

In all seriousness, down south things can get a bit intense. Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and put the top up - one of the things I love about the SLK is that top up, all the noise of a convertible goes away.

My wife is more sensitive about the sun than she is about the heat. Warning in advance, leather and sunscreen don't go together!
 

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Welcome to the site Shane, enjoy the heat! Won't be long and we'll be shovelling again up this way LOL!
 

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How do you stand the heat? I guess you are just used to it? One day we just had to keep the top up, as were getting fried. Between Disneyworld, Universal and top down motoring we got burnt!

I think I just realized that I LOVE convertibles! I was dying to use the air conditioning but did not want to raise the roof.:biglaugh:

Way too hot for me, but the people were awesome! Great vacation.

Shane D
Down here, you put the top down in the winter and up in the summer! My favorite days for top down cruising are the 55f days with the wind in my hair and the heat on my feet!
 

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Welcome to the site Shane, enjoy the heat! Won't be long and we'll be shovelling again up this way LOL!
Hello again Bill. I have to say that your car colour is still my favorite. As I recall you store yours' in the winter? I used to store a Z28 WAY back in the day. I never want to that again, so I am kind of doubtful about making my next toy two wheel drive. Funny isn't it that we survived for decades on two wheel drive and snow tires, and now AWD just seem like the only way to go?

I have to say that drive really impressed me though. Did not feel nearly as potent as the vette but so much smoother and roomier

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:) But it's a dry heat. Sorry, couldn't resist!

In all seriousness, down south things can get a bit intense. Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and put the top up - one of the things I love about the SLK is that top up, all the noise of a convertible goes away.

My wife is more sensitive about the sun than she is about the heat. Warning in advance, leather and sunscreen don't go together!
Actually it is not dry at all in Florida. It was really humid. Even when the temps dropped below 85 (in the morning), it was still sticky. I am not a fan of snow, but that would be tough to handle ALL the time. You would HAVE to have ventilated seats down there.:)

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Down here, you put the top down in the winter and up in the summer! My favorite days for top down cruising are the 55f days with the wind in my hair and the heat on my feet!
The air scarf sounds ideal for our falls and springs. A good year might even extend "top down time" into November?

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Thought the name looked familiar! I too had an f-body awhile back, a Formula, that I drove in winter Shane. With some decent snow tires (Blizzaks) and weight in the hatch area, it was pretty easy to get around in actually, even with 4.10 gears out back *L*. I don't drive the toy in winter now though, not because they can't be used, but because I just hate to put 'em through all that sand and salt and crap *L*.

P.S. On a related note about Jaguar, I had a new XF sedan out for a test today. VERY nice car, fit and finish was excellent with a nice load of amenities and nice quality material used throughout the interior. Not the same type of car as an SLK of course, but a very pleasant ride nonetheless.
 

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Thought the name looked familiar! I too had an f-body awhile back, a Formula, that I drove in winter Shane. With some decent snow tires (Blizzaks) and weight in the hatch area, it was pretty easy to get around in actually, even with 4.10 gears out back *L*. I don't drive the toy in winter now though, not because they can't be used, but because I just hate to put 'em through all that sand and salt and crap *L*.

I don't care about that and I will find a way to clean underneath even in winter.:D

P.S. On a related note about Jaguar, I had a new XF sedan out for a test today. VERY nice car, fit and finish was excellent with a nice load of amenities and nice quality material used throughout the interior. Not the same type of car as an SLK of course, but a very pleasant ride nonetheless.
The XF does look nice. I have about 16 months left on my Infiniti lease. I will start looking for that replacement next summer. The sedan is and will be my company car.
My toy will be a two door, used and possibly a convertible. The Jag XKR looks really nice, but a 2007 is too expensive for my budget and the older models don't fit me.

Shane D

PS: Whatever I get, I will put Blizzaks on it. They are awesome. I have been using them for close on 15 years.
 

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I LOVE your stable! Speaking of heat, I would melt in your country.:biglaugh:

Off topic, what do you think of the Jag?

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Its an excellent car and its a dream to drive,
I like how smooth the torque band in especially when the Supercharger kicks in and the sound of the supercharger just keeps the grin slapped on my face from stop light to another. It doesnt feel sporty and rough like my SLK55 because its smoother , larger seats and a relatively large cabin.

The interior is simple and advanced compared to the older XK series 97-04 and isnt very simple like the BMW 6 series dashboard. The interior refinements and quality is improved as the dashboard is leather and so are the door panels.

The forward alert feature and the alpine sound system has to be one of the best features once you get in, The subwoofer is pretty good for a stock setup and the menu is pretty easy when you get used to it. The forward alert is pretty handy whilst speeding on the motorway as it informs you the distance and alerts the driver if he or she is getting to close to the car infront.

Overall I am pretty impressed with the exterior enhancements done by Jaguars R division it looks very gorgeous and subtle yet sporty.
 

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Its an excellent car and its a dream to drive,
I like how smooth the torque band in especially when the Supercharger kicks in and the sound of the supercharger just keeps the grin slapped on my face from stop light to another. It doesnt feel sporty and rough like my SLK55 because its smoother , larger seats and a relatively large cabin.

Which one is faster? I know the Jag has more Hp, but it is a lot heavier, isn't it?

The interior is simple and advanced compared to the older XK series 97-04 and isnt very simple like the BMW 6 series dashboard. The interior refinements and quality is improved as the dashboard is leather and so are the door panels.

I like the exterior of the '97-'04 better, but they are too short for a six footer. New one fits nice though, but I am not a fan of the "gills".

The forward alert feature and the alpine sound system has to be one of the best features once you get in, The subwoofer is pretty good for a stock setup and the menu is pretty easy when you get used to it. The forward alert is pretty handy whilst speeding on the motorway as it informs you the distance and alerts the driver if he or she is getting to close to the car infront.

Overall I am pretty impressed with the exterior enhancements done by Jaguars R division it looks very gorgeous and subtle yet sporty.
I LOVE the shape of the XK's. You have the best of all three worlds there in that stable!

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The air scarf sounds ideal for our falls and springs. A good year might even extend "top down time" into November?

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Down here the ONLY time I don't drop the top is the "dog days" of summer. I'll put it down all through the winter, unless it's raining.
 

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Down here the ONLY time I don't drop the top is the "dog days" of summer. I'll put it down all through the winter, unless it's raining.
So is Georgia as hot as Texas and Florida? I was in Atlanta on business about 9 years ago in July. It was scorching!
I am such a ***** on the big heat! To me anything over 80 is brutal. 95 and muggy just seemed excessively tough.:td:

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So is Georgia as hot as Texas and Florida? I was in Atlanta on business about 9 years ago in July. It was scorching!
I am such a ***** on the big heat! To me anything over 80 is brutal. 95 and muggy just seemed excessively tough.:td:

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The weather is probably why most people everywhere have summer homes. The Canadians come down here in the winter, and we head north to the mountains in the summer! It's probably too hot here for about 4-6 weeks from late July until late August. You just move a little slower then, and stay indoors... The rest of the year is gorgeous, even mid-winter. I routinely drive with the top down in February, and only get one or two days of snow each winter. It's a great place to own a convertible. I've been here for the last 20 years, and always had at least one. To get back "on-topic", I've been through an Alfa, a Miata, and a couple of BMWs, before we got the SLK. My wife especially likes the solid roof...
 

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