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Old 18th April 2002, 23:07   #1
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OT: Drove a 500SL today & top video

My Dad got the car a few weeks ago. You know that VW commercial, where a guy is oggling a Jetta on a dealer lot, and in slow motion he sees a salesman and a couple emerge from the office, in slow motion, keys dangling, coming straight for HIS car? So he stoops down and licks the door handle to claim ownership. Well, it was kind of like that. My dad was all ready to order and wait, but just for yucks he stopped by the local dealership and spotted this car. The sales lady explained they just got it and it was from a cancelled order. They walked out to look at the car a little more closely, and not far behind them came another group headed for the exact same car. In less than 30 seconds, my Dad said "I'll take it." THAT is the wisdom of age........

Anyway - I got a little test drive in today - not enough to form a complete opinion but I did take a cloverleaf pretty hard - and I can tell you the car communicates beautifully. I was able to adjust the line with very small movements of my right foot. Steering feel was excellent. Turn-in was sharp. The car weighs a little MORE than the M5, but the electronically controlled suspension keeps it very level and planted. A better test would be a slalom - I didn't have the chance, but based upon this experience and the magazines' slalom numbers, it should do very well there too. Good ride quality, gorgeous instrument panel. End of report.

I happened to have my video camera along, so for those of you who haven't seen it, I did a quick walk around, and filmed the top going down (play it backwards to see it go up!) and put the Quicktime Video up (6Mb, no audio worth listening to)
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Old 18th April 2002, 23:52   #2
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I gotta tell ya, that hard top is a engineering marvel. Absolutely incredible. My jaw dropped!

Beautiful color, BTW...sure beats all the silver ones that are going to be running around.

Let us know your thoughts on the build quality when you get a chance, Greg....people have been nit-picking MB's recent cars because the switchgear is of poor quality -- materials too.

Too cool...way too cool!

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WOW... so beutiful... Your father is a very lucky man. If you egt to take more shots on that car, please post~! beutiful car~!!
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Great color - great car - your father must be a very happy man!!

I am impressed with how quickly the top goes down - it seemed to me the SLK top takes 30 seconds or so - the video seemed to show it taking only 5-10 seconds or so on the SL - very impressive. If only Porsche would adopt this style top on the 996! (Of course, the engine might get in the way )

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So cooool!

You and your dad combined have my dream stable. Now if only I could get my dad to swing for one of those (though the LX470 with 20" rims is pretty hip for him)...
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very cool video! The color is also very nice as well... I didn't think that red would look good, but it's actually really nice!
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Ooooo SWEET!!! "I'll take it!" in less than 30 secs huh? hahhaha NICE!!

Tell your dad congrats!
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Is that Firemist Red? seems a touch dark for Magma Red. In any case, a georgous color. Congratulations. Please post driving impressions as soon as you have your assessments.

I hope your dad got this at MSRP.

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Nice car! I know itís rude to ask, did he pay sticker?
Another car for you to detail (how can you say no to dad).
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