Looking to buy a used 03-06 SL500 or SL55, Need Advice Please!
Gang, I am a newbie to SLs. Already have an E Class sedan. Have been reading the various forums and trying to learn. My budget allows me to zero in on a 03-06 SL500, SL550, or SL55. Looking for a loaded one with pano, keyless, and parking assist. However, willing to forgoe some options for a clean and trouble free one obviously.
Need your expert advice on whether it is worth it to spend the extra bucks on a SL55 versus the SL500/SL550? Also, what came new with each year? I know that the 03-04 have the old NAV but come with the AUX port. I also thought that the 7 speed auto was new in 04 or 05? Is the 7 speed better than the 5 speed? Also, it appears that the AMG SL55s are onlu 5 speed, is that accurate?
I am obviously going to drive them and figure what I like. But, my lease ends in March 2010 on my BMW and would like to buy a SL then, starting my research now to find the exact right one.
It also appears that there are trouble free ones out there with minor issues and nightmare ones with lots of problems, so VMI is critical. I also sense that there has been lots of issues with the ABC and electrical. Anything else that I should look out for?
I would appreciate any and all advice!