I purchased this vehicle a few years ago and am just getting around to writing the review. At the time, I was looking for a hard top convertible and a sporty look/feel. I'm 6ft 3in, and this was the "...
I purchased this vehicle a few years ago and am just getting around to writing the review. At the time, I was looking for a hard top convertible and a sporty look/feel. I'm 6ft 3in, and this was the "only" vehicle that I could actually fit into in a convertible, with room to spare actually. The car is loaded with the WOW factor, it will definitely feed the ego and impress those who gaze upon it. It's absolutely fun to drive even after all these years of owning.
Now for the down side, I have concerns with the transmission, you really have to watch yourself when you put your foot down. The transmission will "slip" a bit to allow the engine to rev up before grabbing again for a sudden jump in speed. The problem is if you're already at highway speeds and you want to gitty-up-go, you can easily red-line the engine while it's "slipping". You'll have to ease back on the foot at just the right time so that it'll grab again and lurch you forward. It's not a cheap car to own and this baby loves it's maintenance. This is the first car I've owned where I haven't been able to do the maintenance myself. Changing the oil, cleaning the spark plugs, can do but to clear that nagging computer display you're going to have to take it in. I haven't spent less than $1000 per visit, actually averaging around $3000 per visit for my maintenance. The roof creaks annoying loudly over time and you'll have to take it in to get them to lube up the bushings and bearings to get it back under control. There are sensors EVERYWHERE, and they break easy. Try doing any work yourself or to any other mechanic and chances are they're going to break one of these sensors that'll cost you $500 and up to repair/replace. Benz was engineered to be maintained by Benz, so if you're going to get one, be prepared to spend the $$$$$ on maintenance, and not all Benz dealers have good mechanics.
In summation, this car is the sexy model you always wanted to date, just be prepared for the high cost of ownership.