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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post

So what I'm hearing is that GF should buy a miata track car to keep wear and tear off his daily.
Quite the opposite. Sure, miata's are cheap. But to make them competetive? =$$$$

Not the most budget friendly track day daily. Or just track day. Popular yes, most bang for buck? Absolutely not.
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Originally Posted by Al9146 View Post


Occasional tracking? Use your daily and keep your head bolted on straight. Have fun!
This.
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Originally Posted by Monty L View Post


I couldn't agree more... G Class still has that Heft. I think a '94 500E is the next choice for me though.

As for the solidity, I can remember going to a dealer with my father in 1989 that sold Ferraris, Porsches, BMWs, Audis, and MBs and my father was considering a new MB, a Porsche or a Ferrari.  He said there are lots of great cars, and I'd be happy to sell you anything we carry, but no car at that time had better build quality than a Mercedes.  They had cars that had over 200,000 miles on them which could be driven over rail road tracks without a squeek or rattle (my parents 89 300e eventually was proof of that).  I've driven & rode in MBs from the early 2000s with 35,000-50,000 miles that were no where nearly as tight and had squeek/rattles.  

 

The 500E (or E500 if you specifically want a 94, the last model year which got a face lift), is an impressive car.  A friend of mine had a 92 500E for many years and is sorry he sold it.  

 

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Originally Posted by Monty L View Post

Nice choices. I always laugh at the futility of the kinder seat in this sl, though the extra leather is a nice touch.

The mini back seats were maybe most useful for holding groceries and protecting the carpeted surface behind the front seats.  I think at best 1 kid could sit in it if they sat sideways.  At least in the US, the mini back seats were an aftermarket add on, available in leather or vinyl in pattern that looked like it was from the factory, and they were sold through Beverly Hills Motoring Accessories or a handful of smaller competitors.  Still its a nice touch to have in a vintage SL.  

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Originally Posted by ramuman View Post

@GreenFrog I would definitely get a cheap track car. Michelin PSSs aren't cheap and neither are any number of other consumables as has been noted above.

 

I haven't tracked the Michelin PSS yet, (put them on my wife's car), but I have tracked the PS2s. I put them on for rain tires for a two day event and the weather cleared up. Drove them hard, and burned through the shoulders in those two days. New set of $$$ tires - destroyed in two days. (sigh) Sticking to Yokos for rains now. lol!

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I was at cars and coffee yesterday and saw this gem of a 500e for $21,500. Wife had to threaten me with violence to not go talk to the guy.

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Originally Posted by Al9146 View Post

I haven't tracked the Michelin PSS yet, (put them on my wife's car), but I have tracked the PS2s. I put them on for rain tires for a two day event and the weather cleared up. Drove them hard, and burned through the shoulders in those two days. New set of $$$ tires - destroyed in two days. (sigh) Sticking to Yokos for rains now. lol!

The P-Zeros in my experience, while good were pretty bad wear-wise. If I include the factory set, my E92 M3 went through 3 sets of rears and 2 sets of front P-Zeros in 12k DD + track miles, my first F82 M went through 1 set of fronts and 2 sets of rear PSSs in 3k miles, though fronts were barely legal at the end, but it was basically a track only car in 4k miles. My second F82 went through 2 sets of front and rear PSSs in 12k of DD + track miles.

#Costco membership - seriously get one if just for the tire prices

For as hard as I drove those cars, the PSSs did really well wear wise for grippy tires. I've heard great things about the Potenzas, but have never used a set.

If you have a track only car and expect to put a lot of time on them, I'd just balance tread wear vs. price.for the tires unless you're trying to set lap records - which you won't because an 60 year old in a 20 year old Miata will hold that. :ember:
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Originally Posted by HRoi View Post

I was at cars and coffee yesterday and saw this gem of a 500e for $21,500. Wife had to threaten me with violence to not go talk to the guy.


Mercedes made some truly timeless cars once upon a time. I feel like none of their recent ones, except the G have that character.
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I think the moral of this story is to leave the wife behind when attending cars and coffee
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The g wagon was designed in the 70's.
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HRoi reminds me of Alejandro Salomon.
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ramubrah, I had no idea you had two m4s. How did you go through two lease cycles over two years?
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Originally Posted by GreenFrog View Post

ramubrah, I had no idea you had two m4s. How did you go through two lease cycles over two years?

It was technically a single 24 month term - I'm friends with the CA and GM smile.gif.

Point about the Costco thing holds though for tires.

Also, FF, that's my point, they still sell it though - should've rephrased it as currently sold cars.
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They got cars and coffee in florida now? What will they think of next.
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Originally Posted by GreenFrog View Post

HRoi reminds me of Alejandro Salomon.
Who the hell is that? confused.gif
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Who the hell is that? confused.gif

I googled it and I'm still confused.
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Originally Posted by jet View Post

They got cars and coffee in florida now? What will they think of next.

There are cars and coffee in Italy.

The only difference is that the coffee comes in tiny cups.
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