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Mercedes Benz 280 SL

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Registered: July 2008
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blue grass

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 92
April 4, 2009 9:35am

Hi Kayes, am I right to think that this 280 SL and the MGB are in the same shade of red? The SL is quite a looker but I do not recall you ever saying you own a Mercedes. Over the years we've had only two and each time we were never really satisfied with their workshop and servicing.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 3,376
April 6, 2009 4:46am

hi Blue Grass, the B and the 280 SL are indeed painted in the same shade of red. Both cars belong to the same owner in Taiping and he has a very soft spot for this red. And you are right, despite having owned so many cars, I have never bought a Mercedes simply because I do not have the image to drive one. Many people view the Benz as a "towkay's car" and I hardly look the part.
Bomoh

Registered: September 2008
Location: Mount Gambier, Limestone coast, South Australia
Posts: 79
April 6, 2009 11:38am

The Carmen Ghia is also the same red by the look of it.
Blue Grass comments on MB quality are quite true. The Pagoda roof SL shown here was certainly OK but about 5-10 years ago MB did go through a bad patch when they were run by cost-cutting accountants. Apparently they are OK again today and the one you see around Malaysia, the old E class with "masterpiece" badge on the back is mechanically bullet proof. It is interesting to compare BMW and MB. BMW is probably the better driver's car but MB is better to be a passenger in. Of course today Audi is the upcoming brand and their A5 is a looker. However all car companies are currently up the creek without a paddle as global demand drops anything from 30-50% and no sign of it picking up this year.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 3,376
April 7, 2009 9:16am

Blue Grass. coming to think of it, I actually bought a car made by Daimler (then DaimlerChrysler) but it is not a Mercedes. It is a Smart Fortwo. In Malaysia and many other countries, the Mercs and Smarts are sold by the same dealers. For example in Penang, Lowe Motors sell and service all Mercs as well as Smarts. In Ipoh it would be Ipoh Motors. Of course the true Merc owner would sneer at the puny Smart ..... size wise and price wise. A Merc will cost you RM300k upwards while the Smart is hardly RM90k. But the servicing and cost of spare parts are on par with Mercs. So the poor Smart owner gets his pocket blown out and has to go without lunch and dinner for many days just to get his car serviced.


Actually, the Mercedes and the Smart are two entirely different kind of cars. They should not be sold together. I think it was Nicolas Hayek (of Swatch fame) who managed to persuade DaimlerChrysler to embark on a joint venture to manufacture Smart cars. Hayek wanted a cheap affordable car like the very affordable Swatch watches and where the body panels of the Smart can be changed to a different colour just like you change a watch strap or bezel. True to tradition DaimlerChrysler could not make anything cheap ..... everything must be overpriced like a Benz. So in the end Hayek was thrown out of the joint venture and DaimlerChrysler continued alone to put out the Smart Fortwo. I won't say my Smart is not worth the money I paid. In fact I enjoy it so much that I would say it is priceless to me. The fact remains that from a "cheap car concept", the Smart Fortwo turned out to be pretty expensive. I digress a little here but I am just waiting to get my hands on the Nano, the cheapest car in the world manufactured in India. Just waiting to buy one and then soup it up to overtake Lamborghinis ..... sheer joy!


Do you know that Smart is the acronym for "Swatch Mercedes Art"?
blue grass

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 92
April 7, 2009 9:46am

Perhaps the Mercedes got the reputation of being a 'towkay's car' simply because there was very often, a chauffeur behind the wheel. I like my cars and do not relish the idea of anybody else driving them, so I can never be a 'towkay' that's for sure, Kayes. Bomoh is correct to say that the BMW is a better driver's car compared to the Mercedes. There are many reasons but one that I remember clearly are the seats. We Asians are not of Teutonic proportions and I found myself slipping and sliding in those Mercedes' seats. I like my seat to 'hug' me and the BM does just that. The Mercedes can be ponderous and very often I felt I was driving a tank! I'm sure though, this car has many selling points much touted by the 'towkays' in the country! Cheers.
blue grass

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 92
April 7, 2009 9:50am

Hi Kayes. Happy you to own a Smart!
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 3,376
April 7, 2009 4:19pm

This is a cool Beemer to own. There is one pre-owned one for sale in Penang.


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics4/beemer45.jpg
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 3,376
April 7, 2009 4:52pm

Here's another Pagoda Roof 280 SL. But the term "Pagoda Roof" truly belongs to the 1965 230 SL made famous in the movie, Breakfast at Tiffany's. Eddie Choong (the former badminton ace) used to have one but he has sold it. I think that car is still in Penang.


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics4/pagodamb.jpg
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 3,376
April 8, 2009 12:39am

Another 280 SL but with the soft top.


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics4/sl280.jpg
blue grass

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 92
April 9, 2009 6:58am

Thanks Kayes, the SLs still look good but the BM 645 Ci Convertible is a beauty. I was reading the April AUTOCAR and one article particularly caught my eye. 'Twisted Sisters' - a comparison of the Alfa 8C Competizone and the Maseriti GrandTurismo S. If you haven't got your hands on this April copy, you might be amused to know how this Alfa was described. Both cars were described as 'heartbreakingly beautiful.' But as for the Alfa, '......it's the 8C that is instantly the more beguiling. It looks weird and mad and beautiful, all at the same time.......'
blue grass

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 92
April 13, 2009 4:40am

Kayes, how do you like the shape of the new BMW Z4? With the retractable hardtop, it is like having the best of both worlds. We can have the wind in our face with the top down and yet park it away quite protected from theft. Safer than a soft top anyway!
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 3,376
April 13, 2009 12:46pm

Blue Grass, one road test I read says the new Z4 looks much prettier than its predecessor because they had a lady in the design team. It is now fashionable to have retractable hard tops and of course, more practical too especially for security reasons. A few months ago I was eyeing the new Mazda MX5 which now comes in two versions, a soft top or a retractable hard top. The difference in price is RM20k. I have owned two MX5s before and I would like to have a third one, this time the one with the retractable hard top. Hope I get a raise in my pension monies.



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