C6 Vette vs. SLK350

mister_hNovember 28, 2005

Which one to get?

It would be my wife's next car (but I would be driving as much - hope she's not reading this).

My wife and I both can't decide for sure. Both are at about the same MSRP (high 40's). I like the C6's bigger engine and higher hp, but the SLK's new styling looks just too damn cool and has that neat retractable hardtop (not fabric). If you have any preference on either one, please share your thoughts.

Thanks.

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earthworm

Cadillac should and maybe will, in the future, have a feature to feature competitor against the Mercedes SLK. And after the GM monster is pointed the correct direction, we will have a world beater..
Probably the Corvette is better(performance); but the Mercedes is more sophisticated..
This should be interesting...

    Bookmark   November 28, 2005 at 7:01PM
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bill_h

split the diff. go with the cadilac xlr. a little bit of both.

    Bookmark   November 28, 2005 at 7:20PM
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mikie_gw

I'd think thrifty & do my homework. Determine which one will cost least over two or three yrs in insurance and maintenance and which will have the better resale/trade value.

Or just buy her a real nice vw bug because of the insurance and gas prices.

    Bookmark   November 29, 2005 at 8:36AM
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earthworm

Chevrolets and VWs are supposed to be for those on a budget; Cadillac and Mercedes for the "filthy rich".

It is about time GM has seen the luxury market potential for the Corvette - it is quite a vehicle,IMO..
They could dig up better names for these new Cadillac "alphabet soup" models however...

Go with the Mercedes, that is, if they are as good as they were in years past..

    Bookmark   November 29, 2005 at 10:16AM
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mister_h

Thanks for your input gents.
Another problem we have is that we are not filthy rich but we've been thinking about buying one of these luxury/sporty vehicles for a quite some time. My wife and I are about to retire pretty soon (afer working 60+ hrs/week for many years) and this new car would be a gift for her.
Back to the cars...
It seems that my wife is leaning toward the MB, just simply because it is a MB. She doesn't know much about technical details of these cars. She just likes that MB logo on the front hood and the back. I just think the C6 is a bargain sports car for its MSRP in its class. Also, the SLK is too much looking like a chick car in my taste. Oh well, I guess I will trade in the MB a few years later and get an used C6 or a new C7 whenever that may be.

    Bookmark   November 29, 2005 at 11:20AM
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gary__

imo the vette is always the best bang for the buck. MB is always going to be finished out nicer. Buying a MB, a lot of what you're paying is for the name. If the C-6 was made by mercedes, bet they'd want $80k+ for it.

As always, drive them all. See what suits you/her best. That's all that matters.

    Bookmark   November 29, 2005 at 3:17PM
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mikie_gw

I like to ride in Mercedes...
Cool - Nice stiff ride, is this the the budget version or did you just skimp on the interior options.

    Bookmark   November 29, 2005 at 7:59PM
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carguy69

From Earthworm----
"It is about time GM has seen the luxury market potential for the Corvette - "

Uhhh, The Corvette IS NOT a Luxury Car,it's a (Read) Sports Car.
You are obviously thinking of some other car.

    Bookmark   December 1, 2005 at 1:35AM
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gary__

**Uhhh, The Corvette IS NOT a Luxury Car,it's a (Read) Sports Car.
You are obviously thinking of some other car. **

The owners manual of my '87 vette describes it as a "luxury sports car". earthworms comment is in line with the manufacturers intended market for the car.

    Bookmark   December 1, 2005 at 8:09AM
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earthworm

From Earthworm----
"It is about time GM has seen the luxury market potential for the Corvette - "

The key word here is potential. I believe the Cadillac $77K-mobile is based on the Corvette.
Dubbed as the xlr ..I wonder how many sleepless nights were spent dreaming up this "name"...

And this is probably one great motor vehicle, a well qualified competitor to the SLK Mercedes..

    Bookmark   December 1, 2005 at 10:41AM
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carguy69

Gary> I wasn't trying to step on your toes..lol.. It's just that I have never thought of a Vette as a Luxery car. I do own 2 , a C-6 and a fully restored 65 427. Again, sorry for sounding rude & to Mr. H...Get the vette, you'll love it :>)

    Bookmark   December 1, 2005 at 1:57PM
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norcalbl

What the heck. Blow the budget and get her something from Mercedes that ends with AMG. You will get a thrill driving it, and she will get the cute hood ornament. German engineering, (although Chrysler now owns them) and a car that will blow the doors off the vette.

    Bookmark   January 16, 2006 at 11:14PM
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gary__

That's backwards. Mercedes owns Chrysler.

    Bookmark   January 17, 2006 at 8:03AM
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norcalbl

I knew one of them bought the other...thanks for the correction. Do you think one day in the future someone will walk up to a Mercedes and say "that thang got a hemi"?

    Bookmark   January 17, 2006 at 8:56PM
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