zachmac bid $5,750
zachmac bid $31,500
zachmac bid $17,388
zachmac bid $30,500
Congrats to @cadams . Well fought.
@caeydot are we selling? Okay to say if reserve is met.
This SHOULD get it sold today!
Three way race, two bidders and Reserve.
At about 1/8 th original price with fees.
This car was RNM at $19k on BaT recently and rumor was the reserve was WAY higher so we'll see?
Two things we know will survive a nuclear holocaust: cockroaches and MB tex.
Congrats to @armandn That will seem quite a bargain in the coming years.
$19k ($20k with fee) wouldn't be unreasonable for this fine example. What else can you buy in the used car market with this bang for the buck?
Comin up on run with the bid dogs or stay on the porch time!
@Vhmills not sure mileage has anything to do with it. I had a 2010 that MB replaced all the bolts on (and one head) under warranty at 17k miles. In general there were actually very few failures as a percentage of cars (not unlike the Porsche IMS issue) but also like the Porsche, potentially catastrophic if it happens to you. Failures sometimes occurred when the cars were almost new to cars with 80k plus miles. Not a huge deal as you can change them out without pulling the heads and replace the phaser bolts and tappet buckets with the improved parts while there. In the end you get a bullet proof M156.
@ILLANOIZ not sure that is correct, I think MB didn't start using the improved bolt until the middle of the 2011 model year. (Go Illini!)
In any case, a well sorted M156 is a great driving experience. The issues are known and not hard to fix. Weistec can provide all the pieces you need. GLWA
Easily one of the best sounds of any engine produced in the last couple of decades! @Vhmills do you know if the head bolts were ever changed out to the improved 2011 design?
@djc1117 Thank you again for the quick response. It was actually the Carfax that made me question the VMI. Clearly there are lots of MB dealership services on the Carfax not shown on the VMI they gave you; not your fault. Dealerships are very weird about VMIs. Some won't share them at all, some only with the current owner, and some, as I suspect they did here, will give you one but only for a period they think you owned it. In any case no harm, the Carfax fiills in the missing data. GLWA
@djc1117 Thank you for the quick reply. I am interested in the car and not trying to be argumentative but if the VMI is "complete" then this car only saw a MB dealer in the first 3 or 4 years of its life for recalls or TSBs (Section of VMI they label "Damage History") and then had two services in 2010 and 2011 (Section MB labels "Customer Pay") and otherwise has never been touched by a MB dealer. Did you get this VMI from a dealer yourself or was it part of paperwork with the car? It clearly has gaps.
@djc1117 Nice S55. Can you confirm all front seat bladders are working and all massage and dynamic seat functions? Also, the posted VMI only shows one page of service in the mid 40k mile range. Due you have and can you post the full VMI?
All the big stuff done, low miles, 08 so quilted interior! Maybe we can get a sale this time with the lower reserve?
Still well under market but lots of time left.
Congrats to @Bwein and to @SixMyles for making the wife happy!
Still a good deal on a rocket you can drive like mad and not worry about breaking!
@SixMyles the wife will be happy she is getting her spot back.
@Scottwl38 for me it was to keep miles off the SL65!
@Apabonds but keep in mind that's the warranty price WHEN you are also buying the car from CarMax. You probably can't match that just shopping for a warranty.
@eosgood wants that warranty @apabonds !
@Apabonds currently about $43,000 on this particular car plus small transfer fee. :)
You basically get the new car experience for currently about 70k off sticker. And just like when new, if you break it you just tell CarMax / Mercedes "fix it"!
Paraphrasing crocodile Dundee That's not a V8, this is a @V8Mate !
And with the warranty you can feel free to drive it like the engineers at AMG intended!
Not saying it isn't still a steal but past my number so GLWA to all. Maybe time for an M157 in my stable? These are very good cars. Loved the 2010 I had.
Should have just waited for the horses mouth! :)
@Vlad600sel I think he stated earlier he likes to mod and mods on this one would void the warranty.
Calm down guys, still about 48 minutes until the real auction begins. :)
@AMGdriver actually there is little that goes wrong between 33k and 56k miles on these. And the VMI on this one had a lot of the bigger ticket items addressed before the 33k miles gap. BUT, they will need about a $10k infusion between 60 and 80k miles typically. ABC, coil packs, radiators, deferred maintenace, brakes, etc.
@AMGdriver then you haven't been car shopping in the last 12 months. Plus MB is making exactly zero more V12s. Unless you buy a Maybach or Pagani.
Not surprising. At least $40k plus in current market. I bought my SL65 for $36,500 three years ago and it's all of $50k today.
@thphon I think Fidelity will still write one. And surprisingly sometimes your local credit union. Check with them!
Bid to or a great buy?
Interesting how the "ENDS IN" box changes size based on the numerals being displayed. You'd think it would be a fixed size. But admit it, now that I pointed it out you can't stop watching it. If only I'd thought of that distractor before we got to this bid level!
Congrats to @singh3178 !
@Tank24 yes, given an infinite amount of $ and time anything is possible!
@singh3178 begging is a sign of weakness man; don't let him see you sweat!
Someone throw a knockout please; I've got an S65 auction to watch!
Sorry, Mack and Singh are trying to participate in an auction!
@Jazzman already been done with the 55 supercharged AMG engine in several older SLs and such but the V12 is just so darned wide.
Now if I can only shoehorn in the V12 M275 from the S65?
Not only do they not make them like this anymore (any manufacturer); neither does Mercedes.
Current bid half a late model used Honda and this will still outlive the Honda; with style.
If you want to know how well these are built just pop out a door handle and compare it to any modern equivalent. Real, solid, engineered quality metal mechanism versus crap. Extrapolate that to the whole car.
I have been without a warranty on my SL65 for three years and am ahead so far $ wise. 64k miles on the odometer. Do anything you can yourself, find a good indy mechanic and the aftermarket suppliers, and stay away from stealerships.
@Apabonds a LOT, IF you can find someone to write one. There are a few but for a 3 year 36k mile you are talking 6 to 8 grand. Most warranty companies won't touch the V12s. Not because they are unreliable, just because they are not cheap to fix.
Exactly what the guy who drove the 560SEC traded for when he got married back in the day.
When a F250 Ford or RAM truck just hasn't got enough torque to satisfy you, get one of these! And then hang on! About as close as you can get to a private Jet without leaving the ground.
An 07 with 20k miles recently sold on BaT for $53k. Be interesting to see where this lands in comparison. One year newer ( plus for the diamond stitch!) but higher miles.
As the video demonstrates, the added front track width (2010 and 2011) really make this car a great handler as well. And the 7 speed gear box with the auto throttle blips on downshifts is a thing to behold. Nice. I do miss my 2010. See you tomorrow!
Hopefully this auction still has what the car being offered also needs; plenty of room to run! GLWA
@SixMyles Thank you for the quick response and explanation. I can relate to getting more than you need while you decided which to keep as I've done the same and would be frankly doing so again if I bid on this; but we'll see. Can you share the details of the cost and process for the warranty transfer? I had a 2010 E63 and the warranty is frankly the only reason I'm looking hard at this one. Well that and the miles and the color!
@SixMyles why the quick flip?
@Leomousa the VMI has a 20k+ gap between 35k and 56k miles. Any records for service or maintenance in that period?
Appreciate Pierre's video but especially the "why would you want to own this vehicle" section. He just nailed it. I owned a 2005 and it's one of those cars I've always regretted selling. GLWA to all but I want this!
I just keep coming back just to stare at the wood!
@GASMotorcars Thanks for the quick response. Not quite parktronic but I guess it was better than hiring two flagmen when berthing this land yacht.
Okay, I'm intrigued. Can anyone explain to me the operation of the "automatic parking poles"? I assume those are the two little posts shown sticking up out of the trunk in a few pics?
Also can the seller speak to the issue with the rear view mirror? I assume that foam crammed in there is not factory.
@Statis50 I suspect this is headed well above my desired number as well but it is certainly one of the nicest speced S65s I've ever seen.
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