BAR­GAIN BENZ

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Hi Unique Cars, en­joyed the lat­est is­sue (419 – Euro value guide) as al­ways. All of the great sug­ges­tions had me search­ing for a good value Euro­pean car. I searched through all the Box­ter S, 944, BMW M car usual sus­pects.

Be­ing a BMW fan­boy and for­mer E36 325 coupe owner I can give a sur­pris­ing rec­om­men­da­tion on a bet­ter choice than the Jaguar XK8 sug­gested in Guido’s ed­i­to­rial.

The praise heaped on the Mercedes-Benz CLK430 as a sur­pris­ing per­for­mance car made me think of the CLK500, an al­most E46 M3 com­peti­tor with a more ef­fort­less GT form and func­tion.

It turns out that there is a 2003 CLK500 on of­fer with just 126,000 kilo­me­tres for $12,000. All it needs ac­cord­ing to the owner is brake discs and pads. A US parts sup­plier, Pel­i­can Parts, has discs and pads from OEM sup­plier ATE on of­fer for US $377. An el­derly neigh­bour owner owns the same model and swears by its reli­a­bil­ity, say­ing it’s only needed reg­u­lar ser­vic­ing, but she is a for­mer Jaguar XKS and XK8 owner...

Lachy Brown

much sense, Lachy. I’ve owned a few old Ben­zes and my ex­pe­ri­ence is they hang to­gether pretty well so long as you keep the main­te­nance up. So, did you buy the car? val­ues of the col­lectable cars we’ve stashed away for our re­tire­ment? Who’ll want them if they can’t be used?

Gary G Smith

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