Where your author considers many impractical used car suggestions (Part II)

I’m back with more boring used car content, some of you are obviously a topic despise With passion.. Note: Before discussing more used cars, if this is the case, go out while you can still do so! Let’s review the impractical car suggestions you made for your rest. Yes i like list.

In alphabetical order, here is a list of impractical cars that check all of the following requirements: First post a few weeks ago:

  • Cadillac ATS Coupe
  • Cadillac CTS Coupe
  • Cadillac XLR
  • Lexus IS250 C / IS 350 C
  • Mercedes Benz C Class Coupe
  • Mercedes Benz E-Class Coupe
  • Mercedes Benz SLK350
  • Volvo C70

This list contains 4 coupes, 3 hardtop convertibles, and many variables. Since I’ve been investigating recently, I’ll start with the most probable candidates and work towards outliers.

Lexus IS250 C / IS 350 C

Here, the IS Convertible is the most likely option. Sold in the 2010-2015 model year, previous examples are within budget. They are expensive, unpopular, and less available in the Midwest to avoid convertibles, but could be obtained elsewhere. I like the look (dark colors are preferred) and I like the quality. The appearance of the hardtop is also great, as all windows can be lowered with the roof closed. The 2.5 liter V6 250 C is much more available on the second hand market. 350C can be out of budget. I’m fine with that. I used to own less than 206 cars. Challenges here include finding ones that have no history of accidents and finding interior colors other than black. Fortunately, cream, saddle, red and light gray were offered. Almost all examples include luxury packages including HiD lamps, semi-aniline leather and navigation.

Cadillac ATS Coupe, XLR, CTS Coupe

Cadillac offers three models that meet my requirements. The ATS is one of the new cars on this list (2015-2019), so you’ll need to find a previous example of about 70,000 miles to stay within your budget. The majority have 2.0 turbos instead of 3.6, and most have all-wheel drive (I don’t really need it). ATS looks great in navy, pearl white, and even dark red, and has a sharp overall styling. The biggest problem I noticed with ATS in the search is the availability of interior colors other than black. The dealer ordered a white, silver, or black, black interior and called it the day around 2016.

XLRs are the second of Cadillac’s three considerations. The oldest car here, the XLR, was built with the Corvette from 2004 to 2009. The front end is a bit outdated, but this car certainly stands out among the other options. The standard Northstar 4.6 version is close to the budget limit. The V-spec supercharged version is not affordable. The North Star here is the LH2 version after being used in various Cadillacs from 2004 to 2010 and doesn’t seem to suffer from head gasket issues. However, cars built in 2004 had problems with roof adhesion, so it’s best to avoid that year. In general, these cover relatively low miles and are maintained by the owner. Finding examples of tan or gray interiors is not difficult. The downside is the potential for expensive repair work on the completely unique foldable metal roof and body panels. I think this will also raise insurance premiums. These are most commonly sold in red, silver, or champagne. The XLR is the only car on this list that will be the classic car of the future.

The last of the Cadillacs is the CTS Coupe. This CTS was readily available on a budget and was available from 2011 to 2015 (shorter than I had expected). The non-V example used a typical 3.6 liter GM V6 and was available in RWD or AWD guise. The use case looks like a good combination of rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, but is common in rat conditions due to age and previous depreciation. The interior here is especially outdated. Even with performance trim, the CTS coupe looks like a big chunk of a car. I haven’t driven one yet to see if it changes my mind.

Mercedes Benz C-Class Coupe, E-Class Coupe, SLK350

There are also three Mercedes models that fit the bill, but the first one I mentioned last time. The W205 C-Class Coupe is the only model still in production here and has been available since 2017. It comes in a variety of nice exterior and interior colors to make it look great overall. An affordable example is the C300 with four 2.0-liter turbochargers. The majority seem to have 4MATIC. The issue here is availability. Being within budget, it should be an example of a higher mileage of about 75,000 in 24 hours.

More affordable, but a little less sexy is the C207 E-Class Coupe, offered between 2010 and 2017. Within the budget, it could be a 2010-2014 model. Available in E350 and E550 models outside the AMG range, it seems to be available in 3.5 liters (the V8 had some issues). This is Mercedes’ longest, most widely used and most developed engine. Various exterior and interior colors work for me, and upgraded equipment in the Designo package is desirable. Notably, it’s a real live hardtop coupe with no B-pillars in the way. Combined with a panoramic roof, it’s as close to a convertible as you would get without a foldable roof. Most examples near the Midwest have 4MATIC. CarFax’s history of consistent service at Mercedes dealers is commonplace. The concern here is the maintenance of Mercedes 10 years ago and also one of the brand’s “more reliable” products.

The SLK350 is also on my radar. I’m only interested in the looks of the 3rd generation R172 model, which was sold from 2011 to 2020 and was finally renamed SLC. Initially two versions were offered. One is a 250 with a 1.8 liter turbocharger and the other is a 350 with the above E-class 3.5V6. The 350 model year was between 2011 and 2015. It’s reasonably priced with about 55,000 or so reasonable miles. The majority have acrylic panoramic roof panels, but few have expensive magic roof glass. Others with a solid roof panel on the base experienced delamination problems, and Mercedes replaced the solid panel with a panoramic one. I like some exterior colors, and tan, brown, and red are available inside. The main constraint of SLK is availability.

Volvo C70

A single Volvo is independent and it is an outlier. The second generation C70 went live between 2006 and 2013, and in 2011 there was a major update to bring the styling to the latest products. I’m only interested in the 2011-2013 example. A foldable metal convertible with the same hardtop look as the IS above, with windows down and roof up. For C70 width Similar car pricing range and availability are issues. Many have bright interiors, but said the interiors look pretty spartan: lots of plain black material. I’m also worried that Volvo’s parts are running low (after all, we’re trying to stop making gasoline and hybrid cars altogether). This is the type of car that requires a professional mechanic.

I have Yes i like list. The United States, Germany, Japan and Sweden are all making something to satisfy my unrealistic car needs. Let’s narrow it down a bit and find the one that suits me best.

[Images: Cadillac, Lexus, Volvo, Mercedes-Benz]

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Where your author considers many impractical used car suggestions (Part II)

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