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04-08-2004, 01:32 PM
I've been looking at both models. Here's the MB lease residuals. Clearly MB thinks the 55 will hold its value better than the 600.

SL55 Residuals (15,000 mi/yr):
24 mos 63%
36 mos 55%

SL600 Residuals (15,000 mi/yr):
24 mos 56%
36 mos 49%

BTW, for fully loaded cars, the 600 costs almost $9,000 more than the 55.

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Ian Kuah
05-16-2004, 07:51 AM
That seems to be the case. More expensive cars depreciate more quickly, just look at the big V12 Ferraris!

The SL600 is made in much smaller numbers than the AMG. In fact, demand for the AMG is running so high, almost 50 percent of SL output is this model, way above M-B prediction at launch in 2001.

In the long term, the sheer number of SL55 AMGs in the marketplace may have a negative effect on residuals.

The SL350 V6 (not USA) has worse residuals than the SL500 because it has less equipment stock as is seen as the poor relative. The SL500 is still the best all round model for most people.

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