It turns out that the mid-2000s Mercedes supercar that was once owned by Hilton is a nightmare when it comes to maintenance fees.
In the early to middle stages, supercars had a real moment. And the same could be said for Paris Hilton. These two worlds meet in Mercedes SLR McLaren. Mercedes-Benz and F1 partner McLaren were working on a car that perfectly embodies the era: innovative, weird and sometimes a little too much.
Why are we now talking about this often forgotten Mercedes? Well, aside from being just a fascinating car, the SLR is also extremely rare. Tyler Hoover of Hoovie’s garage recently spotted a Mercedes SLR McLaren in the auction block. And it was once part of the ultimate personality of the 2000s, Paris Hilton.
Hoover sent a group of friends a link to the car. In fact, Hoover himself considered buying it. In the end, Hoover’s fellow auto vlogger Ed Bolian bought the SLR. Hoover has one 2011 Mercedes-AMG SLS.
First, the two wanted to meet and compare their Mercedes. One problem, Bolian’s SLR doesn’t seem to be coming out of the store! But Hoover is going through his side-by-side comparison with a Mercedes-Benz 300D and some Photoshop. His 2011 SLS AMG is beautiful, just a really perfect drive.
Although, to be fair, the Mercedes SLR McLaren isn’t exactly a pinto. With an all-aluminum supercharged 5.4-liter V8, it boosts 617 horsepower and 580 lb-ft of torque. It had a carbon fiber tub and body panels. Scissor doors and lots of luxury, this was a very powerful supercar indeed. It was an excellent deal, he bought the car for $ 180,000. Far less than the $ 463,000 Paris paid in 2005.
However, that was back then. Today it’s a different story. Hoover meets with Bolian and they will be viewing the Merc SLR McLaren these days in its natural habitat – the Mercedes dealer.
Regarding the two cars, Bolian Hoover says the SLS was definitely the right choice. Here Ed puts in – probably – the best line I’ve ever heard.
“I think this is a car that you could own forever without knowing that it would scare you with a terrible maintenance experience,” he says.
Oh yeah, it was a stressful time. To be fair, the car is really fantastic, there’s no denying it. The interior is clean, if a little disappointing.
What is so annoying is the insane cost of maintenance. Since the Mercedes SLR McLaren is so rare and has to be replaced several times, that adds up. Bolian breaks down the costs, for example a rack costs $ 6,270. When it all comes together, it envisages a price tag in excess of $ 30,000.
Or, as Paris Hilton calls it, “replacement money”.
Given how expensive it is to keep, it’s hardly surprising that there were so few clicks on the odometer. Given the regular cost of driving the admittedly cool Mercedes SLR McLaren, we think we’ll stop by. As I said, a little too much.