Ok here we go. Thinking its time to take the LEAP! My sl500 and xj8 are FUN but want to really start to step up to the plate as far as cars go. I can keep throwing money into the benz but not like it goes up in value and I know I will never get it back out of the car PLUS who does not have an sl these days. So thinking 400i or 412. Any thoughts on what I will be getting into. I know cost is a HUGE factor with these cars. Fixing is that something that is DIY or is it all shop work? Is this a good entry level car? Is there a desired year or model i should be shooting for. I know i got a weird year benz and its mostly fixing breaking items and when its not broken small mods Also what is the average yearly upkeep for a driven car. I have a hard time NOT driving my cars. I Dont want to go the 308 Magnum PI route. Not that they are now amazing but I see too many of them. Also convertible? I have seen a FEW but what are we looking here as well. Any input would be GREAT! I have found a few dealers on line that look reputable I assume I could always tell them what I am looking for and have them find something. I would Love a car that I can grow old with, Tinker around with and enjoy a nice ride with my wife with her nails DUG in to the dash thru the countryside!