hi all. after searching for a year, i think i found a great car sitting at a Mercedes dealership in CA: 2000 S70 GLT w/ only 53000 miles. It has the wood-grain package, cd-cassette, moonroof, power driver seat but manual passenger seat. I took it for a test drive and it drove nicely. The paint is quite smooth - Volvo Guard? i didn't notice any oxidation in the silver paint. it's got normal scratches around and on the bumper, and it looks like a car side-swiped it on the passenger side, but doesn't look like the paint has come off. <p>the bummer part: asking price is $9888. KBB is only $8700 if in excellent condition. and unlike other Mercedes dealerships, they won't let me take it to my mechanic for an inspection unless we settle on a price first. i'm not having any of that so i walked away, leaving him my number.<p>any advice on bringing the price down? he mentioned taking $1000 off but i think in this economy they could do MUCH better. i really dislike negotiating - would rather give him a fair number we could both live with.