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171 Facelift or not?

Following the departure of my 350, I've been looking at a replacement.
I really liked the idea of a Boxster but all the rumours of fragile engines have rather put me off.
Audi TTS's look good but they always seem a bit like a Golf in drag...
Jaguar F type looks great but a bit too expensive and has a tiny boot (trunk) so no good for our touring holidays.
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An SLK 55 would fit the bill but I'm not sure if its worth spending the extra on a facelifted version, ie post 2008.

I'd be interested if anyone has had both versions and could give a comparison.
Also, how does pearlescent white sound - too much like a hairdresser?
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I had a 2005 slk 350 and now have a slk 55 amg 2009. Do i fit your requirement?


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Hi Jeff, I'd be delighted to hear your views...
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Well it is no contest to compare a 55 with a 350 so i will just say this. The look of the facelift from the bumper to the interior is worth it. Plus you get improved electronics/audio/paddle shifters.

you should download the 2008 and higher brochures so you can compare apples to apples.

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Well it is no contest to compare a 55 with a 350 so i will just say this. The look of the facelift from the bumper to the interior is worth it. Plus you get improved electronics/audio/paddle shifters.

you should download the 2008 and higher brochures so you can compare apples to apples.

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was your 350 a MT


next step buy a MT don't down grade to a 55
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Russ - what happened to the '350?! Couple of thoughts - if I were doing it again right now, I'd look for a facelifted car simply to get the updated electronics. Looks wise I like the facelift, but not enough to trade up for no other reason.



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I think (to me at least) there are 2 areas to consider (between face-lift and non-facelift R171 SLK55):

1. The updated NGT/COMAND in the face-lift model
2. The brake calipers

Personal opinion: I would get the facelift SLK55 with the P030 performance package. Pearlescent White or Mystic White is a good exterior colour.

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The post facelift SLK55 look horrible compared to the original. Nothing stands out just very bland.
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An SLK 55 would fit the bill but I'm not sure if its worth spending the extra on a facelifted version, ie post 2008.
Just started to learn about these models, didn't know there was a facelift version. I thought they all were the same till the most recent model/shape.

How would you tell between a pre/post lift 55AMG?

BTW, the Audi TTS is okay but tbh with you way over priced for what it is plus only if you like turbocharged cars. I personally don't and have the MK2 V6 model.
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Just started to learn about these models, didn't know there was a facelift version. I thought they all were the same till the most recent model/shape.
Most manufacturers (European anyway ) work on a 7 year cycle with a 'facelift' in the middle of the run, then a couple of 'specials' (really, nothing 'special', just trying to dump the old stock before the new model comes out ).

On that premise, there should be an FL 172 out in 2014/5 and an R173 in about 2016 ish.






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Interesting discussion, except for the 6spd MT 350, I would assume the 55 would win hands down, that was my impression and why I went with the 6spd.
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Interesting discussion, except for the 6spd MT 350, I would assume the 55 would win hands down, that was my impression and why I went with the 6spd.
In a straight drag race, nothing will touch the 55AMG (although the 32AMG gets very close ). In 'real world' twisty road driving, there is not really a lot between all models of SLK (although not positive about the diesel ), but the MT's (200's, 230's 280/300's & 350's are remarkably agile and can put the 55's to shame - mostly due to weight balance & 'non psychic' (i.e. automatic ) transmission.



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pfffffft - "To Shame" might be a bit strong - but I'll be the first to agree that a '350MT will keep up with a '55 in the twisty bits - then it's down to the drivers! :-)



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In a straight drag race, nothing will touch the 55AMG (although the 32AMG gets very close ). In 'real world' twisty road driving, there is not really a lot between all models of SLK (although not positive about the diesel ), but the MT's (200's, 230's 280/300's & 350's are remarkably agile and can put the 55's to shame - mostly due to weight balance & 'non psychic' (i.e. automatic ) transmission.


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I think all slk,s are a heck of a lot better than most of the motoring world give them credit for.

boxster ,z4 ect all about the same on the road, track maybe not.
A few on pistonheads have said, I didn't think a slk would go like that after a run out

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Well it is no contest to compare a 55 with a 350 so i will just say this. The look of the facelift from the bumper to the interior is worth it. Plus you get improved electronics/audio/paddle shifters.

you should download the 2008 and higher brochures so you can compare apples to apples.

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What exactly did the facelift do for the interior? It looks identical to me except for the paddle shifters which Mercedes still got wrong. I really wish they had mounted the paddles in a fixed position on the column rather than making them spin with the steering wheel. Oh well, the shift lever takes care of that. The switchgear and the seats look the same. Same trim as far as I can tell. Did the 08 Nav system get a touch screen?

On the other hand, I wanted an 06 specifically for the brake package with 6 piston fixed calipers up front and 4 piston fixed calipers at the rear along with slotted, cross drilled, and ventilated rotors.

As for the front end, I like the pre-facelift front end and the back end looks identical to me.
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What exactly did the facelift do for the interior? It looks identical to me except for the paddle shifters which Mercedes still got wrong. I really wish they had mounted the paddles in a fixed position on the column rather than making them spin with the steering wheel. Oh well, the shift lever takes care of that. The switchgear and the seats look the same. Same trim as far as I can tell. Did the 08 Nav system get a touch screen?

On the other hand, I wanted an 06 specifically for the brake package with 6 piston fixed calipers up front and 4 piston fixed calipers at the rear along with slotted, cross drilled, and ventilated rotors.

As for the front end, I like the pre-facelift front end and the back end looks identical to me.
New steering wheel, new speedometers (red needles with sport package), black buttons instead of silver.

Also darkened headlights (with sport package) and arrow-shaped and bigger turn indicators.
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New steering wheel, new speedometers (red needles with sport package), black buttons instead of silver.

Also darkened headlights (with sport package) and arrow-shaped and bigger turn indicators.
That's it? Wow, no wonder I can't notice a difference in photos. I'm happy I went with the pre-facelift 2006 SLK55 for the original nose and the brake package.
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