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First year end review with my 170

Howdy folks! Just took my 170 off the road for the winter. We've had a mild fall/winter so far but now its so dark and with the roads freezing, it's time to pack it in and reflect on my first year of ownership. First of all I would like to say on how valuable SLK World was for me in purchasing and maintaining my SLK. But the site is so good, that it is a little flawed. This is because of the car problems discussed on the site. While most beneficial, it somehow gives an impression that SLK's are unreliable. My experience has been totally different.
I have put 12470 k's on my 170, initially touring Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France after purchase and then going for countless cruises in Finland and the car is bulletproof! I have met 7 other Finnish owners this summer and everyone has had no problems except for one owner of a 1998 SLK which needs a new roof pump. But he has owned his car since 1999 and that is his first problem. I don't know if its the weather over here......
Best comments "I like to tinker with cars but not this one, I just clean it" "The car still feels like a new car"
There are a few minor problems that I will address this winter. The rear trunk hydrolic pumps need replacing. I want to change the tranny oil and rear differential oil and whatever else I can do before its 115000 k service this spring. There are a lot of scuff/scratch marks on the paint which were probably caused by a dirty rotating brush at the car wash. I didn't notice them when I bought it making me think that they were masked (and I can't understand why anybody would take a SLK to a car wash) I'm not too sure on how I can fix that. Also there was a minor leak on the drivers window that was cured with a dab of silicone.
And once again with the help of this great site, I now know how to properly store my car for the winter.
I can only imagine what a 171 or a 172 is like. And maybe its better that way. I could do some financial damage to myself if I took one out for a ride.........
For next year, I'm planning on going to some track days and of course some more major cruises. Maybe to England, maybe to Prague, maybe to Norway via Lapland. Maybe all of them! For me it is the ultimate cruiser. Sporty but comfortable for the long haul. It's also surprisingly neat to drive with the top up, like a proper coupe and when the top is down, nothing beats a SLK!
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Unfortunately that's the way with forums - there are only about 3 major topics - meets, mods and moans. Because a lot of people come here to try and sort a problem out, it looks like they are problematical cars. It tends to be the same in all car forums, and you forget about the thousands of cars which are trouble free.

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Thanks for your review, just think you have all winter to salivate in anticipation of that first top-down cruise in the spring..
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Well done Matt. I'm envious of your tour around Europe.
We put about the same mileage on our 06 350. Our only long trip was from Oklahoma City to Ottawa. We took a few short jaunts close to Ottawa and one to Prince Edward County (sailing and wineries).
We've been completely trouble free. Thanks to C200/John for all his technical help to me and countless others (and there are a lot of other helpful elfs as well).
Beyond the sage advice (shop in the US not Canada) and help, this forum has resulted in a few new friends ships. Fond memories of meeting Mark and Gregg on our way home after buying Kismet; I smile ever time I go down to the rec room as I pass the model sent to me out of the blue by Chuck; a few local SLKers as well!

estimate 90 days til I get Kismet out of storage.
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Thx 4 the review have to say my R170 has been trouble free all year around can,t say that about the Girlfriend/ Teens . LOL. Hey Woolly how about another Forum called the Roadside Gourmet. Share some good eating Place along the Road cooking Tips and how not too burn stuff. LOL maybe we would not bitch so much about our Slk,s
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Thx 4 the review have to say my R170 has been trouble free all year around can,t say that about the Girlfriend/ Teens . LOL. Hey Woolly how about another Forum called the Roadside Gourmet. Share some good eating Place along the Road cooking Tips and how not too burn stuff. LOL maybe we would not bitch so much about our Slk,s
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Geez, for a minute I thought it was Clarkson!
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Good Point OP. One of the main reasons I even considered buying an SLK was that Consumer Reports Magazine rated the '05 & '06 SLK as a "Good Bet" for a Used Car.

So far I have not been disappointed in my '06 SLK 280. In fact I love it !
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90 days John ...mmmmm.........I miss that balmy Canadian weather. Over here its about 120 more days.... Then Newcastle here I come!
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You're moving to the UK? More daylight there...and another adventure trip there, or will you have to drive something more practical?
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Not moving but going to a "sheep chase"! Wouldn't dream of going on an adventure with anything but my SLK.
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