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How far would (did) you go?

. . . . . . to get the right SLK for you?

Yesterday I got up at 4AM to travel to the airport to get a flight from Belfast, Northern Ireland to Birmingham, England before driving 300 miles to catch a ferry from Cairnryan in Scotland back to Belfast, arriving home at 11PM. So 19 hours in total, with plenty of breaks including sleep on both the plane and the boat (before I get flamed for wreckless driving). And the reason was to pick up my new (to me) SLK 250CDI Carbon Look Edition. There were only 49 of these sold in the UK so they are harder to come by. It was also an excellent way to get to know, and fall in love with, my SLK. The drive was two thirds motorway and one third interesting backroads so plenty of opportunity to discover everything that makes this a great car. The final surprise was an average fuel consumption of nearly 59mpg (this converts to 49mpg for our U.S. members), averaging 47mph over six and a bit hours.

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So a flight,300 mile drive, and car ferry covering 3 countries in a day to pick up my SLK. How far would (did) you go?
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Nationwide, but ended up local.

Such hunting is rarer in the UK, but to get colour/spec you do what you gotta do.

US and Canada do serious miles to track down the right beast.
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I traveled about 130 miles to get my slk but in the past I have had a lift from Gloucester to Birmingham, caught a plane to Glasgow and driven 400 odd miles back to Gloucester. Took me about 12 hours in total.
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I think about 150 miles drive after a train ride to veiw and buy.
3 years ago on the 8th of January

Oooops.... 4 years ago
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7 miles and It was parked at the dealer right beside the road in their lot so I couldn't miss it
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I think about 150 miles drive after a train ride to veiw and buy.
3 years ago on the 8th of January

Clearly worth the trip as you're still enjoying it 3 years on. Happy Anniversary!
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147 miles over the mountains.

Good effort, especially over such mountainous terrain. I'm sure it made for an interersting drive home.
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7 miles and It was parked at the dealer right beside the road in their lot so I couldn't miss it

Goes to show that you don't have to cover great miles to get the right one.
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634 miles
317 miles to part exchange my old slk 200 and 317 miles to bring my 350
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I think that's the furthest yet !
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Drove with rental car from Pompano Beach to Mercedes of Orange Park near Jacksonville and back with the SLK55.
Can't remember exact miles but should be around 315 miles one way. Thankfully my wife and I could take turns on driving.
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I couldn't pick it up but mine was shipped from San Francisco, CA to Tampa, FL, 2900 miles!
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"wreckless driving" is a good thing.
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I couldn't pick it up but mine was shipped from San Francisco, CA to Tampa, FL, 2900 miles!
Ok Mileagewise that is extremely impressive and probably won't be bettered. However, technically, you didn't have to go very far at all as all you had to do was wait for it to arrive . . . . . . . . . (I am secretly impressed by your style though )
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"wreckless driving" is a good thing.
(keep it between us, but I just added the caveat to avoid the wrath of the moderators )
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I bought m SLK200 in Itzehoe Germany.
I live in Denmark on the island called Aeroe in the south of Denmark and planned to go by ferry from Aeroe to the island Als and then by bus to Flensburg and from there by train to Itzehoe to pick up my SLK.
But on the morningferry from Aeroe I met a couple that had been on Aeroe to get married and I asked them if I could get a lift to the border between Denmark and Germany. No problem. They would be picked up by a driver when the ferry arrived at Fynshav on Als.
The driver was hired to drive the newmarried couple to the airport of Hamburg and the driver informed me, that I was welcome to drive with him and the newmarried couple to Hamburg Airport and from there he would drive back exactly to Itzehoe, where he had his home.
So far so good, and when we arrived to Itzehoe, he asked where I had to pick up my SLK. It shoved up to be less than half a mile from his home so he drove me right to the house, where my SLK should be picked up.
From there I had about 200 km back to the ferry on Als and after 1 hour with the ferry I was back on Aeroe with my SLK and had only 16 km back to my location on Aeroe in Aeroeskoebing.
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I bought m SLK200 in Itzehoe Germany.
I live in Denmark on the island called Aeroe in the south of Denmark and planned to go by ferry from Aeroe to the island Als and then by bus to Flensburg and from there by train to Itzehoe to pick up my SLK.
But on the morningferry from Aeroe I met a couple that had been on Aeroe to get married and I asked them if I could get a lift to the border between Denmark and Germany. No problem. They would be picked up by a driver when the ferry arrived at Fynshav on Als.
The driver was hired to drive the newmarried couple to the airport of Hamburg and the driver informed me, that I was welcome to drive with him and the newmarried couple to Hamburg Airport and from there he would drive back exactly to Itzehoe, where he had his home.
So far so good, and when we arrived to Itzehoe, he asked where I had to pick up my SLK. It shoved up to be less than half a mile from his home so he drove me right to the house, where my SLK should be picked up.
From there I had about 200 km back to the ferry on Als and after 1 hour with the ferry I was back on Aeroe with my SLK and had only 16 km back to my location on Aeroe in Aeroeskoebing.

Best adventure yet . . . . . Skĺl
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From Dresden, Germany, to Helsinki, Finland. About 1600 km, or 1000 miles.
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