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#1 Old 08-13-2008
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Hi to everyone

Just checking in to say truely a great forum with a wealth of excellent info, obviously some very well informed people here.

Not an SLK owner yet but I had my first test drive yesterday in a 2004 SLK350 at my local mercedes dealer, still not quite managed to get the smile off my face. Don't know who it was that first said the slk was a bit girlie (no disrespect intended) but they never drove the car I did yesterday.

Will be hoping to buy my first SLK over the next few weeks and would be vey grateful for any advice on offer. promise I will try and look for answers before I post but please bear with me if I ask a question that has already been answered

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I also just recently bought a used 2005 SLK350. It has been a great purchase which I have loved every second of. Amazingly, it is also the first large purchase I've ever made in which I experienced no buyer's remorse at all. It's a great car.

If you're looking at used models, I'd say to make sure the car passes carfax (see if it has had any accidents, etc), and make sure it has had maintenance done regularly. Then, see if there is any required maintenance coming up soon.

Here in the Seattle WA area of the USA, the Maintenance D cost me about $500. I've heard most of the maintenance steps will be from $200 - $1000, depending on what type it is. So, I'd just check and see if there is any required maintenance coming up soon, and ask for a reduction in price of that amount, if so.

As to the girly thing... I don't know how girly the car is, but I do know girls seem to like them a lot. It sounds stupid, but honestly, I get a lot of smiles in this thing.
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Hi to everyone

Just checking in to say truely a great forum with a wealth of excellent info, obviously some very well informed people here.

Not an SLK owner yet but I had my first test drive yesterday in a 2004 SLK350 at my local mercedes dealer, still not quite managed to get the smile off my face. Don't know who it was that first said the slk was a bit girlie (no disrespect intended) but they never drove the car I did yesterday.

Will be hoping to buy my first SLK over the next few weeks and would be vey grateful for any advice on offer. promise I will try and look for answers before I post but please bear with me if I ask a question that has already been answered

Andrew R
I think you'll love it - as others have said, it's a truly fun car to drive. If you are getting it from a Dealership, shoot for a CPO'd car - the factory warranty will be running out soon. Also, check the service booklet, make sure it's stamped and up to date.



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Hi Andrew. Can't believe there are four new members from the UK: Welcome! Jonathan.

PS. And what have you got against those of us who are ill-informed!
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Hi Andrew. Can't believe there are four new members from the UK: Welcome! Jonathan.

PS. And what have you got against those of us who are ill-informed!
Hi Jonathan.
Thanks for the welcome, nothing but sincere empathy for the ill-informed.
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What's up - from Canada

Once you go SLK, you never go back. It is the best car I've ever had. I can't imagine switching to anything else!
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Hi Andrew,

welcome from Germany.

Go for a 350, it would be a reasonable decision.


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