Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Grove City, Ohio
Vehicle: 2007 SLK350 6spd
Other Toys: 2016 Nissan Maxima SV, 2005 E500 4Matic
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Red 2007 SLK280, I knew that car!
I guess this qualifies as a sighting?
I was driving the dawg today and about 3 miles from my house, I caught a flash on the right side of the road, sitting there in a small "buy here pay here" car lot was the car! I don't see any SLK's in my area, so, on my way back from running around, I stopped by the lot. The car looked familiar, so I checked it out really well, sure enough, I almost bought the car when I was looking for an R171. The sales guy came out of the building and we started talking about it, he's got it there kind of consignment. The guy who owns the car and the lot owner are friends and the owner parks it there as an eye catcher for the lot, the lot owner will sell it for the owner if he gets a buyer.
I went over the car with the lot owner and showed him the in's and outs of the car. It actually runs well, but it had a salvage title on it where it got totaled for roof damage by it's insurance company. That didn't make me shy away from the car initially, but little things with it did. The roof evidently didn't get fixed totally correct, when I cycled the roof a couple of times to show him how it worked, once it didn't line up correctly on the left side with the windshield and left a gap. I backed it off slightly and went forward with it again, and it seated okay. But it still makes a louder than normal "thunk" when it closes which I noticed when I was looking at it about 4 months ago. It also has a really checkered maintenance past. The original price was $18,500, when I found out the history and about the salvage title, I had offered $14K and up to $15K if he fixed everything I found. Little things kept popping up though and I just dropped my interest in it. It's now on the lot for $16K with 57K miles on it. Not a bad looking car, but a Mercedes SLK owner will never buy it, not with everything about it. It was kind of like running into an old girlfriend, I was wondering what ever happened to that car? I really did like the color.
That was the first SLK besides my own, that I've seen in about 4 months or so. You just don't see them around here often at all.