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SLK Spotting Question

I am just wondering what the SLK Spotting Frequencies are around your area. When I first wanted and got this car I swear I never saw any of them around my area, which was one of the major appeals to the car, I like having something a little rare .

Now that I have one, it seems like I see them more and more... Maybe because I am more alert about seeing and noticing them?? Anyways just wondering what it is like for everyone else.

I probably see an 1-2 R170's every other week. The R171, I probably see one every 2-3 weeks or so. In fact I saw a white one this weekend, very clean, with what looked to be an 8000 or maybe 12000k xenon kit, that's what prompted me to think about this...
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Living in Oregon I do not see a lot of SLK's on the road. Or at least not in my area. I would say maybe 1 a week and it is almost always the same one. In the winter time I rarly see one on the road at all. There are more Z4's in this area for sure.
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Dave, good point about the Z4's. Those seem to be a dime a dozen here too, I see them all the time.

Also on a note about seeing the same car, my numbers are based on seeing different models/owners (as far as I can tell). There is one silver SLK280/350 (I can never tell because the intersection setup doesn't allow me to get a good angle of sight on it without causing some sort of accident) that I see almost everyday after work, we must both leave work a little early to beat the traffic, because we always pull up to this one intersection at the same time almost all the time

Not sure if this person is on the site or not, but I see this person at the intersection of Kildaire Farm Road and Cary Parkway all the time, if you're on here let me know, I'd love to check out your car sometime...
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I rarely see SLKs in or around NYC. I probably see more SLs, Z4, and almost everyday I see several 3 series hard top convertible.

Every time we see an SLK in NYC they are usually 280s. I saw one SLK55 going across an intersection. I waived, but they didn't waive back.

I spend most of the week in Cleveland though, and see plenty of Audi TT roadsters, but again very few SLKs. The one time I saw an SLK in the last 3 years, it was a 280 without the AMG sport package. In my client's office park, there is a pair of old guys who appear to come in with similar Continental GTs, SL55s, or more recently I saw one of them in an Audi R8.
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I see enough SLKs in this area - at work alone there is 5 or 6 ranging from 230 - 55. That being said I see just as many porsches, far more 350z's and Vettes, and so on. From what I can tell I have the only Black slk 350 at my work (i put slk because theres half a dozen black 350z), but there is a black 280 and a silver 350. Plus a few of higher or lower models.

I don't think the SLK is what you could consider a 'rare' car - but in my experience its just as common as the porsches.
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I don't think the SLK is what you could consider a 'rare' car - but in my experience its just as common as the porsches.
I would have to disagree. Just looking at sales numbers for July 2008 in North America shows that Porsches are common as muck.

SLK (all models): 439

Porsche (All Boxter / Cayman): 1,095
Porsche (All 911): 1,075

http://www.theautochannel.com/news/2...01/095131.html
http://www.autospies.com/news/Porsch...or-July-33165/
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^^ Oh yeah, I definitely don't think the SLK is rare in any sense production wise... I was just saying it has seemed rare to my area, which I felt was odd considering I live in a decent sized city... That was the point of the thread, to see how it was in other areas...

Oddly enough I've seen 3 Lamborghini's and only one SLK this week...
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I would bet that most people don't even know that the SLK exists when shopping for a German sports car.
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I see very few SLK's. In the last month i've seen more R8's than SLK's. I think in my immediate area, i only know of two SLK's around where i'm living.
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Same here - In London, I see more Ferrari's, Lambo, and every Porsche know to man. I think I actually see more SL's the SLK's - granted most are SL350's, but still....

Also - today I saw a 525d with M badges! The jackass didn't even change out the exhaust, so it had the "standard" one side, two small downturned diesel pipes!



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I see two SLKs in my garage everyday. However, I don't see many in the central Virginia are where I live. It's not uncommon that I see several different SLK (R170s) almost every day. There are at least two other SLKs (R171s) in this immediate area. One might reside two houses down from where I live. I seldom see it, but could be garaged. We'll see more SLKs as the prices for used R170s and R171s continue to decline. They're becoming affordable for many middle income people. Still, I'd say, fairly exclusive for this area. That's good for us and I enjoy the looks.
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Athens, Greece is packed with SLKs, Boxsters and 911s.
you don't get to see so many SLs on the streets though...

however, i saw two SLRs (both in silver with Greek plates) parked right in front of my office the other day. although i am not a big fan, i have to admit they looked awesome...

i usually park my SLK next to an anthracite DB9, which i also start to like a lot...


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Here in Houston I see SLK's often. Never per one's.

Since I have bought mine, 2 other SLK's have moved into my neighbor hood.

Guess I will have to track them down and meet them.

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In northern jersey I see an slk almost three times a week. Yet still see SLs daily. My area also has another copper designo 320 because my stealership oredered up two. The other family is from my area and usually the husband drives it but last time i saw it the wife had it.... (mine has the projectors)

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2 coppers together is rare....

2 copper slk320's is UNHEARD of !!!!!

Probably the only 2 copper slk320's in the USA!!! LOL

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Hi

In central London I see SLKs most days, but only one or two, and probably an even mix of R170 and R171. Porsche and BMW are more common than red buses.

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I saw three R170 SLKs and two R171 SLKs while out yesterday (081308). That's a record for me.
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I still don't see that many around my area, it's nice and sunny here so I assume I would see it more often but I don't, r170 is everywhere though.

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I see maybe one SLK 280 or 350 every few days. I work a lot from my home office; otherwise I'd probably be out and see more. I don't think I've ever seen a 55 on the road.

Hey Ynot, are you in the Denver area?
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I see more Porsche than SLK any days in Toronto. There are at at least 4 - 911 (996, 996 convertible,997 and 997 4S) in the employee parking lot and only one R170 and one R171 (mine)
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