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#1 Old 11-29-2010
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Hi and why.

Hi all.

My names Chris, I'm 30 and live in Hampshire. Blablabla!

Anyway... I've signed up here because on my short list for my next car is a SLK55 AMG and I thought a little homework on the car would be far more productive (for me) than actually doing some work at the office.

FYI my short list is SLK55 AMG, Z4MC, Cayman S and the TTrs.

Feel free to argue a case for the AMG.

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Welcome from NE England. Most people here would be biased towards the SLK, but the best way is take a test drive in each and make your own mind up.






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Not a fan of two on your list. I checked out one other before going with the SLK. It's always good to compare. Good luck with your decision.
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Driven all four, still like the 55 the best, but then again you are asking this on an SLK forum. The "new" bodystyle Z4 is actually starting to grow on me, and I've not sat in one yet. The older Z4's didn't have enough room for me to fit comfortably behind the wheel, and the looks didn't grab me.



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Thanks guys. I've taken the Z4MC and Cayman S out, both very nice cars however they both had problems.

The Z4MC looks , felt fast and was great value SH but had a dull interior.

The Cayman has a sweet interior, mid engine and looks ok but felt too planted around the corners, too predictable. Maybe another 50lbs torque would help but I really want a car that doesn't NEED tinkering.

I did take a SLK350 out on a recommendation over the AMG as someone said the 350 was 'the pick of the bunch' but I felt the same about the power plant as I did with the Caymann. I am looking forward to a spin in an AMG.

As for asking on a SLK forum I'd fully expect most of you to give a bias opinion but there's nothing wrong with that. The Z and Porker guys will do the same.
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three reasons for the AMG (IMHO):

1. Metal
2. Folding
3. Roof

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Welcome from Portland, Oregon. I always thought our 350 was fast, till I followed Prop DR. back from Vegas in his 55 AMG. For us it was the looks of the SLK that sold us on it over the others.
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Here is what you are going to get.

Z4 forum: Z4 hands down, it handles way better than any MB. SLK's are for hairdressers. I would buy it for my sister or wife.

Cayman forum: My vote goes for the Cayman, you can not beat Porsche's build quality, MB's quality has been lacking lately. The SLK55 may be faster in a straight line but you don't buy a Porsche for that. You buy the overall package. Porsches, there are no substitutes.

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Welcome from NW Blighty....

I much prefer the SLK to a TTs and I've not driven a 55. I wouldn't swap our 200 for a TTs.

TTs; Good performance and grip, DCT is good fun but quirky in auto mode in normal motoring, ride is for me a bit too firm for long journeys, with the hood down visibility is good, with the hood up the over-shoulder view is non-existent, luggage space is poor, seats are for me less comfortable than the SLK and the leather top-stiching kept snagging on my sleeves. Overall, nice car but it's no SLK even though it's quicker and faster than our 200. The SLK's better looking anyway

Boxster; I've not driven one, but did think about one when looking for a convertable. In the end decided that if I was to get a Porsche, I'd get a 911. Besides I didn't want a rag-top.

Cayman; didn't drive one of those either, but better looking than it's drop-top brother. Probably makes the chassis stiffer so handling likely to be more nimble. Fixed-head, so not really an option. Again would probably be happier with a 911.

Z4; at the time this was a rag-top and it looked like the driver was sat on the rear axle. This works for the Caterham, but looked a bit awkward on the beamer. The new Z4 looks much better, a friend at work has one, he's moved from an Elise and loves it. I would have seriously considered one of these had they been around in Sep 2008. That said I HATE run-flat tyres, ruins ride and handling..
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Audi TT-I actually bought a TT before I bought the SLK350. So my experience has been as hands-on, as it can get. GeeJay hit the nail on the head with visibility. I found myself quite uncomfortable with top-up driving. Not to mention, why have a soft top, when you can have a hard top? Much more luxurious, IMHO.

Z4-seems so much more common. I feel as though they're a dime a dozen compared to any SLK. I probably see 3 or 4 Z4s for every SLK, I see... that is especially true for the AMG 55. I've seen 2 up close in the last 2 months probably (excluding those at the dealership, of course). I like having something a little less common.

Cayman S-its pretty cool. I've never driven one, but understand its VERY different from the SLK. agreed with Wooley, drive them all, that'll make it much easier.

SLK-IMHO, its the best way to go! but as you mentioned, I'm clearly a little biased.
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Welcome from the colonies.
First question - what do you want it to do? Scream back and forth to work? Just rip around on the weekend? Actually go somewhere? With the Mrs or GF? Top up or down?
I've driven the Z4 - felt like I was in a cave and the view over the hood was ... limiting.
I've briefly driven the Cayman - nice car but the roof doesn't move.
As noted above, the SLK does it all...roof down or up, you can actually travel with two on board, unique looks, even the 350 is pretty damned quick, but if you can manage an AMG...then go for it!
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Hi from a very very snowy London, quite the contrast from yesterday, looks like the roof is staying up today!

Good luck making the right choice! i test drove a Z4 before i found the right spec slk, wasn't that sold by it to be honest, each to there own i guess!
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Thanks guys, you're a very nice bunch.

Just so you're clear it's the new TTrs coupé that was on the list not the old soft top (sounded like a few of you were thinking I was toying with the old model).

Well to be honest my list has been narrowed down by factors I've already placed. But I'll go over them with you as well...

# I've not got kids and even if I did I probably wouldn't want them in my car (we can take the bullet proof shopping trolley for the kid run) So a two seater is fine.

# Must have around the same/MORE power to weight as my current (244bhp-tone and 227lbst-tone)

# RWD preferable but AWD acceptable.

# Under Ł30k, but by no means to I feel compelled to spend that much.

# Well made and relatively reliable (this is what pulled the TVR I was thinking about)

# Rare

# And a nice place to be. (I've had a few rice rockets and although they went well I've not found one with a nice interior or engine)


Being a convertible isn't much of a consideration BUT as it's a hard top, for those few occasions we see sun in England, it's a little bonus. By the way does anyone know of a good uk AMG site?


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Ah... when you said Audi TTrs I misread and thought you meant the Audi TTs..

The TTrs seems likely to be a bit of a cracker with 340 horses available. I've not driven one of these. I've sat in a hard-top TT, but not driven one. I did drive a rag-top TTs (turbo 4-pot with about 290hp IIRC), a few times last year and my comments were based on that.

If you're not bothered about a folding roof, then the TTrs or Cayman may well be the ticket. Clearly with an SLK200, I was not looking for stellar performance. It goes well enough for what I/we need, but the main attraction was the folding roof and overall styling (inside and out). The SLK is not that commonplace either, so it still has a certain cache about it.

FWIW, we picked up our SLK in Sept 2008 and have really enjoyed driving it. It's a fun drive on local roads with the lid down. It proved to be a comfortable and highly competent GT on the trips to Le Mans this year and last. Even though it's not as quick as the larger engined SLKs, we don't really get left behind by the others on the sheep hunts, and if we're leading then folks haven't told me we were holding them up.

If you can pick up a lightly used 55 AMG, then I think you would enjoy it. They do not hang about and sound fab (I know I've been behind Mark's and his has the cross-pipe.... ) If on the other hand you want a manual gearbox, then the 350 is the one to go for. Sometimes I think I would like a 350, but my better half is more confortable with the 200, which for us is pretty much win-win anyway.

Good luck in your search..
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