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#1 Old 07-11-2011
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Finally scored an SLK in Arizona!

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I've been a member for about a year now, but mostly lurking until I could find my own SLK. I just picked up a 2005 SLK 350 "designo" edition last week and have been sorting it out.

The car needed very little, thanks to a lady owner who babied it. It was garage-kept and detailed annually. She drove it so gently that the dealership told her to push it a little harder in order to get the transmission adaptation right! Despite 65k miles, the paint is nearly perfect -- just a few tiny chips in the hood that I'm going to touch up and then cover with a clear bra. (Arizona grit is hard on windshields and low slung cars.) Interior is in very good shape as well.

Otherwise, the car needed only a set of rear tires and a side marker bulb. I'll have to put in rear brakes soon -- dealer says the fronts are 75% and the rears are 33%.

I have to say that I hesitated quite a bit when I learned of the dreaded "balance shaft" issue that seems to be affecting the M272 engine. This car's engine is in the affected serial # range. It shows no symptoms, has had regular oil changes with full synthetic, and has never displayed a Check Engine light. I called two different dealerships to ask about the issue and both service advisors I spoke to said they'd heard of it but never personally had a car come through with that issue. So I'm crossing my fingers and hoping the condition is fairly rare (out of 486,000 affected engines).

Just cleaned, clay bar'd, and waxed the car. It looks great. The designo package ("espresso") includes Mocca Black Metallic paint that appears black except in bright sunlight, then it has the slightly brownish appearance that you can see in the picture.
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Forgot to say what the car has ...

Automatic trans
Lighting pkg (Bi-Xenon headlamps, washers, cornering lights)
designo interior
heated seats
Comfort pkg (power seats w/ memory)
P1 pkg
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Communications pkg (kind of useless since it only works with Motorola phones)
Audio20 radio (bummer, no AUX input)
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Beautiful color! let the modding begin!


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Congratulations and welcome from central Kentucky. The color is great - I have not seen that color before.
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Congratulations on a nice looking car.


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Beautiful car. Enjoy it.
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Thanks all of you. I am already enjoying it, even while I'm sorting out the small issues. Got some Gummi Pflege on order for the dry & squeaking seals, and a cabin air filter since I'm pretty sure the prior owner skipped that maintenance item.

If I get brave I might even remove the airbag and repaint the steering wheel control pads, since they are starting to peel. But no rush ... I've learned with "new" used cars that you need to just use them for a while before you really understand what they need.

Photo below taken at Bartlett Lake, near Phoenix AZ, on the "maiden voyage" (maiden included).
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Congratulations...your patience has been justly rewarded! It's a beauty to be sure; would love to see the interior - love designo interiors. Well done on the maiden as well! We hope you both enjoy it!
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Congratulations! Looks awesome!


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Congrats - nice looking car. That's two coffee coloured ones here now - Alroumi has a Designo Mocha, but in all of his pics, it just looks black.






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nice color... i don't see much of that espresso
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Congrats, an old Lady that odered an Espresso/ Mocha Brown Designo is classy has style and rocks. Hell i would go and take her out for Dinner. LOL Awesome looking car enjoy the ride. Maybe the old Lady had a secret like drifting since the rear brakes are down in the 30 ish. You just never know. Remember not all old Ladys fly a broom some prefer an Slk in an awesome color.
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Welcome from Virginia. Nice looking ride, enjoy it!
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