New member seeking advice on buying a SLK (UK) - Mercedes Benz SLK Forum

New Members Introduce Yourself Here New members come here first!. Update your profile: model, year and location. Post any issues in the relevant section. The team may then post a link to your issue thread in your introduction.

 8Likes
  • 4 Post By Jpex1
  • 1 Post By Jpex1
  • 2 Post By dbgrn
  • 1 Post By Avel Du
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
#1 Old 12-23-2016
Registered Users
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Leeds (UK)
Vehicle: Looking for a car
Posts: 2
Country:
Chats: 0
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
(Thread Starter)
New member seeking advice on buying a SLK (UK)

Hi everyone,

I am a bit of a car newbie (in the UK) and fancy a SLK R171. I have a budget of up to £6500.

Can anyone offer some advice on what I might be able to (reasonably) get for my money and what warning signs to look for in terms of avoiding buying a lemon?

I only passed my test a couple of months ago (I have managed to get to my mid-life without driving). I know very little about cars and do fear getting ripped-off.

Any helpful advice would be gratefully received (am I better going for a newer more sensible car for example?).

Thanks.
Jpex1 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
#2 Old 12-23-2016
Administrator/Founding Member

 
jbanks15's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Tampa, Florida
Vehicle: 2009 SLK 55 AMG Kleemann Supercharger, ECU tune, Headers and LSD, CF Diffuser
Posts: 91,161
Country:
Chats: 38
Mentioned: 458 Post(s)
Tagged: 5 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6494 Post(s)
Thanks: 3,232
Thanked 11,025 Times in 8,384 Posts
Welcome to SLKWorld.com: The #1 Mercedes-Benz SLK Forum from Florida!

owner's and maintenance manuals great R171 info:

later year owner's/maintenance/comand manuals, top right in the link below:
Bill's Den: Documents

Lube those seals:
https://www.slkworld.com/general-disc...tml#post226839

your brochure:
https://www.slkworld.com/general-disc...ml#post1511249

mods you should do:
smarttop

https://www.slkworld.com/general-disc...ing-about.html

clear or tinted side markers
shorty antenna
led license plate bulbs
led parking lights
carbon fiber on the C pillars https://www.slkworld.com/general-modi...cf-plunge.html
carbon fiber center caps
oem windscreen or lighted/etched windscreen

See my mod albums for more ideas

FREE GIFT! Post your vin in the Vehicle Datacard Request section to get a free datacard (options on your car). If looking for a car, get the options before you buy!

https://www.slkworld.com/vehicle-data...-datacard.html


Some tips to make your visit here more enjoyable:
If you haven’t, please use the 'search' feature at the top right of the page for your questions as they have probably been asked before. Remember, ‘Search’ is your friend.
If you wish to become PM (Private Message) capable, you need 15 posts. To get those 15 posts quickly, just go to the ‘New members introduce yourself here’ section and welcome enough new members to obtain your needed posts to PM.
Want to post a picture? Start a new thread or make a post, click ‘edit’, click on the ‘paper clip’ or ‘advanced’ and/or ‘manage attachments’ then ‘choose file’ then ‘upload’ and ‘submit’! If Iphone pics, you need to rename any additional pics as Iphone names its pics all the same, image.jpg.
Want to ‘like’ or thank’ someone’s comments? Use the ‘like’ button to the right or the ‘Thanks’ button, bottom right of any post you like. This saves you having to comment.
New members should be aware that the 'New Posts' link next to the 'Search' link top right of the info bar is a great way to see all of the posts you have missed since you were on the forum last. Remember to click 'mark forums read' under ‘quick links’ when you leave.
Also vote or enter our Ride of the Month competition: ROTM Submissions & Voting - Mercedes Benz SLK Forum

Thank you
Jeff
Moderator/Founding Member/Ride of the Month Coordinator


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Jeff, US Army Master Sergeant Retired
Administrator/Founding Member
2009 SLK 55 AMG Black/Black
Kleemann Supercharger thread here:

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Kleemann ECU Tune, headers and downpipes thread here:

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Albums:
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

ClearBra
OEM MB Plexiglass Draught Stop
Smarttop version 3.22
Previous - 02 SLK 320, 05 SLK 350
jbanks15 is online now  
#3 Old 12-23-2016
Administrator/Founding Member

 
jbanks15's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Tampa, Florida
Vehicle: 2009 SLK 55 AMG Kleemann Supercharger, ECU tune, Headers and LSD, CF Diffuser
Posts: 91,161
Country:
Chats: 38
Mentioned: 458 Post(s)
Tagged: 5 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6494 Post(s)
Thanks: 3,232
Thanked 11,025 Times in 8,384 Posts
be aware of balance shaft sprocket issue

https://www.slkworld.com/slk-r171-gen...-stickied.html

oil consumption issue

https://www.slkworld.com/slk-r171-gen...-stickied.html

pickup list

https://www.slkworld.com/general-disc...checklist.html


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Jeff, US Army Master Sergeant Retired
Administrator/Founding Member
2009 SLK 55 AMG Black/Black
Kleemann Supercharger thread here:

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Kleemann ECU Tune, headers and downpipes thread here:

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Albums:
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

ClearBra
OEM MB Plexiglass Draught Stop
Smarttop version 3.22
Previous - 02 SLK 320, 05 SLK 350
jbanks15 is online now  
 
#4 Old 12-23-2016
Registered Users
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Leeds (UK)
Vehicle: Looking for a car
Posts: 2
Country:
Chats: 0
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
(Thread Starter)
Looking for a SLK - yes I am looking for an R171. Looking on Autotrader it seems that for my budget I am looking at cars from 2005 and 2006 and either a SLK 200 or a SLK 280. I want to avoid going into the £500 car tax bracket if I can.
LIL DON SLK likes this.
Jpex1 is offline  
#5 Old 12-23-2016
Administrator/Founding Member

 
jbanks15's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Tampa, Florida
Vehicle: 2009 SLK 55 AMG Kleemann Supercharger, ECU tune, Headers and LSD, CF Diffuser
Posts: 91,161
Country:
Chats: 38
Mentioned: 458 Post(s)
Tagged: 5 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6494 Post(s)
Thanks: 3,232
Thanked 11,025 Times in 8,384 Posts
see my post above yours reference getting your free datacards when you find something that interests you


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Jeff, US Army Master Sergeant Retired
Administrator/Founding Member
2009 SLK 55 AMG Black/Black
Kleemann Supercharger thread here:

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Kleemann ECU Tune, headers and downpipes thread here:

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Albums:
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

ClearBra
OEM MB Plexiglass Draught Stop
Smarttop version 3.22
Previous - 02 SLK 320, 05 SLK 350
jbanks15 is online now  
#6 Old 12-23-2016
Moderator

 
WoZ53's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Eureka, California
Vehicle: 2006 280 SLK Caspian Blue Metallic
Posts: 9,446
Country:
Chats: 0
Mentioned: 93 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 385 Post(s)
Thanks: 530
Thanked 2,195 Times in 1,082 Posts
Garage
Welcome to SLKWorld.com from Northern California

Welcome to the forum
Where search is your friend
and the info never ends



To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Tim Wozny/ WoZ
Eureka,CA
WoZ53 is online now  
#7 Old 12-23-2016
Premium Member

 
LIL DON SLK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Sacramento, California
Vehicle: 2009 SLK 55 AMG White 8 cylinder
Posts: 10,616
Country:
Chats: 0
Mentioned: 16 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 143 Post(s)
Thanks: 924
Thanked 545 Times in 504 Posts
Garage
Welcome from the Sacramento Valley SLK Enthusiasts!

Don Owen AKA LIL DON SLK
916/489-6936

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Sacramento Valley SLK Enthusiasts!

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.





To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


If you live in Northern California you can join us for a drive. We meet monthly for drives, road trips lunches. Feel free to call me or email me and I can add you to our email list. I always post events under California here on SLKWORLD.
LIL DON SLK is offline  
#8 Old 12-23-2016
Moderator

 
LeonardoDaBenz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Near Toronto, Ontario
Vehicle: 2012 SLK55 AMG "SCHWARZIE"
Other Toys: Magnum RT and an ugly Civic
Posts: 10,065
Country:
Chats: 0
Mentioned: 71 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1039 Post(s)
Thanks: 366
Thanked 603 Times in 564 Posts
Garage
Welcome from Canada

___________
LEN
LeonardoDaBenz is online now  
#9 Old 12-23-2016
Moderator

 
dbgrn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Leicester, UK
Vehicle: 2005 SLK 55 AMG
Other Toys: 2017 B200d, Inspire 2, Mavic Pro, & Tello
Posts: 11,227
Country:
Chats: 0
Mentioned: 392 Post(s)
Tagged: 2 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1035 Post(s)
Thanks: 1,457
Thanked 1,078 Times in 925 Posts
Garage
Hi and welcome to SLKWorld.com from the UK Midlands - Thanks for joining us and posting an intro!

If you're happy to consider something with a higher mileage, you could even afford a 2007 SLK 350...
https://www.slkworld.com/slk-cars-sal...-kit-sale.html

Avel Du and Zenman 63 like this.

- Dave
Moderator

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

SLK 55 AMG Obsidian Black with Black/Mystic Red Designo Interior & Roll Bars

• Parktronic, Auto wipers, Folding mirrors, Airscarf, Comand Nav, Harman/Kardon, CD changer, OEM HFP Bluetooth
Mods:

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
(MB p/n A1718202075)
• Chrome indicator bulbs, LED number plate & parking light bulbs

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
wind deflector
• Superwhite Xenon foglamp bulbs (non-LED) <
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
>

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
<
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
> <
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
>
• Recoding: 2 rear fogs; Outside temp in lower MFD; MPH-KM/H selectable speedo (thanks Sean!)

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

• Post-FL wing mirrors
• CF-effect interior trim
• AMG LED puddle lights
• Piecha DRLs
dbgrn is offline  
#10 Old 12-23-2016
Moderator
 
curro101's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Madrid-Spàin
Vehicle: Slk 200K 2004 r171
Other Toys: Toyota C-HR Hybrid
Posts: 10,744
Country:
Chats: 0
Mentioned: 109 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 528 Post(s)
Thanks: 1,500
Thanked 1,297 Times in 1,138 Posts
Garage
Welcome from Madrid....


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
curro101 is offline  
#11 Old 12-23-2016
Super Moderator/RoTMorganiser

 
Avel Du's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Wirral, England
Vehicle: 2007 SLK55AMG
Other Toys: 2009 SLK 350 (Bluebadger), MK I Nissan Murano (2008), Honda VFR 800 FiW (1998), CB400four f2 (1978)
Posts: 22,758
Country:
Chats: 0
Mentioned: 257 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2244 Post(s)
Thanks: 1,944
Thanked 1,452 Times in 1,338 Posts
Garage
Welcome from the Wirral.

Have you got an insurance quote for each of those models?
As you are on a limited budget this might be an issue.
Test drive on of each model before you commit to buying any.
You are bound to enjoy the first one you get into. Ignore that feeling and go and drive another.
Which was better? You're starting to get a feel for the differences not only between engines,
but between the same model with different history.

Don't be driven by the bigger is better theory.
You are new to driving a car. The 200 may be exactly what you need.

Make sure you get the datacard before you agree to buy.
None MB dealers often quote fully loaded or fully spec'd when this is not the case.

Do not panic buy.
You miss out on a couple, then see a nice shiny car and jump in eyes wide shut.
The balance shaft issue is one to be absolutely sure on.
If it is missed and fails it is very expensive.

Get underneath (not easy on low cars so take an old towel to lie on). Use a torch and mirror.
Check for rust, check the insides of the alloys for cracks, check the exhaust.
Last thing you want is to spend your budget and find that you need new tyres, exhaust and such.

If you find a friendly local with a code reader (DAS) get them to read the car before you buy.
This can uncover hidden (to the eye) faults.

When you read the negatives remember that people come here to find the cure for problems.
It can look like SLKs are fault ridden.
Only a few come here to share the good side.
Like in a shop, folks are quick to complain, less so to praise.

Make sure that you test the roof. Problems can range from easy to complex to fix.
If the car seems rattley when you drive, pop the roof down.
If it is quieter a simple clean and lube of the seals can fix this.
But it makes a great bargaining chip 'It's a bit noisey, I'm worried about that'
NOT 'It's okay, I know what that is'.

If you take your time buying and do the checks you will find a good car.
If you rush in.... you may get lucky, or maybe not.

There's plenty of UK members Manchester and NE. Maybe arrange to meet up with a couple for coffee
in the New Year. They can show you their cars and demonstrate some of the pitfalls.

Good luck with your hunt.
dbgrn likes this.

Myk
(Moderator/Ride of the Month Coordinator)


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


Thanks go to those that post problems, solutions & feedback. It all helps.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


Smartop : Cubby Holder : Cree fronts : Both rear fogs : Clock Insert : Quicksilver exhaust



Useful R170 diy:

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


Useful R171 diy:

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


Useful R172 diy:

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Avel Du is offline  
#12 Old 12-23-2016
Administrator
 
Livefreeordie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Rochester,NH USA
Vehicle: 2002 SLK230K
Other Toys: 1986 560SL, 2012 VW Tiguan, 2017 Ram laramie 1500
Posts: 17,116
Country:
Chats: 27
Mentioned: 83 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 105 Post(s)
Thanks: 1,097
Thanked 1,292 Times in 1,143 Posts
Garage
Welcome from New Hampshire
Livefreeordie is offline  
#13 Old 12-24-2016
Premium Member
 
Dave54's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Portland, Oregon
Vehicle: 2009 SLK 350
Posts: 17,282
Country:
Chats: 2
Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 80 Post(s)
Thanks: 1,525
Thanked 1,324 Times in 1,216 Posts
Garage
Welcome from Portland, Oregon. Enjoy the forum.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Dave54 is offline  
#14 Old 12-24-2016
AND MABEL

 
DAVIETHESCAFF's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Barrhead
Vehicle: 2008 AMG 55
Other Toys: "Red Mist" 2004 Battistini Hardtail Chopper
Posts: 13,222
Country:
Chats: 0
Mentioned: 148 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 586 Post(s)
Thanks: 2,990
Thanked 1,021 Times in 865 Posts
Garage
Hi, welcome from Barrhead, Scotland.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
.........Happiness is not getting what you want, it's wanting what you have.........Daviethescaff
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
DAVIETHESCAFF is offline  
#15 Old 12-28-2016
Premium Member
 
hasontour's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: london
Vehicle: In between slk's!!!
Posts: 13,625
Country:
Chats: 0
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 37 Post(s)
Thanks: 305
Thanked 754 Times in 741 Posts
Hi from London,

Welcome aboard!
hasontour is offline  
#16 Old 12-28-2016
Premium Member
 
Jules555's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Northamptonshire
Vehicle: 2013 SLK 250 CDi AMG
Other Toys: Aston martin DB9 Coupe 1/18 Aston Martin DBR1 1/18
Posts: 2,101
Country:
Chats: 0
Mentioned: 83 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 223 Post(s)
Thanks: 52
Thanked 219 Times in 149 Posts
Welcome from Northamptonshire.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


Life is too short to drive a boring car!

Jules
Jules555 is offline  
#17 Old 12-28-2016
Premium Member
 
savcom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Wiltshire, UK
Vehicle: 2002 Blue SLK320 known as 'Silkie"
Other Toys: 2010 Grey BMW F10 528i
Posts: 2,552
Country:
Chats: 0
Mentioned: 476 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 606 Post(s)
Thanks: 166
Thanked 296 Times in 239 Posts
Garage
Send a message via Skype™ to savcom
Welcome to the forum from a foggy Surrey this morning!

There's good advice here already, but, if I may add - do you know someone who knows cars (maybe even SLKs) to go with you when you look? It's sometimes good to 'confer' about an issue on a car when buying. Two people facing a seller will tend to make them watch what they say - particularly if they get to realise that you're maybe a car novice. (I'm sorry if this sounds patronising - it's not meant to!) Also, please be warned. Even the base model SLKs are pretty peppy. If you've not much driving experience or you're only used to smaller cars you may find SLKs are a bit of a handful so be careful!

But - best of all - It's an exciting adventure - and you should have plenty of choice. Now is also a good time to buy as no-one wants a sports convertible in the winter!

Good luck. Let us know how you get on.

Savcom
savcom is offline  
#18 Old 12-28-2016
Registered Users
 
Zenman 63's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: England Warwickshire
Vehicle: No SLK
Other Toys: Porsche Cayman S 981 + Porsche Cayenne GTS
Posts: 687
Country:
Chats: 0
Mentioned: 48 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 150 Post(s)
Thanks: 48
Thanked 81 Times in 53 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by dbgrn View Post
Hi and welcome to SLKWorld.com from the UK Midlands - Thanks for joining us and posting an intro!



If you're happy to consider something with a higher mileage, you could even afford a 2007 SLK 350...

https://www.slkworld.com/slk-cars-sal...-kit-sale.html





Jpex1 welcome !

The car in the link is my car I have for sale. All bases have been covered with the car. No mechanical issues runs and drives perfectly. Please feel free to contact me. Can not recommend it enough for you to come and have a look at it. You will need to spend a lot more to get anything considerably better.

Cheers,

Olly


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Zenman 63 is offline  
#19 Old 12-28-2016
Registered Users
 
WarwickThumbNT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: NE England UK
Vehicle: 2005 SLK200 Obsidian Black Beige leather, Vavona wood. Airscarf, Comand, heated seats...Smart top :)
Other Toys: Various basses including Warwick, Fender and Electric Upright Bass
Posts: 606
Country:
Chats: 0
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 159 Post(s)
Thanks: 94
Thanked 49 Times in 42 Posts
Welcome from NE England

Get someone underneath any car you choose and check it for corrosion!!
WarwickThumbNT is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  Lower Navigation
Go Back   Mercedes Benz SLK Forum > General Discussion about Mercedes Benz SLKs > New Members Introduce Yourself Here

Bookmarks

Tags
advice, british, buying, r171

Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Upload your files to MEGAUPLOAD
Upload your images to ImageShack

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Mercedes Benz SLK Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
SLK Buying advice (UK) David88188 SLK R171 General Discussion 17 08-31-2014 12:04 PM
Used buying advice - SLK 200K Mk2 FrimleySLK New Members Introduce Yourself Here 8 01-20-2011 04:51 PM
Buying Advice Please... New to SLK HeadNZ General Discussion 9 12-27-2009 11:43 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome
 

Clubs, Garage Plus vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.