Hello from 2010 (my original membership date)!
Interesting story (or at least I think so): In 2003, I bought a beautiful, yellow, 1999 SLK with the Sport Package, AMG wheels, fully optioned with about 7,000 miles, one owner. I kept the car covered, in an underground heated parking garage at my condo building in Chicago. (Never saw snow!) Joined SLK World in 2010.
In the summer of 2011, we got 7.9" of rain in *one* hour ("Biblical" they say) and the garage took on 18" of water. End of SLK
(water was up to the shift knob inside!). The car had just over 30k miles on it by then. No insurance... hey, it was so well protected & only driven on nice days!
Now I live in Texas & I just happen to see this beautiful, yellow (!), 2001 SLK on Mecum's website, to be auctioned at Monterey (August 2018). 9,400 original miles! Sport package with AMG wheels (!). Clean CarFax. California car. One owner. Did I mention "yellow"? *Long* story short, I went out there & bid what I had to in order to "replace" my old, dear, SLK! (Yes, I've done my part now to substantially increase the 'valuations' on the SLK!) Drove it home to Texas over 3 days & I felt like I was a decade younger (not just because my wallet was so much lighter)!
Already used the forum again, to replace the "lava mirror" ...my old car had the same issue at only 3 years old!
Just now upgraded to Premium Membership here. Fun to be back!