I joined this site just over a year ago. We had bought an SLK 230 K 2004 some
weeks before and having visited the site as a guest decided to 'step into the light'.
That purchase had led to two, easy decisions.
1. We couldn't see us being without an SLK ever again.
2. Having already used the site as a guest I wanted to show support by getting a premium membership.
It also led to my owning an 07 55 AMG and, eventually the Bluebadger swapping the 230
for an 09 SLK 350.
Guess we're hooked then!
The diy threads are invaluable.
As Jbanks15 would say, search is my friend.
Although language can be my enemy. Hood is bonnet, parking lights become side lights etc etc
But a little experimenting usually gets you the answer.
When it doesn't, posting a question in the right section will get you an answer if you're patient.
You need to post as much detail as you can and wait for the right folk to see it.
Curiosity led to us attending a meet. More meets/shows and eventually holidays followed.
Some are simply breakfast and a chat, not all of which is SLK related.
SLK stands at Fetes and car shows became the norm.
A slow but steady flow of first time attendees follows.
The UK has a growing meet calendar and there is no sign of that slowing.
That's a little of what the site has done for us.
What can we/you do for the site.
Well, anything that is diy that I might post (not much) is already well documented by better folk than me.
However, that knowledge database means that if someone posts a question I can refer to it and point a poster in the right direction until the technically able folk arrive. You can do the same.
When opportunity arises, putting one of the business cards on another SLK helps spread the word.
Wherever you are in the world, you can get cards here:
Help share the enthusiasm of UK.
Organising a few local-ish meets during the year. Mostly outside of the busy UK calendar.
These are simply an opportunity for those not near the action to get some idea of what fellow SLKers are like.
Anyone can set up a meet.
Pick a suitable location/date and check the calendar for possible clashes.
Give a couple of weeks, or more notice.
Even if that only ends up as a couple of members, don't be disappointed.
That's how meets start.
Also, by attending other members events and helping 'bump' them into view at weekends, help spread the word of what is going on in the UK.
I also like to do a monthly intro to meets thread. It gives new joiners a quick picture of what is going on right now and what meets can be like.
You could do the same for your region.
The more active members get, the wider the word spreads.
If you see an event that interests you but is not practical this time just let the organiser know.
A simple reply along the lines of 'I like the idea, but can't make this one' lets us know
it's worth doing again. Perhaps with a poll on dates.
Originally Posted by Avel Du
The following is taken from an edit of my original introduction thread:
Just grabbed a 2004 230 SLK Kompressor as an extra, shared car for myself and my better half.
That lead into searching the web for information. Which eventually led to this site.
I get the impression that ALL old SLK's have gripes and gremlins. Works for me, because we are the same as our new car.
I spent several hours trawling through some of the brilliant threads, whilst waiting to get the verification email (and a quick PM chat with Jeff).
This site is THE best site I've visited, ever. Polite banter, detailed information, active membership.
I can't explain it fully, but, despite niggles the slk is a definite smile maker. year and body style don't make a difference to me..they are all good!
Then in April 2016:
We've just bought a 2007 SLK55AMG in blue, or is it black.
We saw Russ' car a while back and fell in love with the colour.
It was a 'want one!' moment.
In certain light it shows it's metallic blue off, other times it looks black.
A walk around the car and you see both.
And in July Bluebadger, my better half, traded the 230 for the 09 SLK 350: