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Wrong badge on 2003 SLK320

Friday I'm going to (hopefully) pick up a new-to-me 2003 SLK320 from an Audi dealership. The car has a little over 13K miles on it and checks out fine both with mileage and it being a 320 through both Autocheck and Carfax.

However, it is badged as an SLK 230 as the pictures show. The dealership double-checked that it does have 6 cylinders.

Obviously, this car is not free and I'm slightly concerned pre-purchase about this. The record is quite clean and owned by one person in a smaller Southern US city that traded it in to the dealership for a new Audi.

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Friday I'm going to (hopefully) pick up a new-to-me 2003 SLK320 from an Audi dealership. The car has a little over 13K miles on it and checks out fine both with mileage and it being a 320 through both Autocheck and Carfax.

However, it is badged as an SLK 230 as the pictures show. The dealership double-checked that it does have 6 cylinders.

Obviously, this car is not free and I'm slightly concerned pre-purchase about this. The record is quite clean and owned by one person in a smaller Southern US city that traded it in to the dealership for a new Audi.

Any thoughts?

Thank very much!

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Lake - post up the VIN of the car, and I will pull the datacard on the car for you - easiest way to see what's what...

Oh, and welcome to the forum from London!



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Welcome. I'd prolly ask an independent MB shop to do a thorough and proper inspection.


My guess is a probable rear-ender and the body shop placed the badge wrong. See thread on CarFax in this forum.

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Welcome from Valrico, Florida!
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I recall one other member getting his car fixed and it was misbadged.
like john offered, post your vin and he will pull the oem datacard and u will know everything about your new toy!



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Hi,

Thanks for the nice welcome and the VIN is as follows:

WDBKK65F33F292536

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'tis a M112 V6, so it's a 320! I'd be willing to bet that someone knocked the badges off, or removed them to fix / repaint the trunk, and reversed them when putting them back on!



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Thanks very much for the datacard!

Shouldn't be a problem with the car.

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Its actually very simple to see if its a 320 or a 230, you just open up the hood.
The slk 320 has a complete different engine in it,compared to the slk 230.

Someone here got into a fender bender and has a slk 32 amg and when he got it fixed the dealer accidentally put a 230 badge on there .

But the second u open up the hood,you know what exactly if its a slk 200, slk 230, slk 320 or a slk 32, they all have complete different engines,you can see just by looking at it, at least I do.

ps: remember in europe these cars often are sold without any badging,since alot folks remove em, its not a biggie!

PS: make sure the car indeed never had a fender bender, if they exchange or put a new trunk back on,it often comes with the wrong badge, no one notices and they install it.

Also I wouldn't trust a carfax report 100% I used to have a brand new mustang and I got hit twice with my 3 year lease. Police report done and serviced twice at ford dealership.When the lease was up, the dealer sold it as accident free with a clean carfax report. And the carfax report never showed the 2 accidents.
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