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Looking to buy an SLK32 and have a few questions before I make the plunge!

Hi guys,

great site. Lots of information. I'm looking to purchase an SLK32 AMG. Had a few questions i'm hoping to get answered before I pull the trigger.

1. Are there any major differences between model years 2003 and 2004? or for that matter between any of the SLK32 AMG model years? I.E different transmission etc?

2. What are some major issues I should look for.

3. What is the trunk space like when the top is down? Is there absolutely no space at all or is there enough room for a couple of bags for overnight trips?

4. Has anyone imported a SLK32 from the US into Canada and can provide some feedback?

Thanks!
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Hi guys,

great site. Lots of information. I'm looking to purchase an SLK32 AMG. Had a few questions i'm hoping to get answered before I pull the trigger.

1. Are there any major differences between model years 2003 and 2004? or for that matter between any of the SLK32 AMG model years? I.E different transmission etc?

2. What are some major issues I should look for.

3. What is the trunk space like when the top is down? Is there absolutely no space at all or is there enough room for a couple of bags for overnight trips?

4. Has anyone imported a SLK32 from the US into Canada and can provide some feedback?

Thanks!
1. Very little. More difference between individual models due to options.
2. Read this and this and this
3. There is enough space for two soft bags.
4. Probably, but not me...
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Welcome.Not much to add as I've only got the slk 320 and a UK one at that. Personal opinion- go for black if you can. If I'd found one at the right price I'd have - mines silver which looks good but I think 32's in black look best.
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2. What are some major issues I should look for.
dmjonez listed good threads to check out R-170 issues. You can search this site for SLK32 I/C pump failure symptoms and replacement options. A vigorous test drive should allow you to spot if the car you are considering has a failed pump. It isn't an expensive repair, but the seller should pay for it or lower the selling price appropriately if the pump isn't working.
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2. What are some major issues I should look for.

3. What is the trunk space like when the top is down? Is there absolutely no space at all or is there enough room for a couple of bags for overnight trips?
2. As stated the cooling pump for the Supercharger. And I would get the VIN and have someone get you the history from MB as well as car fax.

3. I have more room than I expected. the trick is to put items in the trunk with the top up (making sure the divider is not been touched) and then put the roof down. With soft bags I could take a week trip for two. With the top up there is TONS of room in the trunk.

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Welcome to the forum and good luck and getting the SLK32 of your dreams!

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The trunk space is surprising if you really use your brain to put things in there! I've fit two carry-on sized pieces of luggage, several smaller bags, and a 60lb bag of dog food at the same time. WITH THE TOP DOWN. I don't put the top up... if I can't fit it, it doesn't go!
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4. Has anyone imported a SLK32 from the US into Canada and can provide some feedback?
Didnt import a 32 but I did just recently import an 01 SLK320. It is a relatively easy process. The biggest issues I had was shipping and then it was expensive to have the daytime running lights put on. If the one you are looking at does not have DRL's then you are looking at $1000 to have MB put them in.

If you have any specific questons feel freeto PM me and I will help ya anyway I can.
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if you leave the top up theres enough room for a hyd jack tools AND set of drag radials on rims!!!

the only diff between the yrs is the 040 option pkg which most 32's come with. its headlight washers xenons and a bose system. other than that you have every option available on the car
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...and on that note... I have one that I'm thinking of selling. Silver 2002 SLK32 AMG with 70k miles on the odometer. Very good condition overall.
I've literally just decided in the last day to try and sell it so let me know if you're interested at all.
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I have heard that getting MB to provide the letter that you need to complete the RIV process in Canada can be a pain in the ass - have you guys experienced that?

I'm looking for a SLK32 AMG in the next 10 months or so myself and want to make sure I know all the costs going in.
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It is very simple to get the letter needed from MB...you ca request it right from their website. No cost to you either. I think I had mine via email in 48hr and hard copy by mail within a little over a week.
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It is very simple to get the letter needed from MB...you ca request it right from their website. No cost to you either. I think I had mine via email in 48hr and hard copy by mail within a little over a week.
That is great to know and WAY different from what I have been told previously.
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Didnt import a 32 but I did just recently import an 01 SLK320. It is a relatively easy process. The biggest issues I had was shipping and then it was expensive to have the daytime running lights put on. If the one you are looking at does not have DRL's then you are looking at $1000 to have MB put them in.

If you have any specific questons feel freeto PM me and I will help ya anyway I can.
Is there a reason you can't use a $3 relay on the light switch?

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I tried getting a generic one but it would not work with Xenon's. I didnt have a lot of time to try other things because I only had 45 days to get it inspected and registered or it would be deported! There may be another way but I just gave in a went through the dealer.
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Big SLK Trunk!

Of course, there is less trunk room with the top down, but, amazingly, with the top up the SLK has 90% of the trunk room of a Cadillac CTS! Besides, it's luggage for 2, not for 4!



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The trunk looks small, but we have taken a number of week long trips in the MB. You have to pack carefully, but it is plenty big with the top down. It is easier to pack with the top up and then put the top down. The stuff in the front of the trunk can be hard to reach with the top down.

For a roadster it has a very large trunk which is a major reason I bought an SLK.
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