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Test driving a 230K tomorrow!

Hi all, first post here and looking to purchase my first car on my own.

I live and work at a university, so upto this point haven't had a huge need for a car. However, my dad has recently been unwell, so I have borrowed his Mercedes to make it easier to get back to see him. His is a C180, but is an absolute dream to drive. Have always wanted an SLK myself and I remember seeing the new cars in the garage when my dad bought his car.

So, have started to look for an SLK. Will be test driving this tomorrow:

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classifi...4546?logcode=p

Can't wait! Also looking at a 320, but the insurance is crazy high for that (well, higher than the 230!).

P.S. The checklist sticky is very useful!
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Welcome from the middle of the US. The pic's really look good. I don't know prices over there but it appears to be a good price for a low mileage slk. Sorry about your dad & wishing him the best.
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Welcome and wish your father well. Good luck on the SLK hunt.

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Thanks for the replies and well wishes . Will let you know how the test drive goes!
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Welcome from Portland, Oregon. Hope all go's well with your dad and the car.
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Welcome from Scotland.

In my opinion the car looks good but it is the pre facelift. Miles are low-ish but the price is still on the high side- it's a dealer so that's to be expected. I don't know your age but the 320 is ok for insurance for myself at 300 p.a. If you get a 2000 model then the tax is lower too as it's on the the pre Co2 scam/lie/rip off rating. I'd look at a few more cars before jumping in.

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Welcome from Scotland.

In my opinion the car looks good but it is the pre facelift. Miles are low-ish but the price is still on the high side- it's a dealer so that's to be expected. I don't know your age but the 320 is ok for insurance for myself at 300 p.a. If you get a 2000 model then the tax is lower too as it's on the the pre Co2 scam/lie/rip off rating. I'd look at a few more cars before jumping in.

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24, nearly 25, so getting nailed with the insurance.

What did they do with the facelift? The wing mirror indicator lights are nifty, but what else?

Edit: Ignore me, the 320 isnt auto. I want an auto.
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Hi From London
Good luck with the search, it took me quite a while fo find the right car, test drove about 10 slk untill i found the one for me!
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24, nearly 25, so getting nailed with the insurance.

What did they do with the facelift? The wing mirror indicator lights are nifty, but what else?

Edit: Ignore me, the 320 isnt auto. I want an auto.
Besides the 320 and adding the six speed manual , visual changes were the indicators, front fogs and bumper and colour coded side skirts. I'm not sure if the rear bumper is slightly different also. The emblem on the steering wheel might have been changed too, I've simply the star while others I've seen have the white disc with the star as is on the bonnet , although this might be different in each country. There might be other changes too that more knowledgable members can inform you of.

Even though you have ruled out the 320, I'd still recommend buying a pre 2001 Co2 taxed car as it is 205 p.a. versus band k ( more than 225 g/km but registered before mar 2006) at 245. From what I looked at the 230k comes in at 235 g/km. Not much difference but personally I'd rather drive an older car to try and momentarily beat this scam of Co2. Biggest fraud perpetrated on the British motorist of all time. Co2,Carbon Dioxide is not a poison or pollutant- quite the opposite, plants love the stuff, and has nothing to do with global warming. Carbon MONOXIDE is, lead, mercury, sulphates however are poisons and pollutants yet we've been tricked into an assumption that one is actually the other, and they've come up with a way to tax the very air we breath.... anyway.. rant over.

I'd try driving a manual, just so you feel the difference, then make up your mind. Better fuel economy too.
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Just got back from the test drive. What a car! Incredibly light and powerful - you can really feel the road, although a little too much. I was naughty and put down a deposit

Edit: So have sat on the decision for a few hours and am happy with it. Overall the car was great - only had two minor chips on the paintwork and a tiny bit of rust coming through the rear wheel arches - similar to my dads car actually! I will fix this over the summer. Other than that, still cant believe how great it was to drive and how different to my dads car it was. In addition, the sales guys actually left me to it - I was expecting high pressure sales people, who usually put me off a pruchase, but they just left me alone.

Out of curiosity, what kind of petrol usage can I expect (and given its age)? Are there any things I should know about the SLK, e.g. things that go wrong frequently?
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Hi from Essex .
I notice some omissions from the ad ,that car has heated seats & headlight washers ,also it's got the AMG wheels not steel wheels as stated .
I get about 23 mpg from my car .
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I notice some omissions from the ad ,that car has heated seats & headlight washers ,also it's got the AMG wheels not steel wheels as stated .
I get about 23 mpg from my car .

23 mpg? Hmm you must have a heavy right foot. The auto uses more than the manual but even my 320 gets 25-28.
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Just got back from the test drive. What a car! Incredibly light and powerful - you can really feel the road, although a little too much. I was naughty and put down a deposit

Edit: So have sat on the decision for a few hours and am happy with it. Overall the car was great - only had two minor chips on the paintwork and a tiny bit of rust coming through the rear wheel arches - similar to my dads car actually! I will fix this over the summer. Other than that, still cant believe how great it was to drive and how different to my dads car it was. In addition, the sales guys actually left me to it - I was expecting high pressure sales people, who usually put me off a pruchase, but they just left me alone.

Out of curiosity, what kind of petrol usage can I expect (and given its age)? Are there any things I should know about the SLK, e.g. things that go wrong frequently?

Have you bought it yet?
I'd seriously look at some more...but if you can't be persuaded then some advice:

I know alot about buying and selling cars, values, and how traders operate- no matter how 'nice' they seem. I'd still try to get 500 off that car. Have cash on you- I bet they take it, or at least a few hundred. Cash is king. I'd offer them 750 less then settle at around 500 off. Don't be afraid or embarassed to haggle- they're used to it and expect it. And don't bite if they offer 100-200 off.
I paid much less for mine than what they wanted- I always do. There is a 'haggle' margin built in, no matter what the dealer might say.

I'd simply say to them I've got 6250 here in cash for the car, point out the rust in the rear arches which you'll will have to get treated and painted. Word to the wise on this- I bet the rust is actually WORSE than it looks. If you're seeing it coming through, then whats underneath will be worse than you think. Speaking from experience with mine- will cost at least 200-300 to sort out professionally, but don't tell them that. Whats the Tax and MOT on the car? Warranty?? These are all bargaining chips.

Even if your getting finance you never pay sticker price- especially on a used car.

Then don't say anything- let them . The salesman might go off and speak to his boss, come back and try some cock and bull story that 'this is the best I can do, the boss is'nt budging.' Then sweet talk you.Thats bollocks. If the guy selling it to you is the boss then thats even better. He's got nowhere to run. I know you just want to buy the car and get it over with but why pay more than you need to? Treat it as a game. Salesmen do- they do it everyday. They respect people who haggle.

I reckon they've gotten that car for about 5k or less. Trade for that would be somewhere around 4500.

You offer 6250, they might come back with 6800, you offer 6300.. only go up in 50 increments. Stop at 6450. Say: 'Thats it mate-it's all I have to spend. DONT be afraid to walk away. Leave them with your number and leave.Tell them you're looking at a couple tomorrow. You can always come back the next day, it would be extremely remote that the car will go in that time. Come back the next day and settle for what the best deal you had agreed on. But personally I'd still try to get some moreoff even then... but that's just me.


Good luck and be brave!
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23 mpg? Hmm you must have a heavy right foot. The auto uses more than the manual but even my 320 gets 25-28.
23MPG is about right, i get 22.5 mixed driving and thats with a light foot
Economy was never a factory option!
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23MPG is about right, i get 22.5 mixed driving and thats with a light foot
Economy was never a factory option!
Not according to official stats unless your purely city driving. Mixed driving should get you 26-28. Official is 28.8 mpg combined. I get more than 22.5 in my 320.
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Edit: So have sat on the decision for a few hours and am happy with it. Overall the car was great - only had two minor chips on the paintwork and a tiny bit of rust coming through the rear wheel arches - similar to my dads car actually! I will fix this over the summer.

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Just out of curiosity, is rust a common issue in the UK? Seems to be a young car to have rust coming through. I thought I read something about someone else having rust on their UK R170 a year or so ago.

BTW - I get about 25mpg in mine.
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Just out of curiosity, is rust a common issue in the UK? Seems to be a young car to have rust coming through. I thought I read something about someone else having rust on their UK R170 a year or so ago.

BTW - I get about 25mpg in mine.
Afraid so. Theres no rear wheel arch liners and with all the salt on winter roads they tend to rust. And I don't think the body is galvanised.. even though I think the post 1986 SL's were...
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