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Does the SLK55 r172 command the same 'bulletproof' status as the r171?

Hey guys,

I'm interested in both models and I was drawn to the r171 because it was AMG fun and drama but without the potential big repair bills.

I'm also considering the r172 and was wondering if it was another complicated AMG engine or if it is just as maintainable as the r171?

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only the 55, r171 n r172 are AMGs fyi - the other models are not AMGS 200,280,300,350

the r172 55 has a different engine than the r172
so cannot compare the 2

The r171 55 has been around for 8 years 2004-2011
The r172 55 was only around for 4 years 2012-2015


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I wouldn’t ask me about my R172 AMG 55. After a leaking injector, and cracked piston I don’t have very nice things to say about this cars reliability. It’s a blast to drive, when it runs!
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