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Just curious cuz i know its an extra option, but how many of you 55 amg's out there have the 030 package, im thinking about a 55 next year, and was wondering just how rare it really is.

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I have the 030 package on my 2006 SLK 55. It is rare. I've never seen another. Heck, I've only seen two or three other 55s for that matter. I like the stiff suspension. The wheels are cool but probably heavier than the regular AMG wheels. The CF bits are nice to look at. Not sure if it is worth the extra cash but I intend to keep the car and it was worth it to me. :tu:
 

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:tu:Don't have it, don't need it, wouldn't spend the extra $6800 for the 030 option. But, that's my opinion. For that kind of money, you can get almost every other available option for the cost of the 030 option. My 2005 SLK 55 has every option other than 030 and iPod. For the true enthusiast which many SLK 55 owners are, I'm sure it's a big plus. I have the pre 2008 SLK 55 brakes, replica 030 19" wheels. I'm missing the nicer steering wheel, larger front brake rotors, calibrated suspension, and a few pieces of carbon fiber trim. Based on a lower purchase price, I don't feel slighted one bit.:biglaugh:
 

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Have it and like it....car is much stiffer than "normal" slk55 (if there is such a thing.

It is very noticeable in the handling department BUT on torn up roads the ride is hell.

The little details are not noticeable to the outside world.

Is it worth the cost? not if you are looking for props from outsiders. Ifyou want a great car for yourself... yes its worth it.
 
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The suspension i prefer to stock, the car is noticeably more stable and bigger disks always look good.

If you want outright power then you want non-030 because the wheels are noticeably heavier and being unsprung have a large effect.

If you want the handling to be as good as you can get from Merc then go 030
 

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There are about 6-7 SLK55 on these forums with it, so yes it's rare, I've seen a couple at my dealership, the CF interior looks good, the bigger brakes definitely, the stiffer suspension, not to fond of the heavier wheels. For $6,800, you can do better.

$829 = CF trim
$1,900 = KW coilover system Variant 3
$2,000 = AMG brakes front, move the exist front to rear
$3,200 = Light forged wheels
$700 = ECU remapped, delimited.

Less than the 030 pkg and you'll have a better handling machine. The KW's are adjustable (height/dampering), the light forged wheels looks better and save unstrung weight. The ECU remapped supposed to give you additional 12bhp.
 

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I passed on 030 as it would have turned my wait for the car into many months versus the week I did have to wait. I would have considered it if the wait was the same.
 

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I passed on 030 as it would have turned my wait for the car into many months versus the week I did have to wait. I would have considered it if the wait was the same.
I think I would have also passed on it if I'd known that it would have taken another 2 months to come. Unfortunately my MB dealer didn't tell me and hence I'm still waiting!!

It's something definitely worth bearing in mind.

Can someone tell me what it means when you say the wheels are an unsprung weight?:confused:
 

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I remember why I ditched the 030 option, as at the time I was wanting the Designo Tamo anthratice wood trim badly and wood in an 030 car is not possible.
 

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I think I would have also passed on it if I'd known that it would have taken another 2 months to come. Unfortunately my Mercedes Benz dealer didn't tell me and hence I'm still waiting!!

It's something definitely worth bearing in mind.

Can someone tell me what it means when you say the wheels are an unsprung weight?:confused:
(Wikipedia),

The unsprung weight of a wheel controls a trade-off between a wheel's bump-following ability and its vibration isolation. Bumps and surface imperfections in the road cause tire compression--which induces a force on the unsprung weight. In time, the unsprung weight then responds to this force with movement of its own. The amount of movement is inversely proportional to the weight - a lighter wheel which readily moves in response to road bumps will have more grip when tracking over an imperfect road. For this reason, lighter wheels are often sought for high-performance applications. In contrast, a heavier wheel which moves less will not absorb as much vibration; the irregularities of the road surface will transfer to the cabin through the geometry of the suspension and hence ride quality is deteriorated.

Pneumatic or elastic tires help by providing some springing for most of the (otherwise) unsprung mass, but the damping that can be included in the tires is limited by considerations of fuel economy and overheating. The shock absorbers, if any, damp the spring motion also and must be less stiff than would optimally damp the wheel bounce. So the wheels execute some vibrations after each bump before coming to rest. On dirt roads and perhaps on some softly paved roads, these motions form small bumps, known as washboarding or "corduroy" because they resemble smaller versions of the bumps in roads made of logs. These cause sustained wheel bounce in subsequent vehicles, enlarging the bumps.

High unsprung weight also exacerbates wheel control under hard acceleration or braking. If the vehicle does not have adequate wheel location in the vertical plane (such as a rear-wheel drive car with Hotchkiss drive, a live axle supported by simple leaf springs), vertical forces exerted by acceleration or hard braking combined with high unsprung mass can lead to severe wheel hop, compromising traction and steering control.

Though this is usually not considered important, at least in the popular literature, there is a positive effect. High frequency road irregularities, such as the gravel in an asphalt or concrete road surface, are isolated from the body more completely because the tires and springs act as separate filter stages, with the unsprung weight tending to uncouple them. This can improve overall safety.
 
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Thats a very good description.

Very basically the unsprung weight (mass) is anything not supported by the suspension, in contrast anything supported by it is the sprung mass.

As you increase the contact patch you increase the mass, so thats another reason why aftermarket wheels (typically lighter) are a good investment for performance work where a wider patch is used.

Its also the primary factor in suspension wear, less weight = longer life.

I find it funny that a "performance pack" actually decreases the performance of the car but then i suppose not many people would tick the expensive option box if it was shown as a performance sapping pack, the larger brakes also serve to increase the weight but nowhere near as much as the wheels do so they escape getting a flaming.
 

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I think someone in this thread already stated that 6 or 7 people on this forum alone have this option package. When I picked up the car today from the dealership ( I had them treat it with the Autoarmour and interior protection) I was talking to the General Manager of the place. He told me that there were something like 5 or 6 SLK 55 AMG cars in North America with this option. So yeah, I guess that makes them rare - and potentially collectible. The carbon fiber interior bits dont really do all that much for me in reality - but they sure do look nice when the top is down and the sun shines down on them. They actually do look really dressy.
However you look at it - Any benz is going to be a nice car - Any AMG is going to be a nicer, high performance car. I just kind of "lucked" into getting one with the 030 package.

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:confused:"Something like 5 or 6 SLK 55 AMG cars in North America with this option". Sounds like a sales pitch to me. If it was that low, would MB continue the option? It would be interesting to know the percentage of 030 cars.
 

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:confused:"Something like 5 or 6 SLK 55 AMG cars in North America with this option". Sounds like a sales pitch to me. If it was that low, would Mercedes Benz continue the option? It would be interesting to know the percentage of 030 cars.

Good thinking man-

How can we find out? Seriously, I was told this would make my car much more collectible. Is there any way to track the numbers? When I was told this, the car was already mine - so I don't think it was a sales pitch. Anyone have an idea as to how we can find out?

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AMG should be able to tell you so should MBUSA.

I know your only saying what you have been told but that info is simply not accurate, your looking at hundreds of them delivered.

I don't think it would have any effect on the collectivity because the SLK is not collectible.

All that aside tho mate the car is great fun so enjoy.
 

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Sounds like a sales pitch to me. If it was that low, would Mercedes Benz continue the option? It would be interesting to know the percentage of 030 cars.
A dealer in Sacramento practically begged me to buy their silver 030 off the showroom floor. emails or calls amost daily for a month- he was a real pest. It sounds funny, but I told him I wasn't interested in it because it didn't have iPod installed already and I didn't want to pay the (about) $900 to get it installed. He came off the price of the 030 almost as much as the upgrade amount. I passed due to the concerns about the stiffer suspension and that impact on the wife's back as it would be her primary car.

I love the SLK55 we wound up with and don't miss what the 030 would have been. I just need about 40 more HP and I'll be a happy camper.
 

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I think someone in this thread already stated that 6 or 7 people on this forum alone have this option package. When I picked up the car today from the dealership ( I had them treat it with the Autoarmour and interior protection) I was talking to the General Manager of the place. He told me that there were something like 5 or 6 SLK 55 AMG cars in North America with this option. So yeah, I guess that makes them rare - and potentially collectible. The carbon fiber interior bits dont really do all that much for me in reality - but they sure do look nice when the top is down and the sun shines down on them. They actually do look really dressy.

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I doubt if that's true, I've seen at least six 030 pkg SLK55 on ebay. It's rare but not that rare.
 

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I don't know if it is same in the US but here in the UK you can order most of the performance pack parts individually:

Carbon fibre trim £1200
Wheels £1600
Sports suspension £800
The only thing that isn't available separately is the alcantara steering wheel.
 

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I don't know if it is same in the US but here in the UK you can order most of the performance pack parts individually:

Carbon fibre trim £1200
Wheels £1600
Sports suspension £800
The only thing that isn't available separately is the alcantara steering wheel.
I like where the AMG performance studio are heading, they offer Carbon fiber lips and rear diffussors for the E63,CL63,CL63 and CLS63 and that package comes with CF sidemirrors.

I wished the SLK has more parts to select from directly from the manufacturer when you order the car.
 
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