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With one SLK on the drive it seemed a perfect time to look for another.........

The scope creep went like this

Originally I started looking for a 280 or 350 V6's but it's not easy to find ones with manual gearboxes and I really wanted a manual - then the old balancer issues were nagging at me

If I'm going to end up buying an auto then why not a much more reliable V8 :D

As you all know Bulletproof normally aspirated 5.4 litre M113 V8 - 3 valves per cyl - duplex cam chains - indirect injection - good for 250,000 miles plus

I convinced myself that mechanically it wouldn't be a big issue so I went to see the cheapest one I'd seen in ages on the grounds that it would give me an idea how far off my "desired condition" it was at my "budget imposed price point".

This one was only on the other side of the country to me and the current owner worked shifts so I needed to view at a time that suited him



Not a huge fan of just washed photos - they tend to hide fluid leaks

The dash had a few additional "extras"



I took a mate with me to act as my shoulder conscience (he's enough of a mate to tell me to walk away - rather than do it)

Anyway the viewing went well it was a straight car - some history 3,000,000 previous owners - OK actually 8 but they were all careful ones surely ;)

Anyway seems these SLK55's have a couple of well known engine issues

1. The crank sensor - will start from cold fine if it’s failed but will not start from hot - Merc specialist advice is carry a brand new one in the glove box and ask the AA man (who will not have one on the van to fit it - after all that’s what they are for right :D )

2. Leaky rocker cover gaskets

Other major bork potentials are

1. transmission fluid has a 40.000 mile change interval or the valve body shits itself and you get no drive
2. Brake discs for the front are a tad on the pricey side
3. Roof and boots seals to stop water ingress which play havoc with the cars electrickery systems…..
4. Vario roof issues in general

Obviously the last two were serious concern having chased around a few leaks on previous SLKs

The car was relatively straight with just a few age related marks

However there was some chavy tat additions here and there - well everywhere actually



1. Extra LED DRL's under the bumper
2. Illuminated Mercedes Star
3. Branded puddle lights
4. 5.5 AMG badges on the wings
5. AMG badge on the grill
6. NextBase DAB radio
7. Nextbase Dash Cam

I took a look through the history and took a big gulp the last bill was from Mercedes for a little bit of work

1.a new instrument cluster pack and coding
2. roof pack leak rectification
3. all new roof and boot seals
4. Drivers and passenger window adjustment to suit new seals
5. New parking brake shoes
6. vario roof switch replacement
7. two new rocker cover gaskets.

All done March this year - a piffling £4213.44

So a car that can throw some serious bills at you, that had some challenges to get it up to scratch, was at the bottom end of the market whilst not Cat A B S or N (I did check it before viewing)

It was however 2005 so the only other thing that would be cheap was the "VED" perfect

(In the UK up to March 2006 it's £340 to licence the car for a year - after that nearly double per year)

What Could Possibly Go Wrong

So I left a deposit and agreed to collect and pay the balance when the current owner had removed his "Vanity Plate"
 

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don't forget to check the rear main engine seals hidden by a cover :D
my 13 year old 55 has had 2 rear main seals and 2 driver's side valve cover gaskets

other than ... bulletproof
 

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don't forget to check the rear main engine seals hidden by a cover :D
my 13 year old 55 has had 2 rear main seals and 2 driver's side valve cover gaskets

other than ... bulletproof
Thanks for the advice - when I've finished sorting out the issues I know it does have I'll have a look for ones it might have (maybe)
 

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that cover is like 'deep' and would hold a lot of oil before it would show on the ground
 

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i have a few badges meself :D

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It always helps me to have a list of things to rectify

Completed

1, Removal of "extras" Dab radio, extra LED DRL's and stick on badging around the car
2. Seat removal and deep clean of carpets (including check for moisture underneath - car did have water leaks)

To Do

1. Front badge mount was butchered to fit the Illumination (Now I've found the part and cost I'm tempted to swap out from my old SLK)

2. Tracker removal

3. Windscreen scuttle panel doesn't fit very well and is missing clips

4. Replacement of interior mats

5. Fix the AC (low on gas according to code reader)

6. Refurb the wheels

7. Change the brake fluid (my tester says 2.5% water)

8. New tweeter cover (pass side door)

9. Treat the leather and colour the scuffs on drivers seat

That'll do to start with
 

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To continue the purchase story

The PO committed to remove his "vanity" plate and DVLA had a new reg doc to him in 5 days making collection on the Friday a week later doable.

I had to get him to get another set of plates made up as he'd "lost" the original dealer plates

I'll figured I'll probably have to bolt on the new plates

Collection day loomed and my mate Geoff who had been with me to view was press ganged to drive me 250 miles so I could avoid the pain of public transport

Insurance was arranged to start 24 hrs early so arranging and paying for VED wouldn't screw things up

(been caught out with databases not being aligned with insurance starting just before collection)

Funds transfered to current account (deposit went thro fine but this is a bit larger so was expecting some "confirmation activities" with the bank

So essential items to take

Cordless drill, 4mm drill bit and 8 self tapers (to fit the plates), Credit card, Sun glasses, Phone charger, Mask (for those reading in 2025 - wiki COVID-19), Insurance certificate, Code reader/Scanner

Early start rolling



Traffic wombles are a pain



Eventually we arrived

Paid the balance - did all the ownership change with DVLA - now as a result of the ownership change it would need taxing - this was expected.

Went to tax it - DVLA said no - Car is registered as "disabled tax" can only be taxed at a Post Office to change it to PLG

To do that I need

1. The green new keepers slip (got that) or Registration Document (Not got that)
2. Insurance Certificate (Got that)
3. Copy of the MOT with right registration number - nope PO didn't bother to print one when he reverted to original plate - so I need to wait for a Reg doc in my name to be able use the 11 digit ref number from that to print a new one off with the original reg number

So as a result of the ownership change it's now un-taxed and I can't tax it

Luckily DVLA databases don't update that quickly it still showed as taxed so decided to drive it home and sort out the "disabled" issue out later

Petrol Station shot



Rolling



And home

 

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The whole "disabled tax" thing is a pain

So as a result of the ownership change the following day it shows as untaxed

So I need to register it as SORN

Can't do that on the green new keeper slip - need to wait for a Reg Doc in my name to get that 11 digit number.

*sighs

I had to wait for DVLA to send me a new log book

The letter from DVLA saying we notice you are the new keeper of this vehicle and it's not taxed or SORN's arrived a day before the Registration document :D

When that arrived I used the ref number to print off a copy of the current MOT with the original reg and went down the Post Office that day to tax it

So it's taxed now - 6 days to get a new Reg Doc (the new one is just two pages - I never knew if you lived in Wales you get a 3 page reg doc in two languages - same for MOT's England 1 page - Wales 2 pages - two languages)

However Mrs BC wants her "plate" on it

However this is now not possible - Post office send the Reg doc back to DVLA by post to update to PLG

On line changes is less than a week for a new document - by Post I've seen anything up to 12 weeks delay!!!! (if you are reading this in 2030 google "Covid-19" - the world got very weird)

Could be a while before her plate goes on it but meantime I can drive it

Except I can't because I've started pulling it apart to remove some of the "extras" and as an added bonus the battery seems to be having the life sucked out of it in double quick time

Found this load of crap in the passenger footwell - Ah lovely a bloody tracker unit stealing the juice



I can do pretty much anything mechanical but electrickery I hate but it's got to come out now I've found it :D
 

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might be origin teleaid device

nah teleaid usa thing
 

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Did a few miles this weekend - drove half way accross the country to scope out an event happening later in August.

Got directed to park with all the Mazza’s Astons, Jaguars and a bunch of other classic cars in pole position parking wise (This is a first for me - if I take the Lotus it normally gets directed to pauper parking)

Anyway - more jobs to add to the list and parts to add but the most annoying thing is the seats - I’m a little long in the leg and I just can’t get the base of my spine quite far enough back with the back rest at the right angle for steering position.

As I put the electric seat back it makes the backrest go vertical even though there is loads of space behind the backrest to the firewall - it’s obviously got a limit switch in there
 

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I ordered £203 worth of parts today to start sorting out some of the little niggles

Most expensive part was the front grill - £150 but that has to be done whoever fitted that stupid Illumination for the front mercedes badge butchered the grill to make it fit - I think the expression is clearancing with a hammer and chisel

Next on the list headlights - the aftermarket ones fitted are quite frankly poo

The car should have 618 BI-XENON HEADLAMPS FOR LEFT-HAND TRAFFIC

Can anyone show me a picture of them so when I search for them second hand I don't miss the obvious
 

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These are 618 bi-xenon Left hand traffic on my 350 according to my data card - (one of the low beam bulbs has just gone, and it's a wheel-off job to change and a decent bulb costs £40 - and they need to be changed in pairs!) - I'll get you a closer up pic of the lights tomorrow if it helps. Now that you've bought your 55 - dare we ask how much you paid for it? (if you don't mind revealing the cost)
 

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These are 618 bi-xenon Left hand traffic on my 350 according to my data card - (one of the low beam bulbs has just gone, and it's a wheel-off job to change and a decent bulb costs £40 - and they need to be changed in pairs!) - I'll get you a closer up pic of the lights tomorrow if it helps. Now that you've bought your 55 - dare we ask how much you paid for it? (if you don't mind revealing the cost)
Thanks - a closer picture would help

price wise top end of four figures (most I have seen are in teens although age and mileage are big factors in pricing)
 

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There’s my drivers side headlamp unit - didn’t get a chance to photograph it yesterday as it was blowing a storm. (Excuse the yellow green reflections - I’m just back from a bike ride)
 

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Parts arrived today - lots of little bits and one big bit



Just little clips and stuff to fix loose bits, poorly fitted OE parts and creaks

Not too many pictures taken because it takes longer to take pictures sometimes than it does to sort the issues

The boot cover kept dropping of it's hinges - it just some push in clips that were broken

The interior sill covers creaked like heck and weren't clipped down - 4 metal clips were there (I'd checked) passenger side was the worst and I'd removed it once and seen that all the clips had lost their barbs

New clips made a huge difference

Drivers side I got a surprise under it - well I expected a few WCPGW and all that



Job for the winter it seems

Windscreen scuttle cover was missing most of it's fixings - the wipers parked badly and the battery box top was also missing all it's fixings

Removed the wipers and scuttle cover and cleaned everything underneath

Refitted scuttle cover in the right place with full compliment of clips

Set the wipers to park in the right place (for some reason the wipers are disabled when the bonnet is open - weird feature)

Fitted the battery box cover

Replaced the bonnet stops on the slam panel (need to fit a nutsert as one of the threads is really poor)

Got the sat nav disc out and cleaned it properly - kept getting disc read errors

Seems fine now - Over 90 stored addresses in the sat nav - do people not delete/clean stuff before they sell a car



The dash cam footage that hadn't been overwritten gave me a previous owners address!!!

The rear number plate light on one side wasn't working - it's been "upgraded" to LED bulbs - bulb works but command Comand has cut the power to that side so I'll buy a pair of non LED bulbs

Few other trim clips used to fill holes where they were missing

All very satisfying stuff

Far less creaks and rattles now after a quick test drive

The big bit hopefully I can fit at the weekend - Front Grill to replace the one that had been totally butchered by PO fitting an illuminated Merc Badge and drilled to fit a bolt thro extra AMG badge - I do hope there is a special place in hell for that sort of person!!!
 

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I get involved with a little car show over in Worcester at "Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb"


Ready to roll

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Run over on Tuesday Evening was good (much less rattles from the car and the ride is much better on 17's rather than 18's - the tyres actually stick nicely rather than squirm around like the aging ones on the original rims)

Got chance to act as an ambulance when some of the campers decided to have a race down the hill on silly trikes and bikes

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This was my view

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Got a proper run in up the hill at the end of show day

Run back on Monday afternoon was not so good - they shut the M6 for a bit and then the A14 between J3 and and J8 so we ended up diverting miles out of our way but on a few roads round where I used to live and it was fun to give the car a few squirts in places - really starting to bond with the car :D
 

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I get involved with a little car show over in Worcester at "Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb"

Speedhunters review of the RRG21

If you are interested in reading it - click the picture

 
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