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Before you get all "up in my grill" ;) , I did a search for this subject, but couldn't find a definitive list of recommendations leaning either way.....

I've the opportunity to go for either - both BLACK with BLACK & RED interiors, similar Kms & the 55 being a few dollar$ more.
32 = 2001 vintage & 55 = 2006.
Both look very well maintained with full service records.
32 = looks new even under the bonnet,
55 = new shocks, tyres, roof hydraulics replaced.

I drove the 32 a few weeks back & was INCREDIBLY impressed with the build quality!!
It was very special as it was also my "virgin Mercedes Drive"......:love: however, I've not driven a the 55 yet, but am planning to next week, hope she's gentle on me! o_O

It will be my daily driver, and I only drive between 2,600Km - 3,000Km (max) annually.
I was speaking to the seller of the 32 & he thinks it will become a classic in a few years, so if I do go for it, then I should be careful to not put too many Kms on the clock.

I don't plan to do anything mods on either, maybe have a slightly more "agressive" rear muffler put on the 32 to give it more burble, and like the look of 18" AMG style wheels, but that's it!

Any thoughts?
Would love your advice - thank you in advance & hope you're all well in whatever part of the world you live in...
 

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There are NO classic SLKS even a 24 year old 1996 one

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I have a bias, but with putting on that few miles per year, I would tend towards the 55. On the other hand, if those are all short trips, you may never get it warm.

Good Luck
 

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My 55 was daily driver for 5 years before retiring
 

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V8 (55) vs V6 (32)
355 hp/376 tq (55) vs 342 hp/332 tq (32)
R171 (55) vs R170 (32)
MY2006 (55) vs MY2001 (32)

No SLK is vintage, even if it is "designo".... at least not yet..

Your budget?
Price?
Look?
Function?
Need/want?
Ownership length?

Lots to consider, but you gotta drive both and decide on which fits you best. One that tugs at your heart when you drive it, parks it, or walk away from or towards it. Only you can know that...

Good luck.
 

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I have a bias, but with putting on that few miles per year, I would tend towards the 55. On the other hand, if those are all short trips, you may never get it warm.

Good Luck
That's true, sometimes on the way home I go "the long way around" to make my drive back a bit more interesting.....or should I forget the AMG & just go for a SLK230 (170) or even SLK350(171)...
 

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Just had a quick look at a SLK55 OMG - that engine, who needs a stereo right?!
The interior is for more modern looking rather than "classic" compared to the 32 & makes me think that the 32 indeed would become more "collectible", purely from the aesthetic perspective, but the 55 feels more like it can be a "daily"...
 

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Not had the 32, but started with the 230 & loved it. If only previous owners had felt the same.
It's more nimble than the 171, so country lanes are serious fun regardless of engine.

55 is current (OH has the 350 & it is no slouch). Your can get the more modern interior for similar price
with facelift 350.

I love the 55.
Every drive is a pleasure, regardless of distance.
I used to do a 10 mile commute that often ended up taking an hour due to enjoying the drive.

All 3 have been daily drivers, though the 350 is not used as much now.

My 2 cents. Drive any and all that interest.
Figure out the options wanted (eg Airscarf means a 171 as not on 170's, Satnav is 171 AFAIK, not 170).

You may find that a 350, or 300 facelift with all the goodies matches price and desire.
Or the nimble 170 (If I was racing, I'd go that route as you can enjoy the power at a lower expense).
55 pre face lift started with 6 pot front brakes. Brilliant stopping power with higher service cost.

For me it has to be 55. But every owner has different needs & pockets.
If you use the power all of the time expect 15 mpg.
Mixed driving is mid to high 20's.
Cruising is into the high 30's (that's imperial, US figures are lower when you look up stats).

Both 170 & 171 have hundreds of diys, performance and general mods threads on here.

Happy hunting.
 

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Before you get all "up in my grill" ;) , I did a search for this subject, but couldn't find a definitive list of recommendations leaning either way.....

I've the opportunity to go for either - both BLACK with BLACK & RED interiors, similar Kms & the 55 being a few dollar$ more.
32 = 2001 vintage & 55 = 2006.
Both look very well maintained with full service records.
32 = looks new even under the bonnet,
55 = new shocks, tyres, roof hydraulics replaced.

I drove the 32 a few weeks back & was INCREDIBLY impressed with the build quality!!
It was very special as it was also my "virgin Mercedes Drive"......:love: however, I've not driven a the 55 yet, but am planning to next week, hope she's gentle on me! o_O

It will be my daily driver, and I only drive between 2,600Km - 3,000Km (max) annually.
I was speaking to the seller of the 32 & he thinks it will become a classic in a few years, so if I do go for it, then I should be careful to not put too many Kms on the clock.
You talked to the seller and he thinks he better tells you what it takes to sell you a car -the one with lower chances to be sold to anyone else, if at all possible.

I don't plan to do anything mods on either, maybe have a slightly more "agressive" rear muffler put on the 32 to give it more burble, and like the look of 18" AMG style wheels, but that's it!
Any thoughts?
Would love your advice - thank you in advance & hope you're all well in whatever part of the world you live in...
So, my thoughts...

Disregarding the model, but talking about "standard" cars (i.e.: not high price limited editions that are bought to be collectibles from day one), "classic" units with high(er) resell price come "backwards", I mean, they are not bought to become collectibles but, once they lived their lives, by sheer chance, end up low mileage, good conditions. This means you shouldn't think about the future collectability value of a car meant to be a daily driver, even if you don't mean to put too many kilometers on it, because it just won't be there.

Past performance says nothing about the future. (Relatively) cheap cars up to the eighties-early nineties have been, up to now, (relatively) easy to collect: they work more or less the same than newer ones, same parts, same gas, only with fewer electronics and commodities -which make them easier to maintain. SLKs are still "low electronics", but even then, much more than older generations. What will happen when the multiple cpus can't be found anymore? Even finding a key is starting to be a problem, and they are cars not expensive enough for third parties to reverse-engineering their electronics. That's not even considering new antipollution regulations are restricting more and more circulation of cars these ages (heck, few months ago I "upgraded" my perfectly satisfying R170 320 with an R171 350 for exactly this reason -being my daily commuter, I found more and more difficult using it to go to my workplace or city center). You might think this doesn't impact you because you live on a shorter town or the middle of nowhere but even then, the less these cars can be used, the lower their resell value will be. In ten or more years chances are collectability of all but the most expensive/exclusive cars could take a hard hit just everywhere.

Having said all this, if you still think about "future collectability", probably 32AMG has a bit of an edge: top range of SLK first generation and nice car on itself, puts itself to probably being the most valuable model of the series... in the very long run (more than ten years from now), provided you can still drive petrol guzzers in that long future.

Me? I would take the 55: a more modern car, with a more satisfying 7G gearbox, better dynamics and, to me the most important part, a big naturally aspirated 8 cylinders like won't be seen anymore. Chances are in the future petrol cars will be increasingly more difficult to own, so take advantage while you can of the nice 8V!!!

32AMG:
Pros: I still find it to be overall the nicer and better designed from an engineer standpoint (relativelly to its age). Higher volume trunk. Slightly better ergonomics.
Cons: Re-circulation balls steering. 5G gearbox. Increasingly difficult to get spare parts. Older, so more age-impacted parts about to fail.
55AMG:
Pros: Newer car that possibly comes with an extra-decade of easy to find spare parts. Better handling. Delicious 8V.
Cons: Feels heavier. Slightly worse ergonomics.
 

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Carrying on from @jmnav
Though our SLK's may become "collectable" or "Classic" in the future, I think the money to keep them in A1 condition would out weigh the potential value in the future? Better to use any SLK You purchase on some memorable Road Trips down the "Graet Ocean Road" ect.....!! Plus I agree that now is the time to own a AMG if You can afford it, before they get Taxed off the roads - Which will lead to the spare parts getting even harder to find....

As for which to buy, think the R171/55 would be a better long term bet for parts - But depends which You prefer to drive and which You'd rather see parked on Your drive every morning..!!
 

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Eventually the SLK AMG will be classic in the future, but suspect it will be sometime before values really start to rise as there are too many of them currently. Non-AMGs probably very unlikely to be classics, you see this with most cars, ford escort RS vs ford escort 1.3 GL :) ps not comparing a slk to an escort ;)

The rise in value will happen when rust kills a good number off and parts become hard to get, it will only be the real enthusiasts that will pay the costs and have time to source parts to keep these babies on the road.

Thats my view anyway.
 

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the 55 I saw sold over the weekend....:oops:
I drove the 32 today & man it's sweet, definitely a cruiser, just wish the exhaust was a bit a more "throaty burble"..
 

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I don't plan to do anything mods on either, maybe have a slightly more "agressive" rear muffler put on the 32 to give it more burble
They make mods to change the exhaust, but, alas, you won’t get that V8 sound. Of course, you could make a Cd of a V8 with awesome sound and play it when appropriate. 😁
A very inexpensive mod may help you in that regard 🤣🤣🤣
 

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Lots of great replies on your question already from the great and good on this forum. I’ve test driven a 32 and owned both generations of 55. Although neither is really a classic yet they both have the credentials to be one in the future. The 32 is becoming rare which will make it more sought after and collectible. From a U.K. perspective both the 32 and 55 are advertised with strong prices. The price you will pay for a good condition lowish miles 32 is now at a similar level to the starting prices of 55s. 55 pricing remains strong with little to no depreciation taking place. I think either is a solid investment if you can find a good one but it is an uncertain future with the push towards greener forms of transport etc. Even R172 55 prices seem to have stabilised somewhat and depreciation has virtually stopped on the early ones in part due to the strong values for late R171 55.

Both cars will make you smile but I personally think it’s a bigger grin with the V8 soundtrack. No doubt you can still have a blast in a 230k and it would appear asking prices for all good SLK R170s are rising slightly at the moment in the U.K.

You definitely need to drive a few cars to see which suits you best personally. Don’t overthink it though go with your gut but make sure you get a good one. Good ones do not usually hang around for long unless they’re overpriced. If you’re after a rarer colour scheme you could be in for a very long wait or ultimately disappointment. Some compromises will probably be required.

Good luck with your decision making and search. It will be interesting to see which way you go. :)
 
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