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Super Moderator UK SLK 55 AMG 2007
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I joined this site just over a year ago. We had bought an SLK 230 K 2004 some
weeks before and having visited the site as a guest decided to 'step into the light'.

That purchase had led to two, easy decisions.
1. We couldn't see us being without an SLK ever again.
2. Having already used the site as a guest I wanted to show support by getting a premium membership.

It also led to my owning an 07 55 AMG and, eventually the Bluebadger swapping the 230
for an 09 SLK 350.

Guess we're hooked then!

The diy threads are invaluable.

As Jbanks15 would say, search is my friend.
Although language can be my enemy. Hood is bonnet, parking lights become side lights etc etc
But a little experimenting usually gets you the answer.

When it doesn't, posting a question in the right section will get you an answer if you're patient.
You need to post as much detail as you can and wait for the right folk to see it.

Curiosity led to us attending a meet. More meets/shows and eventually holidays followed.
Some are simply breakfast and a chat, not all of which is SLK related.
SLK stands at Fetes and car shows became the norm.
A slow but steady flow of first time attendees follows.
The UK has a growing meet calendar and there is no sign of that slowing.

That's a little of what the site has done for us.

What can we/you do for the site.




Well, anything that is diy that I might post (not much) is already well documented by better folk than me.
However, that knowledge database means that if someone posts a question I can refer to it and point a poster in the right direction until the technically able folk arrive. You can do the same.

When opportunity arises, putting one of the business cards on another SLK helps spread the word.
Wherever you are in the world, you can get cards here:
http://www.slkworld.com/general-discussion/50921-slkworld-business-cards.html

Help share the enthusiasm of UK.
Organising a few local-ish meets during the year. Mostly outside of the busy UK calendar.
These are simply an opportunity for those not near the action to get some idea of what fellow SLKers are like.
http://www.slkworld.com/united-kingdom-region/313178-2016-uk-meet-calendar.html

Anyone can set up a meet.
Pick a suitable location/date and check the calendar for possible clashes.
Give a couple of weeks, or more notice.
Even if that only ends up as a couple of members, don't be disappointed.
That's how meets start.

Also, by attending other members events and helping 'bump' them into view at weekends, help spread the word of what is going on in the UK.

I also like to do a monthly intro to meets thread. It gives new joiners a quick picture of what is going on right now and what meets can be like.

You could do the same for your region.

The more active members get, the wider the word spreads.

If you see an event that interests you but is not practical this time just let the organiser know.
A simple reply along the lines of 'I like the idea, but can't make this one' lets us know
it's worth doing again. Perhaps with a poll on dates.


Avel Du said:
The following is taken from an edit of my original introduction thread:

Just grabbed a 2004 230 SLK Kompressor as an extra, shared car for myself and my better half.

That lead into searching the web for information. Which eventually led to this site.
I get the impression that ALL old SLK's have gripes and gremlins. Works for me, because we are the same as our new car.

I spent several hours trawling through some of the brilliant threads, whilst waiting to get the verification email (and a quick PM chat with Jeff).

This site is THE best site I've visited, ever. Polite banter, detailed information, active membership.



I can't explain it fully, but, despite niggles the slk is a definite smile maker. year and body style don't make a difference to me..they are all good!

Then in April 2016:
We've just bought a 2007 SLK55AMG in blue, or is it black.
We saw Russ' car a while back and fell in love with the colour.
It was a 'want one!' moment.
In certain light it shows it's metallic blue off, other times it looks black.
A walk around the car and you see both.


And in July Bluebadger, my better half, traded the 230 for the 09 SLK 350:



Original intro:
http://www.slkworld.com/new-members-introduce-yourself-here/258297-greetings-thank-you.html
 

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Hi Mike, there must be something in the air, whilst you are posting your thread we are thinking Yes our SLK is something special and it'seems about time we joined up for a lifetime membership. Looking forward to the next meet.R)
 

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Super Moderator UK SLK 55 AMG 2007
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Discussion Starter #4 (Edited)
The important side of Premium membership is it pays towards the operating cost of the site.
Whilst the moderators are unpaid volunteers, the technology costs.

IT support,
Bandwidth (the amount of data that can be transferred, which is important to a growing membership),
Storage capacity (again, important as the site grows),
All cost money.
Whilst advertising and sponsors (thanks to both groups for continued support) help,
we still need membership money to keep it as good as it is now.

Premium membership deals vary. I chose lifetime (. Checked on this, thanks @jbanks15 & @dbgrn. It is lifetime but the software restricts it to 2038. It's being looked at. ).
Some of the benefits you get:
Bigger Private Message storage (from 20 to 500)
Galleries (None as a free member)
Bigger attachments (10MB as free to UNLIMITED)
Garage spots (From 3 pics to 10)
You can post your personal Avatar instead of choosing from options.
A signature with a photo of your car.

Check it out for yourselves:
http://www.slkworld.com/payments.php
 

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Super Moderator UK SLK 55 AMG 2007
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It states 27 years, but once I paid, it reflects a duration of only 22 years. Still a bargain.:smile:

I've got the mods checking up on this.


But, as you say, it's still a bargain to keep this site going.:wink:

The diy theads have saved members a lot of time and money over the years.

From simple stuff like looking after the roof seals and drain holes

To more involved, but doable stuff like checking MAFs.
 

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Indeed! My husband wrenches on all of his vehicles being a drag racer. He was leary of tackling the SLK, but with the detailed DIY posts, he and I have done a lot of minor mech's on my '06, and now will do the same with the '14.
 

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if I am still SLK-ing 22 years from now

I will happily pony up another membership fee (NOT adjusted for inflation)

the good advice and good humour I received on here more than paid for the cost of joining. Indeed, in a spirit of giving something back, this one's for you Sarge. Enjoy.>:D
 

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Super Moderator 2006 SLK 280
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I've got the mods checking up on this.


But, as you say, it's still a bargain to keep this site going.:wink:

The diy theads have saved members a lot of time and money over the years.

From simple stuff like looking after the roof seals and drain holes

To more involved, but doable stuff like checking MAFs.
There are so many perks to this site that we would have to set up a separate forum to list them. The money have saved by utilizing the DIY post has afforded some of the many mods. The friendship and hands out offering help are priceless. To me most of all are the blossoming friendships among very unique but like minded people. Full lifetime membership is on the calendar for the coming year.
 

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Super Moderator UK SLK 55 AMG 2007
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The Mods and Admin have checked and the software comes up with a date in 2038 when you choose lifetime.

It's a glitch and being looked at.

Joining for a year costs $34.99
Joining for Lifetime costs $87.99

So, if you think you'll even possibly keep with SLKs for 3 years or more, lifetime makes more sense.

Prices in US because the site is ...... US run. Ta Dah!

Don't tell Jeff....

He thinks it's in Canada.

This is to avoid Jeff knocking on admins door and frightening them unnecessarily.
 

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Administrator 2009 SLK 55 AMG/Founding Member 2006
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not usa run. owner's site is in Canada
 

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Administrator 2009 SLK 55 AMG/Founding Member 2006
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Just okayed payment for Lifetime membership. Waiting for my banner !!!!! :)
I feel so very special now, :D
remember everyone. if you upgrade from premium, you need to go to paypal to cancel the premium membership since it automatically renews.
 

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remember everyone. if you upgrade from premium, you need to go to paypal to cancel the premium membership since it automatically renews.

Done and thank You !!!
 

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Hopefully these steps have not changed

Paid Memberships
When upgrading to a lifetime membership you must stop the auto payment through paypal as the subscription is tied in with paypal and not a setting within the forum.

Here are the steps
1. Log into your paypal control panel.
2. Click on your history tab.
3. Find the subscription in your history and click on it.
4. You will be given the option to cancel the subscription or renew
it. Select cancel.
You may also find it by doing an advanced search using your subscription
number.
 

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Will I make it?

It states 27 years, but once I paid, it reflects a duration of only 22 years. Still a bargain.:smile:
22yrs seems a long way off but as you say it is certainly good value for the money. If we're still here in 2038 we'll sign up again.R)
 

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Super Moderator UK SLK 55 AMG 2007
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As January closes and that first paycheque of 2017 burns a hole in your pocket...

Here's one gift that you can give to yourself.
 
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