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Registered 2005 SLK350
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I live in Knoxville near some great driving roads. I joined to learn more about the SLK AMG before I take the plunge. I have owned a variety of sports cars, but never a Mercedes Benz. . Most of the ones that I find are 2005 models- it must have been the introductory model. Wondering if they were improved much after the first year. The 2005 is definitely more in my price range!

Thanks in advance for all of the good advice.

Administrator 2009 SLK 55 AMG/Founding Member 2006
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2002-2004 SLK 32 r170 is an AMG
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There are models other than those listed in post 2 that are AMG badged.
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Premium Member 2013 SLK250
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There is very little change from 2005 to 2007, what is called a facelift was done in 2008 until the end of the 171 model in 2011 in USA.

You might want to read the following

Model years are based on Europe model years, USA is a year later. Example the 171 in Europe started with 2004 while in the USA started with 2005. The 2005 was the first model year for the 171 platform.

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The 2005 SLK55 has the best brakes of the bunch, and aside from that there wasn't much change over the years until the 2011 version came out. What kind of price range do you have?

Premium Member 2009 SLK55 AMG
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Welcome from the Sacramento Valley SLK Enthusiasts!

Be sure to check out the 2005 SLK recalls or faults.

Premium Member 2005 SLK55 AMG
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Hi and welcome to from the UK Midlands - Thanks for joining us and posting an intro! :)

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