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So a brief introduction:

I am completely new to SLK's but not really new to Mercedes-Benz vehicles.

I've owned several over the years, generally focusing on the 4-wheel drive variety though, specifically the Gelandewagen and Unimog, as well as a few MB sedans.

Lately however, the mid-life crisis has me yearning for a more basic sort of sports-car again, and I'm looking for an R171 SLK. The search is on, and I'm just now learning my way around this vehicle. I'm looking for a manual transmission vehicle with the sports or AMG package, either SLK350 or SLK55. Honestly, I'm pretty satisfied with the performance of the 350's I've driven, and I am focusing there.

Regarding other vehicles, I also am an avid Military Vehicle collector/restorer, specializing in Military Land-Rovers and WWII Dodge WC's.

Thanks again for the help I've already been given!


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owner's and maintenance manuals great R171 info:

later year owner's/maintenance/comand manuals, top right in the link below:
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Lube those seals:

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clear or tinted side markers
shorty antenna
led license plate bulbs
led parking lights
carbon fiber on the C pillars
oem windscreen or lighted/etched windscreen
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Premium Member 2005 SLK55 AMG
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Hi Garret, and welcome from the UK Midlands! :)

If manual transmission is a must for you, then that rules out the SLK55 as they're only available as an auto... Good luck with the search for a manual 350, as they're quite rare! :D

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