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So I've been lurking for a year and I finally have some info to contribute, but first:

I'm kind of shocked to be driving any Benz because I've had some truly scary beaters. Long story short, I got the bug when I was trying to buy a car after Hurricane Sandy and expressed my frustration by throwing a low number at a dealer for one he had on the front line. I was shocked when he said yes.
I took a pass, but was intrigued.

Fast forward 18 months, and I'm ready to buy another car. I plug in my budget, and whatd'ya know! I see a bunch a fine run of the mill automobiles,
but I also see a black 98 230 Kompressor. For some reason it never occurred to me these things would have a 4 banger in 'em and truth be told I love me some 4 bangers, so I decided to get serious.

After about a month of research, I saw about half a dozen in various condition, drove a couple and went to the lot where I was at the beginning of the story. They had two, a red Kompressor, and a silver 320.

While I'm having the second look, I get an alert: another black one pops up. Private sale. I go, drive it... If it was the first one I looked at I probably would have bought it. Anyway, back to the dealer and put down a deposit on the silver one.

A new key, B service, flex disks, front springs, steering damper, serpentine belt & idler pully ran about 2k at the dealer and another 285 for an Aux Air Pump Relay from Pelican Parts (anybody want one with reflowed solder I make deal) and I was good to go.

I actually thought the dealer was pretty reasonable (worked in dealerships longtime ago) for basic maintenance, but I've got a couple of projects to knock out.

Anyway, enough yakking:I present for your approval, my '04 SLK320 a.k.a. the lovely Brunhilde!

That's the bad side. I have no regrets getting the 6.

BTW, this is a daily driver and I have a substantial commute. This thing was GREAT in the snow!!
 

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