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The wife and I went looking for an inexpensive convertible this past fall. We had a budget of about $7,000 max. There were a ton of Miatas, some boxsters, and a fair amount of Z3's and Z4's. I hadn't really even considered a benz for the first month or so of looking, but after I did some research I started to really take an interest in them.

We drove to Chicago (about 3:30 drive) to look at a miata that was low miles and apparently in "perfect" condition. Got there and immediately noticed the rust, etc. I was pissed that we made the trip and didn't want to go home empty handed. About half-way through the day an SLK got posted and we looked at it around 5:00pm. Managed to pick up a black 2003 SLK 320 with about 160,000 miles for $3500! It was at a dealership, but was technically a private seller. Dealer had records of about $2,000 worth of recent work (mainly vacuum pump, lines, bottom engine pan, gaskets, etc.). The interior was rough, but a lot of that has been cheap/easy to fix with some help from this forum and ebay.

Planning on continuing to work on this until we decide to upgrade.
 

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Welcome from Wirral, England.



We have a free to enter monthly competition.
Entry is normally open from the 1st to the 15th of every month. You simply post a reply with 3 photos.
After the 15th we usually open a poll for members to vote on their favourite.
Here's the main thread:
https://www.slkworld.com/rotm-submissions-voting/
New members are welcome to enter (and they win too!).




Really useful links (thanks to ixions cataloguing)
https://www.slkworld.com/general-discussion/354330-links-toparts-assemblies-technical-data-locations-parts-slks.html
https://slk-links.neocities.org/ Includes diy videos.
Spare parts: https://slk-links.neocities.org/EPCLINKS.HTM

A brief guide to the forum and how to get the best from it:
https://www.slkworld.com/new-members-introduce-yourself-here/439993-new-wondering-what-do.html

There's a link to R170/171/172's do it yourself threads under the pic below.

Some useful tips in this section for new and prospective owners.
Worth knowing are reset adaptive learning, check list, Spring is here and what is the SmartTop.
https://www.slkworld.com/general-discussion/
https://slk-links.neocities.org/BUYING.html

You can find your region by scrolling down the page on this link
https://www.slkworld.com/forumindex.php#club-regional-discussion-forum
 

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My 1st SLK was a Black 2002 SLK 320 :D
 

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Things I’ve fixed so far:

- left side (driver) mirror motor had pulled through the mounting disc on the back. Managed to trim the plastic some and pop it back in. No new parts.

- multitude of lamps replaced. Only needed to buy 2 bulbs, most of them were just coroded or loose. Noticed later that there is an LED kit available for pretty cheap. May tackle that one day, but I really don’t want to pull the driver console out if I don’t have to.

- center console was broken in. Sliding storage compartment with cigarette lighter was trashed, buttons for mirrors and top were okay but they were loose. Replaced the sliding storage console, relocated a new charger port in the storage console further back. Glued some tabs to the bottom side of the button cluster to keep it in place.

- replaced driver side visor. Apparently the rarest of visors... super hard to find that one on eBay for “cheap”. Bought one from over seas.

- floor mats were trashed. Replaced with some “wood grain” accented mats from a Kmart that was closing. $21 and they look almost identical to the wood grain in the car. Super happy with that purchase.

- transmission mount

- engine mounts (in progress)
 
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Welcome from Lakeland, Florida!

Congratulations!
 

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Welcome from the Sacramento Valley SLK Enthusiasts!
 

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Welcome from Bribie Island, Queensland.
 

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Greetings and welcome from Spain!
The slk is a great convertible (I like it more than the miatas or the Zs cause for me it's a lot more confortable and fun enough to drive).
Enjoy your ride :grin:
 

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Welcome from Canada :smile:
 
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