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Hi ,

My name is Barry and I live in Perth Western Australia. My car is a 1997 SLK 230. This is my first ever convertible and my second two door car. The family has grown up and I no longer need to use my Ford Fairlane to transport the family. I ended up buying a BMW 318IS which unfortunately my son wrote off in a low speed tail-ender. I was going to replace it with a six cylinder BMW when I saw the advertisement for the SLK-it seemed too good to pass up for the price ( $AUS13,000- they were $AUS98,000 new over here due to luxury car tax).

The SLK certainly turns heads, much more than any BMW. I have only seen one other car of the same model in the past eight months I have owned it. Perth has a similar climate to California so the top is down most of the year, even when it gets a little chilly (13C) in winter. I am sold on folding metal roofs for the comfort and security when needed.

I do wish I could have afforded a SLK 320 but they are around $AUD22,000. The SLK 230 has more than enough performance but I miss the smoothness of a six cylinder ( I also own a 1997 Audi A4 V6 which is even smoother than my Fairlane). When the exhaust wears out I will replace it with a better sounding, not necessarily louder, unit. The exhaust note only sounds good when I am accelerating otherwise it is flat and boring.

Overall I am very happy with my SLK and was glad to find this forum. I have picked up a lot of tips here. I notice even in the USA you have rather expensive spare parts - over here I was quoted $AUD495 for a new bonnet strut and $AUD395 for a windscreen washer bottle.

I do not spend much time on the computer and it will be quite a while between responding to posts.

Bye and happy motoring
 

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In my introduction I said I was quoted $AUD495 for a new bonnet. I left out the qualifier "strut". A new bonnet for $495 would be a good price but a bit over the top for a bonnet strut.

Barry
 

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You can always 'edit' your original post Barry
 

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Welcome and thanks for joining.


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Hi Barry, and welcome from the UK Midlands! :)

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