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Yesterday I ordered a new 2013 SLK 55 AMG through Aristocrat Motors in Kansas City.

Iridium Silver color
18 inch AMG 5 spoke wheels (std.)
Bengal Red/Black upholstery
Black Ash wood trim
Multimedia package
Lighting package
Parktronic
Magic Sky Control roof
AMG illuminated door sills
Digital dual-zone climate control
Keyless Go
Chrome hood fins

Will fly into Frankfurt, on June 5, then by train to Stuttgart for a night at the Graf Zeppelin hotel then pick up my baby in Sindelfingen on June 6 then drive over to Affalterback and up to Bremen.
I have been to Sindelfingen and Affalterback before but not to the AMG assembly facility in Bremen.
Hope also to stop by the Nurburg Ring and ride with Sabina Schmidt (ring taxi).
I visit Germany every summer but this one should be special driving my new auto.

Now the long wait "eh?

dlomshek
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No, he is driving to the states! LOL!!!!!
 

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Sounds great,

Are you then shipping car to the states?
The Americans have an option called 'Euro Delivery' - their car is shipped from Bremen to Sindelfingen, the new owner flies out there, has a quick blast round Europe, then fly home. Their car is then packed onto a ship and they are reunited a couple of months later.
 

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Hi Dlomshek

I can say that im a greener shade green at the moment you luck person . I would ask if you could be put in the packing case with the car LOL just to bond alittle more with your new baby .

Well done that man

Andy
 

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The Americans have an option called 'Euro Delivery' - their car is shipped from Bremen to Sindelfingen, the new owner flies out there, has a quick blast round Europe, then fly home. Their car is then packed onto a ship and they are reunited a couple of months later.
Cool..... :tu:
 

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Sounds like an excellent trip. If you haven't done it already, plan a day at the MB museum while you're in Stuttgart. If I might suggest (though it sounds like you know Germany) from Affalterbach, you might want to swing up through Rothenburg ob der Tauber and Wurzburg, then north on the A7 (at whatever Mach number you deem fit) to Hamburg (great city). You're then spitting distance along the coast through the Altesland to Bremen. Many short cuts if time does not permit.

Need a copilot? Ich kann Bier und Futter bestellen.
 

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MB museum and Wurtzburg

I have visited the MB in Stuttgart last summer; I agree it"s a required stop,

As for Wurtzburg; what a beautiful historic city. I have visited there a number of times as I have dear friends in Karlstadt, just a short distance west of there also along the Mein river.

I visit Germany every summer as it truly is my home away from home. I spend much time in Freiberg, near Dresden, in Saxony. My university has a student exchange program with the Technical University there. I have hosted a number of German students, from Freiberg, over the years.

For anyone traveling in the eastern regions of Germany you must spend some time in Dresden. For me it is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Having lunch on the Terraza overlooking the Elbe river is one of the great joys in life.

Each summer, also in Dresden, I visit the platz where the Frauenkirche has been totally rebuilt; it is a special emotional experience for me.

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What's going on?

Just got a notice, this evening, from Aristocrat Motors in Kansas City that Benz has stopped production of the SLK for 2013 and will not resume until
next August.

I had been planning to take European delivery of an SLK55 AMG on June 6, 2013.

Awful early to stop production models of 2013 models this early isn't it?

In the meantime I'm trying to get clarification as to what is going on. Anyone else hear anything about this?

David Lomshek
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Benz has stopped production of the SLK for 2013 and will not resume until next August.
What!... Sounds a bit Crazy, unless they have a glut of them in a field somewhere, or they aren't selling, neither of which I can understand.

So sounds real strange to me.
 

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I don't think I can wait that long.. Contact MBUSA.. I usually don't trust anything dealer/salesperson says unless its written in the paper and notarized.
 

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Could be but seems early after 2 years. Also seems like I've seen a surprising number of reports of problems with tops and other issues (manifolds?) - could be tweaking the production line on some of this stuff?

I know they'd have sold one more if they'd just actually accepted orders with Distronic on the SLK55 like they advertised...
 

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Latest on my European delivery SLK 55 AMG

Salesman at Aristocrat motors has contacted MB North American and they say 2014 production will begin in either June or July (no firm date yet) so I may be getting a 2014 from one of the first ones built.
So for now we're just treading water until a production start date is available then I can plan my summer.

It was looking, for awhile, as if I'd be waiting another year.

As I teach at the university I can't just skip classes to pick up a car in the Vaterland. Too, you don't want to pick up a car over Xmas break as German winter tire laws are in effect from Nov. 1 through April 1 and the fine for non-compliance can be as much as 5,000 euro. The cost of putting on winter tires is on you the buyer. Besides who wants to pick up their new AMG and take it out on the ice and snow; not this boy from Kansas!
 

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Did you already place your order? (Curious to know if they're taking orders with Distronic for 2014 MY - last year's toy was a new BMW motorcycle after they wouldn't sell me an SLK55 with it, but it's a new year! ;) )
 

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New 2014 SLK 55 on order

Did you already place your order? (Curious to know if they're taking orders with Distronic for 2014 MY - last year's toy was a new BMW motorcycle after they wouldn't sell me an SLK55 with it, but it's a new year! ;) )
Yes the order and deposits are already placed. Don't know about Distronic for 2014 as I didn't want that option.
 
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