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I owned a 1999 SLK 230 that was a rescue project from an O'Hare Airport auction in '08. Wrenched that car myself--bi-valve, turn signal stem, brakes, vario roof and some body rust spots. Traded it in on a GLK 350---which WAS the greatest vehicle I had ever owned until I picked up my SLK55 AMG on Friday morning in Chicago.
It was raining, so the first 120 miles out of Chicago was top down---drafted a Suburau WRX on 90 east doing 135 mph, solid, nimble, purred like kitty; a kitty with a full throated, four exhausted V8 in its throat!
The good:
50 miles stop and go through the west burbs of Chicago, interstate for about 85 miles, then 120 miles of two lane highway through many small towns. My gas mileage was 24.1 mpg on the trip. (Topped tank with 93 octane after left dealership). Top down for 80 miles of that trip. Highway speeds of 80 mph, two lane highway averages 48 mph, stop and go 32 mph.
No rust, new front pads and rotors, new seat leather on driver side bottom seat, new motor mounts, rims gloss powder coated.
The questionable:
Stiff suspension, which I expect. It IS an AMG after all! But I get a side to side shimmy/shake when hitting bumps/crappy road. Rear right tire that is nearly flat in the middle tread from burn outs/it kicks to the left when hard accelerating from stop.
The bad:
Why did I wait 6 years to get another road rocket? You CANNOT FEEL BAD with the top down on a Mercedes roadster. I live in the Mid West USA, think cold winters, convertible weather is only from May-September, but have always driven my SLK 230 year round, top down when conditions are over 20 degrees! Heated seats, neck scarf heater and HI heat, side windows up, toasty!
 

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AMG!

Welcome to SLKWorld.com: The #1 Mercedes-Benz SLK Forum from Florida!

owner's and maintenance and Comand manuals & great R171 info:

https://www.mbusa.com/mercedes/service_and_parts/owners_manuals

https://www.mbusa.com/mercedes/service_and_parts/maintenance_manuals

Lube those seals:
https://www.slkworld.com/general-discussion/20937-spring-here~gummi-pflege-lube-your-seals-lithium-grease-your-joints-hinges.html#post226839

your brochure:
https://www.slkworld.com/general-discussion/167265-mercedes-brochure-archive.html#post1511249

mods you should do:
smarttop

https://www.slkworld.com/general-discussion/121481-what-smarttop-all-members-keep-talking-about.html

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Since you have a 55, these might interest you
My mods - also check my albums in my profile
and my videos in the 'Driving Stories' section


Kleemann Supercharger:

https://www.slkworld.com/performance-mods-r171/390442-my-supercharger-adventure-begins.html

Kleemann ECU Tune and Headers:

https://www.slkworld.com/performance-mods-r171/174881-my-baby-had-operation-kleemann-ecu-tune-headers-downpipes-vids.html

Wavetrac Limited Slip Differential (LSD):

https://www.slkworld.com/performance-mods-r171/398273-my-lsd-limited-slip-differential-adventure-begins.html

Carbon Fiber Diffuser:

https://www.slkworld.com/performance-mods-r171/409529-my-carbon-fiber-diffuser-arrived-today.html

Carbon Fiber Air Brakes/Side Vents

https://www.slkworld.com/general-modifications-r171/419794-carbon-fiber-air-brakes-side-vents.html

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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!).
March winner (an R170) joined Summer 2017 and had only 6 posts at the time of winning.
Newbies can win.


Voting is open for the 2018 September Ride of The Month.
PLEASE NOTE :- Voting closes on September 30th.
https://www.slkworld.com/rotm-submissions-voting/529435-vote-here-september-2018-slkworld-com-ride-month.html

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



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Top down, night time rides? We love them. :tu:
 

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Welcome from the Sacramento Valley SLK Enthusiasts!
 

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Welcome.... loving your first impressions.... take delivery of my 55 later this week....moving on from a Cayman S..... can’t wait lol
 

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55 greetings from London! Your ride is virtually identical to mine, except I have stainless steel rollover hoops - and probably more miles, bumps and scratches, but hey it's a daily driver, shopping cart, fairground ride and antagonist to little old ladies. :hb:
 
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