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My 370z was recently destroyed. I always wanted an r171 slk55 when I got the z but I was scared off by the reputation of Mercedes/AMG reliability and repair costs.

I've been tracking a few slk55s that I think might be right for me. My budget is roughly 15k and my target cars tend to be 05 06 07 with 65 to 90k miles. I wont go over 100k miles and I probably wont go over 85k even. I'm going to target dealer maintained silver cars.

I'll be keeping a slush fund and planning on 2kish a year minimum in there.


I've been reading up on common issues and I think I have a good feel for most of them. It seems the drivetrain is solid as hell but the electrical stuff has the typically german ridiculousness.

Anyone want to help tutor me on things I should be looking for in a car? I'll have a dealer do a ppi for any purchase for sure. Are dealer ppis as thorough as they should be? Is there any issue that sometimes slips past them but could be identified?

Thanks for the support. Looking forward to an amg joining the stable
 

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

Great R171 info:

https://www.billsden.org/mercedes/slk/docs/#dtb

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

Driving stories section:

https://www.slkworld.com/driving-stories/

My albums:

https://www.slkworld.com/members/jbanks15-albums.html

FREE GIFT! Post your vin in the Vehicle Datacard Request section to get a free datacard (options on your car). If looking for a car, get the options before you buy!

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Welcome from Wirral, England.

Some guides on how to use forum features https://www.slkworld.com/forum-operations-help-center/536527-links-how-threads.html



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!).


This could be you in 12 months: https://www.slkworld.com/rotm-winner/535415-2018-slkworld-ride-year-winner-simplyslk.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

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

Your location would relate to some of your questions.
Without it we are just shooting fish in an ocean.
 

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Welcome from Canada :smile:
 

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Welcome to SLKWorld.com from Northern
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List of Useful SLK Links >https://slk-links.neocities.org/Links.html

PARTS Information on Mercedes SLK R170 R171 R172 >https://slk-links.neocities.org/

http://www.slkworld.com/vehicle-data-card/67706-free-how-get-free-datacard.html
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We have a free to enter monthly competition.
Entry is 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 favorite.
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Hi and welcome from Lakeland, Florida!

Good luck and have fun shopping!
 

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Hi, welcome from Barrhead, Scotland. :smile:

Good luck with your search :tu:
 

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Welcome from the Sacramento Valley SLK Enthusiasts! Try to get a SLK 55 2009, that’s what I have.
 
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