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Hi, I'm Chris and as I have already posted a thread about a problem I have with my SLK55AMG, I really need to introduce myself. For the first 25 or so years with cars, I've been a Porsche owner ending up with a modified 944 that was nearer a race car than for the road. To accommodate a family, I sold it and spent some time with sensible cars, but satisfied the "fun factor" by building and flying an experimental aircraft - Burt Rutan design. Twin daughters now moved out and retired early, so although I still have the plane, the car doesn't need 4 seats any more. I wanted a convertible and naturally looked at a modern Porsche (Boxster or 911) or Aston Martin but wasn't impressed by the value for money (mix of condition, performance, appearance, reliability etc). Then I saw an SLK350 in the local Merc garage and took a look. I really liked the folding roof, condition and value, so started looking for a 55AMG. After a while I found a 2005 model, silver with black/red interior, immaculate and only 18,000 miles from new and half the price of a similar Aston or Porsche.
It's great fun, I love it and although it's not a major point I think an engine that size ought to have more power. If my wife's Audi Q7 diesel had a 5.5 litre engine, it would have 440bhp. Not sure I'll do much about it though, the SLK is still quick enough and fun enough.
Chris Rayner
 

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Welcome from Michigan via Dallas Texas......
 

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Welcome from Lichfield!

I've been an SLK owner for just over a week now and every day it just gets better :burnout:
 

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Welcome from southern Illinois! I think you will have plenty of horse power with the 55, but there's always supercharging. Even my 350 goes like a rocket when driven at the limit. How about some pictures of the new ride please!
 

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Welcome from southern California. For a non-supercharger solution, you may want to look at Brabus, but still not inexpensive.
 

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Which Rutan did you build? I met him in 1974 at Oshkosh when he brought the VariViggen. Quite the guy even then.
 
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