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Hello,

Was looking through some of the threads here since I am looking at 2 different SLK cars and thought i would get advice from you all if possible.

I see that many times people are asked for the VIN so they can look up Data Cards to see what the car has to determine if there should be concerns. here is what I am looking at I would love to get your opinions


2003 SLK32 AMG VIN WDBKK66F53F291595

2005 SLK350 VIN WDBWK56F65F045265

I know both models have potential problems but not knowing how you determine maybe you can help me as this would be my first Mercedes.

Thank you for your help!!
 

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2003 SLK32 AMG VIN WDBKK66F53F291595

Why would you say the above model has problems?
 

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the 350 would be in range for oil consumption and balance shaft but it is a very low engine number
 

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Here are the datacards
Thanks for updating

Ask your questions here or in the specific r170 or r171 gen discussion section

slk 32 is r170, 350 is r171
 

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Jeff,

Thanks for quick reply, I updated info.

As for the 2003, I have read that there was a problem with them not starting, something to do with crankshaft sensor i think?
 

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Jeff,

Thanks for quick reply, I updated info.

As for the 2003, I have read that there was a problem with them not starting, something to do with crankshaft sensor i think?
I've been here 12 years and 1st time I heard of such an issue as a 'mass' member issue. Read that where?
Not common to my knowledge.
Otherwise we would have thread on the problem
 

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cps usually last 100k :D
 

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Hi Tim, welcome from Canada :smile:

Good luck in your search :tu:




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Welcome from the Sacramento Valley Enthusiasts!

I would go for the SLK 32.
Depending on mileage & SLK 350’s recall issues.
 

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Welcome from Portland, Oregon. Enjoy the forum and once you have decided on the SLK, the top down driving.
 

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Welcome from North Hampshire, UK :tu:
The R171/350 sounds a nice spec car, but I think a test drive will confirm the R170/32AMG is better engine R)
 

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Hello Tim, I am biased being a 2005 350 owner.. i have 175000 km on the clock, I have had the engine in bits once to check through for all the suspected issues, and did not find one of the dreaded foes, other than a few sticky paddles in the intake manifold which were cleaned with a paraffin wash, a couple of new sensors on the exhaust and thermostat, new shocks, exhaust mod, new tyres, services on time with good oil and filters, and a lot of polish and a repair on the front spoiler and she is the best looking 2005 350 in our area.... maybe the only one???? but she is a great looking, reliable, fast car.... my meagre input to your quest....
Dave
 

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