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I have not yet purchased my SLK . I am going for a 2013/14 . I have had both petrol and diesel cars over the years and have only found my diesel Cherokee a bit noisy . My question is what are the diesels like to live with day to day. I have heard some videos of them driving hard and they seem fine , but what are they like in traffic or on tick over. Our galaxy diesel seems quite refined , and that is also a 2 lt .

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Hi ,

Thanks for that , I thought they would be quiet , I will be going for some test drives after xmas . As at the moment I have a bad back and would find it difficult to get in and out of the car . I have had a few tours of dealerships , and your right there are quite a lot about . Its hard to find one with all the toys you want at the right price . I know what colour as my wife has told me it has to be black . Don't suppose you know any good outlets , ex lease etc .

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The diesel "chatter" is only really there on start up after that it is hardly noticeably.
Travelling at the moment through the Forth road bridge closure diversions ( 1hour 15 mins to travel 15 miles !) noise is not a problem,
but I must admit that I turn off the ECO button.Moving one or two car lengths at a time then stopping drives me mad with the constant on/off no matter how much fuel it saves.
 

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That's good to know , your engine is in the new 200d but is it the same engine as the 250 cdi . I to would turn off the stop start . How do you get on with having to add urea every now and then .

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The additive is in a separate tank that takes up the spare wheel well in the boot.So instead of a wheel you get a tyre sealant kit to get you home.The additive is checked at service intervals, according to the dealers this enough unless you do a higher than normal mileage.
 

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Hi AAAA

That's good to know , your engine is in the new 200d but is it the same engine as the 250 cdi . I to would turn off the stop start . How do you get on with having to add urea every now and then .

Michael.
Only the 9-speed cars from July 2015 onwards have the adblue injection. Your target car (2013/2014) would not have it. It does mean that the earlier cars are not EU6 emissions standards so potentially you could be banned from central London in the future, but that's not exactly a hardship for me!
 

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Only the 9-speed cars from July 2015 onwards have the adblue injection. Your target car (2013/2014) would not have it. It does mean that the earlier cars are not EU6 emissions standards so potentially you could be banned from central London in the future, but that's not exactly a hardship for me!
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oil burners

Thankyou all for the info.

Does anyone know what standard equipment comes with the car . It is hard to look for one and get everything you want if you do not know.
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Thankyou all for the info.

Does anyone know what standard equipment comes with the car . It is hard to look for one and get everything you want if you do not know.
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The brochure should have that info., on-line or hard copy if they are in the dealers, they had none when I last called in.
You do have to be careful with dealers stock new & used because at first glance they have most of the goodies then a close inspection reveals no COMMAND, or no parking sensors. More obvious is the cloth upholstery & lack of AIRSCARF, the latter essential.
Fully loaded new examples are rare as this pushes up the price to an embarrassing level. I suspect many SLK's are sold to ladees that like to potter around to the gym & lunch with chums & wouldn't be seen dead behind any other badge. As long as the car impresses who cares if it has a fancy ICE or that the mirror doesn't dip automatically.
 

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The brochure should have that info., on-line or hard copy if they are in the dealers, they had none when I last called in.
You do have to be careful with dealers stock new & used because at first glance they have most of the goodies then a close inspection reveals no COMMAND, or no parking sensors. More obvious is the cloth upholstery & lack of AIRSCARF, the latter essential.
Fully loaded new examples are rare as this pushes up the price to an embarrassing level. I suspect many SLK's are sold to ladees that like to potter around to the gym & lunch with chums & wouldn't be seen dead behind any other badge. As long as the car impresses who cares if it has a fancy ICE or that the mirror doesn't dip automatically.
I think fully loaded examples are rare because almost all CDi 250s are company lease cars and any extra has to be paid for in full across the term of the lease so a £500 option over 4 years is £10/month. Mercedes UK massively subsidise the basic lease because it drives market share from the Audi TT TDi that previously was the only premium sporty diesel sportscar on the market. So adding COMAND at £2500 to a £250/month 2 year 20,000 mile lease makes it a £350/month lease. So no-one specs COMAND, or xenons, or the Driver Pack, all of which are highly desirable but you almost never see them on a CDi 250.

SLK brochure from 2014/2015 (the spec is almost identical from 2013)

http://www.walteranderson.com/pdfs/slk-class.pdf

If you buy an AMG Sport model then most things you would want are there, except heated seats and Airscarf. The Becker plug-in navigation is readily available on eBay for £250 and it's actually pretty good, so COMAND isn't really vital.

The Mercedes website has a very good search engine and the dealers will happily move a car from one end of the country to the other so you can have a look at it.
 

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Thanks for the info the only brochure I could get from the dealers was (effective from 1june 2015 ). Your right don't think I have seen one with command line or blind spot etc .
I will continue the search.

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My SLK 250 cdi sound just like the Mercedes vans we have at work and wish I had gone for a petrol one. I know this my seem strange but our VW Jetta is a diesel 2L with DSG and is a miles ahead smooth engine fantastic gear box and quiet.
For the 2014 MY the top end of engine (especially the injection system) was upgraded and the newer ones are much quieter. I always complained bitterly about my MY2013 car but the MY2015 one I have now is perfectly acceptable at idle and very quiet on the motorway.
 

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For the 2014 MY the top end of engine (especially the injection system) was upgraded and the newer ones are much quieter.
That explains a lot - others have commented on the difference - but no-one explained why.
 

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Thanks for that so it looks like i need to look for a 2014 model . Do you know what date they started putting the revised engine in the car . Or are there any obvious signs in the engine bay or designation letters or numbers .

Glad i joined here first before buying , i have learn`t a lot about the car and i have only been on here a week.

Again Many Thanks

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I think I'm right in saying that the 2014 MY starts production mid 2013? Certainly by September onward - in other words 63 plates. But, of course, we have to bear in mind that there could have been pre-2014 MY cars in stock and not registered until after September.

Ideally, just as was sorted for the early R171 350s with their oil burning issues etc, we would need to source the engine nos and / or the VIN nos to identify the modified engine.
 
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