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Super Moderator CA 2012 SLK55 AMG w/P30
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Moved it to Off Topic as we have no control over those ads (sold/not sold/etc)
 

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Super Moderator UK SLK 55 AMG 2007
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So that's why system went funny.

This thread would normally be locked (in "Cars for Sale" forum originally) as 1)member does not own it and 2)no control over when it is sold.

As OP has a question regarding this, it is being moved to Off Topic. AND not locked (y)
 

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Super Moderator UK SLK 55 AMG 2007
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SmartTop is not oem.
Often removed pre sale as it is worth more sold separately.

What is ST (for those wondering)?
 

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Premium Member 2005 SLK200 Komp 'Silkie Growler'
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SmartTop is not oem.
Often removed pre sale as it is worth more sold separately.

What is ST (for those wondering)?
It was a joke about the car that has everything Myk. Sorry that wasn’t clear. :)
 

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Super Moderator UK SLK 55 AMG 2007
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It was a joke about the car that has everything Myk. Sorry that wasn’t clear. :)
I didn't know if OP knew though (y)

The infamous MB 'fully loaded' or 'has everything'.
A mythical beast.
You go for one option and they delete something from another.
 

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Premium Member 1999 SLK 5.4 M113
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The shifter is TERRIBLE. bright ringed wheels are TERRIBLE. fake carbon fiber everywhere is TERRIBLE (unless done correctly). aftermarket taillights are TERRIBLE. Fake LED light strip in the headlights are ... you guessed it... TERRIBLE.


You asked for opinions :)
 

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Registered 2006 SLK55 AMG
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Thanks and apologies
I didn't know if OP knew though (y)

The infamous MB 'fully loaded' or 'has everything'.
A mythical beast.
You go for one option and they delete something from another.
Absolutely right, wasn't aware so thanks. I'm currently searching for a 55 and seeing some wonderful descriptions like 'Magic Sky option £5000.00!!!'love it.
The shifter is TERRIBLE. bright ringed wheels are TERRIBLE. fake carbon fiber everywhere is TERRIBLE (unless done correctly). aftermarket taillights are TERRIBLE. Fake LED light strip in the headlights are ... you guessed it... TERRIBLE.


You asked for opinions :)
Love it. Agree with all 👏 does look shocking.
 

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Premium Member 2013 SLK350
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Personally, I like most of the mods on the car, and for a 15 yr old car and 100,000+ miles, that car looks great. No idea what it is worth in the UK market tho...

As a comparison, my first SLK was a silver 2005 55 AMG purchased for $25K. It had 75K miles in 2012 (7 years old) when I bought it. The car needed another $2.5K just to get it to good working condition.... Sold it for $15K (traded in for another car, so low-balled trade-in) in 2014 with 112K miles. Spent another $2.5K in repairs over its 2 year ownership...
 

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Super Moderator UK SLK 55 AMG 2007
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One recurring theme when hunting is patience.
And it sounds like you are.

Another is right condition, price & options, but not colour scheme and vice versa.

My impression is prices rise come spring (makes sense when we are talking convertibles).
And that some owners/garages have unrealistic expectations of price.

One hunting ground is garages that sell multi make, but not MB specialist.
Be aware, many cut and paste descriptions though.
(I found a nice blue 171, condition etc fitted, but it listed folding rear seats!).
If you can find a high end seller, where the SLK/C is run of the mill,
you may find they just want to move it on to make room for the pricier stock after a px.

This is absolutely gold for viewing.
Make sure the rear chassis is good.

This is worth doing if performance is sluggish on test drive.

IF you can, try and find out insurance values for if it was written off
(someone may be able to provide Glasses Car guide prices).

A 2005 55 with 100K+ is nowhere near 16k.
My 07 with 70K is in for repair. At just over £4k it was bordering a write off for just body damage.
Insurance would value between £8-12k.
I spotted that blue, folding rear seats whilst thinking the worst.
It was similar to mine in most respects (especially mileage/year) and nearly £17k.

Check out road tax.
The 05 is lower RT, but I can't remember exactly when it skips to over £500/yr,
but it is not long after.
 

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Registered 2006 SLK55 AMG
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Thanks for the comprehensive reply. You're right I am very patient, literally, having spent 4 months in hospital. Latterly I spent a Lot of time searching for 55's. I decided against 06 to 11 MY as tax is £570 which I refuse to pay. I prefer dual clutch and option to drop to 4 cylinders, but also prefer the 05 body shape which is what I am probably going to end up with. So am tracking and in conversation with an 05 SLK55 at big money and will keep in touch with the forum as to where it gets to. Thanks again
 

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Premium Member 2012 SLK55 AMG
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Well personally I like it.
It looks like the same one that was on my ‘interest’ list when I was looking at 171s a couple of years ago.
I found it’s helps my wife likes it too, especially the wheels. If we all liked the same then the world would be a dull place;)
Also, I believe the high tax bracket started in March 2007. That was how I got my last Impreza so cheap as it was May 2007 so was just inside the higher tax bracket and it put people off.
 

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My personal opinion? Be a bit more patient. All the eBay add-ons turn me off from the get go. Not sure the market in your area but I think you could find one newer, with lower miles and performance package for that price.
 

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Premium Member 2018 SLC43
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Think it's interesting to post up potential car purchases on our Forum, as everyone see's something different and guides people to what they should be looking for - So here's My 2 pence worth:

First point is the there is no picture of the mileage and the pictures where taken in the summer on a posh drive with two other Merc's, so though the drivers seat looks excellent condition for over 100,000 miles - When where the pictures taken?

The spider headlights with the built in DLR's are a good addition.
Body kit, Rear Diffuser and rear LED tail lights sets the car apart from ever other Black R171/55
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High lighted in the MOT History that the 19" SL65 wheels potentially hit the bodywork..??
MOT History Link: And one of the previous owners who did 20k miles in one year, put the car in for a MOT with 4 x bald tyres - So some of the 5 previous owners have not always cared & lavished money on this 55...?
Plus between July 2015 & January 2016 it only did 100 miles, while waiting for a new coil spring to be fitted...

As for the added stick on Carbon Trim - No, not to My taste....!!
(Can see that this 2005 R171/55 has shift buttons, instead of shift paddles)
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Finally snippet of information is when MB last saw the car:
MB Service Link: Mercedes-Benz Online Service Booking Application
If You enter the Registration, it will give the mileage that MB last saw the car....!!
(And as this car is on a "Select Number Plate" - The original Registration I think? "ET05 FSJ" )
...and if You really want laugh, how much they will service it for: :oops:
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Only £863 for a "A" Service - Plus Extra's...!!!
 

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Premium Member 2007 SLK55 AMG Mystic Blue
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Keep an eye on UK Region and meet up with owners, I did this, touch and feel.
I spent around 6 months looking, there are good ones out there.
The central dash area that's covered in carbon fibre stuff is prone to damage due to the poor quality MB finish. I have always liked the grey two tone because plain black is a bit boring, like mine.
I like to get things that are as near original as possible and change what I want, generally reversible.
The extra Road Tax shouldn't stop you from buying the best car you can find, it's only two tanks a petrol, yes I could use those two tanks to go somewhere for free but being in a car that was a compromise is going to grind on you.
Take your time and get a good one. Meanwhile you can ogle mine....😎
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