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Hi from Gloucestershire, UK. I know nothing about SLK's but Google led me to forum while doing some research. Very useful resource - thank you. Have put refundable deposit down on 2014, 55 AMG at a Merc Main dealer as the V8 experience is tempting....before I get too old. 40k miles, FIVE owners, full MB service history (every 12 months or less), good MOT history (only advisories tyre & pad wear over its lifetime, all sorted), dealer has supplied build spec (only has 5 spoke alloys, not the cool black ten spokes), its Diamond White (not sue if this is a sensible colour) and will be supplied with Merc AMG 2 year warranty. Perhaps I'm naive but this sounds a reasonably solid history/purchase. Going to view for first time next Tuesday & hoping I'll fit in it as it looks tiny and I'm 6.3. After 35 years of Land Rover products its a bit of a venture into the unknown, but hopefully fun.
 

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Welcome neighbour,
very good choice of car and colour.
I’ve had mine for 3 years and have to say it’s the best car I have ever owned.
enjoy the car and watch the forum for local meets.
 

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Going from Land Rover products to an SLK is a big change so have a good test drive first, the driving experience os going to be completely different.
Had my 230 now for several months and dont regret buying it for one minute and i prefer driving it to my much newer Audi A3.
You will notice many differences like your bum being much closer to the road, annoying blokes in vans in your rear view mirror who get more angry if your roof is down. Since the winter time change have noticed on my way home how often headlights (a lot of Land Rover products included) seem to be straight into my eyes being lower down.
Essentially your head is going to be at the same height that your backside usually is in a Land Rover product. Takes a bit of getting used too.
 

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Going from Land Rover products to an SLK is a big change so have a good test drive first, the driving experience os going to be completely different.
Had my 230 now for several months and dont regret buying it for one minute and i prefer driving it to my much newer Audi A3.
You will notice many differences like your bum being much closer to the road, annoying blokes in vans in your rear view mirror who get more angry if your roof is down. Since the winter time change have noticed on my way home how often headlights (a lot of Land Rover products included) seem to be straight into my eyes being lower down.
Essentially your head is going to be at the same height that your backside usually is in a Land Rover product. Takes a bit of getting used too.
Thanks for your thoughts. Appreciated. Dealer has agreed to let me drive car for a minimum of a hour which will hopefully be sufficient time to get a feel for it. Being so low and in such a compact car is going to feel very odd but is also part of the attraction to me, something totally different and with a lot more grunt. The Discovery will be staying though as need it to cart mountain bikes around and occasionally tow a horse box. Apologies on behalf of Land Rover owners for the headlights at night which also have a tendency to wallow up & down due to floaty suspension. An A3 & and SLK - nice combo.
 

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When you test drive make sure go down some less well surfaced roads as the ride can be quite jostly and not for everyone. Massive difference to ride in the Landy or indeed most other less sporting cars.
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When you test drive make sure go down some less well surfaced roads as the ride can be quite jostly and not for everyone. Massive difference to ride in the Landy or indeed most other less sporting cars.
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Being in Gloucestershire I'd recommend the opposite - see if you can find some nice smooth and even roads so that you can experience what the car feels like on them :D
 

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When you test drive make sure go down some less well surfaced roads as the ride can be quite jostly and not for everyone. Massive difference to ride in the Landy or indeed most other less sporting cars.
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Good point. Quite a lot of my driving is country roads so I'd also have to learn to dodge potholes rather than go straight over them.
 

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Being in Gloucestershire I'd recommend the opposite - see if you can find some nice smooth and even roads so that you can experience what the car feels like on them :D
😄 Very true. I've currently got a buckled alloy on the Disco from a water filled pothole near Winchcombe that was a lot bigger than I expected. Sounded like the wheel had come off when I hit it.
 

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Winchcombe is particularly bad for some reason. The roads are very narrow as well so not so easy to dodge round them.
lovely part of the country though and just up the road from me.
 
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