Premium Member 2010 SLK350
I’m a 171 fan because I like the scoop shape of the hood.Hi everyone,
Joined today as I am considering an SLK as a high days and holidays car for the wife and I to enjoy our retirement in. Pondering which model to concentrate on so thought I would ask the experts. I realise that there are three possible answers and none will be incorrect!
Will not be doing high miles so want petrol and as are our other cars are manual it would seem sensible to stick with this rather than automatic although I have driven autos in the past. Don't need high performance so the 1.8 seems to be the one to go for which will also avoid possible balance shaft issues and higher road tax on some year models.
I think I have settled on the R171 as first choice for the following reasons:
- the car will have to spend most nights out, possibly under a cover. Those R170s left in good condition will be getting on a bit now and deserve a nice dry garage.
- the electronic handbrakes on the R172 worry me, especially on a car not being used every day. One got stuck on a hill near me recently and caused a major traffic jam when the handbrake would not release.
Is the above a sensible approach? Is there any difference in the three models regarding reliability / ease of maintenance? If you had your time again what would you go for?
Last point; I understand 19 inch wheels are a no-no for comfort but are the 18 inch wheels OK as many seem to have these?
Thanks for reading,
LeeP (Caterham, UK)