you posted this in r172 so I moved it to R171 since that is what you referred to above
right. but only in the r171. There is no 280 in the R172The 280 is a 350 with a few changes:
3.0 liter engine instead of 3.5 (and commensurately lower horsepower, slightly better fuel economy)
smaller wheels/taller tires (lower performance but softer riding, last longer, less expensive)
fewer high-end gadgets and features
The engine is nearly identical except for the displacement and a few technical variations, so no difference in reliability.
Having owned both, I prefer the 280. In my routine driving the higher performance of the 350 was meaningless (rarely got a chance to fully use it) and I enjoy the softer ride of the 280 when driving around town. The only thing I liked better about the 350 was the styling of the wheels.
The 280 can still come with the options I value: heated seats, Airscarf, choice of transmissions, digital climate control, etc. so the choice was a no-brainer for me. But if you value high performance, the 350 will smoke the 280 any day.
Saw that Jeff, just thought I'd clarify that it was known as both in the UK. Not sure if that was the case in all markets.SLK 300 (known as SLK 280 in some markets) – 3.0 L (2996 cc) 170 kW (231 PS; 228 hp) double overhead cam V6 engine, 0–100 km/h (62 mph) 6.3 seconds, top speed 155 mph. (starting in 2006 model year)
Possible, it was registered on 30th April 2009.wow. fl 280s. must of been the last of the batch of the 2008 runs.
Hey thanks for that, phew have to say prices are all over the place with SLK`s, perhaps they think the 19k mileage justifies the price, not for me that`s for certain.I tested a 2009 facelift 280 last month, so they definitely exist.
This is the car I tested, which is overpriced, so don't buy it!
Thanks for that, I prefer the manual gearbox and take your point re the air scarf,No airscarf, no sale. Sorry, but unless you're only going to drive it in the summer I wouldn't go there.
2nd one looks much more interesting. Loads of toys. Manual box is a matter of taste, I won't start that discussion again though!
However, if you can get a deal on this then you'll have a virtually unique car:
Hey thanks for the info, I`ve had a few soft tops and managed ok without an air scarf system, I do prefer a manual gearbox for the drive.If I were looking for a 280/300 I would seek a facelifted (08 reg to 60 reg) with a 6-speed manual gearbox and sport pack. Sport pack includes bigger brakes, 18" rims, lowered suspension, lip spoiler. Without sport pack, the 280 has 16" rims and brakes that can be a little stressed on brisk runs in the twisty stuff.
Didn't have air scarf or heated seats in our SLK200 and never missed either.
An OEM Perspex wind deflector is very useful.
As for the 1.8 Litre four-banger, it pulls harder than many people expect but I do understand the appeal of a V-6.
Good luck in your hunt.