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I test drove a 2005 SLK350 manual with about 67.5K miles today, and noticed plenty of squeaks and creaks from the rear (my 2001 bimmer does this too). Is that normal for the age? Just concerned that it may indicate rough usage by previous owner. This is at a Ford dealer so they know nothing about the car, and have only the Carfax report to share. The roof seems to work, at least opened and closed a few times.

I suspect the rear shocks are due for replacement. Even I could make the rear of the car bounce a bit ...

The clutch and gear shifts were impressive. I am easily impressed since I drive a 2007 IS250 manual. Even hard-core Lexus fans are vocal about the fact that the manual on those are the worst ever.
 

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from rear and not from the roof mechanism? slk is pretty solid unless that car has had rear end damage. get a carfax? nothing really to lubricate on the slk. when struts/shocks go, they are replaced. maybe a broken spring?
 

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The carfax is clean, no accidents reported. Just some routine maintenance through its life. No major repairs noted either. It certainly sounded like it was coming from the trunk, but there was nothing inside.
 

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you could always place a friend in the trunk and see what they hear :D
there is a green light in there for them
 

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I'm serious though :D one can hear a lot of things as you drive around in there.
 

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I have the same noises I think. I have been doing searches on this forum and there are posts regarding trunk adjustments, roof adjustments, lubricating stuff etc. I am trying things one step at a time but no solution so far. My car has never been hit and the shocks feel fine. I am at 68k.
 

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When we bought our present SLK280, it was noisy like hell, squeaking from all kind of places.
I went for the usual greasing and adjusting, which reduced it big time.

However, I had one very persistent squeak from the back, which looked like coming from the left seat-belt area.
It took me a sunny morning to one more time exclude one after an other, only to find out it was the black window panel next to the rear window.

I guess several summers of sunshine dried out the plastic clips by which this panel is held to the frame, resulting in the hard snapping sound.
Some greasing did the trick, and the car is basically noise-free since then.

Yes, they are noisy if not maintained, but rather easy to solve, and no reason not to buy one, as long as the noises come from the roof / boot / window combo.
 
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