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My wife has decided that she wants an SLK and has come up with the specification:

Facelift R171 (i.e. from 2008) in Thulite Red with either Orient Beige or Natural Beige upholstery.

Needs a minimum of heated seats and Airscarf and factory parking sensors

Needs to be in very good condition and low mileage.

If anyone has one for sale or knows of one for sale I would be grateful if you would let me know.
 

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1. For sale threads are not editable by the poster. If you need a change made, please contact a moderator.
2, Thread should include price, pictures, contact info like email address. Try to not post a phone number. If you have less than 15 posts, you won't be able to reply by pm as newbies won't be able to pm the seller either since they also probably have less than the required 15 posts to do so.
3. Why are threads uneditable? In case of a dispute, the seller cannot go back and say something was X when it was Y, because the seller changed it in his favor.
 

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Past experience says that if you want a colour other than white, black and silver
you need patience.
Dial in leather and option choices you have to expect a long wait.

Good luck.
 

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Past experience says that if you want a colour other than white, black and silver
you need patience.
Dial in leather and option choices you have to expect a long wait.

Good luck.
I think she is starting to realise that she has more chance of seeing Lord Lucan ride past on Shergar.

Sods Law though states that buy one in another colour and immediately will be advertised exactly what you were looking for.
 

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I think she is starting to realise that she has more chance of seeing Lord Lucan ride past on Shergar.

Sods Law though states that buy one in another colour and immediately will be advertised exactly what you were looking for.
Yes, the dilemma of buying.

Plenty of nice cars out there, but wanting something different
is a game of patience, or compromise.

We were not after a silver 350, nor black interior, but to get the spec without
waiting for an age silver it was.
Not long after a lovely light blue came up and got bought by a member here.
(Ironically, it is currently for sale again http://www.slkworld.com/slk-cars-sale/461665-sale-uk-facelift-2010-slk350-%A312-950-a.html ).

That resulted in the silver getting a purple paint job.
Phase two is to change the interior.

It's like being in a casino, you place your chips and hope.
The difference being that most SLKs turn out to be winners.

Good luck with the hunt.
 

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Good luck with your search tho I think your wife has picked a rare colour combination.
IMHO don't get hung up on Parktronic. I've had both my 350's retrofitted with rear park sensors at my dealership, not an expensive job and MB Warrantied. I don't think front parking sensors are neccesary.
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Good luck with your search tho I think your wife has picked a rare colour combination.
IMHO don't get hung up on Parktronic. I've had both my 350's retrofitted with rear park sensors at my dealership, not an expensive job and MB Warrantied. I don't think front parking sensors are neccesary.
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Thanks for that. Do you mind me asking how much MB charged, and do these give both audible and visual indications?

And yes, she is coming more and more to the conclusion that it might be a forlorn hope - yesterday she said 'I might wait six months and nothing turn up'.

Did look at a 350 yesterday drove it and whilst it had PAS the steering did fell somewhat heavy (I also drove it), heavier than a 200 that she akine drove a couple of days ago - is the 350 under assisted compared to the 200?

She is now thinking that she might be able to stretch to a 350 insurance wise having got some quotes - 86p more for a 350........oh the joys of being older :)
 

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Thanks for that. Do you mind me asking how much MB charged, and do these give both audible and visual indications?

And yes, she is coming more and more to the conclusion that it might be a forlorn hope - yesterday she said 'I might wait six months and nothing turn up'.

Did look at a 350 yesterday drove it and whilst it had PAS the steering did fell somewhat heavy (I also drove it), heavier than a 200 that she akine drove a couple of days ago - is the 350 under assisted compared to the 200?

She is now thinking that she might be able to stretch to a 350 insurance wise having got some quotes - 86p more for a 350........oh the joys of being older :)
Paul, haven't driven a 200, but Marisa gets on fine driving her 350 and she's petite.

Seems like you need to test drive the right car, one that already has parking sensors :wink:

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Quite a few in autotrader but none with the specification regarding interior upholstery, if that's a deal breaker you may well be looking for a while. Or maybe not too.

I would think with Winter months approaching not many convertibles would be advertised as not many sell during these months according to most of the car dealers i spoke to.

Maybe set up some email alerts on the normal car webpages with your specifics and wait it out?
 

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Thanks for that. Do you mind me asking how much MB charged, and do these give both audible and visual indications?

And yes, she is coming more and more to the conclusion that it might be a forlorn hope - yesterday she said 'I might wait six months and nothing turn up'.

Did look at a 350 yesterday drove it and whilst it had PAS the steering did fell somewhat heavy (I also drove it), heavier than a 200 that she akine drove a couple of days ago - is the 350 under assisted compared to the 200?

She is now thinking that she might be able to stretch to a 350 insurance wise having got some quotes - 86p more for a 350........oh the joys of being older :)
My car has o/e Parktronic front and rear, and it's the front that I use in the main, as the bonnet disappears from view and it's easy to hit kerbs and car park stops, especially with the AMG spoiler.

I think Airscarf is a bit of a gimmick. I drive all year-round with the roof down and in the colder weather you need to wear something with a collar, or a scarf - in which case the warm air directs at your clothes. The volume of hot air produced doesn't come close to countering the ambient, turbulent cold air of winter. Having said that, s/h buyers like the idea, so it's a good option to have, even if it doesn't work very well...
Heated seats (that work - they are prone to failure) are a real must for winter top-down comfort. And, I wish mine had the heated steering wheel option too.

I started out looking for a 350, but when I test drove a 55 and found to my amazement that the insurance was only an additional £30/year - it was a no brainer. Finding a red 55 however, unless Davie wants to sell 'Mabel'...
 

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Thanks for that. Do you mind me asking how much MB charged, and do these give both audible and visual indications?

And yes, she is coming more and more to the conclusion that it might be a forlorn hope - yesterday she said 'I might wait six months and nothing turn up'.

Did look at a 350 yesterday drove it and whilst it had PAS the steering did fell somewhat heavy (I also drove it), heavier than a 200 that she akine drove a couple of days ago - is the 350 under assisted compared to the 200?

She is now thinking that she might be able to stretch to a 350 insurance wise having got some quotes - 86p more for a 350........oh the joys of being older :)
My car has o/e Parktronic front and rear, and it's the front that I use in the main, as the bonnet disappears from view and it's easy to hit kerbs and car park stops, especially with the AMG spoiler.

I think Airscarf is a bit of a gimmick. I drive all year-round with the roof down and in the colder weather you need to wear something with a collar, or a scarf - in which case the warm air directs at your clothes. The volume of hot air produced doesn't come close to countering the ambient, turbulent cold air of winter. Having said that, s/h buyers like the idea, so it's a good option to have, even if it doesn't work very well...
Heated seats (that work - they are prone to failure) are a real must for winter top-down comfort. And, I wish mine had the heated steering wheel option too.

I started out looking for a 350, but when I test drove a 55 and found to my amazement that the insurance was only an additional £30/year - it was a no brainer. Finding a red 55 however, unless Davie wants to sell 'Mabel'...

PS - My steering is light and responsive!
 

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Paul, haven't driven a 200, but Marisa gets on fine driving her 350 and she's petite.

Seems like you need to test drive the right car, one that already has parking sensors :wink:

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Thanks for that - Yve drove another 200 today and found it light and Terminals reply says light and responsive so maybe something wrong with the car driven.

It's not me that needs to find the right car think I could have easily :)
 

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My car has o/e Parktronic front and rear, and it's the front that I use in the main, as the bonnet disappears from view and it's easy to hit kerbs and car park stops, especially with the AMG spoiler.

I think Airscarf is a bit of a gimmick. I drive all year-round with the roof down and in the colder weather you need to wear something with a collar, or a scarf - in which case the warm air directs at your clothes. The volume of hot air produced doesn't come close to countering the ambient, turbulent cold air of winter. Having said that, s/h buyers like the idea, so it's a good option to have, even if it doesn't work very well...
Heated seats (that work - they are prone to failure) are a real must for winter top-down comfort. And, I wish mine had the heated steering wheel option too.

I started out looking for a 350, but when I test drove a 55 and found to my amazement that the insurance was only an additional £30/year - it was a no brainer. Finding a red 55 however, unless Davie wants to sell 'Mabel'...

PS - My steering is light and responsive!
Thanks for the reply - from the length of the bonnet I can see your point. As for the steering then your reply confirms that the 350 driven may not be quite right although did wonder if there was a faster rack on the 350.
 

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"Did look at a 350 yesterday drove it and whilst it had PAS the steering did fell somewhat heavy (I also drove it), heavier than a 200 that she akine drove a couple of days ago - is the 350 under assisted compared to the 200?"

I think Direct Steer on later cars (post 2009?) makes a big difference. I noticed it immediately when I test drove my current car, much better, but as usual it was an option I think.

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Rear Parktronic retrofit was £250.00. It gives audible warnings only but with incremental increases in speed of beeps as you close on an object till a solid warning to bring you to a stop. It spots individual objects e.g. posts and bollards well.

Re your search, I looked for six months to get the spec I wanted on my first car and eventually conceded on exterior colour - had to accept silver not blue, but all other options present. Three years later I looked for five months for my current car which met all spec.expectations and more, but it was highly sought after, only advertised for three days and I just pipped a buyer from Norwich by about 45 minutes when I bought it.
Soooo, my advice would be.....
Decide which are your MUST have options and those you're prepared to concede on.
Scour MBUK Sales site and AutoTrader EVERY day.
Be prepared to travel nationally at short notice to view.
Don't forget main dealers will take a five hundred pounds refundable deposit over the phone if you find a car you think is right.

Good Luck and Happy Hunting
TonyS
 

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Rear Parktronic retrofit was £250.00. It gives audible warnings only but with incremental increases in speed of beeps as you close on an object till a solid warning to bring you to a stop. It spots individual objects e.g. posts and bollards well.

Re your search, I looked for six months to get the spec I wanted on my first car and eventually conceded on exterior colour - had to accept silver not blue, but all other options present. Three years later I looked for five months for my current car which met all spec.expectations and more, but it was highly sought after, only advertised for three days and I just pipped a buyer from Norwich by about 45 minutes when I bought it.
Soooo, my advice would be.....
Decide which are your MUST have options and those you're prepared to concede on.
Scour MBUK Sales site and AutoTrader EVERY day.
Be prepared to travel nationally at short notice to view.
Don't forget main dealers will take a five hundred pounds refundable deposit over the phone if you find a car you think is right.

Good Luck and Happy Hunting
TonyS
Hi Tony

Thanks for your advice and experiences and also to others who have imparted their wisdom.

As for AutoTrader every day I am looking at that and a number of other site several times a day - even resorted to Irish sites - prices in the South seem far higher than in the UK. Emailed out to all the MB dealers and a few have come back. Having stated precisely what was required one came back to say that he had a nice 66 plate with 4k miles and we have probably got something similar....er no, it needs to be an R171 and no offence to owners of R172 but she does not like the front of those. However, another dealer came back to say that he had found 2 at auction. Not much in mileage between the two but higher than Yve would have liked but here came a compromise and I think it would have been all systems go for one of them. In my mailing to the dealers I had stated that it needed to be the facelift and when a couple of photos came through it was pre-facelift. A deal breaker. However, think it might have been a different case had it been low mileage. Just hoping he will carry on searching and find the right car.

And we have been travelling. Yve quite likes the dark blue colour but it is not as nice to her as the red. We did travel to lookat a pre-facelift car near Newcastle which has low mileage but the bodywork left a lot to be desired and the seats looked as though they had done 100k more.

Luckily the car is not urgently needed (apart from to stop the frustration of trying to find it) as it will be more of a fun car for her.
 
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