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Have owned my 2009 slk 350 171 for last 2 years ,got the itch for a 55. Couple of questions . If you had the option would you go for late 171 or an early 172 . Secondly what differences should I expect and is the upgrade worth it ?
Thirdly how do I explain the benefits to the wife ?
 

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Hi there, well the first thing that comes to mind is: What budget do you have?
Secondly, which shape do you prefer, R171 or R172?
Thirdly, way up the differences between the 350 and the 55.
Then drive the cars to see what you think and feel. Life can be simple, make a decision and never look back...Just be prepared for your face to be stuck in 'smile mode' from then onward as you listen to that wonderful V8 every time you drive it....(If you buy one of course)
 

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I went from 350 r171 to r171 55. do it like mentioned whether you like the r172 nose or not
plus the r172 55 has about 415 hp and the r171 has 360 (without ecu tune or headers like mine 415 hp)
 

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amg, kleemann ecu tune and headers. see my thread in my sig block


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The only SLK I've ever driven is the R171 SLK 55 AMG, so it's difficult for me to comment on upgrade comparisons... I know that once I'd driven it, I didn't want to settle for anything else (and I haven't regretted it for one second)!

My budget only allowed me to go for the R171, which is quite handy because I prefer the style of the R171 to the R172 anyway... if I could have afforded the R172, I would have had to drive it, and who knows whether those 415 horses would have enticed me to buy that instead or not!

As for your third question... If your purchase relies on you having to sell the benefits of the 55 to your wife, then I'd suggest you don't even drive one in the first place! :D
 

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I upgraded last year from a 2010 R171 350 (AMG styling etc) to an R172 55....night and day. Engine output aside the comfort level is definitely a step up from the 171. As soon as I started the 55....my smile was from ear to ear and I haven't stopped smiling since; the exhaust note alone sold me.

I am currently depressed because the 'baby' is now tucked away for the winter :crying: I just want to drive this car every day:grin:

Of course I kept with tradition and did not tell the Mrs that I changed the car, I have managed to pull this off times 3 previously with only 24hours of fall out This time no fuss just a jaw drop:surprise: I put her behind the wheel and that was that...no problem:x

Go for it........171 or 172 you won't regret it and you won't stop smiling....and neither will the wife..if she is understanding and if you do go for the 172 you can tell her you will save money on gas as its only a 4 cylinder and very eco friendly....well until you put your foot down anyway>:D
 

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With German cars it is advisable to buy the latest model year of any generation within your budget and specifications. For example, buying a facelift R171 instead of a PFL R171 means you do not have to worry about the potential balance shaft or oil burning issues.

If it was my money, and the R172 does not have a killer feature you really need, then I would go for a late model R171 55 AMG. Admittedly, I do rather enjoy Keyless-go and the sunroof in the r172... but I digress.

Can't help you on the whole wife part because I (thankfully) have no experience in that department. :grin:

Let us know what you decide upon! Whatever you end up choosing I am sure you will love it.
 
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