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just a curiosity here but at what point would you say nope



to buying an SLK55?

Is a 130k mile care necessarily a worse buy than one at 50k miles? At what price point do you think "hey who cares about double the miles, the car is lovely and it'll only be my weekend toy anyway"?
 

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Take my car for example and hoping not jinxing it (2009 SLK 55 AMG)
104000 miles....9 years old in 2017 in May.......

Not a lick of any issues
Had new front struts put on at 100000
Had new caliper put on at 100000
Put a Supercharger on it at 102000 miles
Has headers and ECU tune

http://www.slkworld.com/performance-mods-r171/390442-my-kleemann-supercharger-adventure-vids-posted-153-188-198-a.html

As long as you have all the maintenance records, there really should not be any mileage 55 you should reject.

Talking about R171 55s of course

Find one and do it!!!
 

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A great question and not easy to answer.

A low mileage ignored may have more issues than a high mileage well maintained car.

When I was looking I wanted under 70K but would have still looked at figures above that.

Eventually found one under 40K and was ecstatic to find it.
 

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Sorry but there are too many variables in that equation. What, who, why and when are critical factors.

But to answer your question, I wouldn't spend much more than $15k on a used anything. That's just where I am personally in life. The day may come when I might gamble with $100k but that day is not now. With a car like an MB, I would need to see service records no matter what. With a daily driver like an old VW, does it start? I'll take it. If the engine falls out, I'll fix it. I believe there are two types of car owners: those who take care of their cars and those who don't. To some people, cars are disposable, so they don't bother taking car of them. Part of the equation is knowing what type of person the seller is. Go with your gut feeling. If it walks like a duck but squeals like a pig, it's probably not a duck.
 

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130k is not a lot if the car is well maintained. There are low mileage vehicles that are in worst condition than some high mileage cars approaching 175k. Also, assuming the vehicle is well maintained, an indoor car is preferred. Go with your gut feeling, if the seller acts like a car is just a car with no maintenance work to prove what he says, it's time to skip.

I had an M3 a long time ago that had 100k on the motor. Maintained it well and drove it up to 260k before selling. I never had reliability issues. I only sold it due to lack of space.
 

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just a curiosity here but at what point would you say nope



to buying an SLK55?

Is a 130k mile care necessarily a worse buy than one at 50k miles? At what price point do you think "hey who cares about double the miles, the car is lovely and it'll only be my weekend toy anyway"?
Milage paranoia is mainly an English thing , it was started by the car trade to enable them to knock down the px price . There's plenty of cars in the states and mainland Europe with so many miles on an English person wouldn't even dare risk driving it to the scrap yard . A Dutch friend living in France was until recently driving around quite happily in an ex gendarmerie Renault Clio with 350,000 km on the clock , her boyfriend decided it was about time she should be driving something better , he's a car guy , so they sold it privately without problem . It would have been scrapped in England many years ago .
 

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My W126 went for scrap with 93k miles on the clock. The engine and transmission were smoother than the day the car left the factory. The interior (grey leather) was virtually unmarked. However, the wings, arches, suspension components and bumpers rendered it uneconomical to repair.

Modern machining and lubricants pretty much render the odometer reading irrelevant, up to a point. Overall condition is the key.
 

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Used, but not abused is the key phrase for me when I'm looking at used cars. If a car has higher miles, but has been well maintained throughout it's life, I have no qualms about purchasing a high mileage car. For instance, my SLK32 had 139k miles when I purchased it- one owner, lived in a dry climate, and service records from the local Mercedes dealer since mile 1. I wouldn't hesitate to drive cross-country with it at all.

One of the worst things you can do to a vehicle is let it sit- that's when things that shouldn't have gone wrong, start to go wrong. When I was looking for my SL65, I got very lucky to find one with all the options that I wanted, and one that had more than 30k on the clock (not much more, mind you)! When it comes to the Benz cars with high options (such as ABC suspension), I wouldn't buy one with ultra-low mileage, as doing so is asking for trouble. The R230 forums are littered with low-mileage SLs that have ABC system and other troubles, and 90% of the issues are caused by the car sitting for weeks at a time and those systems not being exercised as they should be.

As a general rule-of-thumb, 10-15k miles per age of the vehicle is perfectly acceptable mileage for something used. If it's only done 5k miles or less/yr, be very leery. If it's done 20k miles or more/yr, check service history and use caution.
 

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Mileage?

My first AMG, a C36 had 103k miles on it when I traded it to a C32. At the time, it ran, drove and looked like new. I should have kept it. The C32 had 126k mi on it when I traded it. Again, nearly flawless. The only issue it had were some niggling CAN network issues that were causing hiccups.

The SLK had 31k mi on it when I got it. I have put about 15k on it since. So far it is flawless. I have found that most AMG's if they are not too late in life are very well maintained. Mine got worked on by our AMG tech or me only. Got fed only synthetic oil and good fuel. And while driven hard at times, it is really difficult to drive them hard on the street all the time without scaring the women and children. Thus most of the time it was being driven at only about 10% of its capability. Loafing as one might say.

In Germany it was common to find E-klasse sedans and diesel taxis with over 750,000 km on the odo. Most looked and drove quite well. While not AMG's, I would hope that having a hand built engine with all the parts fitted to the middle of very tight specs, might also result in a longer life despite being operated at a higher state of tune than the average C-Klasse grocery getter.

For me, I would probably not buy a used vehicle like an AMG with more than 100k on it simply because they are usually my best vehicle and I want to drive it and plan to keep it for a while. However, I have had GM cars with over 230k miles on them that held up well and currently have a 4x4 truck with over 165k on it that is still in great shape. It has been well maintained and drives well. But is beginning to wear out certain things requiring more maint. attention. My past experiences with European vehicles such as Porsche, Merc, Husqvarna, and others indicates that the metal alloys used in the Euro vehicles is often of a higher grade than is often spec'ed for say Japanese vehicles. The pistons, rings, rods, shocks, frames or suspension components all seem to last longer. While a Toyota at 200k mi may be reaching end of life, that may not be true of a Benz if they both got similar maintenance practices. I stopped buying new cars 20yrs ago.

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