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trade in $ 5715
Private sale $6950
retail $8950
125,000 miles,no accidents, great condition,only 1000 imported ,I think.
Eye opener this morning.
No, I'm NOT getting rid of it,just curious......
 

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Wouldn't go much by the trade in or retail value as the make / model you are trading it in for has an impact on what the dealer is prepared to pay. Most dealers will just dump your car into an auction and lose some of the money they paid you, while making it up on the vehicle you are buying and or the interest if you are financing the vehicle. The dealer gets a whack load of incentives on a new vehicle so he ain't going to be losing anything...don't worry about that.

When I traded my car (2010 R171 350 AMG package) the dealer gave me just above what I was expecting so I was relatively happy. The Sales Manager put my car on the forecourt the next day $5,000 more than what he gave me :surprise: He said that he was impressed with the condition of the car and while normally he would have sent it to auction, as it was more than 3 years old,(apparently here in the GTA the MB group won't finance cars older than 3 years), he decided to put it on the forecourt because summer was around the corner, which of course generally increases the profit on a convertible.

While I might have got a slightly better deal privately, its just too much hassle with government paperwork plus the fact I would have probably missed out on the car I have now.

A car is only worth what people are willing to pay for it, sometimes you win, more often or not you lose, unless you have a drop dead classic that everyone wants................as they will with mine (and others on the forum) as it will be one of the last NA hand built AMG V8 engines for an SLK:x....that's my theory anyway>:D
 

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Wouldn't go much by the trade in or retail value as the make / model you are trading it in for has an impact on what the dealer is prepared to pay. Most dealers will just dump your car into an auction and lose some of the money they paid you, while making it up on the vehicle you are buying and or the interest if you are financing the vehicle. The dealer gets a whack load of incentives on a new vehicle so he ain't going to be losing anything...don't worry about that.

When I traded my car (2010 R171 350 AMG package) the dealer gave me just above what I was expecting so I was relatively happy. The Sales Manager put my car on the forecourt the next day $5,000 more than what he gave me :surprise: He said that he was impressed with the condition of the car and while normally he would have sent it to auction, as it was more than 3 years old,(apparently here in the GTA the MB group won't finance cars older than 3 years), he decided to put it on the forecourt because summer was around the corner, which of course generally increases the profit on a convertible.

While I might have got a slightly better deal privately, its just too much hassle with government paperwork plus the fact I would have probably missed out on the car I have now.

A car is only worth what people are willing to pay for it, sometimes you win, more often or not you lose, unless you have a drop dead classic that everyone wants................as they will with mine (and others on the forum) as it will be one of the last NA hand built AMG V8 engines for an SLK:x....that's my theory anyway>:D
Five thousand more! Wow! LOL:surprise:
 

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Five thousand more! Wow! LOL:surprise:
I believe some of that 'extra cash' is due to the fact that as an MB dealer they have a Certified Warranty Program, so in the event something does go wrong at least they have some money to cover the costs as well as leaving some 'wiggle room' for price negotiation. It didn't take them long to advertise and sell my car, but he never told me how much they sold it for. I just hope it went to a good home:grin:
 

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I paid $5500 for the 2003 SLK32 AMG in the pic below 2 weeks ago. 185k miles, but very clean overall and runs great. The values are low right now but are bound to start going back up on the SLK32's based on the performance and low production numbers. (One of the reasons I picked it up.... :)
 

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Just bought this 2002 SLK230, Kompressor. 57k original miles, from 2nd owner, new perfect shape. The tires were 9 years old, and will replace them due to age, not wear, as soon as I determine what to get that will give me all season and quiet ride. All records including original window sticker, and kept in garage under a cover. The paint is in such good shape, that I was able to get have NAPA mix up from factory paint code, some touch up, for a chip on one of the mirrors, and there is absolutely no paint fade.
I am sure I overpaid for it, since it is the base model with only the automatic added, at $8700, and will put money into it, but it matches my Harley, so I had to have it.
 

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Paid a premium for mine 2 years ago. Had to have the Amber/Red. Normally prices go up I n spring or summer. As someone else said, it is worth what someone is willing to pay. Mileage, color, and condition determine the price. BTW...they made 4,300 of the 32's through 2004, about 60% to the US. There is a thread on here somewhere with the numbers. Not selling mine either!????
 

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"The tires were 9 years old, and will replace them due to age, not wear, as soon as I determine what to get that will give me all season and quiet ride."

continental extreme dws
 

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I second the recommendation on the conti' extreme DWS - had them on several sports cars and they are a very good year round tire. quiet, good treadwear, good grip in dry and wet, and will get you by in light snow if you need to.
 

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I recommend Michelin Pilot Sport AS/3.
I had them on my Boxster and now on my SLK. I love them!
I convinced a buddy to switch from Contis to Michelin on his SLK55 and he was also pleasantly surprised.
Awesome grip and quiet too. :smile:
 

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jbkufahl you bought a car with low mileage so the price is not so high. A great car.


I always had Michelin Pilot tires before and now I changed to Continental by recommendation. It's a hard tire and I like the feel.
They say Michelin is using fast. I don't know as I am not a tire burner.
Well the future will tell for the Contis. I only have them a week.
 

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I personally think that the SLK32 AMG, is a future collectable. The R170 design is classic, the production numbers are low, the performance is fantastic. Mine only has 25k miles, and since buying I've been frustrated with some poor quality, having to replace the K40 module, immobilizer, crank pulley, etc., but now that those things are behind me I look forward to trouble free future driving. Still need to replace/repair the rear view mirror, and a broken grill (previous owner). Key to future value will be to keep it 100% original and not be tempted to modify, which for me is hard because I personalize or modify almost everthing, but not this car.
 

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I recommend Michelin Pilot Sport AS/3.
I had them on my Boxster and now on my SLK. I love them!
I convinced a buddy to switch from Contis to Michelin on his SLK55 and he was also pleasantly surprised.
Awesome grip and quiet too. :smile:

probably couldn't hear the tires because of the exhaust.:grin:
 

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I personally think that the SLK32 AMG, is a future collectable. The R170 design is classic, the production numbers are low, the performance is fantastic. Mine only has 25k miles, and since buying I've been frustrated with some poor quality, having to replace the K40 module, immobilizer, crank pulley, etc., but now that those things are behind me I look forward to trouble free future driving. Still need to replace/repair the rear view mirror, and a broken grill (previous owner). Key to future value will be to keep it 100% original and not be tempted to modify, which for me is hard because I personalize or modify almost everthing, but not this car.
Agree with you on most points. Love mine and won't be for sale, but I am still gonna drive it?.....personilze it a little and keep you old parts. Could do the smaller pulley for performance and put it All back if you sell it.
 

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I agree, anything that's reversable is fine to modify. I'm not planning on selling mine and do plan on driving it as much as possible. Living where I am though, it's pretty much off the road from late Nov thru early May. Too much snow, ice melt, and sand mixed with snow. Every car gets throughly dirty within a few miles and keeping them clean is a pain. That's why the Winter car is a Subaru with Blizzak tires.
 

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Bought the Continental Extreme Contact DW for $768 out the door @ Discount Tire. ($70 rebate still due from Continental)
Very pleased with the result and it includes lifetime rotation and balance.
 
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