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What do you think will happen to prices of SLK's in general. Will they go down, will they go up. Is now a good time to buy.

I'm currently in the market for a second hand AMG CDi250. I'm wondering whether or not it's worth waiting ????

What does everyone think ???
 

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Got my car last June now had it 9 months paid £21.500 from main dealer now can buy one at the same dealer for £16.000 even less at a car supermarket so I would think mine now P/X would 14 to 15k so weather a new modal or not prices go down go down Sharpe anyway.
 

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Got my car last June now had it 9 months paid £21.500 from main dealer now can buy one at the same dealer for £16.000 even less at a car supermarket so I would think mine now P/X would 14 to 15k so weather a new modal or not prices go down go down Sharpe anyway.
Hi Rob, may I ask you what mileage was on your car when you bought it 9 months ago ?
 

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Up for the recent 55s.
That's fairly unlikely. The market for the 5.5V8 was so minuscule that even big v8 loving Mercedes admitted defeat and stopped selling them. Which is a shame.

Mercedes marketing people were genuinely gobsmacked by the impact of the CDi 250 on sales. Private buyers still bought the petrol-engined cars in small numbers but the recent boom in SLK sales has been driven by company car drivers who are suddenly allowed to spec an SLK because it's a diesel. I've been to 4 focus groups in the last 2 years and everyone said the same thing. Diesel was what they could have, could they have a more powerful diesel please?

When asked about what would put people off running a big petrol engined car the answer was simple - running costs - because these drivers were typically doing 15-20,000 miles per year.

There will always be a few people who want the KING-engined car and they will want a 55 but most 55s will sit at specialist dealers until one of those special buyers comes along and pays the premium the specialist dealer is asking.

Most people want a diesel or a small petrol because you get the look of the 55 without having to shell out the significantly higher running costs.

So I'm sorry but I don't see the prices of 55s going up. Holding firm, quite possibly but then there will be no significant volume of used SLCs for at least 12-24 months so until then SLK prices won't deteriorate much, if at all. And that is right across the board. Once the used SLCs start to hit the forecourts and the discounts kick in to drive production volume then SLK prices will collapse and there will be a knock-on effect on R171 prices. R170 prices can't really fall any further. They're splitting into the banger and future classic market at the moment and the better cars will go up in value as the ORIGINAL SLK will be the one collectors want to keep.
 

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probably right to buy now if price is good

hi just my experience buying both last of the old models and first of new the models. There are pro's and cons to both approaches, but there are fantastic deals on new SLK's (diesel AMG is now under £30k new) I reckon you can get about 25% off list including accessory as dealers shift the last of the old models.
Once they have gone, the new model will not be discounted as much, therefore the old to new differential will be preserved and dealers will forget the massive discounts as they try and sell you a second hand SLK for £5k less than a second hand SLC forgetting the SLK was discounted by £7k to start with.
A nice spec will as others have said, mark yours out when it comes to resale, remember loads of kit that is standard on other cars is an option on a Mercedes.
I bought mine new in October and benefitted by being ablate negotiate a discount several £1000s less than dealers had one year old cars on the plot, as they got a bonus from Mercedes for shifting them. (Plus reduced service plan costs and a three year warranty.)
You could also pick up a nice specced ex demo from a dealer, (but it will have been driven by a hundred different people) :smile:
You pays your money, you takes your choice, good luck.
 

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Hey, thanks this is a fantastic post. I'm so torn as to what to do. Realistically I only what to spend between 16-20 on a car..... i've never spent that much on a car before so have never really negotiated on a car at this kinda price so I'm unsure what I should be asking for.

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get a r171 slk 55
they are about that price range from 2005/2006

oh and don't forget your intro

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Hey, just done my intro etc.

I was originally looking at SLK350 (r171) but my other half started moaning saying "Why are you buying an older car blah blah blah"

then i heard some stuff about engines on 2005/2006 r171 350's being dodgy or some rubbish like that and that really put me off.

Im now being accused of being a ditherer. I hate it .. i just want a car ffs :'(
 

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get a slk 55 amg different engine..M113
 

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Hi Rob, may I ask you what mileage was on your car when you bought it 9 months ago ?
MY car is now a few miles over 15k the car came with comand, front / rear parktronic and air scarf's. It had one private owner I did not want a ex lease as I have had ex lease cars before both had a bit of paint work done smart repairs and did not last long, as I believe these cars have to go back in a good conduction.
Since I have had my car 62 plate (9 months) it has had 2 sensors replaced elec window motor and the window regulator and Dab radio is rubbish, tomorrow I will be calling into the dealers as one of my door mirror dose not heat up and a roof leak. And its red so may be the paint will be f----d in the near future. Going to be looking into the new fiat 124 spider when it comes out I don't think it will be any less reliable than my SLK if it is it will be a lot cheaper to repair..
 

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It is a good time if you wish to buy a new discounted car , liverpool mercedes offered me a brand new 300 for just over 27k , clearing the old model stock ?
I'm sticking to my plan for a 55 although I was tempted to look !
 

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See loads of CDi SLK's cheap, and don't believe that the SLC will be any different.

I still don't see the point of a diesel sports car, especially an open top one where you can get a good lungful of soot!

The SLK will drop in price with the new model, and yes the 55 will too, however like the R171 55, I believe the R172 55AMG will find a level and will stay there, but that price will be under £20k I'm afraid.

Most people aren't aware that the V8 can do 30mpg, mine has averaged nearly 28mpg in the 18,000 miles it's done which is better that my V6 supercharged Audi S5 Sportback.

Will be really interesting to see how efficient the new V6 turbo will be, bearing in mind that at 70mph my car is a 2.7 litre four cylinder rather than a 3 litre V6. Haha......

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Diesel ones are very cheap, you can get 1 year old from 23K, basic spec. Just went through Autotrader and Used Mercedes website. SLK200 seems to keep value a bit better and most have better spec due to being private purchases or ex-demo cars. 350s are from 27K one year old.
 
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