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Mercedes-Benz SLK

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  • spokesspokes Posts: 14
    Problem seems to have been fixed properly, and everything put back together correctly. I did the research on the MSRP, but, the Caspian Blue is almost impossible to locate, and it was equipped just right. Wife is happy...bottom line! I will say it handles like few other sports cars I've driven, with the exception of my past 2000 Viper. So far, the 7 speed tranny has performed flawlessly; but, will report any problems. Thanks for the feedback.
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    I've never leased, so can't help you there. But the SLK is offered through the European Delivery program for 7% off MSRP. That's at least a good starting point for negotiations. If a dealer has the car you want in stock, I suggest you "threaten" to go ED unless he makes it worth your while to buy the stock car.

    I would not tell the dealer you need to do a deal by the 17th of August. Tell him you would like to, but have another car available in the meantime, if it takes longer. The European Delivery process takes at least 2-3 months and the dealer will know that if you really need a car by August 17th, he's in the driver's seat, so to speak. Also, don't go ga-ga over a stock car. Even if it's exactly the color and option combo you want, keep them thinking that you still might prefer to order a 2006 to your exact specs and take a trip to Europe for that 7% discount.

    I believe you can lease thorugh European Delivery as well but you might want to check out the Mercedes website first.

    FWIW, I'm no expert at this, but I've gone from having a dealer claim they didn't have any reason to discount a 2005 Porsche Boxster S in early July to now having an offer of $6,000 under MSRP. I had told them that I'd just as soon order a 2006 to my exact specs than pay full MSRP for a 2005. Which, in my case, was true. Now they finally are making it worth my while to take a new 2005. And I didn't have the advantage of a European Delivery discount to use as a negotiating tool. Those obnoxious Porscheons charge an extra $2,000 to show you the factory!
  • Claire@EdmundsClaire@Edmunds Chicago areaPosts: 968
    Folks, this topic is intended for the discussion of features, atributes, and owner experiences with the SLK. If you'd like to talk about prices, buying experiences, etc., please take it to the Mercedes-Benz SLK: Prices Paid and Buying Experience discussion. Thanks.

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  • topspin628topspin628 Posts: 373
    I think this is the correct board to ask for advice. I am interested in a convertible sports/sporty car that I can use as a daily driver and won't punish me on rough roads nor be miserable to drive in city traffic. It should also be a car that can be used for 12 mos. in the NE, not one that goes into storage for winter months. I know that this is a tall order. I am not asking that it can plow through snow storms but I know a friend of mine had an M3 that was unusable once the roads got slick. I also need room for a set of golf clubs and it should be able to handle just a bit of luggage.
    The Boxster looks like a good starting point and I will test drive but not sure about the noise level. Sometimes I can be in the car for 2 hours plus and I don't want to walk out with a headache. I am also considering going back to a stick (have not been there for a long time) and just wanted to know if the trade offs of city congestion are worth the pleasure of the drive on open roads.

    Thank you for any input and suggestions.
  • jprocjproc Posts: 133
    The SLK handles okay in rain but snow and ice-terrible.I use my slk as a 12 month a year car but when the weather says snow I use my daughters car and she goes to school either via bus or a friend
  • greasykid1greasykid1 Posts: 336
    It will handle poorly if you keep the "summer" tires that it comes with. Am changing mine to "all season" for the winter months. Other than that your thoughtest requirement will be golf clubs;though it can be done.
  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    Does anyone here have a SLK280 yet?

    M
  • jprocjproc Posts: 133
    What kind of "all season" tires do you use? Is the handling ok than in snow?
    Thx in advance
  • greasykid1greasykid1 Posts: 336
    There are not a lot of tires that qualify for the SLK. Am going to put on Pirelli P Zero Nero's. Just put these on my E320 about 2,000 mi. ago. Have no winter experience yet but they come well recommended by Tirerack. Go on their website for details. They are a much better ride on my E320. Even my wife noticed it and tires are very low on her list of priorities.Forgot to mention that my E320 had Michelin XGT4 's.
  • artchiartchi Posts: 1
    I got my SLK350 6 days ago and have 503 miles now. Yesterday while driving home on the freeway, the outside temperature reads 144 degrees fahrenheit. It doesn't seem to be that hot because that will be a major news on the radio. Anyways I think it is about 90 instead. Few miles to home, my Check Engine Light came on. I parked the car overnight and this morning started the engine and the light is still on. It is now in the hands of the mechanics at the dealer.
  • spokesspokes Posts: 14
    Does anyone have information on the total number of SLKs that will be shipped to the U.S.? I've been told by the local dealer that only 350 will be shipped; the rest of the production staying over seas. This seems suspect. Any numbers out there?
    Thanks.
  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    Only 350 SLKs to be shipped to the U.S.? That is beyond incorrect. MBUSA's goal for the SLK in this country is 10K units. 350 is a bogus number because they'll ship more than that in SLK55 AMGs too, so I know that number can't possibly be right for the high volume (relative to the AMG model) 280 and 350 models.

    At that number each dealer would only get one SLK to sell. The dealer here has 4 SLK280s and 2 SLK55s.

    M
  • cagneycagney Posts: 5
    What do the hood louvers on the SLK55 do? One opens to a rubber-sealed box and the other is closed off by a plate w. a 1" hole at the rear.
    I've only put 1300mi. on the car so far, but it seems simply AMAZING!!
  • cagneycagney Posts: 5
    Got one more Question. The SLK55 lists two different sets of tire pressures, one inside the gas flap, one on the door frame. Which one do I use? I'm following the door info: 33# front, 39# rear.
  • dgm4488dgm4488 Posts: 8
    I believe even MB has stated that they plan to sell 1,000 - 1,500 55's in the US, so obviously, the no. of straight 350's would be much higher. I'd wonder about that dealer!
  • spokesspokes Posts: 14
    Yea, that's what I thought. I'm really unhappy with this particular dealer in NORCAL. I was suspect of the number as soon as the sales rep gave it to me. However, I had no other way to confirm what the correct shipments were going to be. Thanks for your help. I'll include this information in my letter of complaint to the GM.
  • dgm4488dgm4488 Posts: 8
    Delighted to hear that you like your car so much.........I have one on order and am excited to say the least. Q: Did you order yours and if so how much time elapsed between order date and delivery? Thanks.
  • cagneycagney Posts: 5
    dgm;
    Excited? I have never experienced an automobile as stunning as this SLK55. Even tho I read about it for months, it is far more car than I thought it would be; every time I drive it, I discover some neat new thing Mercedes has done. (Now, if it only doesn't break down.)
    Dare I use the word "bargain"? It cost me about $65k, but seems well worth it. Far less than a Viper, and a Vette convertible, loaded to match, would cost about the same, and you'd STILL only have a cloth top.
    I took delivery in June and had ordered it in Feb. I'm told that if one were ordered now, delivery would be next May.
  • cagneycagney Posts: 5
    At the dealers the other day, a service mgr. commented about having a bad day. Seems a lot of SLK V6s were coming in smoking. This is a brand-new engine; they're too young to smoke. I wonder what's going on. Since I just bought a new Mercedes, I was hoping they had got their quality control act together.
  • dgm4488dgm4488 Posts: 8
    Thanks again..........I thought about it for a long time then decided to go with the AMG version. Among other things I too felt like it was well priced for what the car offers in terms of performance etc. And your information about the delivery schedule is more good news - apparently (and not unexpectedly) it has lengthened a great deal since my order was placed. The article in Car & Driver may have intensified the interest in the 55 and thus the length of the wait list.

    I too hope we don't have reliability problems!
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