loading Loading please wait....

Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG: Buying guide and review (2005-2010)

Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG: Buying guide and review (2005-2010) Classic and Performance Car
Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG
The best AMG Mercs are ever so slightly bonkers. For the first SLK55 they squeezed a 5.4-litre V8 into the R171-gen SLK bodyshell and created something wild and really rather wonderful. Naturally aspirated, the engine developed 355bhp and a walloping 376lb ft of torque – enough to rocket the diminutive SLK from 0 to 60mph in well under five seconds, all accompanied by a thunderous muscle-car soundtrack. 
OK, so the stability program – which couldn’t be fully disabled – could be a little frustrating, but such was the 55’s appetite for rear tyres most owners would forgive it that. And with the folding metal hard-top providing GT-like refinement when you weren’t in the mood, here was a car with a broad range of talents. It was also the official safety car for the 2004 F1 season. Credibility was assured.

Which one to buy? 

AMG’s hot-rod went on sale in the UK in 2005 and the last ones left showrooms in 2010. There was a facelift in 2008 that sharpened the F1-inspired snout and brought a number of worthwhile improvements – including a 10 per cent quicker gearshift for the 7G-tronic auto (there was no manual option on the 55). There was also a Black Series version with slightly more power, slightly less weight and lashings of carbonfibre, but these are incredibly rare and hence expensive.
The great thing about the ‘regular’ SLK55 AMG is that it offers fine value, with prices from as low as £15k. But a word of caution. These may be affordable, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to be cheap to run. The AMG components are often fearsomely expensive to replace – particularly the brakes. (And while you’re thinking costs, note the jump in road tax for post-April 2006 cars, from £280 to £490.) Be on your guard and check the history fastidiously to avoid big bills lurking round the corner. If in doubt, get it inspected: a couple of hundred spent now could save thousands.

Performance and specs

Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG
Engine V8, 5439cc
Power 355bhp @ 5750rpm
Torque 376lb ft @ 4000rpm
Transmission Seven-speed automatic, rear-wheel drive
Weight 1575kg
0-60mph 4.9sec
Max speed 155mph (limited)

Dimensions and weight

Wheelbase 2430mm
Length 4087mm
Width 1794mm
Height 1271mm
Kerb weight 1540kg

Common problems

• The 113-series V8 is ‘bulletproof’, and generally regarded as trouble-free. You hardly ever hear of any problems with them, but it’s always good to remove the airbox and check for gasket oil leaks
• A recent set of spark plugs gets a big tick. There are 16 of them (specialists charge £5 a plug, Merc dealerships £10) and it’s a two-hour job to change them, so even an independent will charge the best part of £200 for full replacement.
• Make sure the gearbox has had its fluid changed at 40,000 miles – essential to prolong its life and avoid a major bill. If the shifts are smooth it’s probably OK – their speed and trigger-points depend on how the car has been driven. 
• The gearshift in the earliest cars was rather dull-witted, but there were a number of software upgrades to improve its responsiveness, so try to confirm these were done.
• The earliest cars had a particularly impressive brake set-up with six-piston calipers. After 18 months these became a (rarely taken) option and a four-pot set-up became standard. Either is more than up to the job, but the discs are formidably expensive – budget around £1000 just for a pair of fronts, even from an independent. 
• If the handling feels out of sorts, the front suspension arms may need replacing – fortunately not an expensive job. Potentially very costly, though, is any damage to the alloys, so check for anything more than light kerbing, including the inside of the rims for pothole damage.
• Standard interiors are a little plasticky but build quality is good. Check the roof mechanism works just as it should – they’re generally reliable but any repairs will be pricey.
• The most common fault is with the heated seats; if the elements in the base and backrest need replacing it’s a £1700 job.

Owners clubs, forums and websites

• www.slkworld.com – SLK community
• www.mbclub.co.uk – forums, advice, events
• www.benzworld.org – forums, advice, classifieds
• www.mercedes-amg.com – official AMG community

Summary and prices

You should expect to pay £10k-plus for an average-miles 2005 car with a full service history. £15-20k buys you a really nice 2005/2006 example with desirable extras. The Airscarf neck-heating warm-air system is highly prized, and the Comand infotainment system too (though its satnav isn’t great). The Harman Kardon hi-fi is nice to have, as is the upgraded Designo interior. Post 2008 facelift cars start at around £20k, rising to around £27k for an end-of-the-line 2010 car.
Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG
Last updated: 27th Sep 2016
collapse this

Mercedes-Benz SLK cars for sale

214 Search results
Mercedes-Benz SLK
0 25300 GBP
  • Mercedes Slk 2004

    £3,995 £3,995

    Excellent condition. New battery, new m air flow filter, almost new tyres,new speed sensors, alarm, alloy wheels,black leather interior, three lady owners from new. Serviced in September 2016, full 12 months MOT, all electric roof.

    • Mileage: 84951 mi
    • Engine size: 2295
    For sale

    £3,950 £3,950

    12 months MOT, Full service history, Excellent bodywork, Interior - Excellent Condition, Cruise Control, Air-Conditioning, Computer (Driver Information System), Alloy Wheels (16in), Alarm, In Car Entertainment (Radio/Cassette), Seats Electric (Driver), Electric Windows (Front). 2 seats, Black, MORE CARS AVAILABLE AT WWW.MJMCARSALES.CO.UK DEBIT/CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED,, GBP 3,950

    • Mileage: 48000 mi
    • Engine size: 2.295
    For sale

    £7,495 £7,495

    We are pleased to offer this highly specified SLK200 in Bright Silver Metallic with Red Heated Nappa Leather Upholstery and GBP 6,000 of factory extras as listed.;;The car has been maintained to a high standard and is in excellent order. A great value convertible, ready for summer and not to me missed;;Upgrades - Alloy Wheels - 17in 5-Spoke Design, Parktronic (PTS), Nappa Leather Upholstery, Heated Seats, Drivers Seat and Ext Mirrors -Elec/Mem, Airscarf - Neck Level Heating, Telephone Pre=Wiring with Hands Free, Remote Control for Roof Operation, CD Autochanger in Glove Compartment, Glass Wind Deflector, Folding Exterior Mirrors, Rain Sensing Wipers, Bi-Xenon Headlamps with Cornering Light, Headlamp Wash, Tyre Pressure Loss Warning System, Cupholders;;Standard Features - Automatic Climate Control, Electric Convertible Roof, Cruise Control, Multi-Function Steering Wheel, Computer, Two Keys, Alarm, Immobiliser. 2 seats, Bright Silver Metallic;;We are open by appointment 7 days a week. All of our vehicles are HPI checked and clear. Our cars are prepared to the highest standard and are subjected to a full mechanical inspection prior to sale. We offer a range of extended warranty options from 6 months to 3 years

    • Mileage: 58000 mi
    • Engine size: 1.796
    For sale
  • Mercedes-Benz SLK

    £12,995 £12,995

    Variant name:SLK200 KOMPRESSOR ,Derivative:R171 (FL) ,Variant: SLK200 Kompressor Auto Convertible Electric Hard Top Sat Nav Bluetooth Full Leather Heated Seats Airscarf Parktronic Only 33,000 Miles Full Mercedes and Mercedes Specialist Service History 5 Stamps Over 6,000 Pounds of Extras 09-Reg Fire Opal Red, Electric Hard Top, Full Black Leather Interior, Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth, Heated Seats, Airscarf Neck Level Heating, PTS Parktronic Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Multi CD, Media Interface and AUX/USB/iPod Connection, Air Conditioning, 2-zone Climate Control, Cruise Control, Electric Windows/Mirrors, Power Steering, ABS, Traction Control, Front And Side Airbags, Multi Function Steering Wheel, Centre Armrest, Auto Headlights, Front Fogs, 17in Mercedes Alloys, Remote Mercedes Alarm, Only 33,000 Miles from New, Full Mercedes and Mercedes Specialist Service History, 5 Stamps in Service Book, Costs nearly £35,000 New and Has Over £6,000 of Extras, Can Achieve Over 48 MPG and Costs Just £280 Per Year To Tax, Low Road Tax. Not Subject to T Charge. Alternative to SLK230 SLK250 SLK280 SL350 SL55 AMG Sport. Every Vehicle is Subjected To a Rigorous RAC Approved 82 Point Buysure Inspection and is supplied Fully Serviced With a RAC Platinum Parts and Labour Warranty, 1 Years MOT, 12 Months RAC Roadside Assistance including home start and HPI Checked, 4 Years RAC Platinum Parts and Labour Warranty Available, Over 200 Cars in Stock, Finance Available, No Deposit Required, Part Exchange Available. McCarthy Cars Are RAC Approved and Highly Recommended By Them, Have Complete Peace Of Mind With The McCarthy Cars and RAC Buysure Programme. Available extras include Privacy Glass, Bluetooth, Sat Nav, DAB Radio, Front and Rear PDC Parking Aids, Leather Interiors and Heated Seats. McCarthy Cars are a Multi Award Winning Car Dealership and Most Loved Business in Croydon. Find Us On Facebook, You Tube and Twitter @mccarthycarsuk. McCarthy Cars, A Family Run Business Established Over 40 Years Ago, Open 7 Days a Week. CR0 3RG, 02086888086 / 07966248547 www.mccarthycars.co.uk sales@mccarthycars.co.uk

    • Year: 2009
    • Mileage: 33000 mi
    • Engine size: 1.8
    For sale
  • Mercedes Slk 2005

    £5,495 £5,495

    Superb condition, new full years MOT, unusual colour not the normal silver, number plate not included. Call 07802424832

    • Mileage: 82000 mi
    • Engine size: 1796
    For sale

    £7,995 £7,995

    We are pleased to offer this exceptional Mercedes SLK200 Compressor in Obsidian Black with Heated Black Nappa Leather Upholstery and "SLK" registration plate.;;The vehicle has been has been serviced annually from new, professionally valeted and detailed and is supplied with 12 months MOT.;;Upgrades - Alloy Wheels - 16in 5-Spoke Design, Parktronic (PTS), Nappa Leather Upholstery, Heated Seats, Black Full leather interior, Standard Features - Cruise Control, Air-Conditioning, In Car Entertainment (Radio/CD), Auto Headlights, Multi-Function Steering Wheel, Computer, Two Keys, Alarm, Immobiliser, Warranted Mileage. 2 seats, Obsidian Black;;We are open by appointment 7 days a week. All of our vehicles are HPI checked and clear. Our cars are prepared to the highest standard and are subjected to a full mechanical inspection prior to sale. We offer a range of extended warranty options from 6 months to 3 years

    • Mileage: 55000 mi
    • Engine size: 1.796
    For sale
  • Mercedes Slk 2002 kompressor

    £2,250 £2,250

    Good condition for age. No advisorys. Have extra pair of headlamps also windbreaker when top down. Only selling due to needing bigger car.

    • Mileage: 125 mi
    • Engine size: 2295
    For sale
  • Mercedes-Benz SLK

    £18,989 £18,989

    Sat Nav, Climate Control, Heated Seats, AirScarf Heating, Multi CD, LED Daytime Lights, Power Hood, Tyre Pressure Monitor, Multi Function Steering Wheel inc Gear Shift Paddles, Sports Suspension, Full AMG Styling and 18" AMG Alloys. Full Mercedes Service History. Due in Soon. www.imperials.co.uk ------ Please call us to Confirm which of our 3 Essex Showrooms your desired vehicle is located at before travelling to see us, Everyone of Our Cars Goes Through Our In House Work Shop Prior to Sale by Our Fully Qualified and Experienced Technicians - Buy with Confidence, For up to 20 images of this vehicle and an Instant Finance Quote please view www.imperials.co.uk, For Out of Office Hours Enquiries please call Kenny 07875 539530 and he will be happy to help, We are also good buyers of all prestige, Sports and 4x4 vehicles so why not give us a call for a price on yours, Please Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter, Thank You, www.imperials.co.uk

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 24000 mi
    For sale
  • Mercedes-Benz SLK

    £7,990 £7,990

    Iridium silver, Full black leather, Driver and passenger heated seats, Air scarf, Bluetooth phone prep, 17'' alloy wheels, Cruise control, Multi function steering wheel , Fully automatic power hood, Single disc CD, 2 lady owners from new, Only 46,000 miles, Full service history, 6 stamps in the service book, Just been serviced, 1 year MOT, HPI clear, Excellent finance options available, Comprehensive 3 year warranty options available, EXCEPTIONAL CONDITION THROUGHOUT

    • Mileage: 46000 mi
    • Engine size: 1796
    For sale
  • Mercedes SLK250 AMG Sport Diesel Roadster

    £17,250 £17,250

    With this amazing price a fabulous deal for some Summer motoring fun. Mercedes SLK250 AMG Sport Diesel Roadster Truly beautiful DIAMOND SILVER - METALLIC (Silver blue colour a £695 option) with Crystal Grey leather seats, red stitching and red seat belts.LED DAYTIME RUNNING LIGHTS. DRAFT STOP (FABRIC DESIGN). AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION 7-SPEED. STEERINGWHEEL GEARSHIFT SHIFT PADDLES. TIRE PRESSURE LOSS WARNING AMG SPORTS SUSPENSION. GLASS ROOF AMG 5 SPOKE 18" WHEELS AMG SPORTS PACKAGE DIRECT START / ECO START/STOP FUNCTION AMG ENGINE INCREASED PERFORMANCE (DISP. 2.2 LITRE), FLOOR MATS - AMG Multi stage heated seats Becker navigation prewired. AUDIO 20 RADIO WITH CD CHANGERDAB digital radio tuner, LEATHER STEERING WHEEL / LEATHER GEAR SHIFT KNOBOne previous owner (Mercedes) and only 19,000 miles.Very recent full Mercedes Main Dealer service.The perfect supremely stylish economy car (70mpg)Taxed at £130 per year. 07847105459, 01733 394978

    • Mileage: 19500 mi
    • Engine size: 2143
    For sale
Related Specification
Related content