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

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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.
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Last updated: 27th Sep 2016
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    £14,000 £14,000

    SAT NAV PREP, Bluetooth, DAB Digital Radio, Front Centre Armrest, LED Daytime Running Lights, Electric retractable hard top, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Air Conditioning, Climate Control, Front Fog Lamps, Cruise Control, USB Interface, Auto Lighting, Sports Seats, Brake Assist, Auxiliary In, ABS, Air Bag, Alarm, Stereo, Radio, Immobiliser, Central Locking, Remote Central Locking, Electric Windows, Trip Computer, Automatic Electric Windows, Head Restraints, Colour Coded Body, Adjustable Steering Column, Power Steering, Electric Mirrors, Anti-Theft System, Remote Alarm, Height Adjustable Seat, 17'' Alloys For a no obligation test drive, finance quote or part-exchange valuation call us today. You can find more photos, enhanced specification, vehicle documents and the HPI certificate on our web site. Just click on the green 'visit web' site button above. This car has been inspected by trained technicians and passed a multi-point inspection. For a hassle, haggle free buying experience and drive away the same day visit Big Motoring World today.Award winning Big Motoring World stocks up to 2,000 BMW, Mercedes, Audi and VW cars.

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    £10,995 £10,995

    Air Conditioning, Bluetooth, Climate Control, Full Leather, Powered Folding Mirrors, Rain-Sensing Wipers, Alarm, Immobiliser, Locking Wheel Nuts, Remote Central Locking, Heated Seats, Height Adjustable Seat, Sports Seats, Adjustable Steering Column, Cruise Control, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Parking Sensors, Power Steering, Traction Control, Trip Computer, ABS, Multiple Airbags, Auto Lighting, Colour Coded Body, Front Fog Lamps, Metallic Paintwork, Electric Mirrors, Electric Windows, CD Player, Radio, Alloy Wheels, AUX Connection, Car Credit Hitchin, Halogen Headlights, Prepared to the RAC ''BUY SURE'' Program, RAC Approved Dealer, UK Specification, Alloy wheels Stunning Low Mileage 2008 Mercedes SLK200 Kompressor Roadster Auto For Sale at Master Car Sales Hitchin. Finished in Palladium Silver with full Black Leather Interior, this car is in simply fantastic condition throughout. Having covered just 48,000 miles from new in the hands of 2 owners, the car has been very well maintained with Full Service History consisting of 8 Stamps to 46,000 miles, 5 of which have been carried out at Mercedes Main Agents. The car is very well equipped with Full Black Heated Leather Seats, Bluetooth Phone Connection, Heated Airscarf, Reverse Parking Sensors, Radio/CD with AUX Input, Electric Folding Mirrors, Electric Windows, Cruise Control, Climate Control, Alloy Wheels, Remote Locking, Auto Lights and Wipers and much, much more. This truly isn't an example to be missed and must be seen to be appreciated. Sold under the RAC Buysure scheme so will receive an RAC Approved Inspection prior to sale and the new owner will have the benefit of an extendable 6 Month RAC Warranty and 12 Months RAC Breakdown Cover for complete peace of mind. Buy with confidence from Hitchin's only RAC Approved Dealer. On Sale Now at Master Car Sales Hitchin with FANTASTIC FINANCE OPTIONS AVAILABLE - We are a Black Horse Approved Dealer and offer very competitive and flexible terms and rates to suit all budgets and circumstances.

    • Mileage: 48280 mi
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    £6,795 £6,795

    **FINANCE AVAILABLE** IRIDIUM SILVER METALLIC BLACK LEATHER SEATS, Next MOT due 10/11/2017, Last serviced on 01/12/2016 at 60,145 miles, Full service history, Telephone Equipment (Bluetooth Interface), Head Restraints, Power-Assisted Steering, External Temperature Display, Third Brake Light, In Car Entertainment (Radio/CD), Tinted Glass, Trip Computer, Central Door Locking, Air-Conditioning, Seat Belt Pre-Tensioners, Speakers, Mirrors External, Steering Wheel Leather, Alloy Wheels (16in), Immobiliser, Air Bag Side, Computer, Spare Wheel (Space Saver), Electronic Stability Programme, Front Fog Lights, Anti-Lock Brakes, Head Air Bags, Adjustable Steering Column/Wheel, Air Bag Driver, Steering Wheel Mounted Controls, Upholstery Cloth, Alarm, Air Bag Passenger, Electric Windows (Front). 2 seats, Silver, 18" AMG WHEELS PROFESSIONALLY RE FURBED, 2 KEYS, POSSIBLE PART EXCHANGE, VIEWING BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, FINANCE AVAILABLE, more cars available at www.lkcars.co.uk

    • Mileage: 60000 mi
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  • MERCEDES SLK 3.0 SLK280 7G-Tronic 2dr Petrol Auto 2006 55000 Black

    £7,985 £7,985

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  • Mercedes-Benz SLK

    £18,000 £18,000

    SAT NAV PREP, Full Leather, Brake Assist, LED Daytime Running Lights, USB Interface, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Air Conditioning, Auxiliary In, ABS, Air Bag, Immobiliser, Alarm, Central Locking, Remote Central Locking, Electric Windows, Trip Computer, Sports Seats, Power Hood, Automatic Electric Windows, Radio, Head Restraints, Metallic Paintwork, Colour Coded Body, Adjustable Steering Column, AMG Body Styling, 18'' Alloys For a no obligation test drive, finance quote or part-exchange valuation call us today. You can find more photos, enhanced specification, vehicle documents and the HPI certificate on our web site. Just click on the green 'visit web' site button above. This car has been inspected by trained technicians and passed a multi-point inspection. For a hassle, haggle free buying experience and drive away the same day visit Big Motoring World today.Award winning Big Motoring World stocks up to 2,000 BMW, Mercedes, Audi and VW cars.

    • Mileage: 19494 mi
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  • Mercedes-Benz SLK

    £16,500 £16,500

    SAT NAV PREP, Cruise Control, Air Scarf, Harman Kardon, Brake Assist, Heated Seats, Rain-Sensing Wipers, LED Daytime Running Lights, USB Interface, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Air Conditioning, Auxiliary In, ABS, Air Bag, Immobiliser, Alarm, Central Locking, Remote Central Locking, Electric Windows, Trip Computer, Sports Seats, Automatic Electric Windows, Radio, Head Restraints, Metallic Paintwork, Colour Coded Body, Powered Folding Mirrors, Adjustable Steering Column, AMG Body Styling, Power Hood, 18'' Alloys For a no obligation test drive, finance quote or part-exchange valuation call us today. You can find more photos, enhanced specification, vehicle documents and the HPI certificate on our web site. Just click on the green 'visit web' site button above. This car has been inspected by trained technicians and passed a multi-point inspection. For a hassle, haggle free buying experience and drive away the same day visit Big Motoring World today.Award winning Big Motoring World stocks up to 2,000 BMW, Mercedes, Audi and VW cars.

    • Mileage: 11120 mi
    • Engine size: 1796
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  • Mercedes-Benz SLK

    £15,000 £15,000

    SAT NAV PREP, Brake Assist, LED Daytime Running Lights, USB Interface, Front Centre Armrest, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Air Conditioning, Auxiliary In, ABS, Air Bag, Immobiliser, Alarm, Central Locking, Remote Central Locking, Electric Windows, Trip Computer, Sports Seats, Automatic Electric Windows, Radio, Head Restraints, iPod Connectivity, MP3 Player, Metallic Paintwork, Colour Coded Body, AMG Body Styling, Power Hood, Adjustable Steering Column, 18'' Alloys For a no obligation test drive, finance quote or part-exchange valuation call us today. You can find more photos, enhanced specification, vehicle documents and the HPI certificate on our web site. Just click on the green 'visit web' site button above. This car has been inspected by trained technicians and passed a multi-point inspection. For a hassle, haggle free buying experience and drive away the same day visit Big Motoring World today.Award winning Big Motoring World stocks up to 2,000 BMW, Mercedes, Audi and VW cars.

    • Mileage: 39979 mi
    • Engine size: 2143
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    £18,999 £18,999

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    • Mileage: 21000 mi
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