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

Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG: Buying guide and review (2005-2010) Classic and Performance Car
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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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  • MERCEDES SLK SLK280 2007

    £7,495 £7,495

    • Mileage: 83623 mi
    • Engine size: 2.997
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    £29,995 £29,995

    Adjustable Steering Column/Wheel - Memory Rake/Reach, Air Bag Driver, Air Bag Passenger, Air Bag Side - Front Side & Front Curtain, Air-Conditioning - Automatic, Alarm - Unspecified, Alloy Wheels - 18in, Anti-Lock Brakes, Body Coloured Bumpers, Central Door Locking - Remote, Centre Console, Chassis - Sport, Cruise Control, DAB Radio, Electric Windows - Front, Electronic Stability Programme, Exterior Lighting - Bi-Xenon Headlights, Floor Mats - Unspecified, Front Fog Lights, Head Restraints - Front, Headlamp Wash - Unspecified, Immobiliser, In Car Entertainment - Radio/CD/MP3, Interior Finishes - Metal, Mirrors External - Memory Electric/Heated, Paint Metallic, Power-Assisted Steering, Rear Spoiler, Satellite Navigation, Seat Belt Pre-Tensioners - Front, Seat Height Adjustment - Driver/Passenger, Seating Capacity - Two Seats, Seats Electric - Memory Driver/Passenger, Seats Sports - Front, Speakers - Eight, Steering Wheel Leather, Steering Wheel Mounted Controls - Audio/Gears, Steering Wheel Sports, Telephone Equipment - Bluetooth Interface, Third Brake Light, Tinted Glass - Unspecified, Traction Control System, Trafficmaster, Tyre Pressure Control, Tyre Repair Kit - Self Sealing Mob

    • Year: 2012
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  • Mercedes-Benz SLK

    £18,990 £18,990

    Obsidian black, PANORAMIC GLASS SUNROOF, Full black leather, Sport pack including red seat belts and red stitching, COMAND including wide screen SAT NAV, Driver and passenger heated seats, Air scarf, Parktronic front and rear, Bluetooth, Xenon headlights, Single disc CD, Media interface with ipod connection, Harmon Kardon Hifi speaker system, 18'' AMG alloy wheels, Full AMG body styling, Electric folding exterior mirrors, Cruise control, Multi function steering wheel with paddle shift gear change, Fully automatic power hood, Mercedes Benz + 2 private owners from new, Only 34,000 miles, FULL MERCEDES BENZ MAIN DEALER SERVICE HISTORY, 5 stamps in the service book, Just been serviced at Mercedes Exeter, 2 keys, 1 year MOT, HPI clear, Excellent finance options available, Comprehensive 3 year warranty options available, EXCEPTIONAL CONDITION THROUGHOUT

    • Mileage: 34000 mi
    • Engine size: 3498
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  • Mercedes-Benz SLK

    £8,950 £8,950

    Climate Control Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Heated Seats, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Auto Lights, Tinted Glass, ABS, Traction Control, Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), Power Steering, Remote Central Locking, Electric Windows, Electric Mirrors, Multiple Airbags, CD Player, Aux - in, 16'' Alloys Full Light Grey Leather, Airscalf-Neck Level Heating, Electric Roof, Mercedes Service History

    • Mileage: 37000 mi
    • Engine size: 1796
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    £2,195 £2,195

    Mercedes SLK 230 Kompressor Automatic,197 BHP,mot'd May 2018,genuine 98k miles,service history,finished in beautiful Linzarit blue with special order blue/black leather interior,heated seat,electric folding steel roof(perfect for summer or winter with the heated seats)cruise control,climate control,stereo with aux hook up,alloy wheels with matching Continental tyres all round,power steering,electric windows,electric mirrors,multi airbags,abs etc etc,well maintained,recent service,book pack with all owners manuals/service books,2 keys,excellent Mercedes engineering,never smoked in,really nice car inside and out, £2195 part exchange possible pls Call 07982-953975 no texts

    • Mileage: 98000 mi
    • Engine size: 2300
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  • MERCEDES SLK SLK32 SLK 32 AMG Only 34000 miles FSH Rare Black SLK32 Leather AC 2002

    £14,995 £14,995

    Finished in Metallic Black with Only 34,000 miles and a Full Service History, AMG Leather Seats with AMG Embossed, Electric Seats, Heated Seats, Air Conditioning, Metal Folding roof, Cruise Control, CD + BOSE, 17" AMG unmarked Alloys with Matching Tyres All Round, SLK Private plate included, Electric Windows, Remote Alarm and Central Locking, Electric Mirrors. 1 Of Only 263 SLK 32's brought into the UK and Rare being in Black with Such Low Mileage. UK Supplied with Full Book Pack, Old Tax Discs and Spare Key.

    • Mileage: 34000 mi
    • Engine size: 3.199
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    £7,995 £7,995

    Leather, Upgrade Sound System, Upgrades - Floor Mats - Rep Black, Metallic Paint, Alloy Wheels - 16in 5-Spoke Design, 6 months warranty, 12 months MOT, Service history, Black Full leather interior - Clean Condition, Tyre condition Good, Standard Features - Alarm, Computer, Electric door mirrors, Electric windows, Cruise control, Alloy wheels, Remote central locking, Sports seats. 2 seats, Metallic Silver,

    • Mileage: 47555 mi
    • Engine size: 1.796
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  • Mercedes-Benz SLK

    £16,950 £16,950

    AMG Sport Edition 125, Comand Sat Nav, Airscarf, Analogue Clock, Parktronic Parking Guidance, Linguatronic voice control, Full Leather, Heated Seats, Sports Seats, AMG Sports Package, AMG Styling Package, Sports Suspension, 7 speed Auto, Intelligent Light System, LED Running Lights, Headlamp Wash, Auto Lighting, Bluetooth, Bluetooth Audio, DAB Tuner, Tracker Fitted, Cruise Control, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Metallic Paintwork, 18'' Alloys, Full service history We are delighted to offer for sale this stunning Mercedes Benz SLK 200 AMG Sport Edition 125 BlueEfficiency Roadster 7 speed Automatic finished in Obsidian Black metallic. Having covered just 21,000 miles from new this particular SLK really is a lovely example and benefits from having just two private owners from new alongside three service visits carried out at 9k, 16k and 21k. Fabulous specification with close to £9,000 of factory options, which include: AMG Sport Edition 125 model, large screen Comand Online Satellite Navigation system, AirScarf neck level heating, Analogue clock, front and rear Advanced Parktronic parking guidance, multi stage heated seats, Intelligent Lighting System with led running lights and headlamp wash. Linguatronic voice control, Road Sign recognition, Media Interface with DAB digital radio tuner, memory card input, HDD music register, USB storage and Bluetooth audio. Tracker System, AMG Styling Package, AMG Sports Package, Sports Suspension, 18 inch AMG 5 spoke design alloy wheels, Bluetooth telephone, 3 spoke Sports multi function leather steering wheel with paddle shift controls, 7G-Tronic Plus 7 speed Automatic gearbox with Economy, Sport, tiptronic and paddle shift options. Auto lights, speedtronic cruise control, brushed aluminium interior trim, red seat belts, tyre pressure loss warning system, Pedestrian Protection, multi function display with on board info computer, 2x keys, full book pack. A fabulous example, viewing is highly reco

    • Mileage: 21000 mi
    • Engine size: 1796
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  • Mercedes-Benz SLK

    £12,989 £12,989

    Variant name:SLK200 KOMPRESSOR ,Derivative:R171 (FL) ,Variant: SLK200 Kompressor 2dr Auto Black Leather with Contrast Red Stitching, COMAND Interface, Bluetooth Integratrion, Media Input, 6 Disc Autochanger, Heated Seats, Memory Seats, 18" 5 Double Spoke Alloy Wheels, Cruise Control with Speedtronic, Parktronic Front and Rear, Dual Zone Climate, Red Contrast Stitching, Red Seatbelts, Chrome Exhaust Tailpipes, Door sill plates with "Mercedes-Benz" lettering, Electric Roof, ASSYST. Full Mercedes-Benz Main Dealer Service History. Part Exchange Welcome. Please Ask For A Finance Quotation.

    • Year: 2010
    • Mileage: 19000 mi
    • Engine size: 1.8
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  • Mercedes-Benz SLK

    £12,990 £12,990

    Variant name:SLK300 ,Derivative:R171 (FL) ,Variant: SLK300 Hughes Selection is part of the privately owned Hughes Group that represents Mercedes-Benz, Smart, Mazda, Skoda, Seat, Chrysler Jeep, Peugeot and commercial vehicles both retail and fleet. We take in over 1000 part exchanges per year, and carefully select the best ones to retail., Upgrades - Front/Rear Park Sensors, Metallic Paint, Parktronic (PTS), Memory Package, Orient Beige Full Leather, Cruise Control, 6 months warranty, Last serviced on 14/11/2016 at 19,229 miles, Full service history, Excellent bodywork, Beige Full leather interior - Excellent Condition, Standard Features - Air-Conditioning, Tinted Glass, In Car Entertainment (Radio/CD/MP3), Electric Windows (Front), Alarm, Alloy Wheels (16in), Telephone Equipment (Bluetooth Interface), Computer. 2 seats, Metallic Obsidian, A Beautiful Low Mileage example finished In Obsidian Black Metallic with contrasting Beige Full Leather(electric front seats with memory). Car has been taken in part exchange by ourselves an will come with a 6 month Warranty backed by The Hughes Group...a well known and well respected Multi Franchise Motor Group

    • Year: 2010
    • Mileage: 21213 mi
    • Engine size: 3
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  • Mercedes Benz SLK 230 Cabriolet 1997


    SOLD / VERKAUFT / VENDU / VERKOCHT Mercedes Benz SLK 230 Kompressor 1997 Brabus 53.400 km 1997 Mercedes Benz SLK 230 Kompressor in version Brabus. The silvergrey paint is a marvelous combination with the optional red/black Designo leather interior. Only driven 53.400 km and in a marvelous condition. The car has a 2295 CC 193 HP engine. Has the following options: Brabus package, Designo leather interior, leather steering wheel, electric windows etc. So a very unique Mercedes Benz SLK in a very beautiful condition. Car has Holland title and Holland mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1997
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  • Mercedes Slk 2003, black, 3 owners,low miles, excellent condition, private sale

    £3,999 £3,999

    Mercedes slk200 convertible 2003 '03 Black3 previous owners Fully stamped Mercedes service history. 6 speed manual 2 sets of keys Air conditioning Electric windows Electric mirrors Heated cloth seats Cruise control Airbags,driver,penger,sides Wind deflector Mercedes floor mats Mercedes AMG 17" Alloy wheels in excellent condition Mercedes mudguards Stereo with mp3 interface Upgraded Mercedes front grill New battery and brake pads all round Mot August 2017 with no advisories including previous mot history file..new 12 months mot apron sale as I am confident it will p. Avon ZV5 matching tyres all round in excellent condition less than 1000 miles so nearly new..price reflects condition!    

    • Engine size: 1998
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  • Mercedes Slk 2003 Silver, convertible fsh, excellent condition

    £3,999 £3,999

    Mercedes slk 200 manual 2003 '53 Silver (cubanite) 6 speed Lovely clean condition inside and out.. Full service history including previous mot's.. Air conditioning Central locking (fob) Power steering Electric windows Electric mirrors Wind deflector Sony stereo cd player Air bags, driver, penger and sides. Wheels refurbished and tyres in excellent condition Mot October 2017.. I can retest apron sale if desired with 12 months to 7/2018 Price reflects excellent condition and running order throughout!

    • Mileage: 72000 mi
    • Engine size: 1998
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  • Mercedes Slk 2013

    £17,000 £17,000

    For Sale - Mercedes-Benz SLK250 7G-Tronic Bluefficiency 2.1 CDI AMG, 2013, 19000 Miles Outstanding Condition, Very Reluctant Sale, Genuine Reason For Sale, First To See Will Buy - White, Convertible, Diesel, Mot June 2018, 3 Owners, 2 keys, 2 seats, Service History, 18in Amg Alloy Wheels, Start/Stop, Paddle Shift, Bluetooth Interface for Handfree, Aux, USB, Satnav Ready, Cruise Control, Air Con, Eletric Windows, Tyre Pressure Loss, Leather Seats (red stitching/red seat belts) Interged 6 CD Changer, Gl Roof, Heated Eletric Door Mirrors, Plus Many More To List. £17000 Ono, Contact Ashley - 07484108874 Any Questions, Don't Hesitate To Contact

    • Mileage: 19200 mi
    • Engine size: 2143
    For sale

    £21,995 £21,995

    OBSIDIAN BLACK METALLIC WITH DESIGNO CLASSIC RED BLACK NAPPA;;7 Speed Auto : AMG Bodystyling : 18" Split Rim AMG Alloys : Comand : Harmon Kardon;Airscarf : Heated Seats : Memory Seats : Bi Xenon Lights with Cornering function :;;6 Months Warranty : Hpi Clear : Mercedes Security System : Road Tax GBP 535 pa;;Part Exchange Welcome :;;Serviced by Mercedes at 5,879mls : 14,309mls : 20,081mls : 26,347mls : 28,276mls;Serviced by Robin Lamb Mercedes at 37,644mls : 40,030mls : 43,222mls :;;2 Year warranty on this AMG only GBP 350

    • Mileage: 44000 mi
    • Engine size: 5.439
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  • Mercedes-Benz SLK

    £10,000 £10,000

    Full Leather, Air Conditioning, Heated Seats, Electric Seats, Cruise Control, Stability Control, Traction Control, Trip Computer, ABS, Multiple Airbags, Side Air Bags, Front Fog Lamps, Anti-Theft System, Remote Central Locking, Electric Mirrors, Electric Windows, CD Player, Alloy wheels, Full service history Mercedes SLK 230 Kompressor (R170) Only 14.000 miles from new. Extremely rare opportunity to find a SLK (R170) model in this condition with such low mileage, the car has been exceptionally well cared for and cherished by its one gentleman owner from new.The car has lived in dry storage throughout its life and having looked underneath the car whilst on a ramp, it would in our opinion suggest that the car has not had wet weather use.We can advise you that the bodywork is totally immaculate and free of any dents and scratches, we would also like to bring to your attention that we have not discovered one single stone chip on the bonnet nor in fact anywhere else on the bodywork, the interior is as new and free of wear and tear and it still has that wonderful brand new factory smell and all for alloy wheels are in original factory finish and free of any damage or corrosion. This car also benefits from having a Mercedes main dealer service history, the car has had 6 services with one oil change that was non Mercedes dealership, the last service was carried out by Mercedes at 14.000 miles in June 2017. Over the last several years these SLK models have proven to be fast appreciating future classics, if you look at classic car websites such as for example classiccarsforsale.co.uk and search for Mercedes SLK 230 you will see classic car and specialist car dealers already demanding as much as £15.000-£20.000 for top condition examples with very low mileage. Please call for fu

    • Mileage: 14000 mi
    • Engine size: 2295
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