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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-Benz SLK

    £6,000 £6,000

    Variant name:SLK200 KOMPRESSOR ,Derivative:R171 ,Variant: SLK200 KOMPRESSOR

    • Year: 2005
    • Mileage: 106668 mi
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    £17,993 £17,993

    Cruise Control, Radio, Full service history ***All vehicles come with a minimum of 6 months RAC warranty, 12 months breakdown and home start**** SILVER, We are delighted to present this immaculate Mercedes SLK AMG finished in Cubanite Silver, this car comes equipped with; Full Service History 8 Stamps 14/7/08, 11/8/10, 1/8/11, 3,8/12, 6/8/13, 31/1/14, 4/2/15, 27/5/16, Bi-Xenon headlights, 18 inch AMG multi-spoke alloys, Heated and Electric adjustable seats with memory, Comand DVD Sat Nav, Radio, Beige Leather beige Napa interior, CD, Dual Zone air con, Multi-functioning steering wheel with paddle-shift, Electric column, Cruise control, Electric folding wing mirrors. ***This car is HPI clear, we accept credit and debit card payments, we can organise competitive finance for you and will would be happy to take your current vehicle as part exchange. Indoor viewing area. Nationwide delivery available. All vehicles are subject to a £80 admin fee. VIEWING BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. ***(F2WLT Not Included), £17,993, If somebody replies with the e-mail address leontommy6gmail.com, please disregard and inform us directly, as they are not associated to our business.

    • Mileage: 45000 mi
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  • Mercedes-Benz SLK

    £6,950 £6,950

    Full Leather, 2x Car Keys, Power Steering, ABS, Air Bag, Brake Assist, Colour Coded Body, Front Fog Lamps, Metallic Paintwork, Alarm, Anti-Theft System, Central Locking, Immobiliser, Remote Central Locking, Height Adjustable Seat, Power Hood, Electric Windows, Electric Mirrors, Air Conditioning, Dual Climate Zones, Locking Wheel Nuts, Front Centre Armrest, Head Restraints, Electric retractable hard top, Electric Front Windows, CD Player, Radio, Alloy wheels, Full service history

    • Mileage: 70000 mi
    • Engine size: 1796
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    £2,395 £2,395

    Cruise Control, Electric Windows, Electric Mirrors, Power Hood, ABS, Air Bag, Colour Coded Body, Remote Central Locking, Immobiliser, Central Locking, Full Leather, Front Centre Armrest, Photo For Illustration Only, Alloy wheels, Service history Amg alloys, 15 months warranty avaliable. Private plate included

    • Mileage: 106000 mi
    • Engine size: 2295
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  • Mercedes-Benz SLK

    £14,995 £14,995

    Air Conditioning, Bluetooth, Climate Control, Full Leather, iPod Connectivity, Panoramic Sunroof, Rain-Sensing Wipers, Central Locking, Locking Wheel Nuts, Remote Alarm, Remote Central Locking, Front Centre Armrest, Height Adjustable Seat, Sports Seats, Adjustable Steering Column, Cruise Control, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Power Steering, Traction Control, Trip Computer, ABS, Isofix, Multiple Airbags, Auto Lighting, Colour Coded Body, Electric Windows, Electric Handbrake, Electric Mirrors, Electric retractable hard top, Multi-Disc CD Player, Radio, Steering Wheel Audio Controls, 1 owner, 7 G gearbox, Ambient lighting, DAB Radio, ECO stop/start, full service history, Glass roof, illumination package, LED daytime driving lights, navibox preinstallation sat nav, Twin exhausts, vat qualifying, 17'' Alloys, 17'' Alloys, Full service history ELECTRIC GLASS CONVERTIBLE ROOF, FULL ALPACA GREY LEATHER TRIM, 17'' ALLOY WHEELS, Always over 60 Mercedes-Benz cars in stock! We will not be beaten on price!

    • Mileage: 46000 mi
    • Engine size: 2143
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  • MERCEDES SLK SLK200 KOMPRESSOR CONVERTIBLE 2003

    £3,295 £3,295

    THIS IS A FABULOUS, LOW MILEAGE MERCEDES 200 SLK SPORTS CONVERTIBLE, 6 SPEED MANUAL 163 BHP SUPERCHARGED PETROL. FINISHED IN STUNNING AMBER RED METALLIC WITH GRAPHITE CLOTH SPORTS TRIM AND FITTED WITH MANY OPTIONS INCLUDING 17 INCH ALLOY WHEEL UPGRADE, ALUMINIUM SPORTS DASH TRIM, AIRCON, ABS, REMOTE LOCKING ALARM, POWER FOLDING HARD TOP, CRUISE CONTROL, CD STEREO AND ELECTRIC PACK. TAKEN IN PART EXCHANGE DIRECT FROM THE LAST LADY OWNER, ONLY 71.000 MILES FROM NEW AND IN OUTSTANDING CONDITION WITH FULL SERVICE HISTORY INCLUDING AN RECENT MAJOR SERVICE. IMPRESSIVE LOOKS AND PERFORMANCE, BE QUICK FOR THIS ONE!

    • Mileage: 71000 mi
    • Engine size: 1.998
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  • Mercedes-Benz SLK

    £15,795 £15,795

    18'' AMG Alloys, Satellite Navigation, Climate Control, Cruise Control, Automatic Headlights, Rain-Sensing Wipers, Multi-Disc CD Player, Bluetooth, Bluetooth Audio, Aux Port, USB, Steering Wheel Audio Controls, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Electric Mirrors, Electric Windows, Electric Handbrake, Day Lights, Paddle Shift, Wind Deflector, ABS, Multiple Airbags, Anti-Theft System, Remote Central Locking, Electric retractable hard top, Power Hood, Full service history

    • Mileage: 23000 mi
    • Engine size: 2143
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  • Mercedes-Benz SLK

    £15,400 £15,400

    SAT NAV PREP, Air Scarf, Heated Seats, Cruise Control, Parking Sensors, DAB Digital Radio, Powered Folding Mirrors, LED Daytime Running Lights, Electric retractable hard top, Full Leather, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Air Conditioning, Climate Control, Front Fog Lamps, Metallic Paintwork, USB Interface, Auto Lighting, Sports Seats, Auxiliary In, Brake Assist, ABS, Air Bag, Radio, Stereo, Alarm, 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, Rear Headrests, 17'' Alloys Click on this car for full specification. You can find more photos, enhanced specification, Service history, Log book and the HPI certificate on our web site. For a no obligation test drive, finance quote or part-exchange valuation call us today. 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: 18000 mi
    • Engine size: 1796
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  • Mercedes-Benz SLK

    £15,000 £15,000

    SAT NAV PREP, Bluetooth, Paddle Shift, DAB Digital Radio, AMG Body Styling, Front Centre Armrest, LED Daytime Running Lights, Electric retractable hard top, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Air Conditioning, Metallic Paintwork, Front Fog Lamps, USB Interface, Auto Lighting, Sports Seats, Brake Assist, Auxiliary In, ABS, Alarm, Stereo, Radio, Air Bag, Immobiliser, Trip Computer, Central Locking, Remote Central Locking, Electric Windows, Automatic Electric Windows, Head Restraints, Colour Coded Body, Adjustable Steering Column, Power Steering, Electric Mirrors, Remote Alarm, Anti-Theft System, Height Adjustable Seat, Rear Headrests, 18'' Alloys Click on this car for full specification. You can find more photos, enhanced specification, Service history, Log book and the HPI certificate on our web site. For a no obligation test drive, finance quote or part-exchange valuation call us today. 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: 30330 mi
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    £16,995 £16,995

    Panoramic Sunroof, Airscarf, Parktronic Parking Guidance, Power Folding Mirrors, Sat Nav prep, Bengal Red Leather, Nappa Leather, Ambient Lighting, Heated Seats, Sports Seats, 6 cd Changer, 7 speed Auto, AMG Styling Package, AMG Sports Package, Sports Suspension, Bluetooth, Bluetooth Audio, DAB Tuner, Auto Lighting, LED Running Lights, Rain-Sensing Wipers, Cruise Control, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Metallic Paintwork, 18'' Alloys, Full main dealer service history We are delighted to offer for sale this exceptionally high specification July 2012 12 reg Mercedes Benz SLK 250 CDi AMG Sport BlueEfficiency Roadster 7 speed Automatic finished in a truly stunning colour combination of Diamond White metallic with Bengal Red Nappa full leather upholstery. A true testament to its previous keepers (one of which was Mercedes!) this particular SLK really is a stunning example and benefits from having impeccable MB service history, totalling four service visits carried out at 6k, 13k, 19k and a recent major service at 27k. Massive specification with close to £4,000 of factory options: Panoramic glass vario sunroof, AirScarf neck level heating, power folding mirrors, front and rear Parktronic Parking Guidance, multi stage heated seats, Ambient Interior Lighting, Becker Map Pilot Satellite Navigation preparation, Audio 20 stereo system with 6 cd changer, DAB digital radio, USB storage and Bluetooth audio. Mirror Package, AMG Styling Package, AMG Sports Package, Sports Suspension, 18 inch AMG alloy wheels, LED running lights, Bluetooth telephone, 3 spoke Sports multi function leather steering wheel with paddle shift controls, Eco start stop function, 7G-Tronic Plus 7 speed Automatic gearbox with Economy, Sport, tiptronic and paddle shift options. Auto lights, rain sensing wipers, cruise control, tyre pressure loss warning system, Automatic child seat recognition, Pedestrian Protection, 2x keys and a full book pack. A very high specification exam

    • Mileage: 29000 mi
    • Engine size: 2143
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  • Mercedes-Benz SLK

    £17,450 £17,450

    Panoramic Sunroof, Airscarf, Parktronic Parking Guidance, Sat Nav prep, Full Leather, Sports Seats, Heated Seats, DAB Tuner, Bluetooth, Bluetooth Audio, 6 cd Changer, 7 speed Auto, AMG Sports Package, AMG Styling Package, Sports Suspension, Auto Lighting, LED Running Lights, Cruise Control, 18'' Alloys, Full service history We are delighted to offer for sale this exceptionally high specification 2012 12 reg Mercedes Benz SLK 200 AMG Sport BlueEfficiency Roadster 7 speed Automatic finished in a stunning colour combination of Calcite White with Black leather upholstery. Having covered just 19,000 miles from new this particular SLK really is a stunning example and benefits from having had just two owners from new (one of which was Mercedes!) with full service history totalling four service visits carried out at 8k, 10k, 15k and recently at 18k. Fabulous specification with close to £2,000 of factory options: Panoramic glass vario sunroof, AirScarf neck level heating, Parktronic Parking Guidance, multi stage heated seats, Becker Map Pilot Satellite Navigation preparation, Audio 20 stereo system with integrated 6 cd changer, DAB digital radio, USB Storage and Bluetooth Audio. AMG Styling Package, AMG Sports Package, Sports Suspension, 18 inch AMG alloy wheels, fully electric vario roof, LED running lights, Bluetooth telephone, fully adjustable Sports seats, 3 spoke Sports multi function leather steering wheel with paddle shift controls, Eco start stop function, 7G-Tronic Plus 7 speed Automatic gearbox with Economy, Sport, tiptronic and paddle shift options. Auto lights, cruise control, tyre pressure loss warning system, Automatic child seat recognition, Pedestrian Protection, multi function display, on board info computer, 2x keys and a full book pack. An exceptionally high specification example

    • Mileage: 19000 mi
    • Engine size: 1796
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  • Mercedes-Benz SLK

    £16,450 £16,450

    Glass Roof, Parktronic Parking Guidance, Airscarf, Sat Nav prep, Crystal Grey Leather, Full Leather, Sports Seats, Heated Seats, DAB Tuner, Bluetooth, Bluetooth Audio, 6 cd Changer, 7 speed Auto, AMG Sports Package, AMG Styling Package, Sports Suspension, Auto Lighting, LED Running Lights, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Cruise Control, Metallic Paintwork, 18'' Alloys, Full main dealer service history We are delighted to offer for sale this exceptionally high specification February 2013 Mercedes Benz SLK 250 CDi AMG Sport BlueEfficiency Roadster 7 speed Automatic finished in a stunning colour combination of Palladium Silver metallic with Crystal Grey leather upholstery. Having covered just 25,000 miles from new this particular SLK really is a stunning example and benefits from having had just two owners from new (one of which was Mercedes!) with full MB service history totalling three service visits at 5k, 13k and 20k. Fabulous specification, with over £2,000 of factory options: Glass vario roof, AirScarf neck level heating, Parktronic Parking Guidance, multi stage heated seats, Crystal Grey leather upholstery with detailed red stitching, Becker Map Pilot Satellite Navigation preparation, Audio 20 stereo system with 6 cd changer, DAB digital radio tuner, USB Storage and Bluetooth Audio. AMG Styling Package, AMG Sports Package, Sports Suspension, 18 inch AMG alloy wheels, fully electric vario roof, LED running lights, Bluetooth telephone, fully adjustable Sports seats, 3 spoke Sports multi function leather steering wheel with paddle shift controls, Eco start stop function, 7G-Tronic Plus 7 speed Automatic gearbox with Economy, Sport, tiptronic and paddle shift options. Auto lights, cruise control, red seat belts, tyre pressure loss warning system, Automatic child seat recognition, Pedestrian Protection, 2x keys and a full book pack. An exceptionally high spec example

    • Mileage: 25000 mi
    • Engine size: 2143
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  • Mercedes-Benz SLK

    £16,950 £16,950

    Panoramic Sunroof, Comand Sat Nav, Linguatronic voice control, Airscarf, Parktronic Parking Guidance, Power Folding Mirrors, Exterior Mirror Package, Sahara Leather, Sports Seats, Heated Seats, DAB Tuner, Bluetooth Audio, 6 cd Changer, 7 speed Auto, AMG Sports Package, AMG Styling Package, Sports Suspension, Auto Lighting, LED Running Lights, Cruise Control, Multi-function Steering Wheel, 18'' Alloys, Full main dealer service history We are delighted to offer for sale this exceptionally high specification 2013 63 reg Mercedes Benz SLK 250 CDi AMG Sport BlueEfficiency Roadster 7 speed Automatic finished in a stunning colour combination of Cavansite Blue metallic with Sahara leather upholstery. This particular SLK really is a stunning example having had just two owners from new (one of which was Mercedes!) and benefits from having a full MB service history all of which have been carried out by the supplying Mercedes dealer. Massive specification, with over £5,000 of factory options! Panoramic glass vario sunroof, large screen Comand Satellite Navigation System, Linguatronic voice control, AirScarf neck level heating, power folding mirrors, Parktronic Parking Guidance, heated seats, auto dimming rear view mirror, Audio 20 stereo with 6 cd changer, DAB digital radio and Media Interface including HDD music register, USB storage, Bluetooth audio and memory card input. Mirror Package, AMG Styling Package, AMG Sports Package, Sports Suspension, 18 inch AMG alloy wheels, LED running lights, Bluetooth telephone, fully adjustable Sports seats, 3 spoke Sports multi function leather steering wheel with paddle shift controls, Eco start stop function, 7G-Tronic Plus 7 speed Automatic gearbox with Economy, Sport, tiptronic and paddle shift options. Auto lights, cruise control, tyre pressure loss warning system, Automatic child seat recognition, Pedestrian Protection, 2x keys and a full book pack. An exceptionally h

    • Mileage: 44000 mi
    • Engine size: 2143
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  • MERCEDES SLK 3.5 SLK350 2006

    £7,495 £7,495

    Next MOT due 10/04/2017, Last serviced at 58,157 miles, Full service history, Excellent bodywork, Red Full leather interior - Excellent Condition, Tyre condition Excellent, Climate Control, Alloy Wheels (17in), Electric Windows (Front), Alarm, In Car Entertainment (Radio/CD), Computer, Electric windows, Electric door mirrors, Immobiliser, Leather seats, Central Door Locking, Power-Assisted Steering, Remote central locking, Height adjustable drivers seat, Alloy wheels. 2 seats, Black, OVER 40 VEHICLES AVAILABLE TO VIEW IN OUR INDOOR SHOWROOM, ALL VEHICLES GO THROUGH A 50 POINT MECHANICAL INSPECTION and UPTO 3 YEARS WARRANTY AVALIABLE, ALL PAYMENT METHODS ACCEPTED and PART EXCHANGE CONSIDERED, NO DEPOSIT and LOW RATES OF FINANCE AVALIABLE, DRIVE AWAY THE SAME DAY WITH OUR 5 DAY INSURANCE, NATIONWIDE DELIVERY ARRANGED. We would be more than accommodating should an out of hours appointment be required please call on 01642 847847 or 07909 678150.

    • Mileage: 62500 mi
    • Engine size: 3.498
    For sale
  • MERCEDES SLK SLK200 KOMPRESSOR EDITION 10 ROADSTER 2 DR MANUAL. LOW MILEAGE. MERCEDES HISTORY. AIR SCARF. 57 2007

    £8,990 £8,990

    AN IMMACULATE, GENUINE LOW MILEAGE 2 OWNER CAR WITH MERCEDES HISTORY, FULL LEATHER, HEATED SEATS AND AIR SCARF. This car has a total of 8 services recorded with both the Mercedes main dealer and specialist centre. Last serviced at the Mercedes main dealer at 20,540 miles. Mot to 25/09/2017 with no advisory notes. Recent Pirelli tyres fitted. Iridium silver metallic with full red leather interior. 3 stage air scarf and 3 stage heated leather seats. Dual climate control. Cruise control with speed limit control. RDS radio and CD player. 16" 5 spoke alloy wheels with locking nuts. Automatic lights. Front arm rest. Leather multi function steering wheel. Electric heated door mirrors. Matt silver fascia inlays. Drivers information system. Multiple airbags. Front fog lights. Electric windows and roof operation. Remote locking, alarm and immobiliser. 2 keys. 2WD. HPI checked and clear. Excellent condition. Finance arranged. 0121 457 7644 www.incentivecars.co.uk

    • Mileage: 23375 mi
    • Engine size: 1.796
    For sale
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