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      09-12-2019 08:20 PM #1
      R171 SLK55 AMG. Starting to lose count of how many times I've heard it referred to as a German V8 Miata. These things are pretty reasonable now, and seem to have good bones reliability-wise.

      Anyone have experience? 0-60 in the mid-4s, 1/4 mile high 12s.

      https://www.caranddriver.com/reviews...amg-road-test/

      The two British top sources below, interesting how they came to opposite conclusions on it (Cliffs - Clarkson liked it, Vicki didn't)





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      09-12-2019 08:46 PM #2
      Drive train is solid. Interior is Chrysler-ville with its cheapness and quality. The R171 was built to a price point and that price point was low. Cheap plastic that wears very easily. I don't think I could be happy in one.

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      09-12-2019 08:54 PM #3
      I've never driven one but if you can find the right car that has been properly maintained, I can't see why these wouldn't be a total blast to drive. I would look for a low mileage garage queen owned by a wealthy gentleman who just putts to the country club in it every few days.
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      09-12-2019 09:18 PM #4
      Derspiegel, here is my SLK 350:



      I opted for the SLK 350 rather than the AMG because you can't get the latter with a stick. The bullet proof six with a silky smooth six speed manual is a blast. Don't listen to Harv about the interior, it's simply untrue. Mine is 14 years old and fully free from rattles and squeaks, hardly the hallmark of Chrysler engineering. I updated the 2005 vintage head unit to an Alibaba - sourced gps/Android Auto piece with backup camera that is purpose matched to the OEM interior so it looks factory and was plug and play. Heartily recommend you indulge your fruitiness. PM if q's.

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      09-13-2019 07:13 AM #5
      Came in expecting a BMW V8 swapped Miata, but leaving dissapointed.
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      09-13-2019 08:14 AM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by JackJoachim View Post
      Came in expecting a BMW V8 swapped Miata, but leaving dissapointed.
      I was expecting an AMG M156-swapped Miata, also disappointed.

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      09-13-2019 08:52 AM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by JackJoachim View Post
      Came in expecting a BMW V8 swapped Miata, but leaving dissapointed.
      Quote Originally Posted by gmeover View Post
      I was expecting an AMG M156-swapped Miata, also disappointed.
      either would have been great. i are also disappoint.

    9. 09-13-2019 09:22 AM #8
      Well they sound great and I think they look really good.

      I'm wondering if you can swap in a manual?

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      09-13-2019 09:42 AM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by corrado-correr View Post
      either would have been great. i are also disappoint.
      Quote Originally Posted by gmeover View Post
      I was expecting an AMG M156-swapped Miata, also disappointed.
      Quote Originally Posted by JackJoachim View Post
      Came in expecting a BMW V8 swapped Miata, but leaving dissapointed.

      Misleading thread title acknowledged, a beer each for those who were disappoint. Attempted title update, only partially successful.





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      09-13-2019 09:47 AM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by Bird67 View Post

      I opted for the SLK 350 rather than the AMG because you can't get the latter with a stick. The bullet proof six with a silky smooth six speed manual is a blast. Don't listen to Harv about the interior, it's simply untrue. Mine is 14 years old and fully free from rattles and squeaks, hardly the hallmark of Chrysler engineering. I updated the 2005 vintage head unit to an Alibaba - sourced gps/Android Auto piece with backup camera that is purpose matched to the OEM interior so it looks factory and was plug and play. Heartily recommend you indulge your fruitiness. PM if q's.

      Excellent, thanks for the feedback. One quick question, how is handling – chassis performance in 350 form? Any deficiencies that needed correcting right away?

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      09-13-2019 10:07 AM #11
      Came for swap too.. not disappoint..

      My shop landlord had an SL55 (sold it for a tiguan and cash), an SL2xx? R170, and has a SL320? R171 now.. Would go check but its raining. Basically he keeps one around that's not advertised for sale and anyone in his family can come throw a tag on it and take it for the weekend.

      I did trans mount on the SL55, think it's the same on the R171 AMG cars but could be mistaken. Maybe engine mounts eventually too? When researching at the time these seemed to be common every 50k but aren't hard and not expensive. Trans mount was very easy.

      Spent a weekend with the SL55, had to make sure the trans mount fixed the vibration Absolutely loved the engine and wish I had been in a position to buy it. Was not bothered at all by it being an auto.


      only driven the R171 around the lot, not sure I've taken it on the road. I'm not going to say it's bad place to be, but I certainly don't love the interior. Maybe AMG ones are slightly better? I would own though for sure.


      Did hydraulic top cylinders on all 3 of them. The R171 just a few weeks back. There is a company who sells a version with a special splice fitting so you don't have to rip entire interior out to feed the lines through, which is great for the front one above the mirror, less of a thing on some of the others. BUT the pump is in a terrible location and you have to rip half the car apart to top off the fluid.

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      09-13-2019 10:18 AM #12
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      Quote Originally Posted by DerSpiegel View Post
      R171 SLK55 AMG. Starting to lose count of how many times I've heard it referred to as a German V8 Miata. These things are pretty reasonable now, and seem to have good bones reliability-wise.

      Anyone have experience?

      I opted for the SLK 350 rather than the AMG because you can't get the latter with a stick. The bullet proof six with a silky smooth six speed manual is a blast. Don't listen to Harv about the interior, it's simply untrue. Mine is 14 years old and fully free from rattles and squeaks, hardly the hallmark of Chrysler engineering. I updated the 2005 vintage head unit to an Alibaba - sourced gps/Android Auto piece with backup camera that is purpose matched to the OEM interior so it looks factory and was plug and play. Heartily recommend you indulge your fruitiness. PM if q's.
      I personally felt the interior wasn't up to Mercedes' usual standard (I found some cheap plastics) but the ones I went in were not rattly and generally seemed to be screwed together well. I briefly considered getting one a few times over the years. The SLK55's steering is too heavy (imo) and the ride can get a bit punishing if you live in an area with the expansion joints and potholes. Otherwise it was a blast. The car is tiny and and sounds awesome. If I had room and money for 2 nice cars earlier in life I probably would've pulled the trigger.
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      09-13-2019 10:52 AM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by forewheel View Post
      I would look for a low mileage garage queen owned by a wealthy gentleman who just putts to the hairdresser in it every few days.
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      09-13-2019 11:04 AM #14
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      09-13-2019 11:45 AM #15
      I would make sure you spend some time in one before you buy. If all you want is straight line speed in a convertible, it's fine. But most mercedes cars aren't known to be all that involving. I'd likely rather have a boxster s even if it's markedly slower.

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      09-13-2019 12:18 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by Harv View Post
      Drive train is solid. Interior is Chrysler-ville with its cheapness and quality. The R171 was built to a price point and that price point was low. Cheap plastic that wears very easily. I don't think I could be happy in one.
      Which is funny because my in-laws Crossfire had the interior from the previous gen SLK.
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      09-13-2019 02:31 PM #17

      Hoovie bought one for his wife and said in a recent video it has been a very solid and reliable car, but then again he has a record for buying financial disasters.

    19. 09-13-2019 02:53 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by JackJoachim View Post
      Came in expecting a BMW V8 swapped Miata, but leaving dissapointed.
      Ditto ova here...

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      09-14-2019 09:50 AM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by DerSpiegel View Post
      Excellent, thanks for the feedback. One quick question, how is handling – chassis performance in 350 form? Any deficiencies that needed correcting right away?

      DerSpiegel, there is a great YouTube series by a guy who bought an SLK 350 specifically for the track. He faced scorn by people who are long on opinions and short on actual contact with the vehicle (should sound familiar). Here’s a link to one from his series to get you started...this should help you decide whether the SLK 350 package fulfills your needs. It’s probably a bigger help to you than I can be since what I ask of it may differ considerably from your needs.

      https://youtu.be/GdE6Jyk9o_U. It’s called Track Day with the SLK 350: Between the Wheels if you cannot find it through the link.

      My personal experience with the SLK 350 is that it is a terrific daily driver, very comfortable to > 80 (probably well beyond, I have no idea, not something I do), comfortable and quiet on the interstate top up or down, and with enough suspension that it is not thrown off by real-world road imperfections, cracks, heaves, etc. You can take speed bumps at more than .0001 mph. The six-speed feels terrific with the six cylinder and it pulls strong through the rev range. It has a strong exhaust note so the echo off buildings and bridges is satisfying but not obnoxious. It is quiet enough that I can carry on hands-free conversations by phone through the Bluetooth I installed.

      There are some easy mods to make it more comfortable (folding cup holder in dash above radio is both ridiculous in design and easily replaced with a covered storage space, and there is an OEM-appearance-matched head unit you can swap in to get Android Auto/GPS/Google Maps/Waze etc).

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      09-14-2019 04:56 PM #20
      Bird67, thanks for that link. I really like those videos.

      I also really like the SLK350. I put a lot of miles on CR's 2005 test car, a lovely silver/red one with a manual. Mercedes managed to make a few engaging cars during that time frame, and the manual SLK steers well and has a rather nice shifter. It's also comfy on the highway.

      Damn it, now I want one (probably an SLK280, but close enough.)

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      09-14-2019 09:34 PM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by mutcth View Post
      Bird67, thanks for that link. I really like those videos.

      I also really like the SLK350. I put a lot of miles on CR's 2005 test car, a lovely silver/red one with a manual. Mercedes managed to make a few engaging cars during that time frame, and the manual SLK steers well and has a rather nice shifter. It's also comfy on the highway.

      Damn it, now I want one (probably an SLK280, but close enough.)

      Tom

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      09-14-2019 09:41 PM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by Baltimoron View Post

      Hoovie bought one for his wife and said in a recent video it has been a very solid and reliable car, but then again he has a record for buying financial disasters.
      Said in his latest video that he is preparing to sell it...

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      09-14-2019 11:57 PM #23
      I had a coworker who's rich wife had one. He would sometimes drive it in to work, instead of his truck. It was always hard to rectify what your eyes were seeing, and your ears were hearing. It looked like a secretary car, but sounded absolutely magnificent.

      Not sure if he had any exhaust work done, but you would still hear him when he was 2 blocks away.

      Never drove it, but did get a spin in the passenger seat, and it pulled for sure. Surprisingly roomy for the tiny proportions.

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      09-15-2019 05:09 AM #24
      NGL, I like these much more now than when they were new. Did these ever come with the supercharged V6, or was that just the crossfire? How much HP is the standard V6?
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      09-15-2019 02:49 PM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by 88c900t View Post
      NGL, I like these much more now than when they were new. Did these ever come with the supercharged V6, or was that just the crossfire? How much HP is the standard V6?
      258 hp.

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