Discussion in 'General Mercedes-Benz Related Discussion' started by RickC, Mar 6, 2019.
Thank goodness well done !
Yes, I put a KW variant 3 kit on it. Still miss it
On the subject of SLK's, my wife is 50 next week. I bought her a CLK430 cabriolet for her 40th, and she has looked after it very well for the last ten years. She had been dropping hints about a Maserati GranTurismo for ages. I've become a little deaf of late (I blame power tools), but I suggested that it might be nice to drag her old R170 SLK out of storage and use it for the summer. I have just finished recommissioning it, and it is at the valeter all day tomorrow. I'll try to get some pictures on Friday. Saved me a few quid too
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Well done on the cost saving , but I hate to tell you it's only temporary , keep an eye out for glossy brochures from Maserati . Looking forward to the SLK pics though .
The r170 came back from paint correction today. The car has been in storage for ten years, and quite a layer of dust had built up. Add to that the fact that the obsidian black paint of this era was quite soft, and quite a few swirls were evident. I have owned this car from new and it has never had any paintwork in its life. It has covered only 30k.
I was testing with a client all day today at Goodwood motor circuit (a whole other story there...), so I didn't see the car until quite late this evening. All I can say is I was transported back to 1999! The car is exactly as I remember on the day I collected it!! It looks completely like a brand new car!! It is immaculate!!!
I will have to take some pictures over the weekend and post them up!
R170 a bit long in the tooth someone said but boy is a good one a lot of fun at not that much outlay. I've had my show winner 230K for a little over 2 years and it just makes me smile every time I look at it. Worth more now than when I bought it.
Mine's Obsidian black too. Vastly underrated in my humble opinion.
It was the good lady's birthday today, so the surprise was sprung, and as promised some pictures of the dear old thing. And the car...
Yours truly trying to extract my 6' 3" from the cockpit
I got a kiss, so I think it went down ok!
A couple more...
My old mum managed to sneak into this one!
Recommissioning involved a change of all fluids and filters, new wiper blades, a pair of new drive belts, and a new set of tyres. Although they were like new tread wise, they were the second set and eighteen years old. I think it would have been extremely foolish not to have replaced them. The only minor glitch today was the fuel gauge. The car had half a tank when I presented it to her, and a good test drive dropped it to a quarter. On brimming the tank the gauge stuck at half which was worrying. After a couple of miles I hoofed it over a humpback bridge. The sender must have unstuck on landing as it the gauge popped straight up to the full mark. Phew!
If anyone fancies a good IIRC 99-2000 R170 SLK320 V6 which I'm certain will be mechanically perfect but has a couple of small bodywork tinworm items, low mileage (IIRC less than 80k) good history and a lovely slightly blue silver colour, PM me an email address and I'll give contact details. It's a good friend of mine, wife's car he bought for her last year but medical problems she can no longer drive it. he's a time served mechanic who has changed all sorts since he bought the car - discs and pads all round, ATF etc - plus I have the data sheet for it. He's not looking for much money - probably £2.5k.
Last of the 170's were in the paint & rust era. My wife has a 171 SLK200K 2010 with 45K on the clock, now only worth about £10K.
Thats what I would go for.
It's very true, sadly. Mine is the only one I've seen with no rust for a good few years now. I have a customer with a 2003 vivianite green which is probably the nicest after mine. It is only showing slight bubbling on the rear arch return lip. My car has only seen rain a handful of times in its life, and has the benefit of a coating of waxoyl applied with the arch liners out which I did the first week of ownership. I used to waxoyl the whole familys new cars back then!
Yours is immaculate, you must be very proud of it. A friend of mine has a 170 SLK350 2003, with 45K on the clock. No rust be gets any paintwork done straight away. A lot of car for the money.
Great look car.
Go for an older model with an M112 V6 or V8.
Fix the rust and run it forever.
Then one can really hear that tractor engine rattling.....
Why would a manufacturer put a diesel engine into a convertible, surely if you're buying a MB convertible you want to hear the engine?
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