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Mercedes SLK (R 170): Used car test Mercedes SLK? Now or never!

Mercedes SLK (R 170): Used car test Mercedes SLK? Now or never!

Mercedes SLK? Now or never!

As a classic, the first Mercedes SLK has long been traded. So what are you waiting for? The used car test helps with the selection.

Whe looks for similarities in all open Mercedes models, comes next to the star on the steering wheel quickly on the guaranteed increase in value in old age. This makes the entry cost uncomfortable for used buyers. The first generation of the SLK shows how things can be different. Having started in 1996 with much furore and waiting time of just over two years, the compact C-class roadster gave an impressive career. Until the replacement by the successor (R 171), 311,000 vehicles left the factory in Bremen. The high number of surviving vehicles makes sure that the SLK internally called R 170 is still cheap despite its great popularity. Still!

Used car search: Mercedes SLK

The vario roof makes that SLK unrestricted everyday use

The metal folding roof replaced the cloth cap for the first time. It holds to this day and leaves fully automatically the sun.

In addition to the moderate prices for Mercedes standards, it was above all the Vario roof, which captivated the new customers. For the first time replaced in mass production a metal folding roof the classic Stoffmützchen. That was how it was SLK winter and thus fully suitable for everyday use. The best thing: Compared to the folding creations of imitators Peugeot (206 CC) and VW (Eos), where it came again and again to dropouts and water ingresses, holds the SLK construction to this day and leaves fully automatically the sun in the tightly cut interior. At least when the trunk is empty and the Begrenzungslolo pulled out. After all, all the metal has to go somewhere. The load volume is thus reduced by more than 200 liters.

Technical specifications
engine Four-cylinder / forward longitudinal
Valves / camshafts 4 per cylinder / 2
capacity 1998 cm³
power 100 kW (136 hp) at 5500 rpm
torque 190 Nm at 3700 rpm
Top speed. 208 km / h
0-100 km / h 9.7 s
Tank / fuel 53 l / super
Gearbox / drive 5-speed manual / rear wheel
Length Width Height 3995/1715/1284 mm
Boot capacity 145-348 l
Curb weight / payload 1270/260 kg

Rust is at SLK hardly an issue

Never mind, a roadster is nothing for hobby carriers, but for fans of classic driving pleasure. This is offered, even if the indirect steering and the lame automatic look a bit antiquated today. What matters is that they hold. Even rust is, despite the relationship with the gammelaffinen W 202, hardly an issue. Tuning sins earlier. Therefore: originality is at SLK Trump card. Then it will work well with the increase in value.
Conclusion of Malte Büttner: Despite great history and high quality is the first SLK still affordable. Quiet drivers save with the 200cc cleaner, more fun makes the 230er compressor. Expensive: the six-cylinder. Tip: 200er compressor from year 2000. Judgment: four out of five points.

costs
Entertains
test consumption 9.1 l S / 100 km
CO2 217 g / km
inspection 300-600 euros
Liability (12) * 492 euros
Partial coverage (14) * 111 euros
Full insurance (12) * 400 euros
Vehicle tax (Euro 4) 135 euros
Spare parts prices **
Alternator (AT) 435 euros
Starter (AT) 514 euros
water pump 412 euros
toothed belt not applicable, chain
main silencer 699 euros
Mudguard front left, painted 824 euros
Brake discs and pads 342 euros
* Online rate of the HUK24 insurance: admission in Hamburg, driver only policyholders and partners (25 years old), annual mileage 15,000 km, damage-free class 1; ** Prices include wages and 19 percent sales tax.

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