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Used Mercedes-Benz SLK 1996 - 2004 review

Category: Sports car

Section: Advice for buyers

Mercedes-Benz SLK Open (96 - 04)
  • Mercedes-Benz SLK Open (96 - 04)
  • Mercedes-Benz SLK Open (96 - 04)
Used Mercedes-Benz SLK 1996 - 2004 review
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Advice for buyers

What should I look for in a used Mercedes SLK sports?

There are some essentials when buying an SLK that will help you sell the car easily later in its life. For starters, insist on a leather interior and seek out a more traditional Mercedes colour - yellow might sound good when you buy, but others may not think so when you try to sell.

An automatic gearbox is also desirable because the SLK's manual gearboxes were nowhere near as slick as those in BMW rivals. A full service history from franchised or specialists is also a must, as neglecting the 9000-mile service intervals can wreak havoc with superchargers that need clean oil to work efficiently.