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Buying Used 1999 SLK Sport

Old 06-18-2011, 01:51 PM
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Default Buying Used 1999 SLK Sport

I've come across an MB I would like to purchase. It has 65,000+ miles, second owner and it was Starmarked in 2000 when purchased by the current owner. Is this year a reliable model? Are there any things i should look out for before I purchase the SLK?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Old 06-25-2011, 01:27 PM
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One big one is the top mechanism - leaks and is the operation smooth and trouble free. I understand leaks are very common - I am fighting one right now.

If I may ask what is the asking price?
Old 06-26-2011, 04:19 AM
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I think that for the money they are a great value. the running gear is hard to beat. engine is tough, handling is nothing short of pure fun. I love mine. I purchased used with 36,000 miles on her. In the 40,000 miles since, I've replaced the three top sensors/switches above the visors, an air flow sensor, a shifter to transmission linkage grommet, a secondary air injection/emissions valve. but the only real bitch I HAD about mine was some of the spray on water based vinyl covered pieces. that vinyl looking coating would come off without a lot of effort. after stripping those piece and re-dying them black and adding a dash kit, I really like the interior now. I've only put in maybe at the most 2k since I've had it. It's never left us stranded anywhere. I think they are wonderful cars. run a carfax before you buy and if you do buy it have the transmission fluid changed if the service records don't show it being done recently. then enjoy!

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Old 07-17-2011, 04:58 PM
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Just check the auto gearbox and K-40 relay...
Did they already flush the gearbox..?
Those are the ones which might faile at or around 65.000 miles...
Other potential problems are brake switch and wheel's speed sensors...
Old 07-20-2011, 03:03 PM
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Default Great sports car

things to check out:
motor mounts (2)
Tranny mount
Top working flawless. Wiring harness is $3000 installed by dealer.
Radio. Aftermarket mounting kit alone is $350.
These are the real pain items, normal replacements should be expected especially for rubber items on a 1999.
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