2005 Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG

The Mercedes-Benz SLK usually doesn’t get a lot of love from enthusiasts and I totally understand why. The first generation was a competition with the BMW Z3 to see how cheap they can build a small roadster made completely of flimsy plastic. Speaking of those two cars, it brought back fond memories of playing Need for Speed: High Stakes on my computer back in 1999. I blame that game as well as Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit for my European car addiction. But back to the SLK and the lack of second-hand attention these attract. The second generation R171 was a big improvement over the first generation, but the front end clip had a strange pig nose look that turned off a lot of people. The interiors were still a bit disappointing with lots of plastic and sub-par materials from what you’d expect from a proper Mercedes roadster.

Now in the tradition of post-2000 Mercedes, they sent this car off to AMG to make it fast and make it expensive. What came back was a little Mercedes with big everything. Big engine, big wheels, big brakes and of course quad exhaust tips. Mercedes stuck with the tried and true 5.4 liter V8 M113 that made 360 horsepower and 380 lb·ft of torque. Keep in mind this is in a car that weighs a little under 3,400 pounds. Mercedes officially said this little SLK will get to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds but some magazines had these hitting them in the 4.5 range. Now that some of these AMGs are hitting their teenage years, what should you expect to pay for one of these mini-rockets? Lets find out.

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Year: 2005
Model: SLK55 AMG
Engine: 5.4 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 125,280 mi
Price: $14,990 Buy It Now

2005 Mercedes Benz SLK55 AMG for sale!
Very well kept
Clean title
Fully loaded with options
Vehicle has been fully serviced and tuned up recently
All services have been completed accordingly
All original Mercedes Benz books/manuals are included as well as both keys

Services completed within the last month;
1. Valve cover gasket replaced
2. Replaced all 16 spark plugs
3. Replaced ignition wire set
4. Replaced two breather hoses
5. Full synthetic oil change
6. Replaced hardtop cylinder/fluid
7. Replaced Engine air filter set
8. Replaced AC cabin filter
9. Replaced serpentine belt
10. Replaced front left lower control arm
11. Replaced transmission fluid
12. Replaced four tires with original Mercedes Benz Pirelli Pzero Nero A/S tires
13. Performed four-wheel alignment

Please feel free to email/call me with any questions or concerns!

This specific 2005 looks to be one of the better 12-year old Mercedes you could buy. It looks very clean and most importantly has a ton of recent maintenance and repairs that puts my mind at ease if I was in the market for the R171. Inside, you can see the interior isn’t the greatest thing ever, but it’s clean and functional. The red inserts on the seats and door cards is a little odd, but isn’t not the worst color combination with the blue exterior paint.

The price for the SLK55 is a mere $14,990 which in my opinion is a ton of value for Mitsubishi Mirage money. This was a $65,000 car new which isn’t surprising to anyone if you are here reading this, but I think the real question is where is the bottom for these cars? Will eventually these hit $10,000 or lower? I’m not sure where the end will be since we are entering a territory where there is a flood of AMG cars out there that all a dozen or more years old. If you were thinking about a SLK55, these cars are pretty robust outside of issues with the power hardtop which can get expensive very fast if something goes fast. Otherwise, if you want a little roadster that is very fast but not all that practical, a SLK55 AMG could be a great buy.

– Andrew

V8 Week: 2006 Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG

We don’t often feature SLKs here on GCFSB.com, nor do we often feature any of the “three German hairdressers.” The Z3, TT and SLK were all popular, and in general all hated by enthusiasts but loved and desired by the public at large. But in each of their own ways, they had something special to offer enthusiasts. For the TT, it was all wheel drive, turbocharged power and a body that has aged better than most French wines. For the Z3, there was the undeniably sporty Z M Roadster and the fastest breadvan in the world, the Z M Coupe. What did the SLK have to offer then? Well, the nutters at AMG decided that it needed a 5.5 liter V8 mated to a 7 speed auto. With 355 horsepower and enough torque to melt your tire budget like the proverbial knife through butter, these cars were the closest thing the Germans had made to both a hot-rod and a joke. Still, as one just like today’s silver example rumbled by me on a particularly sunny day last week, the thought crossed my mind that they were very undeserving of their lack of respect. V8 week offers us the opportunity, then, to take a peek at the alternative to the Z M Roadster and the Boxster S:

Year: 2006
Model: SLK55 AMG
Engine: 5.5 liter V8
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Mileage: 53,183 mi
Price: $28,900 Buy It Now

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2006 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class 5.5L AMG

WHY THIS CAR IS SPECIAL…

-355HP 5.5L V8, HAND ASSEMBLED BY AMG

-7-SPEED AUTOMATIC WITH AUTO/MANUAL

-INNOVATIVE “AIRSCARF” NECK WARMERS!!

-PREMIUM PACKAGE

-6-CD CHANGER AND SATELLITE RADIO

-1 OWNER, NO REPORTED ACCIDENT HISTORY

-EXCELLENT CONDITION IN AND OUT

WE TAKE ALL TRADES

WE CAN SET UP FINANCING FOR MOST STATES

WARRANTIES AVAILABLE AT UNBEATABLE PRICES

THIS VEHICLE HAS BEEN INSPECTED BY OUR IN-HOUSE MASTER MECHANIC

CALL 610-250-5600

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Speaking of the Z M Roadster and the Boxster S, this car is priced almost squarely in the market for those cars. All three have very different personalities, but while arguably the SLK is the least sport-oriented of the three, it’s the only one with a rumbling V8. Further, while the other two are like scalpels to carve up curves, this car approaches life more as a sledgehammer to destroy it. Seriously, when I look at the front of this car I just keep hearing “HULK SMASH!” in my head. Maybe it’s not for you, but this is the type of bonkers car that I’m really glad someone had the hutzpah to build. Frankly, at the time it was just a bit shocking that it was Mercedes-Benz that was the one to build it!

While some Mercedes-Benz cars from this generation would give me pause buying used based upon their problems with build quality issues and heavy reliance on technology that seems outdated and breaks (pretty much the rest of the line-up), this car hearkens back in some ways to one of my favorite Mercedes-Benz cars ever made – the original SSK. Mostly motor with a seat and a gas tank, that car was even more monstrous than this car, but this is a beast that can be daily driven unlike it’s spiritual grandfather. Couple that with a slick folding hardtop (unlike the BMW or Porsche), and you have a reasonable most-seasons car that is guaranteed to give you lots of smiles. Sure, it’s not a track car by any means, but honestly can you push any of these cars to their limits legally on the back roads near your house? Nope. So why not have a little fun and stop being so serious?

-Carter

2005 Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG

Montana is well known by car enthusiasts for being the state with some of the most lax speed limit laws in any part of the US. Back in 1998, as a result of a Montana Supreme Court decision, the speed limit was changed “reasonable and proper.” This new speed limit became an issue because it violated the Due Process Clause of the state constitution for being too vague of a law. So back to defined limits with a 75 mph ceiling, then.

That speed limit is still quite better than in some venues and what better to exploit the wide open spaces of Big Sky country than this: a 2005 Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG. The SLK has always had a bit of reputation as a hair dressers’ car, favoring style of substance and speed. Mercedes decided to add some fire to the mix in 2001 with the SLK32 AMG, which had a 3.2 liter, supercharged V6 producing 349 horsepower. Along came the second generation and Mercedes-Benz went mad, stuffing a 5.5 liter V8 tuned by AMG into this little roadster, capable of 0-60 times of under five seconds with 355 horsepower on tap.

Year: 2005
Model: SLK55 AMG
Engine: 5.5 liter V8
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Mileage: 21,600
Price: $30,000 Buy It Now

2005 Mercedes-Benz SLK55 on eBay

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2005 Mercedes Benz SLK 55 AMG Roadster. This is the one you want! One Owner – 21,600 original miles. Never seen snow – only driven in the summer! Purchased in Salt Lake City, UT in April 2005. Tires have less than 1500 miles on them.

5.5 liter naturally aspirated AMG V-8. 355 horsepower with 376 lb ft of torque. 7-speed automatic transmission with AMG speedshift. AMG Sport Suspension; AMG Aerodynamic Bodywork; AMG High Performance Braking System; AMG 18″ Multi-Spoke Alloy Wheels; steering wheel paddle shifters. Zero to 60mph in 4.3 seconds! Validated by Car and Driver magazine in their June 2005 issue! The same model and same color AMG as the one we have was on the cover and road tested by Car and Driver that month. We have included two copies of the magazine for your records.

Safety – built in roll bars; knee, throat thorax air bags, normal driver/passenger air bags; Mercedes ESP traction control system; Xenon headlamps; Teleaide Emergency Calling System; Night Security Illumination System.

Read all the options listed above and read the picture of the original window price sticker for all the information on this car! Included at no extra charge: Mercedes car cover, Mercedes trickle charger (to keep the battery charged while in storage), original window price sticker, two copies of the June 2005 Car and Driver magazine, Mercedes 360 pamphlet (shows all options available) and Mercedes merchandise pamphlet.

Shipping – paid by buyer and discussed prior to completion of sale. We do have a local auto shipping company in town.

We’ve featured a few open roofed BMWs with the M badge here lately, but the SLK55 AMG is a good choice for someone who wants speed with a bit more luxury and smoother edges. While it is a Montana car, the seller states it is fair weather ride, and from the looks of things and the low mileage, it’s hard not to believe that. The asking price of $30,000 seems like a deal considering the power levels, but in all honesty, somewhere a little south, say between $25,000 and $27,000 is a bit more realistic.

-Paul