Rusty slk's

Essdee

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Apologies if this is a bit long winded, but I really want to buy an slk230 (R170), mainly for summer use only. The problem is the rust issue. Therefore, I am hoping you can give me some advice.The main questions would be, are they all prone to it, no matter what age? Is there a date when you can say that they should be ok? (2002 on?), or is it just pot luck?
Also, if I find one with no rust, will it rust in the future anyway, or should I just buy a (gulp) bmw?:crazy:
Thanks, Stu.
 

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Also, if I find one with no rust, will it rust in the future anyway, or should I just buy a (gulp) bmw?:crazy:
Thanks, Stu.
If you look at alternatives you might consider an R129 SL (like mine) ... rust isn't a common problem on them.
 

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Our 2000 model year SLK230, was starting to rust by it's 3rd year :eek:, arch edges and under the bonnet. This was a pampered 3rd car which was garaged and had by this time covered about 16000 miles! This and the poor dealer serviced is why we ditched it and bought a 20 year old 107 series SL. The early SLK's are getiing to be seriously cheap now though, if you find a good one buy it, they are nice cars.
 

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