Bernd S. Koehling


This new book is all about the R171, the second generation SLK. It is backed by detailed information sourced directly from Daimler AG and covers the car’s complete history. It lets the reader experience driving the SLK55 AMG, covers occasional early problems with the M272 engine and discusses potential issues with the vario roof. It explains the SLK’s VIN, the different model and equipment codes and it gives advice of what to look out for in a second hand SLK. Detailed technical information and annual production data can be found at the end of the book.

In this guide one can read

– how the SLK story began
– history of the vario roof
– trouble-shooting the SLK vario roof
– details of the R171
– the engines
– M272 balance shaft issues
– the COMAND system
– the option packages
– the safety features
– the SLK55 AMG
– the SLK55 AMG Black Series
– first upgrades
– the 2008 facelift
– the special editions
– experiencing the SLK55 AMG
– the Brabus SLK
– other tuners
– choosing a used R171
– the SLK’s VIN explained
– the data card with detailed model code description
– today’s second hand SLK prices
– the sales performance