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#1 (permalink) Old 12-01-2012, 06:23 AM
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I own a 2000 slk 230 with 121k miles. I love this car. Other than a few minor problems, the car has not given me any trouble. It's fast and gets great gas mileage.
Every three years or so, I get the "itch" and need to change cars. I am looking at the amg 32(2002) and the 280 (2006). I would really like the 32 but one thing concerns me, the steering. It has the double wish/recirc. ball as opposed to R&P. I don't want to give up handling for the sake of speed. Any thoughts?
Also, how does the slk280 compare to the 230 and 32? I assume it's going to sit somewhere in the middle. I'd like to hear from owners of these cars. Thanks.
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I have an SLK 32 AMG and I had the same reservations about the recirculating ball steering before I bought it. I didn't like the automatic transmission, the small fuel tank and the lack of a fuel/trip computer either. But I bought it anyway, and after two years, though I still hate auto gearboxes I've learned to live with the 60 litre tank and no computer. But you don't need to worry about the steering. it's taut and precise and I can't tell the difference from R&P.

However, unlike your 230, fuel consumption is not one of this car's selling points. My annual average doesn't get much better than 22 US MPG.

Hope this helps

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22MPG....when you dont toe it....;>)
OberonB - you probably already know but - if you want an auto/manual box - purchase the EuroCharged TCM flash and get some paddle shifters. I'm looking at that now. Total cost about $750USD.
You do loose your Winter/Summer switch as it becomes your Manual/Auto switch. But shouldnt be a problem in RSA

Farewell Riky Ponting and Farewell to Australia gaining bragging rights as numero uno ......

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Thanks for the responses. I'm leaning towards the 32. I need to get the speed out of my system and if it handles good, so much the better!
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One of the guys over at the Crossfire forum (SRT6) identical platform 2005+++ after Chrysler bought AMG...reported a 288km without the TCU tune....(6200rpm redline), with the TCU tune you get 6500rpm....but need more power to keep going above the 170-180's mark...
Its not uncommon for other guys (with some mods) to get 11.7sec/qrt mile and 117mph(188kph)
with over 440crank hp. in a 1480kg kerb weight...hardtop convertible.
(that doesnt fly off at 300kph...;>))

Speedy enough for you?

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I love the 32. I have averaged 20.6 mpg (U.S.) over the last 8 years. I have always thought that was pretty good considering the performance.
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16faclon - how do have such an accurate figure for mpg?....
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Good question B22B, it requires careful record keeping, (in some countries perhaps for income tax purposes).

In my case I monitored the fuel consumption very accurately throughout 2011, (though I only drove about 5000km that year and don't drive it particularly hard) and have checked it periodically since. Both around town and on open-road trips.

Best I can tell 10.8 L/100km is what I get overall, or 21.8 mpg US, 26.2 mpg Imperial. My car is bog-standard, I like it that way and I agree that's a pretty good figure for a performance car.

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PS. B22B thanks for the paddle shifter suggestion, it would be better than auto for sure but it still leaves me without a clutch. Call me pedantic but a high-performance 2-seat sports car is no place for an auto box. Anathema.

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yes - I'm searching for a spare TCM for a swap and go - just to keep the original .....well...original....
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16faclon - how do have such an accurate figure for mpg?....
I guess I'm just kind of detail oriented (that's putting it politely). I built an Excel spread sheet a long time ago and have always made sure I got a receipt after filling up. I jot down the actual odometer mileage on the receipt and then enter the gallons, mileage, and dollars into the spreadsheet. I can also tell you I have driven 41030 miles and spent $6,353.59 on 1988.484 gallons of fuel since I bought the car in February 2005 (average of $3.20/gallon), interesting trivia. I do it for both my family's vehicles. Once I started, it's hard to stop!
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