The SLK R170 was Mercedes' entry ticket into the compact, more affordable roadster market. Now, some twenty years after its introduction, mint examples have already evolved into sought-after collectibles. This 190-page book was last updated in Feb. 2017 and tells you the R170's full story.

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How did it all begin
The concept cars 
History of the vario roof 
The SLK vario roof 
Trouble shooting the vario roof 
The SLK R170 
The four-cylinder engines 

First upgrades 

The 2000 facelift
-  Four- and six-cylinder engines

-  Body and interior 
The SLK32 AMG 
The special editions 
The sales performance
Experiencing the SLK230
The Brabus SLK6.5-32
Other tuners
-  Väth

-  Carlsson
-  RENNtech
Choosing a used R170
-  The body

-  The wheels, brakes, exhaust
-  The roof
-  The engine, suspension
-  The transmission
-  The interior

The SLK’s VIN explained

The SLK’s data card with model code description
Today’s second hand car prices

List of differences between the R170 model years
Unique SLK R170s




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MERCEDES SLK R170

This book gives you all the facts about the Mercedes R170 SLK200 - SLK32 AMG

SLK R170 Intro Video SLK R170 Test Video SLK R170 Brabus Video

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