Since buyers selecting the manual represent only a tiny percentage of SLK customers—themselves a tiny fraction of the buying populace, with just 4757 new SLKs sold in 2013 and 4353 moved in the first eleven months of 2014—this test was, for the most part, born from our sheer curiosity. Enter a bid that is the minimum bid amount or higher. You’re the highest bidder on this item, but you’re close to being outbid.
Care to shift for yourself but resolutely abstain from anything not built by Mercedes-Benz? Afterwards, the OM617 3.0 liter diesel engines in U.S. W123’s were turbocharged (in other parts of the world a turbo charger remained an option). The OM616 2.4 liter diesel engines in the U.S. 240D remained naturally aspirated throughout their entire run. The brakes are reassuring in spite of a pedal that could be firmer, and the binders halt the little roadster from 70 mph in just 160 feet.
Fuel type was indicated by the trailing letter after the number. «D» stands for diesel. «E» stands for Einspritzung, which refers to fuel-injection on the gas engines. If there is no «E» or «D» then it is a carbureted gas engine. EBay item number:121935537066 Seller assumes all responsibility for this listing. Still, if you’re one of the few drivers out there looking for three pedals in your next luxury car, there are still a few available options to choose from. Our only advice: Be prepared for a slightly lower resale value, as luxury cars with automatic transmissions tend to be in higher demand than stick-shift models. There certainly is novelty in this SLK’s manual transmission, but we’d still have the quicker, V-6–powered SLK350 or the fire-breathing, eight-cylinder SLK55 AMG. How would one of those perform with a manual? It’s too bad we won’t ever find out.