Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Seattle, WA
Vehicle: 2006 SLK 55 AMG
Other Toys: 2008 Goldwing
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Kenny, I thought that I was going to be in your shoes, with the most expensive lawn ornament. Fortunately, (knock on wood so far), it was only the $1,200 module. Unless you can prove fraud, I don't think there is a state in the union that will allow a return in an as-is sale. Most 3-day rules only apply for sales at the purchaser's residence.
That said, this is NOT the end of the world! You didn't get t-boned by a 6,000 pound SUV after you drove the car off the lot. The engine didn't catch fire, totaling the car. And you didn't back into your garage door, damaging your roof mechanism. So cheer up Bunky, it could be worse!
What I would recommend is to take advantage of the dealer's offer to go halvsies on the module, (they didn't have to offer that), but I would also ask, in light of the new circumstances, if they would do the transmission replacement at cost and cover half of it as well. Talk directly with the manager of the dealership and explain your circumstances. If they give you trouble, go into a long song and dance about how when you buy from such a reputable dealership such as theirs, that you expect them to have gone over it with a fine tooth comb before the sale.
When you are dealing with the manager, always use a phrase like "reputable dealer" and how you know they stand behind their product. Always use present tense. Don't let a single "should" pass your lips. If you tell them what they *are*, then they begin to believe it themselves and want to prove that they are who you say they currently are.
When all is said and done and if all you can get is the module replaced, things are still not lost. If the car runs, great. If not, then park it in your driveway.
Either way, you'll want to get the transmission replaced. The least expensive way would be to find an indy Mercedes shop that will be willing to work with you to find a transmission from a wrecked SLK. You can save money by taking the tranny out and transporting it yourself, but it might not be worth the effort.
Bad things happen. But try and see that things could be much, much worse and try to enjoy what you do have.