Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Everett, WA
Vehicle: 2001 SLK 230k Sport
Other Toys: Lobster Boat, Chevy 4wd, Formula Firebird
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Early 170 vs. Late 170 * Cam Sensor
"... Check the cam magnet under grey cover in front of the engine. Possible oil leak from this device can find a way through your ECU!!!..."
If you get a 2001-2004, call your friendly local MB Dealer and ask about:
"Campaign No. 2009100001, December 2009"
They will ask for the VIN of the car and see if it is one of the @65,000 230k's that get the free recall repair that has no sunset date.
Have them check for any and all recalls, you never know what you will find. Taillights have been known to be a problem on them.
Was there was a reason you are going for an early 170? I have a 2001 230 Sport, the first of the late 170s. I am told that it has all of the AMG goodies except the supercharged V6. MB states that there were a few tweaks between the 97-2000s and the 2001-2004's. On paper they bumped the h.p.from 194 to 198, but I have seen articles claiming that MB later revised these numbers up to @220 h.p. In addition, it comes with the larger wheels which makes the car stick to the road like a slot car. I have not checked the part numbers for parst like A Arms, brakes, etc, but I have been told that that package took a nice car and made it better.