Join Date: May 2013
Vehicle: 06 SLK55 Caspian Blue
Other Toys: 07 R500 4Matic Alabaster White, 08 Infiniti G35x
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And just an FYI, you seem to think that a MB warranty would cover brakes. It does not. Those are considered wear items and are not covered by the MB extended warranty. At least that is the case here in the US. Maybe MB UK or Europe has different coverage.
I have MB extended warranty on my R500 only because it is loaded with options and one of the options has a well known tendency to fail, the AirMatic suspension. The warranty has already paid for itself with two front air struts the AirMatic compressor and the 7G-Tronic transmission conductor plate replacement last week.
On the other hand, the passenger side air vent broke. $200 for a 3" X 3" piece of plastic, installed. That was considered "trim" and not covered. And shortly thereafter, one of my Bi-Xenon headlight bulbs failed, another $216 installed. Bulbs are also considered a wear item.
And I agree with JonB. There is no particular magic about a Mercedes brake system. Pretty mundane stuff for a good tech. I buy the pads and rotors I want and bring them to a local very competent Indy shop. They also do all my tire installs for all my cars. Oil changes I do myself because it's soooo easy on these engines with an extractor. Engine and passenger compartment air filters are likewise easy to change.
Other than the electronics and the universal 7G-Tronic conductor plate issue the SLK's are relatively simple cars. There seem to be no recurring failures of the roof. No AirMatic or other active suspension. At least with the SLK350 and SLK55, no forced induction, just a simple normally aspirated engine that has been around for a while. I don't view the SLK as an especially risky proposition.