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VIN Decode and service/warranty history

Hi Folks,

I'm about to buy a new to me UK spec SLK350 and wanted to know if there was anyone on the forum who can decode the VIN and tell me the service history off the VIN number?

I have run it through the Russian site, but the details are a bit vague, ie option 527 which is Comand is listed as Reims adapter and paint kit, whatever that is.

If anyone can help, the number is

WDB1714562F075269

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Looks like a nicely spec'd car - but it's a LHD, isn't it?



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Thanks very much for that John. That is exactly what I was looking for. As for LHD, no it's RHD. I think the LHD reference on the xenons is for the side driven on, not the side the driver sits on, iykwim. Well I hope it is
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Yeah, I think you are correct - should be easy to tell when you look at the car, eh? Steering wheel will make it pretty obvious! :-)



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Hello, the 527 code about Reims . . .
there is no Champagne to drink on that option . .

Here's what it is... "Also available was a Becker "Reims" adapter for short-wave reception which was attached to the lower portion of the radio under the speaker cabinet. In Europe, parts of Asia and North Africa the long-wave band (150-280 KHz) is used for broadcasting. Radio sets from this part of the world have the LW (long-wave, L and the BC (AM or MW) band and the short-wave band in use. The long-wave band is very interesting because long distance reception during the day and DX (very long distance at night) is possible. In America and Australia the long-wave broadcast band was not in widespread use so the car radios built for export did not include it. All of these radios can be used on 6V or 12V by changing the frequency modulator (also known as: "chopper", "buzzer", or "vibrator") and some jumpers on the old G type transformer and by a switch in the later transistor powered supplies. The "vibrator" converts the low (12V) DC car battery voltage to "pulsating DC" which can then drive the primary of a step-up transformer to provide high AC voltage which is then rectified to provide high voltage DC to supply the B+ for the valves (vacuum tubes) which require higher voltage than the car battery could otherwise provide. Around 1958 as technology advanced, the heavy power supplies were first replaced by smaller solid-state transistorized units. In the early 1960s the electronic parts got small enough that the power supply was being included with the tuner and amplifier as a self-contained unit. By 1962 tubes finally disappeared from automobile radio design altogether."

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Yeah, I think you are correct - should be easy to tell when you look at the car, eh? Steering wheel will make it pretty obvious! :-)
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Nicely done Woolly! Is this for a driving school?
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Nicely done Woolly! Is this for a driving school?

Nah, it was so I can have a car I can use on either side o' the pond!



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VIN & service history

Hi everybody!!!

I'm absolutely new in MB familly.I wanna buy my first MB...SLK

It will be used R170, so I need to know as much as possible about the car.

Specialy service history...

If anyone can halp me will be great!!!

VIN: WDB1704451F094228

Thanks a lot
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Hi everybody!!!

I'm absolutely new in MB familly.I wanna buy my first MB...SLK

It will be used R170, so I need to know as much as possible about the car.

Specialy service history...

If anyone can halp me will be great!!!

VIN: WDB1704451F094228

Thanks a lot

Welcome to the forum from London, and congrats on your new toy. Mercedes didn't really start with detail build spec until 2003, so the details for the R170's are a bit hit or miss...

Service History also was (and still is) not required to be sent to FDOK, so there's really no "central" way to get a complete service history.



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ok...thanks a lot for
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Please fill out your complete profile so we know where you are. If you are in the US and have a rapport with your dealer, they may printout for you or let you look at the VMI, Vehicle Master Inquiry, which tells you everything that was done under warranty for the car. There was a period of time when all routine services were also done under warranty, so depending on the year of the car you are looking at, the VMI may give you what you are after. A Carfax also sometimes gives you some of that info.

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Hi John,

Can you send mine as well please?

WDB1714561F057190

Thx

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Can you send mine as well please?

WDB1714561F057190

Thx

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Sure - here ya go!



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A VIN Decoder

Here is a "pretty good" site for de-coding the VIN. It's free and did a good job for me

http://www.decodethis.com/

another site (modest charge of about $1.90 USD) is:

http://www.vinquery.com
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If you are in the US and have a rapport with your dealer, they may printout for you or let you look at the VMI, Vehicle Master Inquiry, which tells you everything that was done under warranty for the car. There was a period of time when all routine services were also done under warranty, so depending on the year of the car you are looking at, the VMI may give you what you are after.
Hey Len,

I bought my car used in the US. Is there a way of getting that info for my SLK through MB or I have to go through the dealer, which isn't obvious in my case since I bought it from a private party and wasn't able to get the vehicle history (except what's on the Carfax report). It has the Starmark sticker but no info on what was done to it and when.

Thanks.
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Hey Len,

I bought my car used in the US. Is there a way of getting that info for my SLK through MB or I have to go through the dealer, which isn't obvious in my case since I bought it from a private party and wasn't able to get the vehicle history (except what's on the Carfax report). It has the Starmark sticker but no info on what was done to it and when.

Thanks.
The info is available in the files on MBUSA's computer and all US dealers have access to it. It's getting harder to get hold of a VMI though. If you have a friend who works at a dealership of maybe if there is someone here who works at a dealership, then that might be a way. Sometimes a bottle of wine or a bag of donuts does the trick too. it is a nice thing to have if you can get it.

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Thanks Len. That sounds rather difficult unless some of the forum member works for MBUSA. Not sure about managing with the wine or the donuts though but I can try! Anyone?
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Sure - here ya go!
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WDBWK73F96F103712


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WDBWK73F96F103712


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Done, done done! ;-)



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