Howdy folks! Just took my 170 off the road for the winter. We've had a mild fall/winter so far but now its so dark and with the roads freezing, it's time to pack it in and reflect on my first year of ownership. First of all I would like to say on how valuable SLK World was for me in purchasing and maintaining my SLK. But the site is so good, that it is a little flawed. This is because of the car problems discussed on the site. While most beneficial, it somehow gives an impression that SLK's are unreliable. My experience has been totally different.
I have put 12470 k's on my 170, initially touring Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France after purchase and then going for countless cruises in Finland and the car is bulletproof! I have met 7 other Finnish owners this summer and everyone has had no problems except for one owner of a 1998 SLK which needs a new roof pump. But he has owned his car since 1999 and that is his first problem. I don't know if its the weather over here......
Best comments "I like to tinker with cars but not this one, I just clean it" "The car still feels like a new car"
There are a few minor problems that I will address this winter. The rear trunk hydrolic pumps need replacing. I want to change the tranny oil and rear differential oil and whatever else I can do before its 115000 k service this spring. There are a lot of scuff/scratch marks on the paint which were probably caused by a dirty rotating brush at the car wash. I didn't notice them when I bought it making me think that they were masked (and I can't understand why anybody would take a SLK to a car wash) I'm not too sure on how I can fix that. Also there was a minor leak on the drivers window that was cured with a dab of silicone.
And once again with the help of this great site, I now know how to properly store my car for the winter.
I can only imagine what a 171 or a 172 is like. And maybe its better that way. I could do some financial damage to myself if I took one out for a ride.........
For next year, I'm planning on going to some track days and of course some more major cruises. Maybe to England, maybe to Prague, maybe to Norway via Lapland. Maybe all of them! For me it is the ultimate cruiser. Sporty but comfortable for the long haul. It's also surprisingly neat to drive with the top up, like a proper coupe and when the top is down, nothing beats a SLK!