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R171 Door Dings

Does the R171 get door dings often? I only ask because that nice, ***y bulge in the door looks to me like it could become riddled with dents if I ever parked it somewhere other than on a street.

I gotta get this off my chest:
< >I am always afraid that if I leave it in a parking lot, some fat American will park next to it and fling his or her door wide open into my car. It's these big, fat, ignorant, jealous porkers that need to use the door for leverage to get in and out of the car, that's what I'm worried about. I was renting a car in San Diego, CA once, and someone did that... while I was in my damn rental car! That incident left me full of rage against those types. I didn't even get an apology. Unless it's a woman, I don't care about someone's physical size, but have some respect and care for other people's things. This created such a fear of taking my SLK anywhere: restaurant/cafe, shops, office, etc..</ > To me, leaving a quater-size dent on a door and leaving without a note is hit-and-run. Unacceptable. If these people are too chicken **** to leave a note, then they park somewhere else or stay at home.
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Your comment about "some Fat American" pissed me off. How dare you come to the US and insult us. Having traveled the world and witnessed atrocities of some sort in nearly every country, I have never been so inconsiderate and obnoxious to call the citizens of those countries names and slander the entire group because of the ignorance of a few. If you are here as a guest, act like a guest otherwise take yourself home to your country and enjoy the door dings or worse your countrymen will dish out.
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Acutally, I am an American. I'm just sick and tired of watching our society go down in a spiral of shame. Calm down.

If I had the chance to live in another country forever, I'd gladly leave this place. But unfortunately, I have to live here. I just won't tolerate uneducated, albeit hopless individuals who chose to ruin my day by being lazy and careless.

So how about those door dings?
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My friend, you need to travel to other countries. When you return you will find that although we have more than our share of unmotivated, hate filled, selfish, inconsiderate, weak minded, sloppy, careless, scumbags our country is tops. The major problem we have is that we are a welfare state that has raised a generation of people that expect everything for nothing. Taught to dislike anyone who has expended time and effort to get ahead. These individuals are given excuses for sorriness by our judicial system, our school systems and the bleeding heart liberals that raise heck louder than the majority of us when they have a cause.
BTW, DOOR DINGS SUCK. SO DO LITTERBUGS, DRUG USERS, CRIMINALS, TAILGATERS, DRUNK DRIVERS, MEAN MINDED PEOPLE, THE VIEW lets kill them all and start over... OR Vote for ME as President, I will use Redneck common sense and clean up this place. (That would be scary) for criminals and other scumbags....
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If you get a ding in that waistline and thats the widest point of the door so thats where it happens then its bad because there is no way to remove the dent using pressure like you can on a flat surface so if you want it properly removed it needs a proper re-spray.

Your fear of damage is very justified mate i keep mine away from other people as much as humanly possible because the amount of people who simply have no respect for other people's property now is amazing, its one reason why i like cars that are all carbon would need to drive a bus into the door to dent it.
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you get people like this in all countries, not just america.
don't tar everyone with the same brush.
however i do indeed know the type you mean, i have watched people jump out of their car and smack into other cars. unfortunately it is just one of those things.
i have been lucky so far, so touch wood i cannot comment on how easly the slk absorbs other peoples doors.
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Like others I always park well away from others but unfortunatley some one did ding my door, twice actually. I got a guy to Paintless dent repair may dings and one was realy bad and it came out well, my R171 is black by the way. As for your country men, I find America one of the few places were manners still provail, yes you meet the odd one but in general they are well mannered, from my experience that is.
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Well, I just have the worst parking luck... no matter how far I park from a store entrance, even with several empty spaces around, someone always has to park next to me. Maybe it's just MB gravity, idunno.

412driver. Yes, I agree with you. This is a little off-topic, but hang with me here. Me: non-partisan, I flat-out don't care about American govt anymore (thank the media BS for that). But...

Just imagine if Hillary Clinton was president. I know, it's a shame, but think about something. She "spearheaded" health care reform... just as much as Al Gore invented the information super highway. But if Hillary was in office, just imagine all the drug benefits! I'm not for the current health care system, it's more of a capitalist joke than anything, but as my parents push past 60 and start to retire, there needs to be a new market. Forget about real estate and stocks. Now marajuana is a top crop in the US, they even report on it in great detail, but the substance is illegal. Just imagine if Hillary Clinton legalized it for all the ailing 50+ generation? That would be perfect because it would do two things: 1, the gvmt would tax the crap out of it and reap some cash; 2, a lot of Americans would calm down and stop being so hysterical. It think Hillary is exactly what people over 50 need. These are the individuals that I refer to as Generation RX (TM). My parents and everyone else their age are so dependant on pharmacies these days for such small ailments I'm worried. But thinking about how they were recreating in the 60's and 70's, it's no wonder.

The slackers you are pointint out, those selfish phukers, I coin then Generation Me (TM).

I refuse to vote, because the majority won't make a diff in this election. The electoral college will pull rank here. But with all the BS that will come with Hillary, just imagine the new crops... cash and otherwise. NC is still a tobacco state... just imagine the money it would produce. I'm all for that. Of course, I'm not for anything else that will serve as residual effect from her (and her co-horts') reign.

I have traveled around the world. Not everywhere, but I've been out there. I love to blend in wherever I am so that I can absorb the experience. But in the US, I have a hard time blending in. A lot of people my age (late 20's) are actually still in school on foreign programs just to live a normal life in the free world. When I got back from Germany, I used my cell phone in bagage claim to make sure that my friend knew I was ready to be picked up. When I pulled my phone out, I was approched by "TSA" (thousands standing around) to tell me that I cannot use my phone in baggage claim. WTF? Land of the free? What freedom? Don't get me started on speed limits. Germany and Holland were such great escapes into freedom. Coming back into the states and being told not to make a phone call was absurd. I wanted to get right back on that plane and never come back.

One last thing. High Fructose Corn Syrup. That evil ingredient is what I belive is contributing to this country's weight problem. It's in everything, even peanut butter. I tried to cut that out of everything I purchase at the grocery store, but I can't avoid that crap. For kicks, I went grocery shopping in Frankfurt. German Coca-Cola uses SUGAR, just like in Australia. It tastes better with sugar and the body processes that sugar better than this corn syrup crap. Somehow, some way, I will lodge a campaign against HFCS. I want real ingredients. HFCS is causing severe weight issues, and when you account for how much of it is in our food, it makes total sense as to why I can't even reduce my weight with routine exercise. Don't even get me started on corporate restaurants and pre-packaged foods. I could go on forever... or I could just live in the free world.

Okay, I'm done. Thanks for listening.
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OK Gentlemen,

Lets get back onto the original topic - door damage from a**holes (any shape, size and nationality)
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Sorry Big Dan and others for my ramblings.
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Okay, I took some photos. I'm not sure I want to take a hammer to the door and test the tensile strength, but I have an idea of door to door contact areas.

These cars are just about ideal distance, becuase neither door stops would prevent contact, but this is what close calls look like.

The SLK looks like it can cause more damage to a neighboring car.





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I think a lot of people out there either don't know the value of our cars, or would be jealous of us if they knew.
I saw a 50-60 year old couple walk by my car, the wife said to the husband "that's a nice car", and then the husband says to the wife "yeah pretty nice, they cost about 10 more than ours". I didn't say anything but i figure he means 10 as in $10,000 more, and get this, he gets into a beaten up chevy malibu......


And then an even bigger portion just don't car about cars at all anymore (my girlfriend calls them 'corolla drivers'....just watch how corollas drive...cause they usually can't). To them, cars are just cheap disposable transportation, and if they damage your car, whoops, too bad, you should have bought something cheaper.

My other big gripe is against 'compact spaces', these days they don't even mark it as such, but when the space is only as wide as the SLK, there's something wrong...especially since 50&#37; of the cars around here are SUVs, and another 15% are trucks. (i just counted my parking lot, 11 SUVs, 5 cars, 3 pickups).


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Lessen your chance of dings:

-Park in the far right spot. (most people drive alone, therefore no passenger = no dings
-Do not park next to Vans/SUVs (kids as passengers = dings)
-Do park next to more expensive vehicles (hopefully, they'll be considerate)
-Park far far away if it's windy (even considerate people will lose control of the door)
-Don't park under trees (sap and other debri)

Just some basic rules I live by.
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Last two post are good info. I used to park my car rough 1000m from the entrance to work when I was in texas. the car park was huge and as said above in certain areas people just don't care about cars as much.

I know in fort worth trucks are so cheap and they just run them into the ground and a don't or two may even add a little hard earned usage points. which they never pick-up legit. Out of a car park over a mile long and 1000m deep, pretty much full i'd say 9/10 were trucks. some of those things were so big and the bucket of coffee carying mobile phone calling driver could hardly park them never mind worry about leaving space not to clash when they get out.

I didn't get two dint's from clashing doors I got them from somebody paintballing my car in the first week I had it.
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Lessen your chance of dings:

-Park in the far right spot. (most people drive alone, therefore no passenger = no dings
-Do not park next to Vans/SUVs (kids as passengers = dings)
-Do park next to more expensive vehicles (hopefully, they'll be considerate)
-Park far far away if it's windy (even considerate people will lose control of the door)
-Don't park under trees (sap and other debri)

Just some basic rules I live by.

Thanks for the tips on where to park.

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Lessen your chance of dings:

-Park in the far right spot. (most people drive alone, therefore no passenger = no dings
-Do not park next to Vans/SUVs (kids as passengers = dings)
-Do park next to more expensive vehicles (hopefully, they'll be considerate)
-Park far far away if it's windy (even considerate people will lose control of the door)
-Don't park under trees (sap and other debri)

Just some basic rules I live by.
Thanks for sharing the rules!

When I am in a carpark which I am not familiar with, I'll usually go to the lowest level, and then touring around the whole level to which is as isolated as possible. Sometimes it take me 10 mins, but I think it worths to spend the time rather than finding some dings later.
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I don't think my 05 has any dings yet. One rock dent on the bottom of the hood but not door dings. I park in the space on the end at work and due to angled parking I get to take up the last spot and the shaded section. I have also been parking to the right of the only person next to me as they don't usually have passengers.

Good luck as it isn't easy to keep the dings off your daily driver.
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Good luck as it isn't easy to keep the dings off your daily driver.
Exactly... My last CLK was with me for 2 years and luckily it ended up with no dings. Hope the same will happen to my SLK!
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Lessen your chance of dings:

-Park in the far right spot. (most people drive alone, therefore no passenger = no dings
-Do not park next to Vans/SUVs (kids as passengers = dings)
-Do park next to more expensive vehicles (hopefully, they'll be considerate)
-Park far far away if it's windy (even considerate people will lose control of the door)
-Don't park under trees (sap and other debri)

Just some basic rules I live by.
And me too.

If I get and end slot, which I always seem to do , I never park straight I always park at a slight angle. Imagine your rear right hand wheel is on the white line at your right side and your front left hand wheel is on the other white line at your left side.

Bear with me and picture it. This does two things: it gives you and extra couple of inches between your door and someone elses and it also positions you, most times, so that any rear passengers of the ''other car'' are more likely to damage their door/s on your front or rear bumper/fender and if they do it very rarely leaves a mark on yours, if it does though its easier to fix than metal.

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this thread has jinxed me....i came out to my car last night and someone has reversed into my back bumper. minimal scuff, and slight crease in rear bumper, you really can't see it unless yoru looking for it, but it's still a pain in the ass. a trip to my dealer is due next weekf or a service so i'll just get them to touch it up then.
whilst im in should i enquire about Brabus aerial, AMG skirts, AMG front bumper?
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