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Question CarFax Help!

We are looking at a 2000 SLK230 Kompressor Limited Edition with 12,500 miles for our daughter. The dealership states that although the CarFax shows 4 previous owners there actually was only 1. Also, the CarFax reads 'Exceeded Mechanical Limits in error'.

Something about this CarFax seems suspicious to us or are we being overly cautious?

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u texted me 125,000. typo?


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u texted me 125,000. typo?
No typo, u misread it!


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That's not the 2000 model. It an 98-99 model.
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Thanks, but how did you determine that? Then the carfax is incorrect?


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Can't help you on the CarFax, but here's the datacard.



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Even those the car delivered in 4/2000 but the VIN date showed build in 12/1999. These car does not show any of the comestic like, mirror turn signal, painted side, front lower bumper, rear lower bumper, the MAF location, airbox....etc. upgrade for the post-2000 Slk model.
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You can read more about the changed 98-99 and 2000-2003 slk 230.


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Even those the car delivered in 4/2000 but the VIN date showed build in 12/1999. These car does not show any of the comestic like, mirror turn signal, painted side, front lower bumper, rear lower bumper, the MAF location, airbox....etc. upgrade for the post-2000 Slk model.

Technically incorrect - the car *is* a Model Year 2000 car, as specified on the data card. The R170 was facelifted in February 2000 - again as part of MY00. Same thing happened in the R171 in MY08.



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Technically incorrect .

Technically, you're right but reality, it does not have "ANY" of the changed for the post-2000 slk model. It one of those model stuck in between the year they started the changes.
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Thanks Klinh...the datacard says 2000...it's identical to my son's 2000.

We are confused about the 'exceeded mechanical limits in error' and the 4 previous owners. We don't think the odometer was tampered with but it raised a red flag.


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Hmm, missed that bit - if you look at what CarFax says, it's a car with a 5 digit odometer with > 99,999 miles. I'm pretty sure that's not the case on the R170?

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so the real mileage could be 112,500?


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Hmm, missed that bit - if you look at what CarFax says, it's a car with a 5 digit odometer with > 99,999 miles. I'm pretty sure that's not the case on the R170?

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DMV should have the true mileages for each time smog is due or each time the car is in the dealership for warranty repair. You can go to the Mercedes dealership give them the VIN# and they can show you the whole history of the repairs/services work but they won't print it out for you.
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car is in florida now and we do not have to test emissions in this state.


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it went 5 years and only racked up 2000 miles? maybe woolly was the owner


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Thanks John, we read that also and the carfax did say 'in error' but we've never heard of that before.

Now how about deciphering the 4 previous owners! Why would that be on the carfax if there was 1 owner? We don't get it....


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DMV should have the true mileages for each time smog is due or each time the car is in the dealership for warranty repair. You can go to the Mercedes dealership give them the VIN# and they can show you the whole history of the repairs/services work but they won't print it out for you.
We saw the entire history but it really only showed work done about a year ago, and it was extensive...engine seals, engine major, brake flush etc....They must have spent a small fortune on it.

Very few repairs prior. I also questioned that it had to be jump started 4 times.


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Major extensive work with only 12,500 miles seems odd to me. It is very strange. In one case the car was driven less than a couple hundred miles in one year. Plus, some of the interior shows signs of more wear than what the car has in miles although it was in heavy snow country, Wisconsin and did it say Illinois?

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Seemed strange to us also. We were told that the owner moved from Wisconsin to Minnesota to Florida and then decided to sell the car...there was no trade involved which again brought up questions.

We figured the car sat without any maintenance to it...not even an oil change. My dad's car sat for a year and the head gasket had to be replaced.

Everytime it went to a different state it was registered as a new owner...we were wondering why??


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