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R170 Short Mast Antenna

I've hunted around the interwebs (and searched these forums) but I cannot seems to find a short-mast (stubby) antenna that will fit my '99 SLK230 (R170). Nothing wrong with mine, but I have to remove it to put on the car cover. I'd like a short one.

Can anyone point me to a link?

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Do you know the part number?


I know the 171 has a stubby, but the 170 is already stubby.
Can't recall seeing a shorter one for the 170.

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Got mine from the local MB dealer(part no. 170 820 06 75) cost me about $90 but some dealers are selling it for less. Here's the link to modifying the R170 antenna: https://www.slkworld.com/general-modi...0-antenna.html
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he has a 1999

his antenna was in his rear bumper


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Ah, one of the many little detailed things I like about my 2000 SLK, is the antenna being hidden in the bumper.
( apolgies for any hint of smugness )

It works better than my last car that had a roof mount whip antenna.

So why do some SLK markets have the external type?


Just like the trivia question, which car was the last to have pop-up headlights ( Corvette and Lotus Esprit I think), one day someone will ask, “what was the last car to have a power antenna? And which to have those annoying fixed whip antennas?” And you’ll be explaing to grandkids why they exist at all, since mobile phones don’t have things that stick out and get in the way,,,,,,,,, (anymore!)
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Antenna is on rear fender

See photo - antenna is on rear fender, so I'm not sure what you meant by the bumper.

Thanks for the links and all the help!
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early models, 1996 - 1999 even yours per your vin, show your antenna in the rear bumper
so either it changed based on what month it was built or previous owner added it

anyway, i believe that the part number Myk supplied
is correct 170 820 06 75
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early models, 1996 - 1999 even yours per your vin, show your antenna in the rear bumper
so either it changed based on what month it was built or previous owner added it

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Jeff,
Almost none of the R170s in Australia have the external antenna. So few I suspect the ones that do were private imports from UK, Or Japan. This applies from ‘97 right through to ‘04.
It seems different regions had different requirements.....
The external antenna may have had superior performance, or was cheaper for M-B to instal. Maybe M-B Australia marketing team just thought the internal antenna looked better. Who know?
But Rarely does one find a model that has both systems in common use.

And until now I hadn’t even noticed that external antennas seem to have vanished from new cars broadly, except maybe the cheapest ones.
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Thanks kindly Mate! (Always like sayin that) :

OP is from USA so I mentioned it per his vin

My previous previous 2002 SLK 320 had external


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