Prospective buyer - Mercedes Benz SLK Forum

New Members Introduce Yourself Here New members come here first!. Update your profile: model, year and location. Post any issues in the relevant section. The team may then post a link to your issue thread in your introduction. User Name must be in plain text, NOT ASCII

 2Likes
  • 2 Post By ColoE320
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
#1 Old 07-22-2014
Registered Users
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Lafayette, Co USA
Vehicle: 2015 SLK250
Other Toys: 2004 E320, 1995 Acura Legend, Co-Motion Co-Pilot tandem bike
Posts: 44
Country:
Chats: 0
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Thanks: 3
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
(Thread Starter)
Prospective buyer

Considering purchase of an SLK. Likely a R171. Currently own a 2004 E320 (W211).

I see that there is a potential problem with the balance shaft sprocket on certain years of certain engines (I looked at the stickie on this issue).

Is there a way to correlate the car's VIN with the engine serial number (M272 - M273) to avoid a car with this issue?

Thanks in advance.
jbanks15 and LIL DON SLK like this.
ColoE320 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
#2 Old 07-22-2014
Administrator/Founding Member

 
jbanks15's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Tampa, Florida
Vehicle: 2009 SLK 55 AMG Kleemann Supercharger, ECU tune, Headers and LSD, CF Diffuser
Posts: 91,973
Country:
Chats: 38
Mentioned: 473 Post(s)
Tagged: 5 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6580 Post(s)
Thanks: 3,248
Thanked 11,107 Times in 8,460 Posts
Also going to move your thread to the new member introduce yourself section to save you a step

Yes. post the vin, we get you the datacard. the datacard has the engine number, compare engine number with engine range in stickies (oil and sprocket)

Welcome to SLKWorld.com: The #1 Mercedes-Benz SLK Forum from Valrico, Florida!




Some tips to make your visit here more enjoyable:
If you haven’t, please use the 'search' feature at the top right of the page for your questions as they have probably been asked before. Remember, ‘Search’ is your friend.
If you wish to become PM (Private Message) capable, you need 15 posts. To get those 15 posts quickly, just go to the ‘New members introduce yourself here’ section and welcome enough new members to obtain your needed posts to PM.
Want to post a picture? Start a new thread or make a post, click ‘edit’, click on the ‘paper clip’ or ‘advanced’ and/or ‘manage attachments’ then ‘choose file’ then ‘upload’ and ‘submit’! If Iphone pics, you need to rename any additional pics as Iphone names its pics all the same, image.jpg.
Want to ‘like’ or thank’ someone’s comments? Use the ‘like’ button to the right or the ‘Thanks’ button, bottom right of any post you like. This saves you having to comment.
New members should be aware that the 'New Posts' link next to the 'Search' link top right of the info bar is a great way to see all of the posts you have missed since you were on the forum last. Remember to click 'mark forums read' under ‘quick links’ when you leave.
Post your vin in the Vehicle Datacard Request section to get a datacard (options on your car) free.
Also vote or enter our Ride of the Month competition: https://www.slkworld.com/rotm-submissions-voting/

Thank you
Jeff
Moderator/Founding Member/Ride of the Month Coordinator


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Jeff, US Army Master Sergeant Retired
Administrator/Founding Member
2009 SLK 55 AMG Black/Black
Kleemann Supercharger thread here:

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Kleemann ECU Tune, headers and downpipes thread here:

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Albums:
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

ClearBra
OEM MB Plexiglass Draught Stop
Smarttop version 3.22
Previous - 02 SLK 320, 05 SLK 350

Last edited by jbanks15; 07-23-2014 at 07:43 AM.
jbanks15 is online now  
#3 Old 07-22-2014
Moderator

 
simplyslk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Lakeland, Florida
Vehicle: 2010 SLK300 2LOOK Edition
Other Toys: '13 GLK350
Posts: 13,566
Country:
Chats: 0
Mentioned: 93 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 241 Post(s)
Thanks: 1,562
Thanked 3,772 Times in 1,964 Posts
Garage
Welcome and thanks for joining.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication
_________________________________________

Marykay
Moderator

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


Performance Modifications by Kleemann K2 with Piecha Power Converter
Wheels and Suspension by Brabus, Custom Big Brake Kit by Ceika
Body Styling, Lighting and Convenience by Piecha, ///AMG, Xclusive Car Concepts, Chrome-tec, WindRestrictor, Mods4Cars



To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


Sold...2001 SLK320 'Sweet Pea'
simplyslk is offline  
 
#4 Old 07-22-2014
Administrator
 
Livefreeordie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Rochester,NH USA
Vehicle: 2002 SLK230K
Other Toys: 1986 560SL, 2012 VW Tiguan, 2017 Ram laramie 1500
Posts: 17,144
Country:
Chats: 27
Mentioned: 83 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 105 Post(s)
Thanks: 1,097
Thanked 1,292 Times in 1,143 Posts
Garage
Welcome from New Hampshire
Livefreeordie is offline  
#5 Old 07-22-2014
Registered Users
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Lafayette, Co USA
Vehicle: 2015 SLK250
Other Toys: 2004 E320, 1995 Acura Legend, Co-Motion Co-Pilot tandem bike
Posts: 44
Country:
Chats: 0
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Thanks: 3
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
(Thread Starter)
Thanks for the quick response.

If I am shopping for an R171 (and don't yet have the VIN), is there a year range to be wary of?
ColoE320 is offline  
#6 Old 07-22-2014
Administrator/Founding Member

 
jbanks15's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Tampa, Florida
Vehicle: 2009 SLK 55 AMG Kleemann Supercharger, ECU tune, Headers and LSD, CF Diffuser
Posts: 91,973
Country:
Chats: 38
Mentioned: 473 Post(s)
Tagged: 5 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6580 Post(s)
Thanks: 3,248
Thanked 11,107 Times in 8,460 Posts
2005 usually for oil consumption
sprocket I believe is like 2006-2008
also issue with conductor plate:
https://www.slkworld.com/slk-r171-gen...tor-plate.html


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Jeff, US Army Master Sergeant Retired
Administrator/Founding Member
2009 SLK 55 AMG Black/Black
Kleemann Supercharger thread here:

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Kleemann ECU Tune, headers and downpipes thread here:

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Albums:
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

ClearBra
OEM MB Plexiglass Draught Stop
Smarttop version 3.22
Previous - 02 SLK 320, 05 SLK 350
jbanks15 is online now  
#7 Old 07-22-2014
Registered Users
 
Beekster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Hillsboro, OR
Vehicle: '06 SLK280, 6-speed, Premium package, Bilstein B12 suspension
Other Toys: '00 C230 Kompressor Special Edition
Posts: 1,260
Country:
Chats: 0
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 164 Post(s)
Thanks: 9
Thanked 131 Times in 103 Posts
Garage
Conductor plate only applies to automatic transmissions. If you get a car with the One True Transmission, a manual, then that problem won't occur!

The balance shaft sprocket problem only affected a relatively small number of cars; something in the low-single-digit-percentage range. It does still crop up; a member here recently had it happen to his car. But the odds are low. I investigated the issue here, and bought an '06 car used anyway. If my engine succumbs, I'll fix it and drive on; but at 92k on the odo the odds are that if it was going to happen it would have done so before now. If cost isn't an issue, then go for an '09 or later and be completely worry-free. If you're budget-limited, then find the car that suits you best and enjoy it, and if the balance shaft gear issue bothers you then put some money aside as a "just-in-case". You'll either need it or you won't, and if you don't there are worse things than having a little extra money saved up somewhere.
Beekster is offline  
#8 Old 07-22-2014
Registered Users

 
Der Flieger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Ottawa Ontario
Vehicle: silver/red 06 350
Other Toys: 2011 MB C 300 4matic! and 06 Mazda 3; fly B767-300ER
Posts: 6,796
Country:
Chats: 38
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 123 Post(s)
Thanks: 1,039
Thanked 820 Times in 659 Posts
Garage
Send a message via MSN to Der Flieger Send a message via Yahoo to Der Flieger
The oil consumption problem sited above is also very rare and most of the cars were captured in the recall.

I did have the conductor plate issue with our car after three years of ownership - it's essentially an electronic issue (a speed sensor within the trans). Sometimes you can replace just the plate, but sometimes the valve body too. My repair (conductor) was circa $800.

Best of luck in your hunt...


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

FUN 4 2
Der Flieger is offline  
#9 Old 07-22-2014
Premium Member

 
LIL DON SLK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Sacramento, California
Vehicle: 2009 SLK 55 AMG White 8 cylinder
Posts: 10,815
Country:
Chats: 0
Mentioned: 18 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 146 Post(s)
Thanks: 969
Thanked 550 Times in 509 Posts
Garage
Welcome from the Sacramento Valley SLK Enthusiasts!

Don Owen AKA LIL DON SLK
916/489-6936

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Sacramento Valley SLK Enthusiasts!

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.





To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


If you live in Northern California you can join us for a drive. We meet monthly for drives, road trips lunches. Feel free to call me or email me and I can add you to our email list. I always post events under California here on SLKWORLD.
LIL DON SLK is offline  
#10 Old 07-22-2014
Premium Member
 
AZ SLK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Near Tombstone, AZ
Vehicle: 2007 MB SLK 280, Remus Exhaust, TSR 17" wheels, Pirelli PZero tires
Other Toys: '15 Z51 Corvette, '12 Cadillac Escalade EXT, '11 MB GLK350, '04 Honda GoldWing, '13 Craftsman VT4000
Posts: 3,885
Country:
Chats: 0
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 25 Post(s)
Thanks: 1,146
Thanked 454 Times in 415 Posts
Garage
A warm welcome from Southern Arizona. Good to have you on board. Enjoy the people, the forum, and top down cruisin'.

Michael --
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.



AZ SLK is offline  
#11 Old 07-22-2014
Premium Member
 
Dave54's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Portland, Oregon
Vehicle: 2009 SLK 350
Posts: 17,470
Country:
Chats: 2
Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 81 Post(s)
Thanks: 1,526
Thanked 1,338 Times in 1,222 Posts
Garage
Welcome from Portland, Oregon.
Dave54 is offline  
#12 Old 07-22-2014
Registered Users

 
mustbedreaming's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: SW Florida
Vehicle: 2007 SLK280 Mars Red
Posts: 6,029
Country:
Chats: 0
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 41 Post(s)
Thanks: 11
Thanked 418 Times in 365 Posts
Hi and welcome from SW Florida
mustbedreaming is offline  
#13 Old 07-23-2014
Premium Member
 
hasontour's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: london
Vehicle: In between slk's!!!
Posts: 13,818
Country:
Chats: 0
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 39 Post(s)
Thanks: 306
Thanked 761 Times in 748 Posts
Hi from London,

Welcome aboard!
hasontour is offline  
#14 Old 07-23-2014
Sadly Woolly has passed away

 
Woolly's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Co. Durham, UK
Vehicle: SLK350 MT
Other Toys: CLK 270CDI (Slushbox!!)
Posts: 17,375
Country:
Chats: 1297
Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 120 Post(s)
Thanks: 2,912
Thanked 3,515 Times in 2,416 Posts
Garage
Welcome from NE England.

Woolly - Founder & Super Moderator.






To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

MB SLK 350 Andradite Green (6 speed manual)

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


Woolly is offline  
#15 Old 07-23-2014
Premium Member
 
LewSLK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Fayetteville, NC
Vehicle: 2014 ATS Cadillac and a 2008 Saturn Sky
Posts: 2,710
Country:
Chats: 0
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Thanks: 177
Thanked 287 Times in 230 Posts
Garage
Welcome to the SLK forum from NC.
LewSLK is offline  
#16 Old 07-23-2014
AND MABEL

 
DAVIETHESCAFF's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Barrhead
Vehicle: 2008 AMG 55
Other Toys: "Red Mist" 2004 Battistini Hardtail Chopper
Posts: 13,506
Country:
Chats: 0
Mentioned: 149 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 592 Post(s)
Thanks: 3,036
Thanked 1,031 Times in 875 Posts
Garage
Hi, welcome from the North of Scotland. Good luck with your hunt.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
.........Happiness is not getting what you want, it's wanting what you have.........Daviethescaff
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
DAVIETHESCAFF is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  Lower Navigation
Go Back   Mercedes Benz SLK Forum > General Discussion about Mercedes Benz SLKs > New Members Introduce Yourself Here

Bookmarks

Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Upload your files to MEGAUPLOAD
Upload your images to ImageShack

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Mercedes Benz SLK Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
prospective R170 owner Mbeselkey New Members Introduce Yourself Here 29 08-06-2014 06:44 PM
Questions from a prospective buyer SLK250>SLSAMG New Members Introduce Yourself Here 12 12-27-2013 06:26 PM
Please help: eBay buyer says audio screen "white" SteveHookEm General Modifications R171 72 11-19-2013 03:45 PM
I feel bad for the buyer of this SLK on ebay... mb911 Off Topic 10 09-02-2010 03:09 PM
Hi there, Uk prospective new 280 buyer here :o) Becky9 New Members Introduce Yourself Here 37 03-05-2009 10:52 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome
 

Clubs, Garage Plus vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.