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1999 SLK230 owner - questions

Hello all. I'm a new owner of a 1999 SLK230 AMG (I know, just the cosmetics) with 110,000kms. It's imported from Japan.

I've downloaded a user manual for an american model, seems pretty much the same.

My question is about the AC system. Mine has the 3 buttons between the two selector knobs. One is defrost, one is the "EC" button and the third is the recirculate button. It's a silly question, but with the EC button pushed in, the light in the button comes on. I'm assuming this indicates the AC is on? It's summer here on the west coast of BC and I have the top down and don't need AC right now. I just want to make sure gas mileage wise that I'm not driving around with it on needlessly. So light on - AC on, light off - AC off?

Another question, for some things my local MB dealer seems in the ballpark price wise for some parts. I've compared with ordering via Ebay and shipping to Canada always seems to kill the deal. So far I've purchased and installed one trunk strut (yes, hit in the back of the head twice) and center caps for the AMG rear wheels. Any other thoughts on parts options? It's been debadged on the rear trunk deck, I'd like to put the SLK230 and AMG back on. Most of the places I've looked at online don't seem to sell both and I want to ensure the sizes are the same so would prefer to buy from the same seller. I'll do some more research in this forum, but the other thing I'd like to do sooner rather than later is remove the instrumentation bezel to repaint. (Above the steering wheel, that covers the speedometer cluster) I'm looking for instructions on removal. I've already reviewed lots of options for removing the latex paint. Also, anyone ordered one of the aftermarket plexiglass wind screens available online?

Thanks in advance for your assistance. I love the car so far.

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Welcome!

Have a look at the different sections of the forum, your questions will be answered there.

I haven't had mine for very long, but no light normally always indicates that it's off, whereas light means on (on the A/C that is). Also, I'm guessing that the dealership will always be (a lot) more expensive than Ebay or similar sellers or a universal garage when it comes to maintenance. Parts may not even be a lot more expensive, but I reckon the price per hour is much higher there.

Just remember, you didn't buy a very economically sound car, you bought a way of life. Getting into adapting it to your exact liking is going to drain funds and so is running it. Once the top is down, you'll forget about it quickly .

Basically, it's like having a second wife (did I say that out loud?)
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Hi Jay, EC with light on means economy, then ac compressor desingaged, just the air flow with forced ventilation, EC with light off is normal function, AC on, with compressor working and cold air. If you adjust the rotating button to the white area, the air flow will be ambient temp but the compressor will keep engaged, expending more gas. Ac compressor, not the kompressor of the motor.
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light on is a/c off.
light off is a/c on.
silly way round but there you go. (if light breaks how will you know?)
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