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#1 Old 08-04-2011
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Hi Everyone,

I just joined the forum, but I am the original owner of one of the oldest SLKs. I bought the car a year before they were released and was shipped mine in August 1997. Before it arrived, Mercedes sent me a Charter SLK owner Key Ring and a Christmas ornament in exactly my colors (silver/salsa interior) for Christmas 1996. The car is, obviously, now 14 years old and has 168,000 miles. It has been by sole car for the last 10 years and only had two major problems in all. A supercharger bearing went out about 5 years ago and I a chip in the major computer that governed turn signals, hazard lights, rear window defroster went costing over $1,000 to replace. The car now seems to be having a spate of small problems -- A/C fan stopped 2 days ago, light burned out on the A/C fan speed control knob -- and I am going to try to fix these things myself (former Aero & Astro engineer who should probably know better).

I am thinking about the new SLK, but don't like any of the exterior colors they offer -- Outside of black, white and red, MB seems to think that everyone wants a shade of silver or gray. I would like some of the old 280 SL colors -- e.g. light metallic blue or green. The cost is also getting high relative to alternatives. Anyway, glad to be here. By the way, I am 65, so I am one of the old guys, although I was a lot younger when I bought the car.
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Greetings from Tennessee !

Great to have you on board ! Good to hear about the reliability of your original SLK !

You have plenty of choices to "upgrade". I went for the '05-'06 R171 models due to their preceived reliability and how much I was willing to spend. However I'm sure that there are jewels out there to match whatever price point you have. The fun is in the chase !
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A/C fan stopped 2 days ago
I had to take my fan out and clean it after it stopped, working fine so far. Search for blower fan, should find a solution.

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I just joined the forum, but I am the original owner of one of the oldest SLKs. I bought the car a year before they were released and was shipped mine in August 1997.. By the way, I am 65, so I am one of the old guys, although I was a lot younger when I bought the car.
Welcome from Virginia. WOW, that had to be exciting to be one of the first SLK owners. I loved the R170 when it first came out. You have to be the SLK equivalent of the "guy who knows everything about computers".... There's a handful of us here in your peer group.
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Welcome from New Hampshire, glad to hear your SLK is still running strong.
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Welcome aboard

heres the fix for your a/c light http://www.peachparts.com/Wikka/R170HeaterDashLight
using a small screwdriver and a soft cloth between the chrome ring to pry the control knob off
the picture in the link shows the bulb behind a small metal flap that covers the bulb
you must push the flap out of the way and pull the bulb out (not easy)
the bulb is Sylvania #2721


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