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#1 Old 09-03-2011
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My name is donald w mcmillan & my wife is gail l. I am 80 years old come 9/17/2011 & my wife is 67.
We both love convertiables and have been members of the bccw (british car club of wichita) since 2003.
I have not been a true beliver of british cars but enjoy the bccw members and getting together with them very much. Even thou we have loved mazda mitias, the club has been most forgiving!

Oh, yes we live in wchita ks and on the 29 of aug had the chance to buy a 2006 slk 350, firemist red from a local saab dealer.

The car is beautiful and looks (almost new) and it is sure an eye catcher and many "thrmbs up" jesters!

As a result of attempting to be on the safe side with so much coverage in the operator's manual, the car was taken to the a reputatble tire store to check out the balance/condition of all 4 of the origiinal wheels and tires, the shop owner informed me of" visable inside tire cupping" on both frount tires.

His diagonsis was that the struts were the cause of the non normal condition on such a low milage vehicle, 17500 miles.

I am seeking advise on this condition & any help would be most appriciated.

Sincerely,
donald w mcmillan
14016 e gilbert st
wichita, ks 67230
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LOCATION IS IN WICHITA KS, IN SPRINGDALE LAKES S/D
VEHICLE; IS A 2006 FIREMIST RED CONVERT WITH 17,500 MILES, IT WAS PURCHASED IN FLA NEW AND THE S/N IS WDBWK56FX6F095488

I AM STILL ON THE "LEARNING CURVE" AND COULD NOT FIND "USERCP', OR "EDIT YOUR DETAILS" OR "ADDITIONAL INFORMATION" AS SUGGESTED BY 257257.

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Welcome from NE England (via NW England). Congratulations on your new car.

Are you sure that you have 'cupping' type wear, not just general uneven wear across the tyre?. Cupping is usually a sign of having run with under-inflated tyres.






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Hi, and welcome from Virginia. Congratulations on your 2006 SLK, GREAT color. Happy birthday, eighty, WOW. We all hope we're driving SLKs when we're eighty. Couldn't imagine your struts are bad, with such low mileage. How bad are they cupped? If not bad, I'd re-balance and see how they wear.
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Hi and welcome to the site. Im just having a wee giggle to myself here as you say you are 80 years old......and your a junior member
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Welcome from Michigan.... With your low mileage, I doubt it is the struts unless the vehicle was curbed resulting in an alignment problem. When driving down a relatively straight road, does the vehicle tend to pull one way or the other (alignment issue)? Do you feel a vibration in the steering wheel at a specific speed (wheel balance)?
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Good for you, DW, on your purchase of an SLK. Also you have answered a question that has been in the back of my mind since I purchased my SLK. I wondered if I were the oldest person to own/drive an SLK. I will be 75 years old tomorrow (Sept 6) so you have me by a few years. If there are other "Seniors" out there who still enjoy their rides, I would love to hear from you. By the way - I consider myself to be only middle-aged since I plan on living to be 150 yrs old. I also plan on being able to drive the speed of my age until I get to be at least 100, then I may begin to slow down a little. Needless to say, I do not cruise at these speeds, but it if fun to hit those speeds on the less traveled interstates in our area. Go gray power!!!!
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