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Bought 1st Mercedes

I've always been an Audi and Lexus guy, but I bought my first Mercedes on Friday and drove 1000 miles back home with it. It's a 2009 SLK 350, and pretty much everywhere I stopped people asked about it. That was a weird experience.

I got it from a Ford Dealer for about $5000 below book, but I think I have some maintenance items to fix, which might explain why this was so far below book. I'm wondering if anyone could help with some advice on best options for me:

1. 2nd Key - The car only came with one key, I'd like a second one - Are there aftermarket ones or is this a dealer item?
2. I put two new tires on the front and National Tire and Battery stated that my left strut is shot and my right one is leaking. They wanted $2100 to do the repair. The car seems to handle well, doesn't bounce or anything, I can't decide if they are pulling my leg or not. I don't have typical strut failure symptoms.
3. The car has a "whirring" sound coming from the rear. Doesn't matter if I'm braking or not, and it gets louder when I turn left, and quieter when I turn right. Bearings or rotors?
4. The right hand side clear plastic dome cover fell off in the middle of Oklahoma - Looks like the Ford Dealer had scotch taped in place. I'm assuming that's a dealer part.

Otherwise, this is a fun little car! Feels like a go-cart! My wife is already in love with the airscarf. (we're in Minnesota.)
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1. 2nd Key - The car only came with one key, I'd like a second one - Are there aftermarket ones or is this a dealer item?

dealer item, about $250-350


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Otherwise, this is a fun little car! Feels like a go-cart! My wife is already in love with the airscarf. (we're in Minnesota.)
That was one of my first impressions: a go-cart feeling. Total control, one with the car and the road.
My wife says "meh" to the airscarf. She is 5 foot and all the airscarf does is warm her crown. Need to pack some phone books when she rides.
Congrats and welcome from the swamps of Southern MD.
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