Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: KINGS LYNN NORFOLK ENGLAND
Vehicle: 2006 SLK R171 280
Other Toys: APRILIA TUONO RSV1000
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New to the breed - but hooked!
New to this type of gig, so please bear with.
Bought a secondhand 2006, SLK 280, which has been a bit of a pain as I think I bought a lemon.
My SLK is fully loaded, can't think of any options it doesn't have, but that just gives me more things to go wrong.
Had a free Mercedes "Healthcheck" when purchased, which showed up gearbox gasket fault, throttle position sensor failure, roof seal shrinkage, buckled 18" AMG alloys. Since then the heater motor packed up due to the battery box drain being blocked and the ensuing water build up flooded the heater motor and the passenger compartment floor (strangely enough not picked up by Mercedes during "Free" check!). The roof clunks and generally moans during drives on less than racetrack tarmac, so I'm not convinced its 100% true, which would also account for it leaking, although Mercedes would like to relieve me of over Ł700 for a new seal and I think it could probably just need realigning?!
Apart from these "minor" issues, I love it. It isn't as easy as the previous BMWs I've had, it's not as quick or as sharp handling as my Boxster, but it has something about it I really get.
Guess I'll be needing you guys to assist with much of the above, as my funds these days as a public servant don't match those from my consultancy days!