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#1 Old 01-28-2017
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Greetings from Texas

Hello to all! I purchased my ?98 SLK230 a few months ago as a salvage vehicle with 175k miles for $2000. Sounds pretty bad but it's actually in good condition. It's one of those 'good bones' cars that I can rebuild as I go. Will I eventually end up spending more? Maybe. But I love working on cars and this thing should give me a steady dose of issues 'err' opportunities to expand my knowledge base and I'll have an old car with mostly new parts instead of an old car with well preserved (aka time bomb) parts. Anyway, I needed a cheap car for college and although there were other options in better condition, I fell in love with the vario-roof (had never seen it before) and the fact that it was supercharged (since the wife green-lit a 4-cyl car only, as my excuse was to save gas). Great loophole. Anyway, I frequent lots of different forums, mostly American car forums, but never post. Actually, I never become a member. Most any question I could come up with is usually already answered so there's no point. But for the first time I found a solution and wanted to share it with my fellow cheapskates (or economic pessimists if being cheap offends you) and this is my first foreign car. I must say that even for it's age I am very impressed. So far all it's needed was a head gasket replacement (rear head to block oil leak), PSE ($200 Ebay), headlights (more of a want, actually, again Ebay), Electric fan control module ($20 Ebay), and some other odds and ends typical of a used car. Since I do all the work myself, all the repairs have only set me back the cost of parts. As mentioned though, overall I love the car and can't wait to rebuild/port the supercharger as well as install the larger crank pulley. My ashtray came destroyed so I removed it, made a piece of plastic with a hole in it to fill the void and fit a $9 ebay boost/vacuum gauge in there. Only 7 psi is depressing on a 30 psi gauge . Oh and a fuel filter inline stops the cheap gauge flutter so it works great and steady. I also get my boost from one of the two ports on the rear of the manifold, in case anyone asks. That gives the most accurate/relevant reading in my opinion.
Anyway, I'm the guy that just posted the info in the r170 General Discussion about bypassing the vario roof speed limited and making the roof switch automatic. If any of you also have vario roofs with a switch similar to the r170, you may also be able to do this mod. You may just have to double check your vehicle specific diagrams to find out what your wire colors are. As long as they perform the same functions as the wires I connected to, the mods will work. Thanks!
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Must be something going on in Texas. A new cult maybe.
Seem to have had a few TX joiners of late.

Thanks for taking the time to post an intro.

There is something going on. It's winter and we are still melting

I'm not affiliated with anyone though, so I'm just a coincidental additional member.
Anyway, I want to say thanks. I joined another form a week before this and have had nowhere near the amount of "community" feel that this one has shown me. I mean a week later and not a single reply to my posts and they weren't even questions that had been beaten to death. It was new information. Oh well. So thanks to all at SLKworld who have taken the time to read/reply to my posts and welcome me into the forum!
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There is something going on. It's winter and we are still melting

I'm affiliated with anyone though, so I'm just a coincidental additional member.
Anyway, I want to say thanks. I joined another form a week before this and have had nowhere near the amount of "community" feel that this one has shown me. I mean a week later and not a single reply to my posts and they weren't even questions that had been beaten to death. It was new information. Oh well. So thanks to all at SLKworld who have taken the time to read/reply to my posts and welcome me into the forum!
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I also enjoyed my SLK230 till it was totaled last year in a very bad accident. I feel the quality of the car saved me in that accident. I was going to replace it with a new Miata, but my wife said," No way! You will get another Mercedes as it saved your life when that 18 wheeler ran you over" Thank goodness I listened to my brilliant wife and bought a used SLK250 which I love even more then my SLK230.
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