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Does the following apply to all versions of the SLC:






1. Where fitted can the electric 'folding' mirrors be activated whilst car is in motion. Having to use narrow lanes the lack of such mirrors is amazingly a major inconvenience & my wife keeps bragging that the mirrors of her Honda Jazz DO fold whilst in motion!
2. Where fitted are the circular clear plastic Airguides as effective as the mesh screen? Could a mesh screen be fitted as well despite lack of slots in the headrests?
3. Can the rear little quarter windows be raised with the roof stowed on ALL versions ( apologies 'cos I think I asked this once before).


I ask all this because I'm tempted to spend/waste mega bucks p/exing for the whim of a different colour car with the modest extra benefits of a more powerful & better gearbox & want to ensure I the value & worth of other benefits in terms of equipment.
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2. I think @tadpole has the ears on his. I don't think he was impressed.

1. Don't have a 172, but if you have folding mirrors on 171 you press one of the buttons
in the set for adjustment. I think @Col has the folding mirrors option.

3. I suspect you need smarttop for that feature, even on the 172.
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I do have folding mirrors but I don’t remember ever trying to fold them in on the move before!
I see no reason why this would not work on any SLK/SLC, although I’ve never owned an SLC!

Don’t have air guides so can’t compare to the standard wind deflector, which I find adequate!

Can’t recall if the rear windows can be raised manually without SmartTop!? I fitted one very soon after getting my 172! With one fitted the window button on the roof switch will close them. On SLC I believe they raised the speed limit the roof will operate at but I’m unaware of any other differences.
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I'm not mean... but I am 'roofless' at every opportunity!
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Have no issue with the ears. Opinions here are 50/50 so you need to ride one to experience it.

Don't know that I've ever folded/unfolded on the move. I meant to try it once on the highyway (streamlining) but forgot.

Not much help but I offered what I know.
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On mine you can fold in at just under 30mph and fold out at any speed.
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Good evening all,

With regards the folding mirrors.

I was convinced that mine were faulty as sometimes they folded and at other times seemed to refuse.


But I can confirm that after playing about with them they will as Stag said earlier fold when doing less than 30 mph.



The only time I fold them is when I approach a narrow stretch of lane and on the occasions I tried to fold I must have been doing in excess of 30 mph.

Can't understand the reason for the restriction as other cars will fold on demand at any speed.


As far as the ears go they are as efficient as the mesh I had on a previous SLK but the biggest advantage is that
when fully deployed they do not reduce your rearward vision.
In the winter I used to remove the mesh as the roof was rarely dropped but meant that you had to dig it out from the boot on the occasional
nice winter day.

Don't have a smart top so can't comment on that.



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Thanks for the replies.
I'm aware that a test drive in a SLC would have provided the answers but time was against me as I had intended to buy unseen which has proved to be impractical.
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Re: small rear windows able to be in the up position even when top is stowed - I couldnt do this on my 2012 R172, but on my 2017 SLC it is able to raise those windows with the top down. Greatly reduces buffeting! I am not sure if any of the late model (2014-2016) SLKs could do it.
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Re: small rear windows able to be in the up position even when top is stowed - I couldnt do this on my 2012 R172, but on my 2017 SLC it is able to raise those windows with the top down. Greatly reduces buffeting! I am not sure if any of the late model (2014-2016) SLKs could do it.

That's as I had suspected thus entirely negating need for Smartop (IMO)
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Re: small rear windows able to be in the up position even when top is stowed - I couldnt do this on my 2012 R172, but on my 2017 SLC it is able to raise those windows with the top down. Greatly reduces buffeting! I am not sure if any of the late model (2014-2016) SLKs could do it.

That's as I had suspected thus entirely negating need for Smartop (IMO)
I think the primary draw of smarttop was being able to put the top down from further away while youre walking to your car.
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I think the primary draw of smarttop was being able to put the top down from further away while youre walking to your car.
Absolutely!!!

It's so much more than just working the rear windows.
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Mercedes seem to have the right approach for folding mirrors. My previous car (Jaguar X would allow the mirrors to be folded at any legal UK speed, but not above 75mph; that seems a bit unnecessary - I only found out when checking whether the mirrors generated much wind noise!

Contrast that with the unbelievably stupid VW electronics in my wife's Skoda Yeti - which not only won't allow the mirrors to be folded above about 5mph (no, that's not a misprint!) but then requires the switch to be turned off and then on before you can try again. I've nearly hit hedges in narrow West Country lanes trying to get the da*ned things to fold in - made worse because the clowns at Skoda have put a rotary switch on the driver's door to control mirror adjustment, mirror heating (which is not linked to rear window heating like every other car in the universe) and mirror folding, and it's impossible to see the tiny white dot which tells you which position it has been left in without leaning forward and looking sideways!!! Fortunately the Yeti is a very good car, just let down by some of the electronics systems and controls being designed by a non-driver.
Sorry - end of rant!

I can confirm that although the SLC rear windows do drop when the roof is stowed, there's a small lever by the roof control that allows them to be raised again - and it reduces buffeting considerably, helped by the transparent ears. With these I'm perfectly happy to drive on UK motorways at the legal maximum speed (clears throat...) with the top down.
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