Ok, so I brought the SLK home Thursday evening in the midst of a driving rain storm. Minutes after I arrived home, power went out for a couple of hours so there was little I could do in the garage.
Friday I took it to work. Filled the tank, had the opportunity to do a 50 mile round trip to a nearby city as I had an appointment late in the day. My my, at 125K miles, it feels so secure, solid, rattle free going down the highway at 70 mph. Just as I'd hoped, it is very comfortable and amazingly smooth for a four cylinder engine.
Coming home and becoming more accustomed to the car, something was niggling at me ... the handling felt a little odd. Couldn't put my finger on it. As I parked and walked into my home, it struck me ... I'd forgotten to check the tire pressures! The car*was a repo, it had been sitting in lots since last August. The dealer didn't expect me to pay for it and drive it off the lot, it was driving rain out there, and likely hadn't remembered to look at tire pressures.
Yesterday morning I nipped it around the corner to the gas station and checked tire pressures. Yup ... 18psi all around. Filled them to the recommended 30/33 psi. They do handle and feel a LOT nicer with properly inflated tires. I trundled about with it all day, getting more comfortable with its controls and handling dynamics. The SLK is so different from what I've been driving the past decade (Land Rover Freelander and Toyota Prius) and also so different from my last Alfa Romeo Spider! It likes to be told what to do with authority, not just guided along. The sense of being in complete control is great.
It was warm and sunny a good bit of the day. Putting the top down and putting it back up is a great act ... Transformers come to life! Everyone gets a kick out of it. It is so nice to have an open car once more; I've missed that since I sold the Spider in 2008.
I went through the car stem to stern and found that the tool kit and spare tire air pump are missing. I found them on Ebay and they're on the way now. I also stopped by the local car stereo place recommended by the mechanic—the Bose stereo sounds great, but the unit is an antique. It doesn't have the CD changer option, the telephone section is incompatible, etc. I need an iPhone/hands free capable system.
For the Bose system in the 2000 SLK, does anyone know if this unit uses optical or copper wire connections between the head, the amplifier and the speakers? The dealer wasn't sure (said until he can't know for sure until he takes the head out of the dash), but said that if it is the optical one it will likely require a head, amplifier and new speakers.
The more I drive the SLK, the more I like it. Definitely was worth waiting a decade to get one. It goes into the shop on Monday for a complete service, a new set of motor mounts, couple of other details.
Hey Stirling, what the heck are you doing with my car?