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First two weeks w/ My 320



Well, I am now entering week number two of ownership of my ’02 SLK320 and must say, despite the weather; rain the first 4 days and sub 50-degrees temps the last three, I am enjoying the car immensely.

Since I got my car from a MB dealer prior to them doing the customary dealer refurb., which general equates to about a $1200-$2000mark up on the price, I got a pretty good deal on the car. And while it does need some TLC, I am realizing that I may have just bought the perfect car for me if I wanted a project that I could tweak and clean on the weekends and then easily and reliably jump into on Monday morning and drive to work without issue.

This week I am hoping to get the parts needed to replace a leaky valve cover gasket & replace two radiator mount ; while I am under the hood will do both of those services, as well as run through all the fluids and remove and reinstall them all (brakes, tranny, oil, etc).

The first big change I did this weekend, which again was pretty simple was to replace a wheel.

The car when I bought it for whatever reason had one aftermarket wheel on the rear right side, which looked like the AMG 17-inch wheels that came on the car, but was missing the engraved AMG logo on one of the 5-spokes.

After finding a reconditioned one on ebay last week, I was able to install the new wheel and am again running a set of original factory SP1 package, AMG wheels. Albeit I did run into a problem in that the aftermarket wheels used short wheel bolts than was stock and had to make my first retail purchase at my local MB dealer to buy the “gold-plated, diamond encrusted Mercedes Benz official wheel bolts, at $7ea. I also removed all four wheels and cleaned and scrubs 11 years’ worth of grime off the inside of each wheel and cleaned the brakes.

I also ordered and installed new rubber mats to replace the woarn carpet ones that came in the car. I next took liberty with the aftermarket Pioneer CD player that was in the car when I bought it and while I would like to find a period OE Mercedes CD player to install, or one of the nice Becker Indianapolis Pro pieces, I tossed in a Blaupunkt Toronto I had which gives me connection for my ipod as well as Bluetooth hands free for the cell. Cosmetically it is better than the Pioneer, but sticks out in the dash to much for my taste and doesn’t match the mat finish of the rest of the car’s plastic buttons. It is a glossy texture…

All-in-all I am pleased with my car and am hoping to drive it this weekend over to the 18th Annual Amelia Island concours. About a 2 and a half hour drive for me, but worth the effort to attend when I have time.

Outside of making sure the car is 100% mechanically sound, I do need to fix a few cosmetic things which unfortunately aren’t going to be cheap if I want to do them right. The front center grill insert that came on the AMG bumper is missing and unless I make my own, will cost me almost $200 from every source I have found. Also the interior rear view mirror is damaged and needs to be replaced which will be another couple hundred dollars as well, since I have the auto-dimming feature.

On my list of upgrades to look into are maybe an exhaust, or some sort of resonator removal (if there is one) to get a little more sporty sound out of the V6; I also am playing with the idea of a C32 brake upgrade as well, but am having a hard time finding information specific to the R170 SLK with the 17-inch AMG 5-spoke wheels and whether or not they will fit the upgraded calipers of the C32.

Finally, and not a big deal right away, but since the car came from a state that required a front mounted license plate, and here in Florida we do not need one. I have four pesky screw holes in my front bumper that need filling and painting over. I have yet to decide if I will attempt a repair myself, or pay a professional to do it. While I am pretty good with a paint gun, it will cost me almost $100 for the supplies and I might be able to find a local shop to do it for only a little more. After that, its refinishing the OE wheels to all match and repair some curb-rash and I should have a great weekend fun car.

All in all, after two weeks I couldn’t be happier. Now it's time for a real photo shoot and for me to take some real pictures of the car...
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Welcome from the great white north, Ottawa Canada.

You're going to fit in soooo well here. Touch base with jbanks15 (aka Jeff) and simplyslk (aka MK or Marykay) as they are the ring leaders of the SLK FL mafia... I believe there is a get together at month's end.

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Welcome from Lincolnshire, England.

This is a great forum, I've only been here a few weeks myself as I've only had my car for a few weeks. You'll find everybody is really friendly and helpful here, I've had some great advice since joining.
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Congratulations! The car sounds great, and I love your passion for the vehicle. I always think fondly of the 3.2 V6 engines.
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Welcome, and great post! Car looks great and it's nice to see that you're working through list of required items - isn't it a great feeling?
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Welcome from New Hampshire, congrats on the new car it looks great.
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Welcome from Portland, Oregon. Congrats on the new ride.
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Welcome from Greenville, SC. I share the pain about those four screws holes in the front bumper.
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Greetings from Tennessee !

Great writeup. Thanks for introducing yourself and letting us know about your car. Interestingly enough the M-B dealers aren't that bad of a place to purchase parts. Service and labor rates, however, will drain your bank account in a hurry. That said, just wait until your "gold plated diamond encrusted" wheel bolts start rusting on you.

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Welcome from NW England.
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Another welcome from Greenvile, SC, I also have a Brilliant Metallic Silver 320 (non AMG). I also replaced my stock radio recently with a Blaupunkt Key West MP36 since it had a matt finish which looks great (I only wanted CD, no iPod, no bluetooth, no USB, How Stone Age is that?). I could not see paying over $300 for an Audio 10 from the guys in Germany. The Blau has plenty of features for me and was essentially "plug and play".
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Welcome from Kansas City. We bought my wife's 01 320 last year, 24k miles, she loves it. Don't forget to change the coolant also. Did ours last week, pretty simple process.
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Hello and welcome, great car.
Don't throw the short wheel bolts away, I think you need them when fitting the space saver spare tyre. Do a search on here for the interior mirror, there is a company that supplies them for a lot less than MB. If you are replacing the spark plugs remember there are 2 per cylinder, 12 in total!
Enjoy your SLK.
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Hello and welcome from the Isle of Man!

On the subject of exhausts, I was reading in MB Gazette recently the story of a guy who had had a SL500 from new. One of the problems he had was that the mid section catalyser started to rattle. He took it to several places who said it would cost thousands of dollars to fix properly. As a temporary measure, he took it to an exhaust dealer and asked for the section to be removed and replaced with a straight pipe. He said the car sounded the best it had ever sounded after that. The best part was that when the car went for it's next annual test, it passed all teh emmissions tests! Just a thought!
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My 2002 slk 320 has had the centre resonator / cats removed and replaced with a straight through pipe. Had it tested for emissions last week. Sailed through!
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Welcome from Las Vegas. Glad you enjoy taking care of your car.
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