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What was the best £20/$20 you have spent on your SLK

It's now a couple of weeks since I replaced the steering idler bush on my 1997 230.
In 45 years of motoring I can't recall so little money (£20) having such a huge effect on a car.
It used to tramline badly and every now and again it was just like the invisible man gave the steering wheel a sharp tug to the left or right! Now it is just totally transformed.

It set me wondering what other people might have done that gave the biggest bang for their buck?

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It's now a couple of weeks since I replaced the steering idler bush on my 1997 230.
In 45 years of motoring I can't recall so little money (£20) having such a huge effect on a car.
It used to tramline badly and every now and again it was just like the invisible man gave the steering wheel a sharp tug to the left or right! Now it is just totally transformed.

It set me wondering what other people might have done that gave the biggest bang for their buck?

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I bought a $9 boost gauge on eBay. Got a $3 inline fuel filter (to control needle flutter at idle). Reprinted a new face for it, and love the diagnostic and fun factor it brings. Yes, the needle is off-centered a bit, but it is that way because I calibrated it with a mighty-vac so I could ensure accuracy. Shows 7psi manifold pressure at WOT as it should.

Nice thread by the way. I need to look into my idler busing. I have a lot of wander as well. Although in my case, I can see the the input shaft of the box moves quite a bit before the output shaft. So maybe I need to tighten the steering box.
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Leather Masters Leather Vital. I didn't think it'd make that much of a difference, but there's nothing like slipping into soft and supple leather seats.
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A new lighter socket with 2 USB ports. It is a panel that has the lighter socket in it and next to that are the USB ports. I put it in the same place in the console as the standard lighter. Just had to do some 'trimming' with my Dremel to make a second hole for the USB portion of the set.
I think it looks much better than a plug in adapter with multiple USB slots.
My Garmin GPS power plug is the lighter socket type and my cell phone a USB. So now I can power/charge them both at the same time.
If a passenger needs to power/charge their phone, they can use the second USB slot.
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For that money....
It would have to be the led parking sensor mirror I adapted to fit my oem rearview mirror:



The runner up would be the cf vinyl wrap for the interior:

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Mine is an R171, but this mod is applicable regardless.

$53 for a dashcam. Proved the collision in December was 100% the fault of the other driver. So my insurance rates won't be jumping up and I will get my $500 deductible back.
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I have not bought much for my SLK, and I think each item was over $20.
Dension Gateway 500 & Bluetooth adapter were well over
Carchet TPMS was $100ish
I do have one of these

But it was free, and I use it a lot, I covered the edges with duct tape to prevent scratching.
The only other stuff I bought was a idler pulley for $22 and 2 tires.

SO, the best thing I got for under $20 by far, was probably the fun I got from about 8 gallons of fuel!
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Put it in the fuel tank , it's always money well spent
I was going to say buying a lap ticket for the Nurburgring but £20 days are long gone
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Silicone grease

man, who'd have thought that a bit of clear grease could fix so much trouble.
I have laid in a stock, in case of a world-wide silicone grease shortage. Which I might well cause the way i go through the stuff.
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Does £24.00 count ??

A spare n/s door mirror / led cover genuine in white .

But who cares the colour for that price boxed brand new .
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Do not think I have ever spent that little on one item for the AMG!

So my best £20 would have to be the first time I put petrol in the car as the new owner and turned that fossil fuel into horses and a V8 bark - with nothing more than little light pressure of my right foot!

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Do not think I have ever spent that little on one item for the AMG!

So my best £20 would have to be the first time I put petrol in the car as the new owner and turned that fossil fuel into horses and a V8 bark - with nothing more than little light pressure of my right foot!

I think the op needs to up the limit to at least £35.00

We have brexited now .
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OK so what would it be for 35 quid?

The actual amount is a bit arbitrary. I was just ìnterested in those inexpensive things that people have done which have given the most overall satisfaction.

Maybe we should pose the reverse question too. What's the most that's been spent and just provided disappointment?

I don't really have an SLK related disappointment (could anyone!) but as a hard up student I once spent a weeks wages on what I thought were highly desirable mock sheepskin seat covers for my first car - a Hillman Imp. Strange looking back now but it really was my pride and joy. Anyway a couple of days after I got them the car was broken into overnight and some local tea leaf pinched the seat covers.

My disappointment wasn't so much that I had been burgled but more the realisation that these seat covers were considered far more nickable than my pride and joy which was left otherwise completely untouched...




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Second hand storage cubby to replace the drinks holder.


Although I would never use that holder I know someone who would.
Despite being warned what will happen to their 350 if it spills & the cost of fixing.


Besides, the cubby is handy for passes and SLKWorld business cards.
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I thought the SLK the worst holder ever until Jeff posted this last week:



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