Please chime in on this subject to make a definitive thread for others to use.
I have searched the forum archives and elsewhere for a link or source for a R170 service manual. What I have found is:
1) The CDs and paper copies once were sold by Mercedes
2) The Star Service Manual disks are no longer sold by MB
3) Forum members have tried to post links to and pdfs of service manuals in the past and have been deleted
4) Sometimes the CDs or hard copies can be found on ebay, Don't see much there at this time.
5) There are seemingly hundreds of manual supply sites that will bait and switch with promises of any manual ever written.
6) The Crossfire manuals are somewhat helpful if they can be found.
7) The source for MB Star Service Manuals is now by subscription to:
Which shows prices of $60/Day, $160/week, $289/month, and $3098/year.
So WTH are SLK owners who unfortunately did not have the foresight to own their vehicles while the documents were readily available supposed to do? How does the StarTek work? Can you subscribe for a day and download/print all the copies of the pertinent manual that you want? Do they have a teutonic virus that makes them expire and your cart shut down after the subscription ends? (note: shouldn't give them ideas) The daily or weekly subscription rates may be actually cost effective for small projects if the info can be downloaded and preserved.
I understand some corporate M(AH)BA dreamed up the notion of making cars a constant revenue stream instead of just modular sales, but I don't want the entire MB catalog, just the manual for something that has been out of production for 15 years. Grrrrrrr. The subscription structure is obviously pointed at larger shop operations.
But that aside, how do the savvy forum members handle this need for information? Inquiring roadsters need to know. Please post what you do! This might be the most important central function of the forum. Even more than pictures of kittens in SLKs.