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#1 Old 10-21-2013
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Hello all, My name is Vasilis I am originally from Greece but live and work in the UK for a few years now. I will keep this as sort of a journal thread to keep track of what i've done to my car, it needs quite a bit of work done and the car seems to have ALL the common problems so this could be a good place for reference.

I am a BMW fanboy but most importantly a Petrolhead so when my girlfriend found a job and needed a car I jumped at the opportunity, showed her a few candidates and she decided on an SLK!

I have copy and pasted this first post from the welcoming section, the rest will be updated as I progress.

So we picked it up a couple of weeks ago for little over a Grand and it's an R170 of '98 230 Kompressor in Emerald Black with about 160k miles on the clock and a few issues.

Mechanically it seems to be ok, it drives brilliantly as a Merc should, is nice and comfy but powerful too. I plan to take it to my trusty mechanic on Saturday to have a good snoop around and see if everything seems ok (he is a personal friend too so I trust him) and then there is a list of things to take care of:

1. Central locking doesn't work. Everybody on the net says CL pump on this so first job will be to take it out open it up clean it with alcohol and check for any leaks where it is that might have caused it to die.
2. Check the roof and boot for any leaks with the jet wash.
3. Bonnet. Has had a tiny accident apparently, the front corner of the bonnet between the headlight and the grille has a massive dent and has rusted a bit.
4. Grille is not secure into place, might be broken or just not screwed/clipped in.
5. Bonnet strut does not hold the bonnet up; replace
6. Remove ugly CD changer from boot and tidy up the boot in general
7. Fix into place or replace the mp3 player on the dashboard.
8. Somehow fix or replace the center console as the trim has faded away from it.
9. Claybar the hell out of the paintwork, feels like sand paper at the moment due to dirt and contaminants, then clean, polish and wax it thoroughly.
10. Roof needs a "nudge" to get going, do something about that
11. Condensation in both Headlights and a LOT of it.
12. Passenger side window goes up too high and obstructs the door from closing.

That's my list but I don't mind putting in the work, my BMW was the same, sound mechanically but lots of issues like water leaks and bodywork issues.

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And the problems with it



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Right so first things first I took it to my mechanic and he recommended I replace a couple of auxiliary belts in the engine bay and replace the front discs and pads.

So I went to Eurocarparts and found out they have a 30% off on brakes at the moment so got all front and rear discs and pads for just Ł140 and they are made by Pagid so a respectable brand. Had everything replaced and am thrilled with how the discs look behind the brakes and how they feel under braking.

I also bought a Meguiars Clay bar kit and spent about 5 hours on the car, washed, claybared, polished and waxed it. Not so much to make it a beauty queen or a show stopper (I mean come on, every single panel has some rust or dent on it!!!) but at least I wanted it to feel cleaner to the touch (which it does, it's almost like glass now) and to restore some of it's shine because the colour was really dull. I also went to my MB Main Dealer and asked about the car, the only info they could find was that it has been service just once (!!!) in a main Dealer in Brighton and that the colour is in fact called Emerald Black.

I then set about tidying up the boot a little. There was a hideous CD changer there, bang in the middle of the boot so of course was promptly removed!



The radio has a USB anyway so this was now redundant.



I have then of course hoovered it and removed the wiring completely all the way to the front of the car as per....





I also would like to know why this pump was here:



I know it should be on top of the spare wheel well but it's too big to fit in there so it is what perhaps from another model? And what should go here on the side?



Also if anybody could tell me what the hell this plastic bit is I'd be etternally greatful as it's doing my head in!



I also hoovered the glovebox because it looked like this:



And I have a couple of questions:
1: Fuses map paper thingy; where does this go?



2. What the hell is that thing on the left front of the glovebox? Does it take credit cards or membership cards of some sort?

I then turned my attention to the central rear view mirror. It was "wobbly" on the windscreen, it was moving about. So I rotated it to remove it and figured out that the little metal spring loaded thingy was worn out.



Easy fix, just unscrew, bend slightly and refit or in my case remove bend too much, snap and order another mirror from ebay
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So another day of fun with the car, my replacement rear view mirror and replacement headlights arrived in the post. They were all thoroughly cleaned in the house and taken downstairs to be fitted.

I have to show my car a little bit too, I have quite an extensive journal on it on www.bmwowner.com too



I will start by showing you how the headlights:





and how they were held onto the car by the ingenious previous owner:






This is how I held the bonnet open (dead bonnet strut remember?)



(I tested it before sticking my head in there, it was sturdy!)

I removed both headlights



and figured out there was a weird issue with the headlight connectors.

The right hand side had a straight connector as per:



and the left hand side had a round connector as per:



However my car had round connectors on both sides as part of the car loom! Very weird, I removed the round headflight connector, made a hole in the OEM place on the headlight that was marked on it and just fitted them
Very strange though....

Anyway I then thought I'd take a look at the state of the front bumper. I hate numberplates and even more numberplate holders

I planned to buy Vinyl sticker numberplates so thought i'd check out what the bumper looked like:



So two holes for the original screws for the holder and....









Anyway at least as a car it looks good without it so that would suffice for the moment. Shame we HAVE to have them on in the UK, you guys in the States are so lucky...



Oh well and yes the new lights worked

I also noticed this:



There is a piece missing right? This shouldn't look like this.

Finally the front grill is magically intact when you look at it but when you open the bonnet there is absolutely nothing holding it in place (well other than gravity I guess)



Finally I also fitted a cage for my radio, I picked it from a scrapyard so now my mp3 player is not loose in the space but is held firmly and looks good.
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Today I did a few more things with the car, first of all I removed both doorcards because the center leather trims were falling apart and the passenger side window needed the stoppers glued on again.

So doorcards out, taken upstairs and glued with tigerseal:





and I found the metal stoppers for the window, cleaned them as thoroughly as I could, cleaned the window too and glued them back on. With Tigerseal!



Lets see if it will last

My vinyl sticker numberplates arrived and I fitted the front one easily enough (sorry forgot to take a picture) but I had a bit of an issue with the rear.

The 4 screws that hold the numberplate in place screw onto some bases that are riveted on the car!





well.... WERE rivetted on the car, they are now drilled, destroyed and in the garbage bin



So out with them



(notice how the car had pretty much changed colour after polishing!!!)

and here is the end result:



Nice and clean

I just need to let the window stoppers glue on for a couple of days and then I can put back the doorcards and go take some nice photos somewhere
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you say this is your girlfriends car....has she proposed yet

your a freaking genius DIY wise

and for a grand BP wow...


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Nice work your GF hopefully will be very grateful for all you have done. I think she will have a nice little car by the time you finish with it well done.

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Today I put the doorcards back in the car, so from this (this is what it looked like for almost a week)



to this:



I'm quite pleased with the work, everything seems to be in place and the doors open and close easily. The passenger side window is fixed as well so one less thing to worry about

I also took a picture of the boot because I had so many of it dirty and full of crap that this was mandatory



Toolkit will stay in the car until everything is fixed!

I also took out the cl pump and gave it to a friend who used to work for MB, he used his diagnostics on it and told me that this works fine and also look at it it looks brand new!



so now I need to make sure it's the correct part



and check for other culprits to my central locking (or should I say "central unlocking") woes and figure out why it does not work.

Finally since the car looks and feels like a car again we went out for a drive with Ria, she's never driven in the "wrong side of the road" before and in fact she's driven very little back in Greece too so it's a steep learning curve for her but she's getting there!

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.. .. .. so now I need to make sure it's the correct part
Vasilis, post up your VIN, and I can get the data card for you, and also check the PSE pump part number.






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Dag that woman better be worth all of this DIY! .. bravo good show.


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if your central locking locks the car but wont unlock later you may be losing vacume from the system. check all the actuators are ok including the filler cap. they have a small diaphragm in them that can get a hole in .when you lock the car with the central locking if one lock is slower to operate its probably that one
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Lots of work. Seems to me like the "tiny" accident that bent the hood did more damage than you thought, but it looks like you are fixing it.

Here many states require a front plate, so you are not alone in disliking that.

Good luck with the rest of the repairs.
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Vasilis, post up your VIN, and I can get the data card for you, and also check the PSE pump part number.
Wooly it's: WDB1704472F071610

Thanks in advance!

@Dogbreath: yes I know it must had been frontended quite well and then whoever bought it tried to put it back on the road the cheapest way possible. I also plan to replace the whole front slam panel, i've found it on Ebay for Ł100 but it's a biiiig job and I can't take this on now in the middle of the semester.

@beerbelly: thanks for that I'll do my research on where all the actuators are and how this whole system connects and will go through it with a fine comb

@slk320chick: Oooh she's worth it alright
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Here you go:-



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The PSE pump originally fitted to your car was part number A1708000848 or A2108000648. The one in your pic will be fine (as long as it is working!!).






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That's great thank you!

Can I also quickly ask what does this mean?:

533 SPEAKERS FRONT AND REAR - WITHOUT RADIO

That I should also have the rear speakers? or perhaps that the wiring for rear speakers should be there?
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According to EPC your car was not fitted with rear speakers, or a standard radio at the factory. Here is the wiring harness for the audio system as fitted to yours:-





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Oh ok well at the moment i'm pleased with the audio quality, the speakers have held up pretty good and I don't think i'd chav this up with subwoofers and a bunch of speakers all around anyway, i'll leave it as it is

Thanks again! I appreciate all your help!
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