Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Qualicum Beach, BC
Vehicle: 2006 SLK 350
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MB has agreed to pick up 25% of the repair cost which is estimated to be $3500. Since they have no legal obligation to chip in, I will take it. Really, this is their screw up but since we all agree when we buy any car that they get a free ride if their mistakes aren't discovered by a certain mileage or age, it is a contribution they are not obliged to make. All in all, I am ok with that. Sort of. I am not the original owner of the car. I am happy with the local dealer who went to bat for me with MB even though I didn't buy the car from them.
I may get my confidence in the car back once it is fixed. If I don't, I might trade it in and in that case:
- I don't care about air scarf, I don't find it significant on my car and Canada is not a tropical country. Heated seats matter a bit more, but I am not sure they are more than a novelty and in these cars they often fail. In SLKs that don't have them, the failure rate is zero.
- I would prefer the non-automatic heater controls. I don't like the way the automatic system works especially when all the windows fog up. I have had a couple of MB cars, and their auto heater controls have always been a problem. The kind of controls that have a knob for where to point the air and another for how much heat you want are technology at its peak of success. Nothing to go wrong.
- I think this car should have a manual gear box. In a regular car, I moved from that point of view 10 or 15 years ago as automatic boxes are easy. This car is not a station wagon. In my old Toyota Corolla, the automatic is perfect. The automatic gearbox in my SLK seems to be in the wrong gear any time I think about it.
I may reconcile with my MY2006 SLK350 or I may trade it in for a newer one. If I do that, it would probably be an R171. Or I may give the whole thing up and buy a regular car. Time will tell.
Feedback is welcome.