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I didn't like the leaks, but I love driving an SLK.
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An update (and question) regarding my on-going roof leak -
Having been told, by a local Indie, that R172 roof liners cannot be removed, I went to a company called Autoclass in Milton Keynes for a second opinion.
Their workshop manager advises me that the roof liner CAN be removed,and the closure latches adjusted, but that in his experience, that will not solve the problem, which is caused by a leak between the metal/glass sections of the roof.
He said he is 95% sure this is the problem, which is only cureable by an injection of wax into the roof to prevent water ingress.He also said this ,due to lack of tooling, can only be carried out at a main dealer.He also said it is a known problem, and MB had forwarded a Technical Information Document to the dealers outlining the 'cure'.

My question (well two actually) - has anyone heard of /experienced this 'cure' and, if it is a known problem, with an official rectification, would I be pushing it to expect MBUK to contribute a 'good will' percentage of the cost?
I have a 2012 SLK 350 in the US. My top leaked during my warranty. First they replaced the rubber seals. My roof continue to leak. Second they replaced the roof. Unfortunately about 4 years later I have not driven in the rain. I don't know if its fixed or not but Mercedes replaced the top and for that I am happy. I was told or I read during the process of my roof project that the roof is somehow plied together and the plies are coming apart. I don't have a guarantee that it won't happen with my replacement top. Good Luck.
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is there eney gaps in front windsheild seal at top a a pillar , were it meets car body
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Had a leak in my 2013 SLK 350. Was minor at first, but got so bad I carried a towel to wrap my left forearm in. Dealer lead tech. advised me the first solution would be to order intermediate layer shims. He ordered them (8) from the mother ship in the fatherland. Cost was $68.00. Dropped the car off & the tech also did a test. He lowered both windows, then placed a piece of paper on the top of the window, then raised it up to closing. The passenger side he could not remove the paper. On the drivers side that leaked, he could easily slide the paper out. He adjusted the window travel to tighten it, then parked the car under a sprinkler for 45 minutes. Thought it was fixed until he got a bath when he moved the car. Measured the gap above the windshield & it was correct, so no spacers needed. He then replaced the rubber seal above the drivers side window. I picked the car up & on a road trip from Oregon to Santa Fe N.M. we ran through a downpour in Utah. Speed limit was 80. I had to slow to 40 for safety reasons. Rain was a monsoon like deluge for 45 minutes, & no leak. I still have the intermediate layer spacers if you would like them. Was told they are hard to find. If interested, shoot me a PM. Good luck.
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