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How do you know if your car has the 030 package? I purchased it with a few thousand miles on it.It is also due for the "A" service. Does anyone have an idea how much this should cost? It has never been back to the dealer since new. Someone said that the differential fluid should be changed at the "A" service too. Is that true? Great site for a great car, hello everyone

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You can quickly identify a few keys things:

Steering wheel with alcantara?
CF trim vs aluminum or wood?
 

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Congrats on the fine ride and welcome to the club!
 

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The rotors are a bit bigger too but it's not as obvious, please post pics, would love to see your new 55, and welcome to the forum.
 

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You can quickly identify a few keys things:

Steering wheel with alcantara?
CF trim vs aluminum or wood?
:confused: OK, I'll pretend I don't know what "alcantara" is. Just what the heck is "alcantara"? I know the steering wheel is different. [email protected], just to verify, check the small sticker on the underside of the front of the hood. The 030 code should be listed. If the seller didn't disclose (or wasn't aware of the) 030 option package, you might have really gotten a bargain on your 2006 SLK 55. I can attest that there are some great bargains on used, low mileage SLKs.:tu:
 
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alcantara - That funny sh1t on the sides of your seat and sometimes the roof.

Its on the steering wheel with 030
 

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alcantara - That funny sh1t on the sides of your seat and sometimes the roof.

Its on the steering wheel with 030
:biglaugh: lol, great description

it's actually a type of fabric, I believe, you see it in a lot of race cars, suppose to provide the most grip.

Here's what it looks like.

 
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Yeah thats right man made fabric provides good grip but does go manky if you sweat on it much for whatever reason and is next to impossible to clean
 

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Alcantara is almost like suede, I think in MB language.

It actually is a special fabric produced by a firm in Italy at a Nera Montoro plant, near Temi. The material was developed in 1970 in Japan by Dr. Miyosho Okamoto and the Japanese firm partnered with ENI group. The material and associated processes were patented and marketed as Alcantara. Here's a link: http://www.italiaspeed.com/2006/events/alcantara/0804.html

It's a microfiber variant. Actually microfiber was invented and processed by the same person: "Ultrasuede
In 1970, Toray Industries scientist Dr. Miyoshi Okamoto invented the world's first microfiber. A few months later, his colleague Dr. Toyohiko Hikota succeeded in developing a process that would transform these microfibers into an amazing new fabric - Ultrasuede. "
 

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:confused: OK, I'll pretend I don't know what "alcantara" is. Just what the heck is "alcantara"?
:biglaugh: Thanks to DansSLK, Ynot, and etyu, I feel like a "alcantara expert". I'll probably cruise down to the local MB dealer and talk some alcantara trash!
 

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:biglaugh: Thanks to DansSLK, Ynot, and etyu, I feel like a "alcantara expert". I'll probably cruise down to the local MB dealer and talk some alcantara trash!
Yup, me too! Great detailed answers and exreamly fast too. oh yea, anyone know about the first service etc. (see first post)


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