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It's been a long time, but I have a question about a potential purchase. Do the early SLK 280s have the same balance shaft problems as their "bigger" siblings. Thanks.
 

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I think you're refering to the small displacement (3.8L) V8s in the W107 SLs circa 78. They eventually went to a dual sprocket set up.

I don't recall hearing any such problems with the V6 in any of the SLKs.
 

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Who me? I just happen to know because our journey to the 171 started with "classic" fever. We came very close to buying a W107 with the 3.8L, so had read up on the marque. Much like the 05 oil consumption issue, most of those cars had already been modified (with the dual sprocket).
 

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Der Flieger,
There definitely was an early range of M272 engines with soft balance shaft sprockets (and M113's with soft idle sprockets). See DTB S-B-03.30-08i.

On the M272, it's an engine-out repair.
 
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