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Just got my '01 200K this week.

Bought as a cheap alternative to a vintage or youngtimer convertible/roadster.
The idea is to learn a bit of mechanic by fixing some of the things myself.
My choice was set on a SLK or a Honda S2000. Unfortunately S2000 are pretty rare in France while R170 are widely available.
Design of the SLK is pretty simple and old fashioned.

Bought at a small independent garage that changed all filters, oil, new battery, new tyres. Legal technical inspection was obviously done to get the license plate.

Car is an Italian import (I am living in France 40 kms away from the border with Italy). Previous owner is located on the Sardinia island. Meaning the car probably never saw a motorway/highway.
Apparently the previous owner was pretty careful and kept all the paperwork including the 2001 original Italian brochure.
Car has 95,000 kms. It is metallic grey 744 with all black interior.
Boot is pristine with all the equipment (triangle, tools, spare wheel,....) untouched. Wheels are also spotless of any mark.

Only options fitted on the car are the leather seats and the 16'' wheels of the 320K. A/C was standard in Italy while it was not in France. Little options means less electronic and less useless stuff that can fail on you.

I am currently listing the things that need to be fixed on the car. Here is what I found so far.

- Leak on the front of the engine.

- One door sensor is dead or unplugged so interior light stay on and it is impossible to lock the car using the dashboard button.

- Little spot of rust at the bottom of one door that will need some attention.

- Couple of dents that could be fixed without spraying

- Couple of scratches on the bumpers paint

- Interior console is peeling. Respray of the interior console will be required.

- One key is completely worn-out and in need of a new casing

- Rubber of the handbrake handle is broken

- Roof is pretty noisy on windy roads and dirt tracks we have here in the Southern Alps. Not sure this can be fixed.
 

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Thats funny... Here in the states S2000s are everywhere and the SLKs are the rare ones, and the S2000 drivers are the annoying little "fast and furious" types who put big spoilers and crazy paint jobs on it. I think if I bought an S2000 most people I know would think I went and had a mid life crisis and wanted to be a highschool student again! haha.

I think you made a good choice. Of all the cars i've owned (which is at LEAST 30), and all the cars i worked on, this car is the 2nd easiest car I've ever worked on, just behind the 90's civics. Everything is so quick and easy I'm kind of falling in love with it.
 

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If by a leak at the front of the engine you mean a build up of oil/dirt/gunge at the front under the engine cover this is probably just the remains created by the kompressor and isn't a leak !
Regarding the interior do a search for Viponds.
 

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First renovation on the car. After years of abuse from a woman's handbag and bracelets the handbrake handle looks like this.

Very simple to fix and spare part is worth only 8 Euro.
Rubber handle can be removed by simply pulling on it. You will need to inject some WD40 to unlock it (you can also simply cut it)
Clean up the oil on the shaft before putting back the new piece.



 

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First pictures of the car taken at the small garage that sold it to me back in April.





In the back a 230K of the same year but crashed in the front. Waiting to be fixed or more likely waiting for a metal scrap truck.
 

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In term of goodies, I bought on Amazon the following book (this edition from 2006 comes from the MB heritage center - a proof that MB considers the R170 a milestone in their history).
A good introduction to the car - from prototyping to the last R170 produced - even if not fully detailed. Book is in German and English.







 

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Following problems solved by the local MB dealer

1 - Leak on the front of the engine.

2 - One door sensor is dead or unplugged so interior light stay on and it is impossible to lock the car using the dashboard button.

For the sensor problem it was just the the passenger door that was not closing properly. Pretty odd explanation as I tried all sensors. Anyway problem is fixed and now the car locks itself while driving.

For the leak issue on the cam shaft sensor the oil went up to the fuse box next to the ECU (I guess it is the k40 relay box). MB told me a full rewire would be necessary and will cost a couple of thousands of Euro (MB is pretty good at BSing the customer). I did not have the diagnostic light on so I did not see the reason to do a rewiring of the engine.

Anyway just ask them to just fix the leak [that MB should have fixed years ago when they had the chance].
Cost me 250 Euro for what should just have been the replacement of an O-ring !!! MB is not kidding with your wallet lol.

Anyway problem fixed.

Before:



After with the new sensor and the MB fix consisting of a 2 inches piece of wire (yellow sticker) added to prevent further oil going to the ECU in the future

 

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Great Thread ! Keep sharing the pics and solutions to your problems. We love pictures of SLK's.

Relative to the noisy roof - the easiest potential solution I would recommend is a weird little product called Gummi Pflege. Just a little bottle with a foam applicator that you put on all of the rubber seals in the roof mechanism. It conditions them and expands to help create a better seal. You may have to prop the roof open to get to them all, but there should be plenty of posts on here to show you how. For the R171 it just takes a short broomstick to help you find the balance point !

After a few applications you should notice an improvement in the noises on bumpy roads, and if not, well, you're only out a couple of euro's !

Welcome to the forum.
 
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I have the soul of a collector.
Here is what I got as MB literature the last couple of weeks. Brochures are for the European market. US brochures were different.

First brochure of the SLK in 1996 (French edition) and first brochure of the facelifted version for 2001 (French edition)



First brochure of the R171 in 2004 (French Edition) and first brochure of the R172 in 2011 (German edition taken at the MB Museum in Stuttgart last year).

 

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Just received my new radio from Germany.
Nice upgrade from the tacky Clarion. Looks better and sounds better.
Takes 5 minutes to put in place if the previous owner did not butchered the cables.

This is a MB Audio 10 (MF 2910)

 

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Drove 1500 kms since I bought this car.
Just done the first service as it was about time to change the two 12 years old belts before spring starts.

- Assyst A service
- Change of brake fluid
- Change of kompressor and accessory belts
- Replacement of front left alloy wheel. Previous owner bumped the wheel and tyre was slightly leaking forcing me to re-inflate this tyre every week..
 

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Following problems solved by the local MB dealer

For the leak issue on the cam shaft sensor the oil went up to the fuse box next to the ECU (I guess it is the k40 relay box). MB told me a full rewire would be necessary and will cost a couple of thousands of Euro (MB is pretty good at BSing the customer). I did not have the diagnostic light on so I did not see the reason to do a rewiring of the engine.

Anyway just ask them to just fix the leak [that MB should have fixed years ago when they had the chance].
Cost me 250 Euro for what should just have been the replacement of an O-ring !!! MB is not kidding with your wallet lol.

Anyway problem fixed.

After with the new sensor and the MB fix consisting of a 2 inches piece of wire (yellow sticker) added to prevent further oil going to the ECU in the future
There was actually a recall/campaign on the Cam Sensor leak and the Dealer should have done that repair for free.

However, I did write up a procedure to keep from having to replace the engine harness. It is the third or fourth post on this thread:
http://www.slkworld.com/slk-r170-general-discussion/22614-mysterious-oil-leak-camshaft-sensor.html

This should keep the fusebox sound. Hope it helps!

DTDuck
 

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There was actually a recall/campaign on the Cam Sensor leak and the Dealer should have done that repair for free.

However, I did write up a procedure to keep from having to replace the engine harness. It is the third or fourth post on this thread:
http://www.slkworld.com/slk-r170-general-discussion/22614-mysterious-oil-leak-camshaft-sensor.html

This should keep the fusebox sound. Hope it helps!

DTDuck
The recall campaign doesn't cover the leak anymore. All they do is install the additional wiring harness. They don't touch the camshaft sensor anymore =( I just visited the workshop about a month or so ago. There was an update to the campaign where it said - Do not touch the camshaft sensor. They quoted me $217 + tax. Had to fix it myself. Not bad $54 for the new part and $8 for the sealant :tu:
 

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- Leak on the front of the engine.

- One key is completely worn-out and in need of a new casing

- Roof is pretty noisy on windy roads and dirt tracks we have here in the Southern Alps. Not sure this can be fixed.
Well, since you figured out the camshaft sensor already. Take a look at this thread regarding your soon-to-be key fob shell:
http://www.slkworld.com/slk-r170-class-diy/31106-how-open-repair-key-after-water-damage-replace-key-fob-case-shell-holder.html

As per noisy roof you might want to try these:
www.benzworld.org/forums/r170-slk-class/1426014-lubing-vario-roof-pics-1-krytox.html
http://www.slkworld.com/slk-r170-general-discussion/20937-spring-here-gummi-pflege.html

Some info relating to the sensor. This website gives a manual of installing illuminated door sills. It has some picture how to get to the door trigger. Might be interesting:
http://licarwash.tripod.com/doorsill.html
 
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