Saw all the great tips, thought would be good to register. Had my 2003 slk320 for 2 months, got all the major work finished (except tires). Now it's into detail stuff like LEDs, paint touchup, buffing, etc. After seeing the shop bill for work done, I swear on my Mercedes handbook to do as MUCH of my own repair as possible from now on. I got a great deal on the car, but spent more on repairs (previous owners never did any major work). Anyway, hope at some point I can contribute rather than just take.