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Premium Member 2002 R170 SLK V8 5.0
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I run an Independent Specialist Garage, I have 4 SDS Machines, (various vintage Software) and C3 and C4 SD Connect Muxes and lead sets.

One of my machines was a 2019 Software, which was bought from A.N. Other and was worse than useless compared to my 2017, 2016 and 2014 Systems.

I finally bit the bullet and got @i860 to install the 03 2020 on one of my Panasonics and WOW !!

I now own 4 systems, all done by different guys, and I tried i860 because I have never been truly happy with any of them using them professionally.
I got to use the new one that i860 did today, tried it out today on my own 2015 E Class Wagon as I've serviced it today and done a couple of little jobs (Cam Sensor and Airmatic Valve Block) .......................

Truly Superb is all I can say, the Machine is running flawlessly, I am very impressed, and can only echo that this is definitely money well spent :)

Thank You @i860 for the best experience yet with an SDS Install :)

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Premium Member 2012 SLK55 AMG
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Great to meet you again today Raz! @i860 Thanks again for the coding! 👍🏻
I think I will be getting a VAS5054 at some point in the future so will be in touch again about software etc. 🙂👍🏻
Got a photo at the seafront and the viewpoint on New Road too!
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Registered 2012 SLK55 AMG
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Hi
I installed today xentry/das passthru 2020.03 with vas5054a (Original VW interface)
Tested on SLK55 R172 from 2012. Everything works perfect
 

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Registered 2012 SLK55 AMG
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Great to meet you again today Raz! @i860 Thanks again for the coding! 👍🏻
I think I will be getting a VAS5054 at some point in the future so will be in touch again about software etc. 🙂👍🏻
Got a photo at the seafront and the viewpoint on New Road too! View attachment 579184 View attachment 579185
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Hi Col
Beautiful car
Are your red brake calipers original, I can't find them in EPC?
Is it the P30 package?
Do you have MB number for calibers?
Regards Per
 

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Premium Member 2012 SLK55 AMG
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Hi Col
Beautiful car
Are your red brake calipers original, I can't find them in EPC?
Is it the P30 package?
Do you have MB number for calibers?
Regards Per
Hi Per,

thanks! The calipers are standard ones from the SLC43.


The part numbers I have for the SLC brake calipers are:

Front Right: 172 421 12 98
Front Left: 172 421 11 98

Right Rear: 172 423 06 81
Left Rear: 172 423 05 81

For reference these are the part numbers for the SLK55 calipers:

Front Right: 172 421 08 98
Front Left: 172 421 07 98

Right Rear: 172 423 04 81
Left Rear: 172 423 03 81

Only difference is the colour
 

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Registered 2005 SLK200
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I installed today xentry/das with vas5054a ( not sd connect c4 ) device £55 ( a chap from California ), and we tested on a c230.
It has the full functionality of my £500 sd connect c4, take 2 days but what a great result.

Moderator addition-->Per a PM I sent re equipment needed (at post 13), reply received: You need a vas5054 oki chip, a laptop with windows 10 or 7 64x and i can do the rest remotely.
Thanks to all for all the good info. I have a 2005 SLK200 R171 and would be keen to get a Star Diagnostics to work. I have an HP 840 G2 laptop and wondered whether anyone has had the system running on these machines. The Dell D630 seems to be a laptop that the Xentry downloads suggest but I didn't want to have to buy one if I didn't have to. One of the things that I want to do is change the Time sync settings as I have replaced the head unit with an Android unit plus carplay dongle and now I do not get the option on the menu to set the time. I understand that I could change the time sync with the Star Diag so am motivated to get one working but I would want to diagnose all systems, not just engine. Can you help me with some advice on where best to get what I need? Thanks
 

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Premium Member 2007 SLK350
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@i860 I thought that Xentry worked on all the 171’s, not just the 350’s.?
@Squishband had asked about the A mode on his 171 200 and I thought you could do this remotely using my PC that you help configure. Am I wrong about this?
 

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Premium Member 2007 SLK350
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I mention a few times, cheap alternative is not working for slk 200 and slk 55 amg, they need sd connect c4.
@Squishband cae will not work, i did not remember what tool you have, I had the impression you have sd connect c4.
Ok, thanks. My mistake.
 

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Premium Member 2002 R170 SLK V8 5.0
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cheap alternative is not working for slk 200 and slk 55 amg,
For the benefit of the others (not you @i860 ;) ) ..................

You need C4 SD Connect Multiplexer because the 200 and 55's didn't have full CAN Bus Diagnostic capability like some of the other cars of the same period ;)

For that same reason if I need to do SCN on say a Trans Controller, it is with certain Cars, easier to plug the Module into a later Car and program with Xentry, than to use clunky Vediamo Program ;)

For @mike350 ....

Xentry is the program for diagnosing, that works with the Cars, it is the Interface that is the issue, full CAN Cars can use the cheap out lead but as said, that don't work on 200 or 55's so need the correct C4 Mux and Leads ;)

HTH,
 

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Premium Member 2007 SLK350
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Thanks @Dave2302. So much to learn and still finding something new on here every day.
thanks for explaining this. 👍
 

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Premium Member 2002 R170 SLK V8 5.0
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No problem buddy (y)

I've been working with MB's and other Vehicles for over 42 years now, and I learn new stuff every day of the week ;)
 

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Premium Member 2005 SLK200K 'Little Growler'
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Right then @mike350, as well as visiting you, it seems that I will he going down to see @i860 after all. Oh no!, a long drive in the car in July... 😎
Looking forward to seeing you both in the flesh (so to speak).
 

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Registered 2006 SLK350
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Hi all
New here, but looking to go for this with i860 over getting (I think) the older Star C3 system.

How does C4 / SDConnect compare?
 

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Huge thanks to Raz! @i860 for setting up the DAS/Xentry...and helping with encoding a new front SAM. The dealer claimed my AC problem was a bad compressor but with the help of i860 and SLKWorld I realized it was a faulty Front SAM. Swapped it out (purchased on Ebay for < $200) and now everything is perfect...ice cold AC. Maybe the dealer would've eventually figured this out, but meanwhile I've saved probably $3000+
 

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Premium Member 2005 SLK350
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Huge thanks to Raz! @i860 for setting up the DAS/Xentry...and helping with encoding a new front SAM. The dealer claimed my AC problem was a bad compressor but with the help of i860 and SLKWorld I realized it was a faulty Front SAM. Swapped it out (purchased on Ebay for < $200) and now everything is perfect...ice cold AC. Maybe the dealer would've eventually figured this out, but meanwhile I've saved probably $3000+
Glad you got it sorted out and at a reasonable cost.

Yes, the dealer normally figures it out eventually, but it would have been at your expense. After replacing the compressor at a price tag of several thousands dollars they would find that the system was still not functioning and fault code 9000 (compressor shorted) was still present. At that point they would start over trying to figure it out. After more money out of your pocket to have them again diagnose the issue they end up at the front SAM and replace it for a couple thousand dollars. At that point you would have a properly cooling A/C system, but your cost would be in the thousands of dollars. Of course, they would assure you the compressor was in need of replacement along with the front SAM (some excuse one component damaged the other). BTW, for others coming across this thread, we have a thread here that details how to repair the front SAM that causes the A/C to not function - for less than $100. Check it out: DIY Fix for A/C not working or intermittent, windows...
 
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