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Registered 1998 SLK230
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Just acquired a 1998 Mercedes Benz SLK230 w. 238 000 Kms

She's not perfect ....
So far ...

-Wipers don't work... (I think a little critter crawled into the space below the battery and made a near amongst the wire harness... need to investigate further)
-turn signals ... they sorta work... sometimes the front work flawlessly driver side moreso than passenger side .. while the rear stay lit .... If they turn on at all.(maybe grounding issues or at the turn signal switch ...)
-rusty bits....
-driveline issues... (sounds like a really bad driveshaft bearing imo)... maybe brinelling of the spiders ?... wouldn't hurt to do the flexdisc while I'm there..
-spongy brakes... (previous owner changed a brake line... I don't think he bled it properly)
-needs both fenders
-tires are old ... do 18" staggered off of r172 fit ?
-sagging headliner
-steering wheel leather needs replacing
-cup holders don't stay closed
-engine mounts, transmission mounts should probably be changed out...

The good...

-Roof works flawlessly
-Starts up & revs nicely
-drives straight
-shifts smoothly
-original windshield

Question....

How different is the r171 mechanical bits ?

  1. I may have access to a wrecked 2008 slk350...
  2. Is it all swappable?
 

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How different is the r171 mechanical bits ? Completely different!

  1. I may have access to a wrecked 2008 slk350...
  2. Is it all swappable? NO! :D
 

Registered 1998 SLK230
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Hi Frank!!!


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I figured as much...
I'm wondering if anyone has done such a swap... the 3.5 v6 from the slk 350 into the r170 slk 230 ?

Would engine & tranny mounting locations be the same ?

I'd swap ecu... cluster ... etc ... is it that easy or am I over simplifying it ?
 

Administrator 2009 SLK 55 AMG/Founding Member 2006
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search and you will find some members putting a v8 into a r170

 

Administrator 2009 SLK 55 AMG/Founding Member 2006
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Buy a v6 or v8 r171...save time n money and aggravation
 

Registered 1998 SLK230
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search and you will find some members putting a v8 into a r170

Thanks for the info!

Will stick to fixing the major issues & keep it a four banger.
 

Super Moderator CA 2012 SLK55 AMG w/P30
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Hi Frank, glad to have you with us :)
 

Super Moderator 2010 SLK300 2LOOK
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Hi and welcome from Florida!
 

Premium Member 2008 SLK55 AMG "Mabel"
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Hi, welcome from Barrhead, Scotland. 馃槃
 

Super Moderator UK SLK 55 AMG 2007
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Welcome from Wirral, England.

If you are new to forums, or the format of this forum, this may help.

Our forum rules:

Really useful links (thanks to ixions cataloguing)
The web site of slk-links Includes diy videos.
Spare parts: The web site of slk-links <<<Where to find part numbers

There's a link to R170/171/172's do it yourself threads below.
R170 DIYS:- SLK R170 class DIY
R171 DIYS:- SLK R171 Class DIY
R172 DIYS:- SLK R172 Class DIY

Some useful tips in this section for new Members and prospective owners.
The web site of slk-links

You can find your region by scrolling down the page on this link
This is where to find meets/events.

Look across the banner and you'll see three vertical dots.
Many questions answered there.
You'll also find the >>>FAQs<<<

Click the 5 horizontal lines near the banner.
Scroll down and you'll find a huge section of info.
Check out the tsbs. Lot's of fixes for MB recognised issues there.
 
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