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Hello all,

I'm bringing home a 1999 Brabus SLK230 (automatic) this weekend. 60k miles on the odometer.

It had a very minor fire in the engine compartment, so will be dealing with that over the winter. I'm a former CAT diesel mechanic, and have built many high performance vehicles, so doing the work will be no problem. In addition, the company that I used to own did a lot of reverse engineering with respect to the Mercedes MOST fiber-optic bus. As a hobby I do a lot of tuning on GMC Typhoon and Syclone trucks, via TunerProRT.

Am excited to have a vehicle that is much easier to work on than my current Syclone!

I'm a keyboard/computer warrior, so I promise to do a ton of searching before I ask unnecessary questions :)
 

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Welcome to SLKWorld.com: The #1 Mercedes-Benz SLK Forum from Florida!


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Thanks, Jeff! I'll get the VIN posted as soon as I get it home this weekend, and into the garage.
 

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Well, I'm pretty bummed out. I went to inspect the "Brabus" SLK230 that I anticipated purchasing, and after a more thorough inspection, have decided it will take too much for me to get it back on the road :(

Here is a link to the Facebook Ad.....https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/867410480898016/

Here's what I found after a more thorough inspection.

1. Pretty much the entire underhood wiring harness is damaged in some way from the fire that the previous owner caused. I also pulled up the passenger side carpet, and the harness that enters down in the footwell show signs of being hot/burned. One positive is that there is no paint damage to the hood.
2. Many of the sensors are burned, and many covers are missing.
3. The intake manifold will need to be replaced, probably along with the throttle body and MAF.
4. I stuck my inspection camera down each intake. Number 1 intake valve is open, and I can see rust in the cylinder. #3 is closed, but there is rust on top of the valve.
5. The previous owner started digging into the hydraulic pump and wiring for the hard top, so there is probably something wrong with it as well.
6. I don't think it is a true Brabus, as the valve cover just has what appears to be cheap vinyl lettering that says "Brabus K1" on the front of the cover. It does have carbon fiber dash inserts, roll hoops, and AMG rims, and looks to have the Brabus lowering springs installed. The front brakes don't appear to be larger, as they apparently are on true Brabus vehicles.
7. The windshield is cracked and the wipers are missing.

It's really too bad. If I had the room, I'd just purchase another SLK230 from a wrecking yard and start swapping parts. I just don't have the room to do that :(
 
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