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Just considering one of these, to replace my mrs 350, and reading threads on costs etc and i must admit some of the prices been quoted for some work that needs doing is putting me off a little ( £1300 for pads n discs !!! )
just been reading that a lot of AMG owners seem to say dont buy one of these cars with out a MB warrenty ?
What if you dont buy from a MB dealership ? Can you add a MB warrenty/ins to it to try and cover any items that may fail ??
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I never go near MB for workshop work. A good indy like mine charges about £60 an hour labour as opposed to MBs £100 + I have had bad experience with warranties when they wouldnt pay out on a van I owned that developed a cracked head. Like all insurance they do their best to avoid paying

My 350 front discs and pads cost £250 fitted 18 months ago. As long as they are a reputable make why pay inflated prices
 

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And just an FYI, you seem to think that a MB warranty would cover brakes. It does not. Those are considered wear items and are not covered by the MB extended warranty. At least that is the case here in the US. Maybe MB UK or Europe has different coverage.

I have MB extended warranty on my R500 only because it is loaded with options and one of the options has a well known tendency to fail, the AirMatic suspension. The warranty has already paid for itself with two front air struts the AirMatic compressor and the 7G-Tronic transmission conductor plate replacement last week.

On the other hand, the passenger side air vent broke. $200 for a 3" X 3" piece of plastic, installed. That was considered "trim" and not covered. And shortly thereafter, one of my Bi-Xenon headlight bulbs failed, another $216 installed. Bulbs are also considered a wear item.

And I agree with JonB. There is no particular magic about a Mercedes brake system. Pretty mundane stuff for a good tech. I buy the pads and rotors I want and bring them to a local very competent Indy shop. They also do all my tire installs for all my cars. Oil changes I do myself because it's soooo easy on these engines with an extractor. Engine and passenger compartment air filters are likewise easy to change.

Other than the electronics and the universal 7G-Tronic conductor plate issue the SLK's are relatively simple cars. There seem to be no recurring failures of the roof. No AirMatic or other active suspension. At least with the SLK350 and SLK55, no forced induction, just a simple normally aspirated engine that has been around for a while. I don't view the SLK as an especially risky proposition.
 
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