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Hi all. I'm a new member. Purchased slk 350 171 (2005) in UK. Now got 58k miles on the clock. Bought from a mate of mine. 2 owners since new - first owner was Merc dealer manager in Mayfair - London. Totally merc serviced etc. Great spec. Amazing car.

I now have first service due. Dashboard is saying service C. Without seeing it, local merc dealer is saying a service B would be a good idea. Last service was a service B on 30th July 2012. Used very little until I purchased it start July 2014 (did about 4k miles in 2 years). I've done about 4k miles on it in just over 4 months. Is the dealer pulling a fast one in pushing me for a service B again (costs over twice the price of a C) or is it a good idea to have the bigger service done now?

Any guidance appreciated!! Are there any posts in this forum on service types, their inclusions and what to think of MCB dealers...?!?
 

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Service B probably needed as that is a 'major' service. Service C is an oil change and filter and minor stuff. See the thread below and check your maintenance manual for services due

http://www.slkworld.com/general-discussion/120553-mercedes-benz-recommended-services-b-other-letters.html
owner's and maintenance manuals great R171 info:

later year owner's/maintenance/comand manuals, top right in the link below:
Bill's Den: Documents


your brochure:
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smarttop

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clear or tinted side markers
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led parking lights
carbon fiber on the C pillars
oem windscreen or lighted/etched windscreen
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Welcome from Hillsboro, Oregon! I don't think he's pulling a fast one. When your car was built, the service schedule went from A to at least D (my 280 thinks it needs a D in 10k miles, for example, having recently had an A). Now it's been simplified to just A and B with some other recommendations being mileage- or calendar age-dependent. Given the length of time it has spent sitting, the more comprehensive B service is probably a good idea for your car to ensure that you have a good foundation for your period of ownership. Some things in the car don't take well to sitting; looking at more things than simple mileage would otherwise suggest (an A service) isn't a bad idea, IMO.
 

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Welcome and thanks for joining.

Please update your location/vehicle (model and year) in your profile as it helps the members answer your questions which usually are based on that information.

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Greetings from Tennessee !

Here's what I would do. I would get the Maintenance Manual and see what items are due at that mileage. (i.e. Spark plugs, brake fluids, etc.) and then take it in and ask what they recommend. They will hook it up to the STAR system and see what it says needs to be done. From there it's your call. You have other options to save some money, as the labor rates at M-B dealers are astronomical. You can DIY a lot of things, and if you have a qualified independent M-B shop (has STAR System) nearby then use them.

Just listening to your story you can ask them when everything has been done (ask for a printout of the Service History) and should consider the fluids (oil change - moderate DIY, transmission fluid - complicated, brake fluid - moderate, power steering fluid - easy DIY, rear differential - not sure - never done it) if they are coming up on the intervals, and then let them recommend the rest. (Spark plugs are another easy DIY ).

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Welcome from Wirral, England.

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 R171 info.
Check out the tsbs. Lot's of fixes for MB recognised issues there.
 

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Thanks - I've introduced myself in the newbies area - after posting a question. Which I didn't realise I wasn;t meant to do - sorry! My post has now vanished though? Can you help by any chance as the reply from a member was really useful. Thanks.
 

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Due to other reasons, member joined 6 yr ago.

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