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Registered 1999 SLK230
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New here. Just bought this car. The body is in great shape. The roof is dead because the pump is bone dry. I've been dealing with the windows and getting them lined up. Mechanically I believe it's solid for 94k miles. The supercharger kicks in and she takes off like a banshee. The suspension feels tight and well aligned. The interior is pretty dry rotted except for the seats. The radio volume is almost all the way up and doesn't want to turn down (any suggestions with this would be greatly appreciated). The ambient temp reads -36. The a/c doesn't seem to work. It looks like the clutch is activating, but I get warm air from the vents. So suffice it to say she's a basket case, but she looks pretty...which sounds like most of the girls I've dated so I guess it's par for the course. Looking forward to learning more about this car and what i can do to bring her back to some sort of glory. For now though I'll be using it as a daily driver instead of my truck.


BTW, does this car need premium gas or is regular ok?
 

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Super Moderator UK SLK 55 AMG 2007
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Should say inside petrol cap.
From memory, I used regular in our 230.

Plenty of 170 diys to help fix your issues.
Link under photo below.
 

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Administrator 2009 SLK 55 AMG/Founding Member 2006
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Registered 1999 SLK230
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Thanks for the info! I asked about the fuel because inside the cap it says premium fuel only. Wasn't sure if that was a precaution or necessity. I had a Harley that said premium only on the gas cap and it was serious. I tried 87 in it once and it spit and sputtered like I had tried to feed it a tank of water.
 

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Administrator 2009 SLK 55 AMG/Founding Member 2006
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Does
Location enc
Mean east North Carolina?
 

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Premium Member 2002 R170 SLK V8 5.0
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I thought enc meant there was something enclosed >:D

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Premium Member 2001 SLK200K/2001 SLK320
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The ambient temp reads -36
Hi, welcome :tu:

It seems like the old gal has a few issues .. one of them being that the ambient air temperature sensor is broken or missing



EDIT:

THIS seems like such a long time ago, I remember that Easter Bunny as if it was yesterday RIP
 

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Registered 1999 SLK230
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Welcome, I had the same issue with my 1999 re the volume control stuck. I really wanted to keep it looking stock, but decided to replace the head unit as the best option the gains of the bluetooth, wireless streaming, and USB charging outweighed the negatives of loosing the stock player.
 

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Registered 1999 SLK230
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Welcome, I had the same issue with my 1999 re the volume control stuck. I really wanted to keep it looking stock, but decided to replace the head unit as the best option the gains of the bluetooth, wireless streaming, and USB charging outweighed the negatives of loosing the stock player.

I got it fixed. Pulled the head unit, took it apart and cleaned the potentiometer. Then I lubed it with some dielectric grease for good measure. Every electrical connection I pull apart on this car goes back with some dielectric grease. Keeps it form getting corroded anytime in the near future again.
 

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Premium Member 2012 SLK55 AMG
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Welcome from Mersea Island, Essex, UK.
 

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Super Moderator 2010 SLK300 2LOOK
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Welcome from Florida!
 

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Premium Member 2009 SLK55 AMG
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Welcome from the Sacramento Valley SLK Enthusiasts!

Why not update your profile & say Eastern North Carolina. People might think your from Eastern Northern California.
 

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

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Welcome from Norway
 
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