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Ok, so I brought the SLK home Thursday evening in the midst of a driving rain storm. Minutes after I arrived home, power went out for a couple of hours so there was little I could do in the garage.

Friday I took it to work. Filled the tank, had the opportunity to do a 50 mile round trip to a nearby city as I had an appointment late in the day. My my, at 125K miles, it feels so secure, solid, rattle free going down the highway at 70 mph. Just as I'd hoped, it is very comfortable and amazingly smooth for a four cylinder engine.

Coming home and becoming more accustomed to the car, something was niggling at me ... the handling felt a little odd. Couldn't put my finger on it. As I parked and walked into my home, it struck me ... I'd forgotten to check the tire pressures! The car*was a repo, it had been sitting in lots since last August. The dealer didn't expect me to pay for it and drive it off the lot, it was driving rain out there, and likely hadn't remembered to look at tire pressures.

Yesterday morning I nipped it around the corner to the gas station and checked tire pressures. Yup ... 18psi all around. Filled them to the recommended 30/33 psi. They do handle and feel a LOT nicer with properly inflated tires. I trundled about with it all day, getting more comfortable with its controls and handling dynamics. The SLK is so different from what I've been driving the past decade (Land Rover Freelander and Toyota Prius) and also so different from my last Alfa Romeo Spider! It likes to be told what to do with authority, not just guided along. The sense of being in complete control is great.

It was warm and sunny a good bit of the day. Putting the top down and putting it back up is a great act ... Transformers come to life! Everyone gets a kick out of it. It is so nice to have an open car once more; I've missed that since I sold the Spider in 2008.

I went through the car stem to stern and found that the tool kit and spare tire air pump are missing. I found them on Ebay and they're on the way now. I also stopped by the local car stereo place recommended by the mechanic—the Bose stereo sounds great, but the unit is an antique. It doesn't have the CD changer option, the telephone section is incompatible, etc. I need an iPhone/hands free capable system.

For the Bose system in the 2000 SLK, does anyone know if this unit uses optical or copper wire connections between the head, the amplifier and the speakers? The dealer wasn't sure (said until he can't know for sure until he takes the head out of the dash), but said that if it is the optical one it will likely require a head, amplifier and new speakers.

The more I drive the SLK, the more I like it. Definitely was worth waiting a decade to get one. It goes into the shop on Monday for a complete service, a new set of motor mounts, couple of other details.


Hey Stirling, what the heck are you doing with my car?

Onwards!
 

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Great writeup! moving to r170 general discussion from general discussion
 

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you will never regret it! see all the features?
 

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open close top at up to 38 mph!!!

Remote control of convertible top - open and close your convertible top using the original factory remote control key fob.
Passive mode - allow factory test equipment to be utilized without causing irregularities in their read-outs.
Extra chirp signal function - when operating the power locks, the horn sounds once briefly. (this can be turned off)
Open/Close top while driving - open and close the top while driving up to 38 mph.
Individually programmable - configure features/functions of the smartTOP module to meet your personal preferences.
One Touch Top - 'one touch' convertible top operation allows you to open and close automatically.
Extra top convenience mode - turning the ignition on or off does not interrupt convertible top operations.
 

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open close top at up to 38 mph!!!

Remote control of convertible top - open and close your convertible top using the original factory remote control key fob.
Passive mode - allow factory test equipment to be utilized without causing irregularities in their read-outs.
Extra chirp signal function - when operating the power locks, the horn sounds once briefly. (this can be turned off)
Open/Close top while driving - open and close the top while driving up to 38 mph.
Individually programmable - configure features/functions of the smartTOP module to meet your personal preferences.
One Touch Top - 'one touch' convertible top operation allows you to open and close automatically.
Extra top convenience mode - turning the ignition on or off does not interrupt convertible top operations.
Not my aesthetic. I don't like expensive convenience options, I have no need for all that stuff. I want a car to be quiet, drive well, and be reasonably easy to maintain. Simplicity. Some creature comforts, a decent sound system .. That's enough. I bought the SLK because I think is a quality automobile, not a rolling entertainment toy full of gadgets and stuff.

I drove Alfa Romeo Spiders for years sans even a radio and never found them lacking...
 

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ok, but hope you don't have the top down and it suddenly starts pouring and you have to stop to put the top up instead of just putting it up at speed
 

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ok, but hope you don't have the top down and it suddenly starts pouring and you have to stop to put the top up instead of just putting it up at speed
I would personally NEVER operate a convertible top of any kind while driving. EVER. That's dangerous, and possibly a moving violation according to the California vehicle code.

Dumb idea. Pull over and put the top up. Get a little wet. It won't hurt ya.
 

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Godfrey,
Yes its a fiber optic connection.
Ah, thanks. Then I'm looking at the $1200-1500 or so price range for a modern replacement. Oh well, but it's worth it. Last thing to attend to after getting all other mechanical and safety related stuff taken care of.

One other modern convenience/feature that I *would* go for is a reverse camera. I have that in the Prius and it makes parking in tight circumstances a piece of cake. Never thought it would be useful ... turns out to be something I use quite a lot. I wonder if anyone makes a setup to add that to the car?
 

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Ah, thanks. Then I'm looking at the $1200-1500 or so price range for a modern replacement. Oh well, but it's worth it. Last thing to attend to after getting all other mechanical and safety related stuff taken care of.
I have something similar to this iCarKits - PMBDV6 for the 2000 MERCEDES SLK-Class. (I do not have the fiberoptic connection)
DIY, plug and play with no problems in over 2 years of use.
 

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Re; tool kit & air pump.
are the shorter bolts for the spare tire there?
If you put the spare tire on with the standard bolts they will damage the brakes.
 

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I love the R170 matter of Fact i am working on a Deal right now trading in my 99 R 170 for a 2003 R 170 in Black with low low Miles on it.
 

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Not fiber optic

Pretty sure it's copper, in fact I know it is. I replaced my HU all copper. Pulled my speakers (to fix the broken limiter) and its copper.

I've got the Bose option With the amp and 6 disc changer (pulled that thing out waste of weight and space!) not sure if the non Bose is fiber optic but the 2000 preface lift Bose is all copper.
 

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Pretty sure it's copper, in fact I know it is. I replaced my HU all copper. Pulled my speakers (to fix the broken limiter) and its copper.

I've got the Bose option With the amp and 6 disc changer (pulled that thing out waste of weight and space!) not sure if the non Bose is fiber optic but the 2000 preface lift Bose is all copper.
Encouraging! .. :)
I guess it will come clear when I bring it in to the stereo shop and they take a look.
 

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Picked up the car from its service this afternoon. Very nice ... starts better, runs smoother, shifts more smoothly, etc with new motor mounts, cam actuator control, new battery, and engine/transmission lubricants and filters changed. The steering column shroud was also refitted (it was loose and wobbly). The car feels great now.

Ordered new keys (full dongle and simple master) at the local MBZ dealership afterwards.

The mechanic pulled out the stereo head unit and checked. This one is definitely the Bose optical system. So I have to think about what I want to do ... I'll likely wait a little bit and then do the whole number to a modern setup with hands free and iPhone integration.
 
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