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Hi All,

New to this type of gig, so please bear with.

Bought a secondhand 2006, SLK 280, which has been a bit of a pain as I think I bought a lemon.

My SLK is fully loaded, can't think of any options it doesn't have, but that just gives me more things to go wrong.

Had a free Mercedes "Healthcheck" when purchased, which showed up gearbox gasket fault, throttle position sensor failure, roof seal shrinkage, buckled 18" AMG alloys. Since then the heater motor packed up due to the battery box drain being blocked and the ensuing water build up flooded the heater motor and the passenger compartment floor (strangely enough not picked up by Mercedes during "Free" check!). The roof clunks and generally moans during drives on less than racetrack tarmac, so I'm not convinced its 100% true, which would also account for it leaking, although Mercedes would like to relieve me of over £700 for a new seal and I think it could probably just need realigning?!

Apart from these "minor" issues, I love it. It isn't as easy as the previous BMWs I've had, it's not as quick or as sharp handling as my Boxster, but it has something about it I really get.

Guess I'll be needing you guys to assist with much of the above, as my funds these days as a public servant don't match those from my consultancy days!
 

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Hi and welcome to SLKWorld.com from the UK Midlands - Thanks for joining us! :)

We have quite a few members in the UK that like to meet up from time to time. If you're interested in joining us sometime, just keep an eye on the UK Region section, as we post meeting plans there! :tu:

There's a summary post that I maintain for all UK meets here, and links to examples and pictures from this year's past meets are available here.

We've also just started plotting where our UK members are - check out the thread for that here: SLKWorld UK & Ireland Members and Meeting Points Map

Some great R171 info, including Owner’s/Maintenance/COMAND manuals, etc.:
Don’t forget to lube those seals:
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Mods you should think about doing to your SLK:
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  • Shorty antenna
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Welcome to the forum, at least you have the Tuano as a backup, buy an OBD2 Reader they are cheap and take the guesswork out of diagnosing problems.

Regards Stuart
 

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Welcome from Lakeland, Florida USA.
 

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Hello and welcome.
When life gives you lemons, grab some tequila and salt....
Do not worry. It is not a lemon. Seems it didn't have proper maintenence.
Give it some love and it will be fine.
Enjoy
 

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Welcome from North Hampshire.

Sounds a good car if someone ticked all the option boxes, which can easy add up to 12k or more on the R171..!! Just needs some TLC...

As We like the country roads route from A to B, rather than Motorways, but even as a cyclists who is use to spotting pot holes, I've managed to buckle the inside of two of My 18" wheels.. :crying:
 

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Welcome from North Hampshire.

Sounds a good car if someone ticked all the option boxes, which can easy add up to 12k or more on the R171..!! Just needs some TLC...

As We like the country roads route from A to B, rather than Motorways, but even as a cyclists who is use to spotting pot holes, I've managed to buckle the inside of two of My 18" wheels.. :crying:

I run high pressures in all my low profile tyres, for that reason. Thumbs-up from all the tyre monkeys I've spoken with.
 

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Welcome from the Sacramento Valley SLK Enthusiasts!
 
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