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Wow, that is a big list. But really sensible. Have printed a copy to take with us when we go to collect the car on Sunday.

When I collected my new Aston Martin, it didn't have the clear rear lights I'd ordered (a £1,000 extra!), someone in the workshop had needed some for another car, so had swapped some red ones for my clear ones.

The salesman was really embarassed that they had done that, but if I hadn't noticed, then it would have been a 500 miles round trip to get the right ones put on.
 

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Printed. :)

I have to say you do look after your 'flock', if that's the correct word for a bunch of forum members. :)

I've two possibly three SLK's to try tomorrow. This will be very useful!
 

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Thanks! I tend to think of them as a 'gaggle' :D
 

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I dont seem to be able to open the attachment. Its says that it is not a ailable. Can anyone please advise how to open? Thanks.
 

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I dont seem to be able to open the attachment. Its says that it is not a ailable. Can anyone please advise how to open? Thanks.
The attachment is in "PDF" format, so you may need to install the "Adobe Acrobat Reader" on your computer to view the file.
 

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or you are on a smartphone and might not have the 'application' to open it
 

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Bad boy

I was a little careless, got in a hurry. Had looked at several, most were crap. Went in to use the restroom, drove one home. Came upon a local one owner loaded 15,000 miles CPO SLK so much better, I lost all reason. Here's what I missed in my glassy-eyed haste:

* BIG scratches on rocker panels, both sides. Hard to see without bending over but still annoying.

* Missing floor mat rubber or plastic plugs that secure it to floor on passenger side.

* GPS 4+ years out of date (probably wouldn't have updated it but could have used that as a bargaining point).

* Paint rubs on the rear bumper, both sides (easily removed).

* White wax residue all over, but it was a good wax job otherwise. Took a while to clean up.

* Top mechanism/rubber filled with dust and dirt. Looked untouched since new.

* Pedals covered with mud, untouched. Yuck.

Also, it smelled like a French elevator. Must have been the cleaner. Took months to wear off. After being closed up for a while it was gagging. Cleaning everything with Lexol didn't help.

Lesson is don't get bowled over when you find a keeper.

Hanging on to this list!
 

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Suspect we all miss something in a new car (like offside wheels that after two days of PB Blaster still have not come off. Will just have to return to it later, need the lift or dim headlamps.


But the big one for me is wiper blades. Bad ones can destroy a windscreen very quickly. Given that we get a bit of rain here (55"/year) I always replace immediately regardless.


Odd thing about the Merc is the way the blade connects to the arm and most blades will require an adapter that looks like this. May be common in Germany but had not seen one like this before including on my clone (made in Germany).
 

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This is missing probably the biggest thing for a R171, check the rear subframe for corrosion! UK cars seem to be especially hard hit with this, but in the snowbelt in the US it would be an issue if driven with salt on the roads.
 
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