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Hi Guys, I recently purchased a 2013, slk cdi 250 AMG, which I’m very pleased with. However, a week later and following some heavy rain I’ve noticed a leak. Initially there didn’t seem to be a problem, no water on the passage seat and I set off. But as I drove out of my drive ( a slight decline) about half a mug of water cane through joint just above the passages window. Since I thought this may be a blockage in the evacuation system and thus a pool of water awaiting to enter the car when I drove off, I checked the and ensured the drainage system worked ok. There are all clear and water does evacuate down the guttering as it should? Nonetheless, the following day and after another downpour of rain the problem remains. I’m waiting for the garage who sold me the car to come back to me with a solution, but any advise, opinions or options would be welcome. Thanks
 

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I suspect you mean 250CDi?
US and others do not have a diesel 250, only petrol.

We get both.

Please update your details.

First try cleaning and gumming the seal and check alignment.

If you end up replacing the seal above the door it is circa £100 for part
and roughly the same to fit at an independent.
 

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Hi Guys, I recently purchased a 2013, slk c250 AMG, which I’m very pleased with. However, a week later and following some heavy rain I’ve noticed a leak. Initially there didn’t seem to be a problem, no water on the passage seat and I set off. But as I drove out of my drive ( a slight decline) about half a mug of water cane through joint just above the passages window. Since I thought this may be a blockage in the evacuation system and thus a pool of water awaiting to enter the car when I drove off, I checked the and ensured the drainage system worked ok. There are all clear and water does evacuate down the guttering as it should? Nonetheless, the following day and after another downpour of rain the problem remains. I’m waiting for the garage who sold me the car to come back to me with a solution, but any advise, opinions or options would be welcome. Thanks
Hi, this is a known problem that a few of us on this site have had to deal with, a quick search will bring up the threads.
What seems to happen is that the seal between the top panel and the side trim is no longer sealed and water gets through and collects in the head lining. When the car moves then water falls out the headlining, usually when cornering or braking.
The side trim panels are fixed and cannot be removed easily. Some folks here have got a Mercedes dealer to fix under warranty and some have applied sealing compound themselves to seal the joint between the top and side panels. The other option is to replace the top panel complete with side panels at big expense (£2.5K upwards)
My car got fixed by supplying Merc dealer by removing roof, take to panel off and putting sealing compound into the roof on all 4 corners. Would have cost just over £1K to repair this way. Was done about 4 months ago and had been fine since.
 

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Hi, this is a known problem that a few of us on this site have had to deal with, a quick search will bring up the threads.
What seems to happen is that the seal between the top panel and the side trim is no longer sealed and water gets through and collects in the head lining. When the car moves then water falls out the headlining, usually when cornering or braking.
The side trim panels are fixed and cannot be removed easily. Some folks here have got a Mercedes dealer to fix under warranty and some have applied sealing compound themselves to seal the joint between the top and side panels. The other option is to replace the top panel complete with side panels at big expense (£2.5K upwards)
My car got fixed by supplying Merc dealer by removing roof, take to panel off and putting sealing compound into the roof on all 4 corners. Would have cost just over £1K to repair this way. Was done about 4 months ago and had been fine since.
Many thanks. About to run it back to the garage, it just helps to have a little knowledge before talking to them.
 

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Many thanks. About to run it back to the garage, it just helps to have a little knowledge before talking to them.
Hi, hope that goes well, there is a recognised procedure at Mercedes to fix this, I rejected my car as unsuitable for purpose mainly to give me some legal protection if it was not fixed. Let me know if you need some more details on how the problems were resolved.
 

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Hi, hope that goes well, there is a recognised procedure at Mercedes to fix this, I rejected my car as unsuitable for purpose mainly to give me some legal protection if it was not fixed. Let me know if you need some more details on how the problems were resolved.
The Mechanic at the garage ( not a MB dealership) said it wasn’t the seals and was a specialist job and subsequently inform the sales director of the sales room of his assessment. They are now investigating where to get the roof fixed. I guess they are looking for the cheapest option...
Meanwhile I went to see a MB specialist and was told pretty much what I’d been informed on this forum. That it very likely needed a new roof and would cost a fortune. I forwarded this garages details to the garage where I purchased the car 2 weeks ago. So time will tell and I’m waiting to hear from the sales director........
 

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Hi guy, just a follow up on my leaking roof issue. After having my car examined by a specialist there were two options, first a replacement roof at £2400 fitted or re-sealing it at £1000. The second option being the preferred choice of the sales director. The quote was based upon half the costs for parts and half for labour.
The parts suited were; TS SEALANT, 2 FOLDING ROOF SEAL, SEALING STRIP AND ADHESIVE TAPE . Although I understand the sales direct managed to Negotiate a deal with MB. I can only hope by agreeing to this fix the problem will be solved and is a permanent solution, at least for some years.
 

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Hi guy, just a follow up on my leaking roof issue. After having my car examined by a specialist there were two options, first a replacement roof at £2400 fitted or re-sealing it at £1000. The second option being the preferred choice of the sales director. The quote was based upon half the costs for parts and half for labour.
The parts suited were; TS SEALANT, 2 FOLDING ROOF SEAL, SEALING STRIP AND ADHESIVE TAPE . Although I understand the sales direct managed to Negotiate a deal with MB. I can only hope by agreeing to this fix the problem will be solved and is a permanent solution, at least for some years.
Hi, that sounds exactly how my car was fixed by Brooklands Mercedes, it was done in the autumn last year and has been totally ok since then and my car is left outside at all times.
 

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