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There are a couple of things that I wish I'd known before buying my SLK.

1. There are small drain holes that need to be constantly checked for blockages. These are by the corner of the windscreen and 2 more either side of the boot (trunk).
They block very easily, and then the boot and/or the battery compartment can flood and then the passenger footwell. Not good but luckily no permanent damage.

2. If the Aircon is noisy it's likely to be because leaves have caught in the fan. Not the best design as you have to remove the battery to get to it but an easy fix. Two Mercedes independent specialists didn't know that this was the solution and advised me to get a new Aircon unit to stop the noise. Luckily I didn't.

What do you wish you had known?
 

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Both covered in the list :D

 

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No surprises for me, It's what I expected, old cars has some issues but also my body worked better when I was young 😂 The only difference between a kid and a man is the price of their toys and for me the SLK is an excellent toy (not a perfect one, but that's part of the game).
 

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No surprises for me, It's what I expected, old cars has some issues but also my body worked better when I was young 😂 The only difference between a kid and a man is the price of their toys and for me the SLK is an excellent toy (not a perfect one, but that's part of the game).
This^^^👍 I bought with my eyes wide open. You need to expect problems I suppose although I too fell foul of the rear drainage channels being blocked and flooding the boot! Just imagine the issues with a 12 or 13 year old Ford or a GM! Blimey, I shudder to imagine. 😀😀😀
 

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Depending how well they look mine had been welded a few times,so probably was picked up on previous mot's.
The welding job was shoddily done,if anything I would say more dangerous as it was covering some terrible rot!
 

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This^^^👍 I bought with my eyes wide open. You need to expect problems I suppose although I too fell foul of the rear drainage channels being blocked and flooding the boot! Just imagine the issues with a 12 or 13 year old Ford or a GM! Blimey, I shudder to imagine. 😀😀😀
In defence of the old Fords, I‘ve had more problems in the last 11 months with my low mileage SLK than I’ve had in the last 10 years with my 17 year old Ford Mondeo ST220.
 

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No worse than other makes for me.

Ford, relatively reliable, but once it starts they cascade. Had two.
Vauxhall, starts with cascade and swiftly results in tsunami, especially electrics. Had two.
Peugeot, similar to Ford, but an absolute swine to get at anything.

Not even cost of new model related. As Top Gear viewers will know, 6 & even 7 figure prices do not guarantee total reliability.

The more the tech, the greater increase in components that can add to failure rates.
 
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