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Upgraded our 2008 SLK200 to a 2012 fire opal SLK250.
Absolutely love the car, drives like a dream, every extra on it.
On the test drive, the ECU light was on, dealer said he would rectify, on collection, true to his word, it was off, within 1/2 mile light back on, dealer had the car a week to rectify.
Within a week , it was keyed by a scumbag, tried to remove the rear wheels, could not budge the wheel bolts for love nor money, broke my breaker bar, had to get a friend with an impact gun, used to remove wheel nuts on his lorry.
When I next washed the car, someone has clipped the near side rear wheel arch.
Now noticed the dreaded micro blisters in the paint.
When do I call it a day?
 

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Upgraded our 2008 SLK200 to a 2012 fire opal SLK250.
Absolutely love the car, drives like a dream, every extra on it.
That's good.

On the test drive, the ECU light was on, dealer said he would rectify, on collection, true to his word, it was off, within 1/2 mile light back on, dealer had the car a week to rectify.
Ah! The joys of a used car. Some would argue you should walk away from a car with an ECU light on on a test drive. If nothing else what was the dealer thinking when he let you drive it?

Within a week , it was keyed by a scumbag
You can't really blame the car for that.

tried to remove the rear wheels, could not budge the wheel bolts for love nor money, broke my breaker bar, had to get a friend with an impact gun, used to remove wheel nuts on his lorry.
Again, it's not unusual for wheel bolts to bind on these days when wheels are removed so infrequently. On a 'low mileage' car the wheels might never have been off as you don't need to take the wheels off to check the brakes and if it has not required tyres then they wouldn't have been off. As for your breaker bar...

When I next washed the car, someone has clipped the near side rear wheel arch.
Again, hardly the fault of the car.

Now noticed the dreaded micro blisters in the paint.
When do I call it a day?
Well, when they respray the car I'm sure you can persuade them to do the wheel arch too.

I have a thing about the number 13 but I somehow managed to lease a 13 reg SLK. In the first year it was fine, but in the second year I had a no-fault accident where I was clipped in a car park while absent but someone saw the other car and collared them. I then was hit, again while stationary, by a French driver when managed somehow to persuade me to sign a constat d'accord form saying it was all my fault. Bad news!

But none of it was the car. The car can't be a Jonah. If you really think it's a Jonah, get a black cat to either walk across the path of the car or sit it in the drivers seat, preferably willingly. There's not much old sailors don't know about Jonah's!

Good luck!
 

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Sorry to hear your tale - that really sucks for you and I empathise totally. Good luck with your efforts to rectify your misfortune(s).

May I ask that you please post your progress with the micro-blister problem in the thread "Paint issues?" as every bit of information, experience and advice is appreciated by us all.

Thank you - and good luck again.
 

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Again, it's not unusual for wheel bolts to bind on these days when wheels are removed so infrequently. On a 'low mileage' car the wheels might never have been off as you don't need to take the wheels off to check the brakes and if it has not required tyres then they wouldn't have been off. As for your breaker bar...
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Every car I have bought new, second hand or been issued with,the first job is remove the wheels knowing full well that should I have to do so in an emergency at night in pouring rain the dam things may not come off.
It's always a struggle but at least I can re-fit them with a slight smear of Copperease on all the facing surfaces & knowing that subsequent removal is a doddle. Re-application every time wheels removed & replaced.
 

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Ever the optimist, every cloud etc.
Had the near side rear wing fixed by an excellent PDR man, he got 95% out! You would have to search to see it, but I could still see it?
Then low and behold the car was hit by a person rushing to get off their drive, hit the near side door and completely wrecked the recent repair to the wheel arch.

In the garage at the moment, having a new near side door and rear near side quarter, all the damage will be removed,
Also given a 16 plate e350 convertible to drive , whilst mine is being repaired.
 

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Despite reassurances offered by WJA96 my guess is that you will never have the peace of mind to be able to really enjoy the car. There will always be that niggling doubt that the thing IS jinxed however irrational that thought is.
If it were me I would want to change tack ASAP, get the best possible p/ex even if it means compromising on what you change it for. Start afresh later.
 

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Despite reassurances offered by WJA96 my guess is that you will never have the peace of mind to be able to really enjoy the car. There will always be that niggling doubt that the thing IS jinxed however irrational that thought is.
If it were me I would want to change tack ASAP, get the best possible p/ex even if it means compromising on what you change it for. Start afresh later.
Tend to agree, you'll aleays have the thought it's jinxed.

I had an Avenger once that was the same. Lots of little mechanical problems that kept reoccuring. Not to mention having a car pull out right in front of me causing a lot of damage, then a wagon reversed into it, and finally I wrote it off swerving to avoid a dog. Never so glad to see a car go. Just wished I'd got rid of it right at the start instead of persevering with it.
 

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Also given a 16 plate e350 convertible to drive , whilst mine is being repaired.
So what's the verdict on the E350?

The 'silver lining' of recent events is that you and yours have come away from it safely. Good luck for the future.
 

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I had an Avenger once that was the same. Lots of little mechanical problems that kept reoccuring.
A Chrysler/Hillman Avenger ? with lots of problems ? That's not Jinxed, they were jus c**p! I always thought they looked quite good at the time tho. :smile:

From an Avenger to a SLK55.. that's going up in the world, I salute you sir!
 

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A Chrysler/Hillman Avenger ? with lots of problems ? That's not Jinxed, they were jus c**p
Oh come on! They weren't THAT good..... >:D

My dad had one. He too was grateful to have got rid of it. He bought a Datsun 180B to follow that and that's the car I learnt to drive on ... :surprise::surprise:0:):surprise:

Mind you. At least it wasn't a Morris Marina.....
 

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Oh come on! They weren't THAT good..... >:D

My dad had one. He too was grateful to have got rid of it. He bought a Datsun 180B to follow that and that's the car I learnt to drive on ... :surprise::surprise:0:):surprise:

Mind you. At least it wasn't a Morris Marina.....
My dad had one of those. In the US they were sold as the Austin Marina, and had TV commercials featuring Julie Andrews. I think he knew right away that it was a mistake, but was stuck with it for a few years. It was a very nice color. Sadly no piano was ever dropped on it.
 

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My dad had one to can't remember it being any trouble, after a few years body work looked like it should have been scrapped yet someone still nicked it.
Best way, really - at least he would've got the insurance money and that saved the embarrassment of trading it in...
 

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Upgraded our 2008 SLK200 to a 2012 fire opal SLK250.
Absolutely love the car, drives like a dream, every extra on it.
On the test drive, the ECU light was on, dealer said he would rectify, on collection, true to his word, it was off, within 1/2 mile light back on, dealer had the car a week to rectify.
Within a week , it was keyed by a scumbag, tried to remove the rear wheels, could not budge the wheel bolts for love nor money, broke my breaker bar, had to get a friend with an impact gun, used to remove wheel nuts on his lorry.
When I next washed the car, someone has clipped the near side rear wheel arch.
Now noticed the dreaded micro blisters in the paint.
When do I call it a day?
Is your car parked on the road side by any chance all these incidents happening ?
 

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Fire opels are definitely cursed lol mines had all sorts of bad luck in the 6 months I've had it.

Get it straight down to Mercedes and insist on having someone look over each panel for defects in the paint though definitely
 
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