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I can't believe you would put $1000 into a 2006 car...especially for just 1" larger diameter wheels. To each his own, I guess.
 

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I can't believe you would put $1000 into a 2006 car...especially for just 1" larger diameter wheels. To each his own, I guess.
LOL! For me, a 2006 car is practically new! :)

Far as I'm concerned, the SLK typ 171 should have always had 17" wheels as standard equipment. I'm just correcting MBZ's mistake. ;-)

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LOL! For me, a 2006 car is practically new! :)

Far as I'm concerned, the SLK typ 171 should have always had 17" wheels as standard equipment. I'm just correcting MBZ's mistake. ;-)

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I believe you will find standard 280 came with 16 inches rims. The 280 Sport, 350 Sport and 350 came with 17 inch rims and the 55 AMG came with 18 inch rims.
 

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I believe you will find standard 280 came with 16 inches rims. The 280 Sport, 350 Sport and 350 came with 17 inch rims and the 55 AMG came with 18 inch rims.
Yes, I know. The 17 inch rims were listed as an option for the SLK 280 and standard with the SLK 280 Sport package. I feel they should have been standard for all of them, since there's very little difference in the chassis between the models. The power differences are also relatively small until you get to the 55 AMG.

But what do I know? I've only been building cars and motorcycles for 42 years. ;-)

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I can't believe you would put $1000 into a 2006 car...especially for just 1" larger diameter wheels. To each his own, I guess.
Exactly! We each have our own preferences and priorities. I did the same thing on my 2006 280 with those same 17" refurb wheels (different vendor). No regrets whatsoever. Dropping $1K on a 2006 for durable accessories can be put into perspective easily: just take the SLK into the dealership for service. :grin:
 

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Exactly! We each have our own preferences and priorities. I did the same thing on my 2006 280 with those same 17" refurb wheels (different vendor). No regrets whatsoever. Dropping $1K on a 2006 for durable accessories can be put into perspective easily: just take the SLK into the dealership for service. :grin:

Exactly! :surprise:
 

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:smile:

Well, I ordered wheels and tires yesterday. Went with the Sport Kit wheels, since they are factory correct for a 2006. By the time I'm done, my car will be a new car in every way that counts... !

It sure feels and runs beautifully since the service. Smooth as can be...

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I can't believe you would put $1000 into a 2006 car...especially for just 1" larger diameter wheels. To each his own, I guess.
These days you can put a $1000 in a car just by getting the recommended service done at the dealer.

Tires alone are a $600 cost.

From what I have seen dropping $1000 on any Mercedes is practically guaranteed on a regular basis. If my SLK280 develops the balance shaft gear failure, I'm looking at a lot more than $1000 if I want to have a working car.

In the case of the larger wheels, it may be possible to partially offset the cost of the 17" wheels by selling the 16" wheels.

When I got my 2006 SLK280 the tires were worn, but still with legal tread depth. However, they were over 6 years old. I decided I wanted new tires and seriously thought about getting 17" wheels (aftermarket, not OE). Eventually I decided against the 17" wheels three reasons - 1) the larger wheels will have skinnier and therefore stiffer sidewalls resulting in a harsher ride, 2) the 17" wheels with the skinny side wall tires are more likely to get damaged and 3) using the Tirerack.com app for displaying the tires/wheels on the car, I just could not see enough difference in the appearance to justify the cost. I was happy with the new tires. The ride was improved and I feel safer.

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I agree, it's very easy to spend more than $1000 to do almost anything other than change the oil. Changing the fuel filter on the SLK 280 is a $300 part and two hours labor, for instance, and you are supposed to do it every 70,000 miles. Should I junk the car at 85,000 miles because it needs a fuel filter, and a transmission service, and motor/transmission mounts, and spark plugs, and a major service, etc? That would be ridiculous. The car is practically new and runs perfectly, it just needs its normal maintenance. It's a beautiful car, one I could never bring myself to spend the money for when new, even if I could afford it. Do these things and drive the car for another ten years ...!

I went back and forth on the tires and wheels several times. It has the original 16" wheels on it and they're in good shape. The current tires (with good tread) are no-name rim protectors that work, obviously put on by the dealer to make the car saleable; I knew that going in. I prefer a more sporting feel and ride, and like the looks of the 17" wheels as well as the tire choices they imply. So I went for it, it will make the car just a little bit special, for me. And yes, if I can get back some of the cost by selling the 16s, they are sold.

The tires I chose (Conti ExtremeContact DW) I've had in 16" on the SLK230K: they gave a very plush ride and just the handling feel I like. I'll enjoy seeing how they work in the 17s and the shorter profile on this chassis. :)

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Here are my wheels and tyres I bought for my 2007 Mercedes SLK 280
Rim KESKIN KT16 schwarz
Front 8.0 x 18 (LK 5/112, OS 30) Toyo PROXES-T1-R 225/40 ZR18 92Y
Cost £738 delivered mytyres.co.uk 959 dollars
 

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If my SLK280 develops the balance shaft gear failure, I'm looking at a lot more than $1000 if I want to have a working car.
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BTW: According to my mechanic, the 280 3L engine has never had the balance shaft problem. Only the 350 3.5L and 550 engines had it. And according to the class action suit judgement, Mercedes accepts the liability to repair all affected engines in cars with up to 125,000 miles or 15 years old, or something like that.

So, either way, you're safe from having to spend big bucks on the engine unless you happen to be a high-mileage SLK 350 owner and have the balance shaft go bad.

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Just received shipping notification on my rims. Tires also. Woo hoo, on the way!
Now to study the COMAND AGW system some more...

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BTW: According to my mechanic, the 280 3L engine has never had the balance shaft problem. Only the 350 3.5L and 550 engines had it. And according to the class action suit judgement, Mercedes accepts the liability to repair all affected engines in cars with up to 125,000 miles or 15 years old, or something like that.

So, either way, you're safe from having to spend big bucks on the engine unless you happen to be a high-mileage SLK 350 owner and have the balance shaft go bad.

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If your guy is right that's very good news. I intend to keep my 280 for many more years (only done 18k miles since I bought it new in 2006) and it's not a bill I would relish in my old age!
 

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Hope You like the new 17" rims when they arrive.

My R171 350 with Sports Pack & 18" wheels is harsh at times on our UK roads, but great on smooth roads....!!
Though I've manage to put a flat spots on both a front & back wheel, most likely due to pot holes .. :crying:

This link is good to see what designs are available for new rims - When I looked at dropping to 17" wheels:
Mercedes SLK Class Alloys (R171) - Alloy Wheels Direct
 

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If your guy is right that's very good news. I intend to keep my 280 for many more years (only done 18k miles since I bought it new in 2006) and it's not a bill I would relish in my old age!
Pierson's experience and advice has been 100% on the money regards Mercedes-Benz cars since I met him in 2012.

Without wanting to disparage all the lovely SLK 350s out there, I took his advice in hand and test drove both 280 and 350 cars to see what the difference was. Yes, the 350s have a bit more oomph and acceleration, but my feeling was that, between them, the difference in actual performance is a nuance and the SLK 280 felt smoother and more responsive. The 3L engine revs so responsively and makes such a lovely sound doing it ... I learned long ago that what makes me smile the most in a car is only rarely absolute performance, it's most usually responsiveness. :) So I limited my search to the SLK 280 after that.

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Hope You like the new 17" rims when they arrive.

My R171 350 with Sports Pack & 18" wheels is harsh at times on our UK roads, but great on smooth roads....!!
Though I've manage to put a flat spots on both a front & back wheel, most likely due to pot holes .. :crying:

This link is good to see what designs are available for new rims - When I looked at dropping to 17" wheels:
Mercedes SLK Class Alloys (R171) - Alloy Wheels Direct
Thanks for the link! Lots of good looking wheels there ...!
Can't wait for my new wheels and tires to arrive. I already love driving this car!

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BTW: According to my mechanic, the 280 3L engine has never had the balance shaft problem. Only the 350 3.5L and 550 engines had it. And according to the class action suit judgement, Mercedes accepts the liability to repair all affected engines in cars with up to 125,000 miles or 15 years old, or something like that.

So, either way, you're safe from having to spend big bucks on the engine unless you happen to be a high-mileage SLK 350 owner and have the balance shaft go bad.

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This is not consistent with what I have been told in the past or information available elsewhere from this website. I'd suggest reading: Mercedes Benz balance shaft engine issues. How to check by VIN. M272/273 - MB Medic . Here is what this site says about the class action suit judgement:

"There are two specific ways to receive compensation from this class action settlement: Extended Guarantee Mercedes has agreed to cover qualified future repairs up to 10 years or 125,000 miles to the sprocket of the balance shaft gear in M272 engines or the idle gear in M273 engines. Percentage-Based Reimbursement Mercedes will pay a percentage of the costs for repairs associated with this defect as follows: Repairs not done at an authorized Mercedes dealer will receive a reimbursement up to $4,000. If the repair took place before between 4 years or 50,000 miles and eight years or 80,000 miles, Class Members would receive 70 percent of those costs. If the repair took place between 8 years or 80,000 miles and ten years or 125,000 miles, 37.5 percent of the costs would be reimbursed. No reimbursement will be sent to Class Members who have vehicles that were repaired after the vehicle was ten years old or had 125,000 miles on it. Repairs must have been done before May 13, 2015"

Here is a link to the MB TSB: http://benzbits.com/BalanceShaftTSB.pdf

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BTW: According to my mechanic, the 280 3L engine has never had the balance shaft problem. Only the 350 3.5L and 550 engines had it. And according to the class action suit judgement, Mercedes accepts the liability to repair all affected engines in cars with up to 125,000 miles or 15 years old, or something like that.

So, either way, you're safe from having to spend big bucks on the engine unless you happen to be a high-mileage SLK 350 owner and have the balance shaft go bad.

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I will look to change the mechanic after this statement.
 
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