Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: SF Bay Area California
Vehicle: 2006 SLK 280 Black
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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. :-)