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Discussion in 'Car Forum' started by d0truji, Mar 15, 2005.
Is it Obsidian Black, Black Opal Metallic or Brilliant Black?
Very nice. Do an ECU upgrade and it will become even more peppy!
It has a great engine that is designed very well for the car.
Make sure you don't abide by the selective service indicator in the dash. Make no mistake, Mercedes-Benz builds high performance vehicles and they should be serviced every 3K. They tell you to change the tranny filter never. Make sure you change it every 25K-30K miles.
It will run forever if you take care of it. This selective service deal is programmed obsolescence.
PM me and I can give you more details as to what I do on my R230 chassis.
P.S. If you join the Mercedes-Benz Club of America, that is a good thing to do, because the STAR magazine is really a good read. Furthermore, you usually get even better treatment at the dealer and they take care of you on service with price breaks.
Find a good service advisor at your local dealer. Take care of him. Bring him in a pizza during lunch when you drop off the car.
They will take care of you. My last bill, they replaced $3K in parts for free. It is under warranty, but they weren't required to replace them as per the warranty. He did it anyway. The previous time, the glovebox broke and it was aa $700+ item and he took care of it for me, with no charge.
Plus, they detail it evertime I drop it off and don't charge a dime. A little goes a long way with these guys.
Should you have the glove box break or need to replace $3000 in parts on such a durable and reliable car?
They are very durable and reliable. Perhaps that is why they have the lowest depreciation of all cars currently offered in both the U.S. and Global markets.
The glovebox latch is electronically controlled in the R230, using the transmitter key, you can lock it. It didn't want to unlock after I locked it, so, they removed the entire glovebox and geve me a new box and latch, not to mention pulling apart the whole left hand side of the interior and removing the passenger seat.
The $3K in parts was trim panel stuff that I didn't know I even cracked. They were in the trunk and I guess I banged them up a bit.
Total repairs on invoice, along with my service was $3K roughly.
Total that I paid : $0.00
It is worth it to own a Mercedes. You pay for this kind of stuff up front, with the higher purchase price, however.
When it comes time to sell it, you will at least get back the maximum value possible, when compared to other cars available.
Mechanically, as long as you keep up with service, they will run forever.
Like Honda and Toyota.
I like the new SLKs. It's not hard edged like the other similar sports cars but it is a dramatic improvement over the original SLK. But please, please, please, tell me that you didn't get the slushbox transmission?
Actually, it looks like he got the 7 speed auto tranny....
This is a very nice transmission. The older 5 speeds can't hold a candle to it IMHO.
Eh, if you want a German with a good manual tranny, you are really limited to the BMW for the U.S. market. They, obviously, have a lot of Motorsport experience and have dabbled in it much more than Mercedes.
In Europe, you can get the older 7 series with a manual tranny, as used in the movie, "The Transporter".
Also, the older Audi A8/S8, like what was used in the movie "Ronin" actually was equipped with a manual tranny.
Loads of fun both ways. The "old" S8 is a killer car. A lot of balls and it is stealth, plus classy.
Glad to hear you are happy with your new car! I just can't seem to warm up to the new "Jimmie Durante"* looking front end on them.
* For the young bucks on the board, Jimmie Durante was an actor with a large nose. ;e
True, but M-B issues cost more to resolve and when the brand was ranked 29th out of 37 makes, for quality issues,last I heard, one expects that you'll see them more, which is a disgrace for something that costs as much.
Not to rain on your parade, as it looks nice and will perform well.
1. Mercedes-Benz Club of America
They have different chapters, too.
You can join up and have fun meetings with other Mercedes enthusiasts and these events are often sponsored by local firms that cater to Mercedes owners. Many of the chapters are fun. Kind of depends on who runs them, as in who is on the board for your local chapter.
2. If you want to make it go even faster, you can do 2 things.
After you break here in, about 1,000-1,500 miles:
A. Turn off ESP by depressing the ESP switch. In your speedo cluster, an orange triangle should appear, at least, that is what happens on the R230. It has an exclamation point in it.
This basically turns off your electronic stability protection. You shouldn't do this in wet/snowy/dangerous conditions. Only on bright, sunny days. If you want to rocket off, leave it off and then turn it back on by pressing the ESP switch. Should be on the console.
B. The tranny is driver adaptive in most new Mercedes cars. If you stop at a stop light, floor it and I do mean pedal to the feintuft velour and rocket off. Do this several times (3-5). You should notice the shifts speed up and the car becomes more responsive. These rocketing off's should be done in succession. One after the other. Find a place away from civilization to do this. Or, go out and find a place that has a long strip and is away from other cars.
I don't know if it applies the your car, but it should. That is how you get the R230 to become more responsive. It works.
C. This is a handling issue. You car might have an ABC Sport Switch on the console (Active Body Control). You can press this and it will tighten up the suspension and lessen body roll while cornering, etc...
Even during "spirited" driving, I leave it off. It works, but, it deadens the experience to much and I can't feel the car as well.
Every once in a while, you need to run the car and get it going. They are meant to be driven, so, if you calipers are hot and you can cook pizza off your dual chromed exhaust pipes, you are doing good.
You can toss them around and they are meant to be DRIVEN.
Think about the conditions that they are designed for and used to. Long stretches of German and European Autobahn, etc...They can keep pace for long periods of time while being safe and comfortable for the driver. Enjoy yours how it was originally intended to be enjoyed. You will love it even more and will realize how controllable and effotless warp speed is. Again, this isn't for public roads, but, I am sure you can find a track or similar in your neck of the woods. Be safe and wear your safety buckle.
Much like how we take shooting classes to improve our weapons skills and accuracy, driving classes can also be very beneficial to a new owner of a car such as yours.
I can send you my invitation to the 2005 AMG Challenge so you can learn more about events in your area.
Hope this helps, CGuns
P.S. In order for you to sound "Salty" at the dealership, refer to your car as an R-171. This is the chassis/body code for your SLK. Most people don't know this, but, enthusiasts do as do the people at the dealership. R = Roadster and all Mercedes roadsters are distinguished by the "R" designation prior to the numeric value.
1. Cost more to resolve? Who told you this? The warranty is extensive and I have to say, having owned all sorts of "imported cars", Mercedes-Benz maintains the most extensive inventory of parts, even those for discontinued models, BAR NONE. No one can compare to Mercedes in terms of parts availability and this is on a world wide level, too.
2. Couch critics might complain that they have quality and reliability issues. Most are testers that have never owned these cars for long periods of time. Mine have always served me very well. If they didn't I wouldn't buy them. In fact, of all of my cars that I have had, Mercedes has always been at the top of quality and reliability.
The Mercedes Benz today isn't the same as it was 25 years ago. They couldn't be. There isn't room for it in a world of decreasing budgets and the need to stay competitive. There aren't 6.9 450SEL's and Bank Valut 1997 S600's in the current line up, but heft has been replaced by agility and it is still a damn fine product to which all others are judged.
If you were to take a worldwide survey, from Kuala Lumpur, to Dubai and Rio in Brazil, Moscow and everywhere in between and asked this simple question to the world's population,
"If you could only drive one car for the rest of your life and money wasn't an issue,"
The unequivocating, vast majority of the answer base would be Mercedes Benz. The star is respected world-wide like nothing else.
LOL, My 84 y/o dad just got one!
The new Mercedes 7-speed auto tranny is indeed a great slushbox, unfortunately it's still a slushbox and I don't really blame Merc for coming out with this thing because the bulk of Merc owners like auto trannies. The BMW 6-speed auto tranny also isn't a slouch either.
I guess I'm just old fashion and like to row the gears myself. I may be tempted by the new 7-speed SMG transmission by BMW that is being used in the M5 and M6 though. It's not a modified manual tranny but a true SMG from the ground up.
The AMG version of this SLK will also sport the 7-speeds tranny as well. If BMW were to refuse to come up with a Z4 M-version soon, then I'd be looking into this SLK55 AMG. But ARGHHHH the slush box!!!
Buy a slightly used Z8.