Poor AC Performance Due to Refrigerant Loss on Mercedes-Benz SL600

A refrigerant leak may develop from one or more of the following AC components: AC compressor, hose manifold for the compressor, or the evaporator core. The loss of refrigerant can cause poor AC performance. Our technicians tell us that proper leak diagnoses should be performed in order to determine the cause of any refrigerant loss.

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Average mileage: 96,000 (89,000–105,000)
9 model years affected: 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, more1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
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1997 Mercedes-Benz SL600 89,000 mi,
Leaking Evaporator, dealer wants $3k to fix it
Not fixing due to cost and not using much during Summer so convertible will suffice.