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Mercedes-Benz SLK230 Problems

Miscellaneous -- Verified

Inside grab handles, the upholstery on the center console cover, and door trim panels can delaminate. Most commonly replacement of the affected part is necessary.

Miscellaneous -- Verified

Due to wear, high usage vehicles can experience ignition lock and tumbler failures. The ignition lock cylinder will generally require replacement to correct this concern.

Miscellaneous -- Verified

It is not uncommon for the sun visor hinges to break.

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

Irregular and premature tire wear can be caused by the lower control arm bushings cracking, resulting excessive movement at the control arm pivot point. Ball joints can also wear out prematurely, causing similar tire wear symptoms. I some cases it may be necessary to replace the lower control arm, including bushings & ball joint to correct this concern.

Engine -- Verified

Engine oil can leak into the engine wiring harness from the cam adjuster solenoid. The oil can migrate through the wires and possibly damage the engine control unit. A leaking adjuster solenoid should be replaced.

Mercedes-Benz SLK230 Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc.

Summary: THIS IS NOT A SAFETY RECALL IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE SAFETY ACT. HOWEVER, IT IS DEEMED A SAFETY IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN BY THE AGENCY. VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: 2000 SLK AND E-CLASS VEHICLES. SIDE AIR BAG DEPLOYMENTS HAVE OCCURRED WHEN THE VEHICLE IS LEFT PARKED IN HIGH TEMPERATURES DURING WARMER MONTHS.

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Electrical & Lights, September 12, 2006

Summary: ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, FAILURE OF ONE OF THE SIDE BRAKE LIGHTS CAN OCCUR. THE BASE OF THE SOCKET CAN BE SUBJECT TO THERMAL DEFORMATION OVER TIME.

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Electrical & Lights, July 15, 2002

Summary: CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES FAIL TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 108, "LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT." THE OWNER'S MANUAL DOES NOT CONTAIN THE PROPER HEADLAMP AIMING INSTRUCTIONS.

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Mercedes-Benz SLK230 Questions and Answers

BOB62, 1998 Mercedes-Benz SLK230, Franklin, WI

having a huge problem with the dash peeling off vinyl finish. is there anything i can use to paint over the scratched off areas?

Benz 98, 1998 Mercedes-Benz SLK230, Camp Pendleton, CA

hi ok well i own a mercedes it has 164,000 thousand miles now for some history i blew a heater hose not to long ago coolant every where and my car may have over heated a lil but now runs my only pr...

daderenski, 1998 Mercedes-Benz SLK230, Ostrander, OH

Is there anything that can be done to touch up the peeling finish on these interior surfaces? The dealership does not seem to know of anything that can be done to reair the worn finishes.

Visitor, 1998 Mercedes-Benz SLK230, Warner Robins, GA

What size is the oil filtr socket for the 98, SLK 230?

Visitor, 1998 Mercedes-Benz SLK230, Jacksonville, FL

where are the spark plugs located

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Mercedes-Benz SLK230 Reviews

Ok. I have to brag about my car. I've never thought of buying a Mercedes but my 2000 Ford Explorer XLT is giving me problems. I recently turned 46 and thought of getting a convertible. I test drove one of the convertible BMW(can't recall model/series) but it handle not too shabby. I asked the used car dealer to show me anothe convertible. He showed me this car and i fell immediately in love with it. I asked him what year, 1998. How many miles 39,000(YES, 39K), and how much($9,995) I said seriously, what is wrong with the car? He said NOTHING and told me a doctor always garaged it. He sold it to the dealership 3 days before. I purchased mine the day after i saw it.

Ok. You all probably think that the car odometer has been rolled back and that there is NO WAY a 1998 SLK230 would only have 39K miles on it. I did a Kelly Blue Book report and it showed 18 miles when it was delivered to the dealership from factory, 39K miles when i purchased it on April 3, 2012.

Only problem with the car was that the two cylinder of the trunk has to be replaced since it won't stay up. Other than that she is a beauty in EXCELLENT shape. No scratch or anything wrong with the car. Yes, there are small scratches inside the car but NO ONE believe me when i told them it is a 1998 with only 39K miles on it.

Yesterday, April 5 2012, I recently did a Maintenance B service and the transmission service done because it's due for a 45K tune up. Cost me $800 but that is the price you pay for a luxury car and I won't have to do another Maintenance(A)til the next 36,000 miles or 3 years.

Must be my lucky weekend because I went to the casino the day after this maintenance was done and won $500 so I only paid $300 for the tune up. :-)

I've gotten soooo many compliments with this car and very impress with it.

The cost of ownership for this car is too much to handle. I am very disappointed. The interior is peeling, the exterior is rusting from underneath the paint, so many electrical problems, and it costs so much just for the dealership to look at it. It was my dream to own a Mercedes but it turned out to be a nightmare. Never again.

I've had my SLK 230 Sport for three very happy years now and it is all that I expected and more. It still looks new and turns heads almost everywhere I go. I have never had a single problem. I consistantly get 28 - 32 mpg at 70 - 80 mph with the top down. It's a great car!

I recently purchased a used 2001 Mercedes benz SLK230 It is an amazing car. The brakes due to its complex stopping capeability, do wear down faster as with any other high end vehicle and you should expect to replace rotors and brakes everytime for safety. The car has an amazing feel while driving even after it being 10 years old. It has more features in 2001 than some current car companies are putting in 2011 cars. the interior paint if two tone has a peeling issue on this model however mine is very minimal. The fix is extreemly easy and cheap, I was quoted around 75.00 to repaint and seal everything interior wise. The shifting for an Automatic transmission is without flaw. The engine while only a 4cyl has great power and was made to be lighter so as to lighten the load. With the Supercharger it turns this little 4banger into a 6cyl and a great competitor for the z3, Porsche boxter, and Audi TT However thos cars can not compete with the overall style and look of the Mercedes Benz Slk230 or 320 it is a classic Roadster. The handling while driving is very sensitive it handles very well. Earlier this year MBUSA had upgraded the specs for this car HP is 210 @5500RPM 0-60mph in 5.6 seconds. The Mercedes Benz SLKis the BEST in its class to this day upholding look and design its a sure looker on the road and off. SIDEBAR: Ive read about the issues others have had like solenoid oil, MBUSA will really work with you to fix that isse. Any tail light or headlight issues are covered for free by Mbusa so before you pay call the dealer they recalled those issues and you want it fixed by the professional dealership for free rather than the mom and pop shop thats trying to get your money because yu have a classic car. KBB is considering for the first time in history moving the 1998-2003 SLK models in KBB classics. It truly is the return of the 50's roadster, and with the top down you feel it even more.

Having problems with the alarm system otherwise runs like new!

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