The camshaft adjuster solenoid (which is related to the variable valve timing system) may fail or timing chain/balance shaft components may wear, resulting in illumination of the Check Engine Light and various drivability issues. Mercedes-Benz has released a service bulletin outlining specific repair instructions depending on fault codes stored.
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Mercedes-Benz SLK280 Models:
Mercedes-Benz SLK280 Problems
Vehicles equipped with a 7-speed automatic transmission may develop a rough shifting condition, most commonly going up from first to second gear and going down from third to second or second to first gear. Our technicians tell us this is due to an internal component failure. Mercedes has released updated parts; the transmission will need to be removed and disassembled to complete the necessary repairs.
The engine may develop a stalling and/or no start condition due to a failed crankshaft position sensor.
It is not uncommon to encounter premature failure of the anti-lock brake system (ABS) modulator assembly due to dirty brake fluid. Our technicians recommend flushing the brake fluid every two years in order to help prevent this problem.
High mileage or older vehicles commonly develop leaks from the differential seals and/or cover. Our technicians recommend a complete reseal of the differential unit whenever these leaks are repaired.
Mercedes-Benz SLK280 Recalls (Recent)
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Transistors used in the front signal acquisition and actuation module (SAM-F) may have been damaged during module assembly. As a result, the module could fail without warning, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect and replace the affected modules as necessary. This recall is scheduled to begin on May 2, 2008. The Mercedes-Benz recall number is 2008 030005.
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There is a faulty software calibration that affects several areas including shutting off the fuel supply in a collision. This could cause a fire hazard during an accident. Dealers will reprogram this software. The Mercedes-Benz recall number is 2008 070001. This recall began during August, 2008.
Mercedes-Benz SLK280 Questions and Answers
the shift gear identification does not have a light. How can I replace the bulb inside? is there anywhere I can find the way to remove the center console? PS. my slk is a 1998 model year
As it is attached to the Gas Door an there is no screws to remove it..
It is a Black flat Plastic piece so have no ideal how to get that off the door if I use a screw driver it most likely will br...
Usually works fine. but lately, two times it refused to back up, then when put back in drive, it stays still. shifting into park the car shakes,then reverse, makes it back up.
Sometimes the car does not feel right. While driving,(@ 35mph) and the gear is set in D, it downshifts directly to 3rd gear. I will stop, and restart the car, and the problem goes away. It downsh...
Once the button depressed, the truck and windows open but the top will not open and start it's travel to the trunk.
Mercedes-Benz SLK280 Reviews
Had a 200 slk before this. Was a much nicer car. I have had this car since new and have had numerous problems with it from solenoids to stalling for no reason. Not impressed. This is my last MB. It only has 65k on the clock and I have babied it. No reason for the issues.
This is my third Mercedes, second from new...it is by far the best one I have owned. 1st, 300SD, 2nd, C230w and now my SLK. It gathers longing looks everywhere...Caddilac owners drool and BMW drivers trade theirs in for a Mercedes after talking to me...gotta love it....& I do...yes, I do...
I bought this car a couple of weeks ago with 25,000 miles. It has the AMG package with other additional options and it is a beauty. I am thrilled to have it.