Mercedes-Benz SLK280 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your Mercedes-Benz SLK280

Mercedes-Benz SLK280 Problems

Internal Component Failure May Cause Rough Shifting

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.

Camshaft Adjuster Solenoid Failure

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.

Leaks Develop at Differential Seals/Cover on High Mileage/Older Vehicles

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.

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Mercedes-Benz SLK280 Questions

various electrical problems: radio, a/c, windows, seats won't turn on and off, (1 answer)

and the speed ometer and turn signals stop working. Lights are strong, car starts right away.

could repairing my blower motor and regulator, short out my radio? (1 answer)

my AC wasn't working, had it fixed, and now the radio doesn't work. is that coincidence, or just bad timing?

where is the blower motor resister located ? under the dash or under hood (1 answer)

on the firewall? blower is not running on any speed.

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Mercedes-Benz SLK280 Recalls

Driver's Frontal Air Bag Inflator Ruptures And Sprays Metal Fragments

The driver's frontal air bag inflator may deploy the air bag with excessive pressure, resulting in the inflator rupturing and causing metal debris to be sprayed onto vehicle occupants. Dealers will replace the driver's frontal air bag module free of charge to resolve the concern.

Incorrect Software Calibration May Cause Fuel Pump to Remain Powered in a Collision

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.

Internal Failure of Front Interior Control Module

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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Mercedes-Benz SLK280 Reviews

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.
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.

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