Engine Oil and Coolant Leaks Resulting in Fulid Intermix on Mercedes-Benz SLK230

Problem Description and Possible Solution

Internal and External engine oil & coolant leaks can develop from the head gasket and/or timing cover gasket; these leaks should be repaired before the engine oil and coolant intermix which can result in severe engine damage.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 52,000 (12,000–92,000)
7 model years affected: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, more2002, 2003, 2004
11 people reported this problem
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Mechanic reports head gasket leak. Don't know if oil and coolant have intermixed or not,,, he wants 1500 labor for this repair... TOO HIGH
noticed I was loosing coolant and engine running rough when starting cold. also check engine light came on with cyl 4 misfire. pulled plug with engine cold and noticed water on top of piston.
head gasket needed to be replaced due to rust through. head bolts also need to be replaced at same time, they are not re-usable. this is a typical problem for this engine.