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Mercedes-Benz SLK



  • hgileshgiles Posts: 66
    The Entertainment option and Entertainment with Nav both come with Sirius (6mos. free) installed and Ipod pre-wiring.
  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    Thats an interesting color combo, Pewter/Brown leather. Usually Brown leather doesn't look so hot imo, bu on the launch edition it was just right.

  • stroudmanstroudman Posts: 192
    It would probably not look too shabby with black or obsidian black, either.
  • johntrackerjohntracker Posts: 11

    My SLK350 (12/04 build, on road 02/05) has also had the "check oil level at next refueling" message displayed. First at about 1000miles, I added about 1 litre of oil then twice more over the next 800 miles (about another 1.5 litres added).

    There does not appear to be anything wrong with the sensor as the oil level was actually falling.

    I'm monitoring the consumption (it does seem to have slowed down) and will repost.
  • amgnutamgnut Posts: 16
    Here I go again. SLK 55 AMG: :sick:
    May 6 2005, 1838 miles. I was driving back from the store and had transmission slippage in 2nd gear. I immediately started shifting manually. 1st gear was o.k. & I short shifted through 2nd to third. I was able to keep driving until I arrived home (short drive, couple miles max.).

    I restarted the car about 30 minutes later. The problem had now changed. Now the tranny was stuck in third. Definitely third. I tried to shift manually, but the display showed third gear & I could not shift below – or – above. When at speed the tranny would not downshift. It was very strange driving with only one gear.

    I had to make one more stop and decided to visit my dealer before they closed Friday night. When I restarted the car it was shifting fine. I was going in anyway, because of the previous problem I had at 795 miles and I didn't want to take any chances.. I jumped on the freeway to go to the dealer and got a “Check Engine” light.

    Now the dealer is going to do a complete diagnostic. I also spoke with the mechanic who replaced the valve body in the tranny at 795 miles. He said I definitely had transmission problems and that he would order a new transmission for me, eta 1 week (from Germany).

    I love my car - but 2 times to the dealer in less than 2,000 miles & 3 months is hard to take.

    Maybe I’ll rate the ML350 loaner for Edmunds!?!
    (Its better than the C240 loaner last time)
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    Ouch! Sorry to hear about your problems, but I would be less concerned about the inconvenience and more concerned about the long term prospects for this car. Frankly, if I had dished out $65k +/- for an SLK55 and I was being told that I needed a new transmission after 795 miles, I'd be negotiating a buyback. I'd have litle confidence that driving an AMG around stuck in third gear might not have caused other problems, as your "check engine" light may be indicating.

    Too bad the SLK55 doesn't come with a 6-speed manual transmission. Sure beats a 1-speed automatic.
  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    Oh No! Really not happy to read this. A week apart from the SLK55? Not acceptable. Something tells me they should have replaced the tranny the first time.

  • stroudmanstroudman Posts: 192
    I still think that tranny has no place in an AMG hasn't been troublesome in any other vehicle, that I know of.
  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    Yeah I was thinking the same thing. A car with AMG-level power really doesn't need 7 gears, 5 does just fine or maybe 6 for all except the V12 Bi-Turbo models. I haven't heard or seen anyone on Edmunds mention anything about an E500, S430, S500, CL500, CLK500 and so far any CLS500s with any problems and they use the same tranny, but with slower shift programming.

  • cflyercflyer Posts: 4
    I see I'm not the only one having these problems. I've had the car in three times since the 1k check up for the transmission.

    Lurching and surging are bad in "S" mode. It behaves better in "C" mode, but not consistently. It's been reprogrammed and the valve body has been replaced. The dealer say there was nothing wrong with the components, but I can't believe this is how it's SUPPOSED to work.

    Half of the time it reminds me of when I taught my sister how to drive a manual transmission. The difference is I could get her out of the drivers seat. This transmission has a mind of its own. I'm really disappointed since otherwise I love the car.

    Any suggestions?
  • amgnutamgnut Posts: 16
    Thanks for the post - Your the third other person I've read about with tranny problems. I'll let you know if the new tranny in my car fixes the problem.
  • bpraxisbpraxis Posts: 292
    Hello everyone and I hope that you are having a great day.

    Automobile Magazine this month has a short note saying that the SLK with be available with a smaller 6 for approximately $5000.00 less than the 350SLK for 2006. The new SLK300 will start at around $42,000.00 with approximately 228 horsepower. This makes a great deal of sense from a marketing perspective.

    Does anyone have more detail on this new model? Specifically the gas milage and specs.

    I test drove the new Vette today and it was a ball but the interior was a real letdown for a $50,000.00 vehicle. But the acceleration was amazing.

  • jcat707jcat707 Posts: 168
    I've heard of the smaller engine model but I thought that it was going to be called the SLK280. It has been talked about on this board before I believe.
  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    Yeah actually it will be the SLK280, 228hp 3.0L V6. Why they aren't calling it the SLK300 I'm not sure.

  • mbdmbd Posts: 12
    The SLK needs a real red color (i.e. a real, bright sports car red, instead of the ugly, mute Mars Red).
    They need to move the CD changer out of the glove compartment (we need the space).
    The vents on the front hood at least need to be color coded (the black plastic ones are obvious and ugly).
    And why would they eliminate the Sports suspension option? Now you have to order the entire $4,000 AMG package just to get better handling. How tragic! Maybe I'll just get a Boxster.
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    I'll take:

    Bright yellow, to help ease the pain of having traded my Spa Yellow S2000 last year. However, I can live with Mercedes silver / grey palatte.

    I agree on the sport suspension. It went from a couple of hundred bucks to being only available in a $4,000 insanely priced cosmetic package.

    But absolutely most of all, a 6-speed short throw manual transmission in the SLK55. This still perplexes me that Mercedes can't seem to get a real manual transmission in its high performance AMG models. Could you imagine not being able to get a 6-speed in a Boxster S?

    Just when Mercedes almost gets the SLK up to being a real sports car, they can't quite get out of the chickmobile mentality. And even my wife continued to drive a stick during pregancy, and following knee surgery. It would be very easy for Mercedes to separate me from $60k+ with the SLK55, but they apparently don't want my money.
  • Has anyone ordered the 2006 SLK 280 yet and know anything about the pricing and when it will be available in the U.S.?
  • For all you current SLK 350 drivers, which options would you consider a must??? Would you recommend getting the premium package?

  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    I agree, Mercedes should at the very least consider a manual for the SLK55, C55 and maybe even the CLK55. I can't see much of a market for a manual in any of the AMG cars, those models are too biased towards luxury for a manual, imo.

  • hgileshgiles Posts: 66
    Regarding the sports suspension I completely agree. I came very close to not ordering a 2006 SLK 350 because of the need to get it with a $4000 AMG kit. In the end I sucked it up and ordered it with the kit. :mad: I definitely would have ordered an SLK 55 if it had a manual transmission. I'll just have to enjoying rowing my own gears in the 350.
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