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  • 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.
  • alsalahalsalah Posts: 3
    if youre gonna get one, get the 350, its the best deal. too bad the engine sounds like a toyota
  • pfeifferpfeiffer Posts: 4
    <<A few questions:

    What was the actual invoice on the car you purchased? Why did you order the Consumer Reports price guide - Edmunds has complete invoice pricing for free at this website?

    According to Mercedes website, it appears that the lighting package is not avialable with the AMG sport package?

    Was your car brand new (i.e. less than 5 miles on odometer) or did it have some test drive miles?

    Thanks. >>

    Answers to your questions:

    Invoice and price paid was $56,354. I ordered the Consumer Reports price guide because Edmunds does not show the dealer holdback. I wanted to know if there was a holdback, and how much it was. Otherwise, you are at a disadvantage when negotiating. (Holdback was $1,365.)

    The lighting package is available with the AMG sport package, only you don't get the lights that aim around the corner. Read the brochure instead of the website; it's clearer.

    The car had 15 miles on it.

    Now to continue my story...

    The dealer couldn't figure out why the engine was consuming so much oil. A team of engineers from Germany was at the dealer that day, and wanted to take my engine back to Germany with them to dissect it and figure out what was wrong. So, they replaced the engine at almost 4,000 miles. When I finally got it back however, the transmission was performing miserably. They have tried to reinstall the software with no luck. It looks like we may be negotiating a buyback soon. Sad.

  • pfeifferpfeiffer Posts: 4
    Yes, it was definitely not the sensor. The oil level was down to minimum very quickly. They've replaced the engine now at 4000 miles, but I immediately began having serious transmission problems. It has been there all week, and they can't figure out how to fix it. The service rep. is recommending we negotiate a buyback.
  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
  • mbdmbd Posts: 12
    Have you driven a SLK 350 manual shift? Which one (with or without the sports suspension)? I should like to know if anyone can tell the difference (i.e. is the AMG package worth the 4 grand?) Does the handling really feel better? Has anyone driven both? Thanks.
  • cflyercflyer Posts: 4
    After taking the dealer shop transmission specialist for a ride in my car and then driving another identical SLK350, he agreed that there was a problem.

    They took the car in on Tuesday to "play with some values" as per the factory recommendation. Apparently they found that they could not get the trans to work right. They've ordered me a new transmission and I'll hopefully get to try that out by Friday.

    New problems - oil sensor is showing low oil at 4k miles. Steering seems to get heavy and groan near limits like my 1983 Camero did. Oh, and the damn thing seems to surge (but that may have been another symptom of the trans).

    I'm starting to think on invoking the NJ Lemon-Law.

    Stay tuned.
  • kkmiakkmia Posts: 1
    I am going to be negotiating order of SLK280 with the options I want I figure it will be around $48,000 to $49,000. I want a 36 month lease. What would be a good money factor or interest rate and projected 3 year residual value? Is there a website that shows actual dealer invoice of what they paid for each car?
    Thanks for any info. Just deciding whether it is worth the savings to go for the 280 . Main reason I decided was because of the problems I read here with the 350. KK
  • ClairesClaires Chicago areaPosts: 1,222
    Welcome to the Forums, kkmia! You might also want to check out the Mercedes Benz SKL: Prices Paid & Buying Experiences Forum to ask what kinds of deals others have gotten. The folks in the Lease Questions: Ask Here Forum might be able to answer your lease questions too. To see/compare invoices, go to and click on "Prices, Reviews, & Information" for New Cars.

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  • cflyercflyer Posts: 4
    :lemon: The dealer alledgedly replaced my 7-speed transmission last week. Now the car is doing the same thing......and other problems. Now it has trouble downshifting at higher speeds. It still shifts harshly when coming to a stop and is almost impossible in the S mode. Either they never changed the transmission out and gave me the flim-flam, the transmission is faulty by design, or I got another bad one (what are the chances).

    The power steering is still making a groan (which the dealer can't seem to detect) and they had to add a quart of oil. I don't even have 5k miles on the car yet.

    Anyone have a suggestion? I've had 5 other MBs and never had any problems, so I don't think it's me.
  • jjmslkjjmslk Posts: 3
    Just ordered 280 SLK - August build.
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