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#137 of 226 Electric computer problems on SLK 350?
Aug 27, 2005 (1:06 pm)
I bought a 2005 SLK 350 just a few months ago - only have 2,000 miles on it. Already, the ESP and Run Flat Tire indicator (in the computer) have needed a new sensor; and the other day, the Retractable Roof wouldn't go down, and said I needed to "Visit Workshop". Finally, this morning, the roof went down. Not sure if I should go to dealer or not, but I'm beginning to wonder if the quality control in engineering this car, was futal. In only two months, for a customer who paid 50k for a car, to have to visit the service dept. twice already - that's really bad news. I had a Maxima for 5 years prior to this, and NEVER went to the service dept. one time!!!!! What's up, Mercedes lovers? Can anyone shed light on this?
#138 of 226 Re: 2006 SLK 350, the first 24 hours [spokes]
Aug 27, 2005 (1:20 pm)
Just had this very same problem with my new SLK 350 - the faulty ESP, and the Run Flat indicator went bad. Result was, MB put in a new sensor. But c'mon, after only a short time driving, this is pretty ridiculous. Like you, I love the car, but I wonder how long I'll have it with these problems continuing...
#139 of 226 Re: AMG [cagney]
Aug 28, 2005 (7:04 am)
My reasoning (or rationalization if you like) went much the same way..........i.e. the step-up just didn't seem 'that' great for the V8 and all the other things that come along with the 55. And I believe the AMG is likely to be (on a relative basis of course) considerably more valuable and the back side.
I asked my dealer about the transmission probs. that had apparently plagued last years 350 and he felt that much of the electronic stuff had been ironed out. I sure hope he's right 'cause no one wants to pay 60K for a car only to see it return to the shop on a regular basis.
#140 of 226 Re: AMG [dgm4488]
Aug 28, 2005 (4:44 pm)
AMG engineers could solve a lot of "transmission problems" by putting their horsepower fetish aside and build a damn manual transmission for the SLK55. It might still not get me to switch from my top two choices - the Boxster S and 911 S Cab - but at least it would a little tempting.
It's really beyond me that AMG can put 602 hp into a family sedan, but apparantly can't figure out how to put a manual transmission into a so-called sports car? As I have been shopping around for the past few months and doing my anecdotal research, I have not found a single serious driving enthusiast that would consider the SLK55, primarily because of the lack of a manual. It seems Mercedes/AMG have all but punted that demographic over Porsche and BMW's Motorsport division.
Too bad, because I do think the new SLK is a huge improvement over the prior version. It's just not a sports car and that's what I am shopping for.
#141 of 226 Re: AMG [habitat1]
Aug 29, 2005 (4:43 pm)
I guess a SL65AMG isn't a sports car either?
#142 of 226 Re: AMG [amgnut]
Aug 30, 2005 (5:49 am)
Not in my opinion, assuming it will only come with an automatic transmission. I just don't find much "sport" in pointing the steering wheel and stomping on the gas with 600 hp under the hood. This didn't excite me 30+ years ago when friends were souping up muscle car Pontiac GTO's and Buick SS's to break 11 second quarter miles. I was much more interested in watching Porsches and Ferrari's fighting it out over the curvy streets of Monaco.
But please understand, that's just my opinion. And in fairness, the SLK55/65 are infinitely better handlers than the GTO's of the 60's and 70's. I just happen to think that - at least for me - a big part of any sports car has to be the driver input that comes with a true manual transmission, clutch and all. Hell, I've never been able to bring myself to buy an automatic equiped family (sport) sedan in 30 years, so the likelihood of my opinion changing relative to a full blooded sports car is nill. I can accept that others have different opinions and AMG appears to be content catering to them and not my demographic.
#143 of 226 European delivery program
Aug 31, 2005 (4:32 am)
Would like any info re price negotiation with EDP. supposed to go to dealer today to give deposit, etc and wonder if one can negotiate the EDP price (7% off). I am also concerned with all the tranny problems. Any options one cannot live without?
Thx for any and all replies
#144 of 226 European delivery program
Aug 31, 2005 (5:02 am)
Sorry, model is SLK280
Sep 04, 2005 (6:07 pm)
Has anyone here ever heard of Mercedes buying back a car which the buyer is totally dissatisfied with? Say it has 2,000 miles on it, and has already been into the shop THREE TIMES for different electric work - what will Mercedes do, if anything?