Last post on Nov 03, 2006 at 10:50 PM
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Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class, Convertible
#169 of 226 Re: Needed new changes for 2006. [habitat1]
Dec 23, 2005 (6:36 pm)
I canceled my order for an SLK 350 after the car arrived with paint damage (from transport, or from the factory - was never determined). I had ordered the 6-speed, because I didn't enjoy my test drive in the 7-spd auto and was worried about its complexity. In fact, the specific car I drove was sent back to the factory because it didn't shift properly. After reading the posts here, I think anyone would do better with the manual.
BUT - when Mercedes tried to locate another car for me, they had no 6-speeds in the country in the color I wanted (blue). Basically, there is no significant market demand for a manual transmission in an SLK, apart from those of us on this forum. The 6-speed was a very nice gearbox, but after I declined to buy the one they had it took them months to sell it. Keep that in mind when questioning why the SLK55 has to be an automatic.
Moral of the story: I took my check back and ended up buying a '96 Porsche 911 convertible, with 10K miles on it, for $49K. More horsepower, no electrical gremlins, to computer-controlled tranny glitches, etc.
Sorry to hear about the negative experiences here, but my 98 SLK320 wasn't well made, and all they've done is to make these cars stupidly complicated. It's a shame, because the new SLK really looks and drives great. I just can't buy one knowing what I know.
#170 of 226 350 SLK---2005 w/ auto 7 speed
Dec 26, 2005 (11:00 am)
Have this car for almost a year now and NO driveline problems. Only a couple very minor ones. Adjustments etc. Big surprise is gas milage. Over 20 in town and 27-28 on the highway.
Everything else has been flawless. Just thought that I would post some good news!
#171 of 226 Euro Delivery
Dec 27, 2005 (8:49 pm)
I just finished the deal on my euro delivery 2006 Slk350. I paid 59075 and this price includes the 1,300 Black Forest Package that gives me an extra 4 nights in Germany. My Slk is completely loaded it has every option. It has the premium, AMG, Heating, Tire Pressure, Phone System, Ipod kit, Entertainment DVD, Lighting, and CD Changer. I leave for Germany on the 15th of January. It has the mars red exterior and beige interior. The discount that I got was a little over 4,000.
#172 of 226 SLK 55 AMG initial quality evaluation
Jan 01, 2006 (10:39 pm)
I've had my car for three months and it now has 1700 miles on it. I got the JD Powers initial quality assessment form a couple weeks ago and had to carefully consider all the systems on the car for the first time. I had to give it a perfect 100%. I have not had one single problem to date. The fit and finish is flawless. All the electronics work flawlessly. The car drives and handles like no other car I've ever owned. I can hardly bear to look at it sitting forelornly in my garage where it is now waiting for some nice weather. Best car I've ever owned.
#173 of 226 Re: SLK 55 AMG initial quality evaluation [reallife]
Jan 02, 2006 (12:08 pm)
Congratulations on your good experience.
But next time you get a survey, please suggest they offer the SLK55 in a 6-speed. I probably still would have ended up with my 911S Cab, but at least it would give the real enthusiasts another choice. Can't figure out those guys from AMG - some of the best engines in the world but they can't seem to mate them with a manual transmission.
In any event, Happy New Year and enjoy your car.
#174 of 226 Re: SLK 55 AMG initial quality evaluation [reallife]
Jan 02, 2006 (10:08 pm)
A good report on a JDP survey? Hopefully there a few thousand other MB owners out there that answered the way you did!
While I agree with habitat1, please don't tell JDP about MB and a manual tranny because they'd likely count that a "problem" knowing these survey folks.
#175 of 226 Re: SLK 55 AMG initial quality evaluation [habitat1]
Jan 30, 2006 (7:28 pm)
Since this was a formal 'initial quality' survey, there wasn't any place to list suggestions for future models, etc.
#176 of 226 SLK 230 Brake Light Problem
Mar 06, 2006 (5:23 pm)
My SLK 230 right brake light failed and the light on the dash came on. I changed the bulb and it worked for about 2 minutes. I took it to the dealer and was advised that a new light assy was required. They tried to fix the problem by replacing the bulb, same problem, it would work only for a few minutes. So at great expense I replaced the tail light assembly. Same problem, the brake light works for a couple minutes and goes out, the light on the dash stays on. I checked the fuse, I think it only has one. The left brake light works ok. I am just about at my wits end trying to figure this one out. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.
#177 of 226 SLK 350 with 7-Speed Automatic
Mar 07, 2006 (5:20 am)
I posted about 8 months ago regarding my SLK with the dreadful 7 speed. I know a lot of people have had a good experience, but MB just could not get mine right. The eventually replaced the entire transmission and the problem actually got WORSE. Clearly there is either a real problem in production OR there is an interface problem with my particular car that no one seems to understand.
The dealer finally agreed to do "an exchange of collateral", after threatening Lemon Litigation, by ordering me a completely new vehicle to be exactly the same (with a few additional options), but with the 6 speed manual. Alas, when the car arrived the interior was WRONG. I ordered the brown Napa with the beige interior, but go the black interior instead. It looks nice, but I like a lighter interior due to warm climate driving. Its no wonder that MB sales are falling off with such terrible attention to detail. Expensive car, mediocre reliability and quality, sagging customer service. What a shame.
I guess mixing the dirty water of Chrysler with the clean Mercedes water just made MORE dirty water... This was my 6th Mercedes purchase...there won't be a 7th.
I really hope this replacement has some redemption contained within.
#178 of 226 Light Problem (cmmclure)
Mar 09, 2006 (11:40 am)
I have the exact same problem.Constantly replacing bulbs which fix the problem for a week or so.I'm just going to live with it