Date registered: Sep 2005
Vehicle: 2003 SLK320
Location: Charente, France
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It is exactly a week since my 2003 13,000mile SLK320 refused to re-start after filling with gas. Unfortunately for me this happened 1,000 miles from home, near Granada in Southern Spain. MobiloLife have been excellent, providing me with recovery to a dealership, taxis, a night in an hotel and a hire car. (Still got the hire car - a Renault Clio 1.5 DTi [:o)])
The fault on the car is to do with the electronics that 'interrogate' the ignition key (not the key itself, apparently) and can only be cured by parts from Germany, which are in transit according to the nice lady who phoned me this morning from Holland. Incidentally, the key can fail and cause the same problem ("start error" indication in odometer window) so it is a good idea to keep your spare key with you at all times.
The point of this post is not to moan about my misfortune or the inconvenience of having to do a 2,000 mile round trip to collect the car when it is finally fixed. It is more in the way of being a warning to others who are unaware of the modern security measures that can turn round and bite the innocent owner. Also it is to ask what on earth the designers are playing at introducing systems that can disable an otherwise perfectly healthy car for days? A working person on a tight schedule would probably be suicidal by now!
Seriously, are all you owners of the more recent models (not only SLK) aware of this potential problem - and how many of you have experienced it first-hand?