Date registered: Apr 2004
Location: The BlueGrass State
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At 89,000, why are you still going to the dealer when there are indys in your area? Take the car to the dealer through the warranty period, PERIOD.
There is no value add to having the car serviced at the dealer. Any good indy will have all the diagnostics, a qualified MB tech and all the stuff to make your SLK purr, usually at 66-75% labor costs of the Dealer. They also get their parts from many of the same sources as MB [a MANN filter is the same, whether it has an MB part number or MANN part number on it].
Check on the SLK sub forum here at BenzWorld [I believe BruceR, the forum moderator] is also in your metro area and will have good knowledge of the right sources.
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