Hello, everyone. I just bought my first Mercedes Benz. Its used. Its older. Its got miles, but it's a genuine Mercedes. I picked up a 2001 SLK320. Gonna need a little TLC to get her back into nice shape. Plan to look here all over for ideas and tips on putting her into fine shape. She's not bad, but the interior is a little rough in spots but under the hood is spotless, the body is nearly perfect save for some lower bumper/foglight/grille issues. Any way - she's all mine. Any resources or advice you have, I'm all ears cuz short of owning a BMW motorcycle for a few years back in the 80's (R100), I am a real newbie to German engineering.
Here is my few cents: 1st,I would go to your nearest Mercedes-Benz dealer. Get the car checked out from the service dept. ( oil, hoses,filters, wipers) this will also register the car in the Mercedes- Benz computer with YOU as the owner, even so the car is 9 years old there is always info / updates from MBZ. 2nd, do what you can yourself in the detail dept. interior/exterior. To get her "into shape" as you say, this is where you will find the little things that need to get replaced to restore the interior to look crisp, such as worn radio knobs, interior bulbs out, a new set of MBZ OE floor mats, worn sunvisors etc. 3rd check the big ticket items dents/dings (paintless dent removel) tires, road rash rims, bumper/foglight/grille etc. and put them in order as to what you can afford to get repaired first. It is my opinion, that when you drive a Mercedes -Benz it is wise to have some sort of relationship with the MBZ parts dept. and try to find a service writer that you like as well. Look around to find good MBZ indy shop in your area that you like also.
When you begin to repair and restore worn parts, bulbs, new tires and add a little love, you will begin to see the diamond shine real bright again.
This fourm has most of, if not all of, the information that you might need. Use the search feature to find posts and treads on your subject. Your fourm section is R170 SLK Class 1998-2003.
Again, WELCOME and Enjoy your ride.