Date registered: Oct 2010
Vehicle: 2001 SLK 320
Location: CENTRAL TEXAS
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I just bought a used 2001 SLK320, I am very please with it so far and feel I got a great deal as it only has a touch over 35 thousand miles and was owned by a couple of little old ladies (no really). I have a couple of questions about it. Please forgive me if I'm rehashing old news here, I did a quick search and didn't find this so here goes. As I understand it there is a common problem with peeling of the greyish coating that appears to have been sprayed over the otherwise black plastic on some of the interior surfaces ie. the glove box, center console, etc. Has anyone come up with a quick easy fix for this? I'm thinking that I could cover all of these surfaces with real leather, but we're talking a good bit of work and a bit of expense, not to mention that to be sure that this wouldn't all just peel off, ALL of the rubbery gray stuff would have to be scrubbed off first. Anybody know of a comercial product that will just touch this up and that looks half decent?
On a possibly more serious note, the only damage to the car over the years is that one of the little old ladies managed to run up onto a curb enough to damage the lower portion of the front bumper a bit; knocked out the fog light, which they saved and I intend to put back in. However, when I was looking at the damage I noticed a couple interesting things. There seemed to be a couple of extra wires in this same neighborhood, then I noticed that the indicated outside tempurature was -36F (central texas an a warm fall day). I noticed in the owners manual that the sensor is located in the front bumper. OK I can live without a thermometer. THEN it occured to me that these new computer controled fuel injection systems make ajustments to the fuel/air mix based on tempurature (cold air being dense and oxygen rich and all) sooo... Does the computer use the same sensor for the ambient temp as the dash gage does?
Sorry, I didn't intend to turn this into a novella! Happy to be here and would love to hear what anyone has to say on either of these subjects.