Date registered: Jul 2009
Vehicle: 2005 silver/black SL 65 AMG
Location: Asheville NC
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Space Master Spare Tire - SL 65 AMG
I have been speaking with the Vredestein tire manufacturer in Holland to obtain access to the Space Master spare tire for the 2005-2011 SL 65 AMG.
The size is 175-50-19, and MBenz part number 230-400-1702.
NOTE: There is an 18 inch Space Master for the SL 55 available through dealer and parts.com.....part number 211-400-3195, but it doesn't work on 65 due to larger brakes. It is available for 55 owners if they need a spare through the dealer.
The 65 part is available in Europe for this car through Vredestein but not in the US, through their NJ headquarters warehouse. The Space Master is not sold in the US by their US branch and only can be obtained from the MB dealer according to them, which......see below....
Mercedes dealers have the part number in their parts catalogue, but it is unavailable with no units in the US....or special ordering available...
Mercedes USA will not order the item per their headquarters technical and customer service. Amazing since they still make the car for the 2011 year and the application works.
I was advised that Vredestein may make a special shipment depending on the interest.........so if any SL 65 AMG owners would like a space saver spare for an approximate price of $ 700.00, please advise.
Another option is to take firm orders to MBUSA or AMG and have them restock the part in the US and have it available through the US dealer network.
Another option is to call your local dealer and place an order for the part number and see if numbers gathered in orders alert them to supply this to the US. Explain to dealer that you would like to place an order without deposit to see if it is acknowledged without a backorder comment.
Thanks for response in advance as I continue on this odyssey to obtain a spare for my 65 for my longer trips........... Tire fit or fix a flat is a bad solution since it destroys the alloy rim and pressure monitoring system creating replacement costs for those items, plus the tire cost as they can't be salvaged even for a small puncture..............the can also has a limited shelf life in your trunk at a cost of $ 153 to replace...
Last edited by abiazis; 11-05-2010 at 11:59 AM.