I just thought that I'd warn everyone of whats just happened to me.
In the UK, the drinks holder is an option.
I use it all the time, but always have a sealed bottle. However, it's a drink, and obviously there will be a small amount of liquid that may well drip.
You would assume that Mercedes thought about this, and you would also have thought that there would be some kind of seal or lip to stop any small drips from entering inside the radio.
Well, it would appear not!!!
My radio started smoking the other day, and it is caused by a small drop of water running in between the drinks holder and the radio, running about half an inch backwards and inside the dash, and then straight down onto the circuit board.
My local dealership say that this is not covered by the warranty and want £1300 for a new Audio 20.
What do you think? Is this a design fault or what?
As far as I can see, if you have an unopened ice cold can of drink in the cupholder, you could have the same thing happen to your SLK if any condensation runs down the side of the can!!!
You have been warned. The drinks holder is for cosmetic purposes only, and should not be used to hold drinks!