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Chad Farhat
Chad Farhat, ASE Certified Technician A6 - Electrical / Electronic systems A7 Heating / Air conditioning systems
Category: Mercedes
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Experience:  Owner at Carolina Auto Service & Sales , 20 years experience in Foreign & Domestic vehicles
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Considering 2009 SLK 300 with 34k Reliability What usually

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Considering 2009 SLK 300 with 34k
Reliability
What usually goes wrong
Repair and maintenance costs .. Should I worry
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Mercedes
Expert:  Chad Farhat replied 10 months ago.

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Expert:  Chad Farhat replied 10 months ago.

is the top working perfectly , u need to try open and close it several times to be sure , major expense if not working

they are pretty reliable car that is low mileage for a 2009 model .

i dont expect you having problems at this mileage other , wear tear parts , like brakes , belts & fluid changes

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
ford dealer selling 12 mo power train warranty
I'm just concerned about repair costs
Expert:  Chad Farhat replied 10 months ago.

If you buying it , take it to dealer spend $100 on full diagnostic report , this way they can run a test on the convertible top

and the rest of the modules for any what we call pending fault codes are about to come out .

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Ford dealers advertised 110 point inspection
Think it would still be worth the 100 for MN dealer to check
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
MB dealer
Expert:  Chad Farhat replied 10 months ago.

at this mileage i would not worry about , problems usually mercedes start having issues around the 100 k

but not major stuff, as long as you keep oil changed regularly it want give you problem always use oem oil filter and mobile 1 full synthetic oil

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Ok thanks for help
Expert:  Chad Farhat replied 10 months ago.

I would because the ford dealer techs are not experienced with benz cars neither the scanner can communicate with all the car module like the dealer can for initial buy i would

also this way when u take it they will tel if there is any open recalls and they will fix for free and also tell you the car history

Expert:  Chad Farhat replied 10 months ago.

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Expert:  Chad Farhat replied 10 months ago.

but i do have to say 34k is low mileage it should be a really clean vehicle

Expert:  Chad Farhat replied 10 months ago.

what color is it?

Expert:  Chad Farhat replied 10 months ago.

these are the specs on it , it has good gas mileage

2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK300

Luxury vehicle

4.8/5 Edmunds.com8.7/10 Kelley Blue Book

Model: 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

Curb weight: 3,208 lbs

Horsepower: 228 hp

Engine: 3.0 L V6

MPG: Up to 19 city / 26 highway

Wheel size: Front 17″ diameter, 7.5″ width; rear 17″ diameter, 8.5″ width

Dimensions: 162″ L x 70-71″ W x 50-51″ H

Configurations

MPG (city / hwy)

SLK300 Manual Convertible

17 / 26

SLK300 Automatic Convertible

19 / 26

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
It's red and looks pretty sweet .. FL car, price seems Ok, 4 previous owners, but doesn't look like anyone rolled many miles on it...
My big concern is dropping big bucks for some computer module or something
Expert:  Chad Farhat replied 10 months ago.

well all these module are available on ebay or germanautoparts.com , The key is to find a local shop that has a capable scanner .Now days if you have an Iphone or samsung you can dowload an app that you can run the test on it , all you have to do is go to amazon and buy a wirless OBDII plug that conenects to the diagnsotic plug in your car ,the app and your phone and then you can retrieve all the faults code for this car only , so if buy the buy the $50 software for your specific car and buy the OBDII plug for $50 and You save a lot going to dealer to know why .

Expert:  Chad Farhat replied 10 months ago.

when you get the codes than come back here and ask one of us what is the problem , with these codes you can get very close to whats wrong , then you buy parts and take it to repair shop and just pay him labor.

Just giving you ideas

Expert:  Chad Farhat replied 10 months ago.

That is in case you have problems but you might drive it 200k miles and all you do is belt brakes and fluid changes

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I'm looking on Amazon for the obdii plug
Not sure which one to buy
Expert:  Chad Farhat replied 10 months ago.

key with mercedes vehicles is regular maintenance

dont skip a oil change, always use oem filter,full synthetic oil and change cabin air filters, and do the 50k service at dealer and 100k service , if u do that should be a good car to ride.