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Old 09-28-2011, 09:36 PM
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Looking somewhat seriously at a 1998 SLK 230 for my wife. 92k miles. in really good interior and exterior shape. This would be a "toy" car, not daily driver- just something for the sunny days and canyon rides. She also has the ML 350 for a real car.

I have read about the top pumps but I an concerned about some flags waving from a pal who says he knows about them. Here is a list, comments welcomed and thanks for all:

Lower Control Arm Bushings. Weak and wear out. Leak their hydraulic fluid out.
Top has weak hinges and tiny cables to move the pieces around- trouble.
Struts likely shot at this mileage
All rubber bits (bushings-fittings etc)in peril- Germans not good with Rubber (?)
Auto Transmission is or will be leaking
Clutch Packs loose- getting sloppy
Air Mass Sensor- (not MAF)
A/C Compressor if not yet replaced, probably will need it soon.
Motor mounts flat/Trans Mounts too.
Top Micro Switch rubber covers get stiff and fail to release causing pump to keep running then fail.
and a few minor things.
He says he is just being honest and does not have a case against M-B. He worked there many years... has been an auto mechanic 28 years. Trying to be helpful

But seriously folks... ever heard of any of these, either individually or collectively, being a problem?

He also says my dealer's price of $9.8k is unrealistically high.

Thoughts?
 
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Old 09-28-2011, 10:56 PM
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No struts on any SLK
No oil in controll arm bushings
 
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Old 09-28-2011, 11:00 PM
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alot of check engine lights ...i would stay away.
 
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Old 09-29-2011, 07:53 AM
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No Struts?

Then what keeps the wheels from hitting the tops of the fenders?

check this out:http://www.autopartswarehouse.com/de...QKYKG4731.html
 
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