Mercedes SLK Class All Mercedes SLK Roadsters.

Considering 98 SLK-questions

Old 09-28-2011, 09:36 PM
Junior Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Near Park City, UT
Posts: 12
Default Considering 98 SLK-questions

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.

Old 09-28-2011, 10:56 PM
livefreeordie's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: NH
Posts: 95

No struts on any SLK
No oil in controll arm bushings
Old 09-28-2011, 11:00 PM
chassis221's Avatar
Senior Member
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Philadelphia, Pa
Posts: 2,691

alot of check engine lights ...i would stay away.
Old 09-29-2011, 07:53 AM
Junior Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Near Park City, UT
Posts: 12

No Struts?

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

check this out:
Related Topics
Thread Starter
Last Post
Mercedes SLK Class
02-24-2014 05:52 PM
General Tech
02-22-2014 08:09 PM
Mercedes S Class
01-18-2009 07:05 PM
Jay J
Mercedes C Class
08-23-2005 05:24 AM
Mercedes SLK Class
03-15-2005 05:37 PM

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: Considering 98 SLK-questions

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

© 2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.