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This manual is applicable to the following models: SLK / Mercedes-Benz AG
1998 Mercedes-Benz SLK 200
1998 Mercedes-Benz SLK 230 Kompressor
1999 Mercedes-Benz SLK 200
1999 Mercedes-Benz SLK 230 Kompressor
2000 Mercedes-Benz SLK 200
2000 Mercedes-Benz SLK 230 Kompressor
2001 Mercedes-Benz SLK 200
2001 Mercedes-Benz SLK 230 Kompressor
2002 Mercedes-Benz SLK 200
2002 Mercedes-Benz SLK 230 Kompressor
2002 Mercedes-Benz SLK 32 AMG
2003 Mercedes-Benz SLK 200
2003 Mercedes-Benz SLK 230 Kompressor
2003 Mercedes-Benz SLK 32 AMG
2004 Mercedes-Benz SLK 200
2004 Mercedes-Benz SLK 230 Kompressor
2004 Mercedes-Benz SLK 32 AMG
Model or production year(s): 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
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"Roadster Shop Repair: Fix Your Mercedes SLK with a Comprehensive PDF Guide"
Are you a proud owner of a Mercedes SLK roadster from 1998 to 2004? We will provide you with a detailed list of engine specifications, technical data, maintenance intervals, common issues, tuning tips, available accessories, owner reviews, and more. Whether you're looking to troubleshoot a problem or enhance your driving experience, we've got you covered.
Engine Specifications/Technical Data:
• The Mercedes SLK (R170) was available in three engine variants: a 2.0L inline-4, a 2.3L supercharged inline-4, and a 3.2L V6.
• The 2.0L engine produced 136 horsepower and 133 lb-ft of torque.
• The 2.3L supercharged engine delivered 192 horsepower and 200 lb-ft of torque.
• The top-of-the-line 3.2L V6 engine generated 215 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque.
• All engines were mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission or a 6-speed manual transmission.
• The SLK could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in around 7 seconds, depending on the engine variant.
• It had a top speed of approximately 140 mph.
• Fuel economy averaged around 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.
• The SLK featured rear-wheel drive for a sporty driving experience.
• It had a double-wishbone front suspension and a multi-link rear suspension for precise handling.
• The curb weight of the SLK ranged from 2,900 to 3,100 pounds.
• It had a compact and stylish retractable hardtop roof, allowing for open-air driving at the touch of a button.
• Safety features included dual front airbags, anti-lock brakes, and stability control.
• The SLK offered a comfortable two-seater cabin with leather upholstery and power-adjustable seats.
• It had a trunk capacity of 9.8 cubic feet with the roof up, and 5.3 cubic feet with the roof down.
• The audio system featured a CD player and optional Bose speakers.
• Optional features included heated seats, a navigation system, and xenon headlights.
• The SLK had a turning circle of around 34 feet, making it nimble in city driving.
• It came with 16-inch alloy wheels as standard, with larger options available.
• The roadster boasted timeless styling with a distinctive front grille and sleek body lines.
Facts and Details:
- The SLK was introduced in 1996 as a compact, entry-level roadster in the Mercedes-Benz lineup.
- It was the first production car to feature a retractable hardtop roof.
- The SLK received a facelift in 2000, which included updated styling and improved engine performance.
- It was praised for its refined driving dynamics and comfortable ride quality.
- The SLK won several awards, including the "Design of the Year" by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada in 1997.
- The SLK was popular among buyers looking for a stylish and affordable luxury roadster.
- Mercedes offered special edition models of the SLK, such as the "Silver Arrow" and "Final Edition," which featured unique cosmetic enhancements.
- The SLK was often compared to its competitors, including the BMW Z3 and Porsche Boxster.
- The SLK's retractable hardtop roof provided better insulation and security compared to traditional soft-top convertibles.
- The SLK received positive reviews for its precise steering and agile handling characteristics.
- Common issues with the SLK included problems with the roof mechanism, electrical gremlins, and oil leaks.
- Regular maintenance intervals for the SLK included oil changes every 10,000 miles and a major service every 30,000 miles.
- Proper maintenance and timely repairs were crucial to ensure the longevity and performance of the SLK.
Maintenance Tips, Common Issues, and Solutions:
► Regularly check the roof mechanism for any signs of wear or malfunctions. Lubricate the moving parts as recommended by the manufacturer.
► Keep an eye on the electrical system, especially the battery and alternator. Check for any signs of corrosion and ensure proper connections.
► Monitor oil levels and change the oil and filter at recommended intervals to prevent engine damage.
► Inspect the suspension components regularly for any signs of wear or looseness. Replace worn parts promptly to maintain proper handling.
► Pay attention to the brakes and replace worn brake pads and rotors as necessary. Flush and replace brake fluid at recommended intervals.
► Address any oil leaks promptly to prevent damage to engine components. Consult a qualified technician for proper diagnosis and repair.
► Regularly inspect and replace the air filter to ensure proper engine performance and fuel efficiency.
► Stay up to date with software updates for the vehicle's electronic control modules to address any potential software-related issues.
Tuning Tips and Modifications:
* Upgrade the exhaust system to enhance the engine sound and improve performance.
* Install a cold air intake to increase air flow to the engine, resulting in improved throttle response and power.
* Consider upgrading to performance brake pads and rotors for better stopping power and reduced brake fade.
* Lowering springs or coilovers can improve the SLK's stance and handling characteristics.
* Upgrade the wheels and tires for a more aggressive look and improved grip.
* Install a performance chip or ECU remapping for a noticeable boost in horsepower and torque.
* Consider adding a supercharger or turbocharger kit for substantial power gains.
Available Accessories, Attachments, and Aftermarket Options:
■ Wind deflectors for a more comfortable top-down driving experience.
■ Hardtop storage racks to store the roof when it's not in use.
■ Upgraded audio systems and speakers for improved sound quality.
■ Custom floor mats and seat covers to personalize the interior.
■ Carbon fiber exterior trim pieces for a sportier appearance.
■ Performance air filters and intake systems for increased engine performance.
■ Custom exhaust systems for a more aggressive exhaust note.
■ Aftermarket wheels and tires in various sizes and designs.
■ Upgraded suspension components for improved handling and ride comfort.
■ Body kits and aerodynamic enhancements for a more aggressive look.
■ Retrofitting options for modern infotainment systems with features like Bluetooth connectivity and touchscreen interfaces.
Owner Reviews and Opinions:
☺ Sleek and timeless design that still turns heads today.
☺ Well-built interior with quality materials and comfortable seats.
☺ Smooth and refined engine performance.
☺ Reliable overall, especially when properly maintained.
☺ Fun and engaging driving experience with precise steering and good handling.
☻ Limited storage space, especially with the roof down.
☻ Expensive parts and repairs compared to non-luxury vehicles.
☻ Some owners reported electrical issues, particularly with the roof mechanism.
☻ Road noise can be noticeable, especially at higher speeds.
☻ Fuel economy could be better, especially for the supercharged models.
Most Frequent Repairs and Commonly Broken Parts:
→ Roof mechanism repairs, including motor and hydraulic system issues.
→ Electrical system repairs, such as faulty sensors and wiring harness problems.
→ Suspension component replacements, including control arms and bushings.
→ Oil leak repairs, including gaskets and seals.
→ Brake system repairs, including worn brake pads and rotors.
→ Cooling system repairs, such as radiator and coolant hose replacements.
→ Transmission repairs, including solenoid and valve body replacements.
→ Ignition system repairs, such as spark plug and coil pack replacements.
→ Fuel system repairs, including fuel pump and fuel injector replacements.
→ Steering system repairs, including power steering pump and rack and pinion replacements.
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