FAQs—Mercedes Benz SLK320
I've read somewhere that Mercedes Benz SLK320 spark plugs are built to last up to the 100,000-mile-mark. Should I maximize their lifespan then?
It is imperative for vehicle manufacturers to tell their target market how they are able to engineer auto parts with extended life. While the 100,000-mile-mark may be the maximum lifespan for spark plugs, it is unhealthy and unsafe to wait for such a long time. Just think about the kind of legwork the spark plugs have to get through during their daily grind. Once you reach the 80,000 mile marker, you may expect extremely worn-out spark plugs. In fact, they could clutch into the cylinder head or simply break apart. If you wait for such a thing to happen, then you would be paying a hefty amount for labor and parts replacement. Even as your dealer says your Benz has extended life spark plugs, it is always best to have them checked and replaced as often as possible.
I found my steering wheel strangely stiff this morning, thereby causing me to crash on my neighbor's garden plants. When I backed up and drove again, power steering did fine. Is it just due to the cold weather in the morning, or is there something wrong somewhere under the hood?
A stiff steering wheel is a telltale sign of a worn-out steering assembly or steering rack. If you would closely look into it, you would find black metallic-looking fluid. Over time, the wear would worsen and eventually cause you to shell out a hefty amount of cash. The fluid must be flushed out before you replace your steering rack. For best results, it is always best to go to your trusted service center.
My Mercedes Benz SLK320 has been left to sit on cold weather for a week. This morning it won't start. Do I need to order a new battery?
The cold weather could really take its toll on your vehicle. How much more if it has been left to sit for a number of days? To warm up the battery, turn the key to start and hold up to 10 seconds. Remember not to hold it up for more than 10 seconds as it may cause the starter to overheat. Repeat same step after a few minutes to help the battery warm up. If this does not work, then you might need to remove the battery to be placed indoors until such time it warms up. You might want to consider bringing it in for a checkup and a more extensive diagnosis and proper advice from your dealer. To further avoid the same issue, it is best to park your vehicle indoors, especially during the winter season.
While driving home, I was surprised that my headlights suddenly stopped working. I'm not good at troubleshooting car problems. Could you help me?
The problem could be with the bulb or the fuse. You could find the easy step by step procedure for replacing the headlights in your car owner's manual. If you know nothing about it, then you might as well think about getting a professional mechanic to do it for you.
Mercedes Benz SLK320: A V6-powered Compact Roadster from the SLK Series
The SLK series brought into the market the compact roadster lineup. Through this series, Mercedes Benz came up with a roadster that’s sport, light, and short, hence the designation SLK—Sportlich (sport), Leicht (light) und Kurz (short). The SLK spanned through several generations: the R170, R171, and R172. The R170 was introduced in 1996 and was succeeded by the R171 in 2004, while the R172 replaced the earlier compact roadster series in 2011. The SLK-Class introduced compact roadsters with sleek lines and a more refined performance. Among the SLK vehicles to make a mark is the Mercedes Benz SLK320, which was released in 2000 under the R170 series. During that time, the R170 received a facelift. SLK models sported new bumper designs and body-colored side skirts, among other things. The SLK Class made a good impression among car enthusiasts and reviewers. In 1997, it was included in the Ten Best List of Car and Driver. The following year, it was cited as the North American Car of the Year. Its recognitions also included the 2004 Red Dot Award for product design. Its 2012 production model had the Mercedes-Benz's award-winning PRESAFE crash protection system.
1990s: The new production SLK-Class was unveiled
Mercedes Benz thought of coming up with a compact roadster at the beginning of the 1990s. With this design mission, the first sketches were done by the latter part of 1991, while scale models were started in the earlier part of 1992. It was in 1993 when Mercedes Benz was able to select and approve a final design for patenting. The new production SLK-Class was unveiled at the Turin Motor Show in 1996. The SLK used the R170 platform for the SLK 230 Kompressor launch model. This was equipped with a 2.3L supercharged straight-4 engine and an automatic transmission or 5-speed manual transmission. The SLK resembled the 1960s 190SL of Mercedes Benz but with a modern twist. The SLK230 then became a rival of the BMW Z3 and the Porsche Boxster. The SLK gained much success in its initial release. It was able to sell as much as 55,000 units around the world in its first year alone. More than 311,000 SLKs were sold from 1996 to 2004. The R170 SLK entered the US market as a 1998 model. It was completed in 1996 and was sold starting in 1997 until 2004, when the last of the R170s in the US were completed.
2000s: The SLK 320 under the face-lifted R170
The R170 was slated for further updates starting 1997. By 1998, design work was completed, with patents already filed the same year. The facelift for the SLK in 2000 included body-colored side skirts, revamped front and rear bumpers, and the use of wing mirrors with indicators. With the expansion of the SLK lineup, a new entry-level model was introduced—the SLK 200 Kompressor. Another development at that time was the new V6 in the Mercedes Benz SLK320. Other improvements also found their way into the modified SLK, such as the Electronic Stability Program, among other technical enhancements.