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Thank you for letting me into this forum. My wife has a 2005 SLK 200 Auto which she loves and sometimes does 400 miles between MOTs!! The car drives well but does have small issues from time to time which I would like to fix myself. I served an Aircraft Engineering Apprenticeship with the RAF and own a reasonably well-equipped workshop but have to admit that I do lack modern engineering (electronic principles, CNC, etc) knowledge. In the past, I have owned a CLK 320 convertible and an ML350 SUV. Both great cars. My regular ride now is a 2012 Lexus RX450 Hybrid which I have had for 7 years.
 

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Hello and welcome,

How is the paint on the SLK?
 

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Welcome, like that SLK - what shade of red is it?
 
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The car has always been garaged and has done 66,000 miles. It had to have a new front end due to a very low-speed collision with the garage door, about 2 years ago. The rest of the paint is original and in good condition. There are small stone chips on the front and when these become unacceptable I will have them painted.
 

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Hi and welcome to the forum, :) Where abouts are you located, doesn't look like UK soil plus you have left hand drive on a couple of your cars :confused:
 
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Welcome, like that SLK - what shade of red is it?
Don't know the paint number, the Reg Doc says red but I would call it Maroon, the inside is white.
 
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Hi and welcome to the forum, :) Where abouts are you located, doesn't look like UK soil plus you have left hand drive on a couple of your cars :confused:
I live in Suffolk UK, but I spend the winter in Florida hence the LHD and Flora. I no longer own the ML, I replaced it with a Volvo XC90.
 

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Hello and welcome. Must soon be time to change the Lexus for another three pointed star! ;)

The questions about the red relate to the well know quality issues with Fire Opal Red, code 590, where Mercedes often have to do a full respray because of original paint issues.
 

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Hello and welcome. Must soon be time to change the Lexus for another three pointed star! ;)

The questions about the red relate to the well know quality issues with Fire Opal Red, code 590, where Mercedes often have to do a full respray because of original paint issues.
Or "Mars Red" in the colonies ;)
 
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Thank you for the welcome, and the tongue in cheek Lexus comment. I have owned a few Lexus RXs and all of them have been trouble-free and certainly, the comfort level has been superior to the ML I owned, given that it was a US-produced car, the seats were very hard. I have looked at the GLC but it is too big for my wife to drive and I want a classic car for my own use (or an MB E220 convertible). Life is very complicated at the moment and at 75 years old with health complications maybe I should concentrate on other things, but hey I have always been a petrol head so why would I change??
 

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Thank you for the welcome, and the tongue in cheek Lexus comment. I have owned a few Lexus RXs and all of them have been trouble-free and certainly, the comfort level has been superior to the ML I owned, given that it was a US-produced car, the seats were very hard. I have looked at the GLC but it is too big for my wife to drive and I want a classic car for my own use (or an MB E220 convertible). Life is very complicated at the moment and at 75 years old with health complications maybe I should concentrate on other things, but hey I have always been a petrol head so why would I change??
75 and health issues... get a V8 or V12 in AMG guise and enjoy :D

We're here for a "good time", not a "long time"... ;)
 

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Any of those would work :)
How nice would that S65 be... :D:D:D:D
I'd have that full of fuel and sat nav set for the end of the earth the second my backside hit the seat :p
 

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How nice would that S65 be... :D:D:D:D
I'd have that full of fuel and sat nav set for the end of the earth the second my backside hit the seat :p
I'm with you there...what a way to go :geek:
My other comment is why some pillock would trade it for an Audi ???
 

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Hello and welcome.........That's right chaps scare the poor Apprentice off with your tormenting him over his lovely Lexus's (trouble free Lexus I might add) and showing him naughty pictures of AMG's...............:D
 

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I have been eyeing up that listing for a while. Colour needs to be something else IMO. Interior is great though!
I think it's a colour that will look much better in the metal
 

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