SLK230 rust on wheel arches

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Hi everybody,

I've got a silver 2001 (facelifted) SLK230. I've recently noticed there is rust forming on the edges of the rear wheel arches, but not the front ones. Fortunately, the rust has not reached the faces of the panels yet, but I'm sure if I leave it, it will in time. Spoke to a stealership body man and he said that if I didn't keep them nice and clean, then this could happen. My wife drives a 1998 A3 and by comparison there isn't a blemish on the bodywork.

He also said that originally the bodywork was warrantied for 3 years, but that Mercedes extended the warranty by an extra 5 yrs on condition that you had the car serviced by them. Unfortunately I am just outside of this 8 yrs.

Has anybody else run into this rusty wheel arch problem?

Separately, I had the rear boot handle surround rust up twice (shown by bubbling paint) in the last few years which the same dealer repaired free of charge even though I didn't have the car serviced there.

Are there know problems and weaknesses in Mercedes bodywork?
I thought these were supposed to be prestige quality cars??

Interested to know your thoughts.



bern
 

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Bern,,take a look at the rust threads,,loads of them,, where it is all stupid,,some get them fixed after the 8 years and others do not irrespective of where the car has been serviced.

I would try another dealer
 

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Hi bernieg,

Iv got the same car as you, facelift SLK 230 with exactly the same rust problems.

All 4 wings and tailgate below the handle. Iv been to the dealers to try and claim on the warranty but they fobbed me off with some crap excuse about some paint work been done on the car previously. Another member on here says that I need to go and apply some pressure on the paint so called expert at the dealership.


I am in the very same situation as you.
 
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Hi Scot360,

I also had problems previously with around my rear boot handle where the paint was bubbling and you could see some rust. The dealer repaired this, but then it came back again and I had it repaired by a different dealer. Now the bubbling is starting to come back again.

Not good at all.



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Hi Scot360,

I also had problems previously with around my rear boot handle where the paint was bubbling and you could see some rust. The dealer repaired this, but then it came back again and I had it repaired by a different dealer. Now the bubbling is starting to come back again.

Not good at all.



bern

I'm afraid that patch under the boot handle is almost impossible to keep permanently rust-free. no matter how well it's done, it always seems to recur.
 

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Has anyone ever tried the Halfords mixed on site aerosol paint match for their car ?

I had a patch of rust under the battery tray.I got a can mixed up at halfords and it was a good match.
 

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I took my CLK 52 plate to Sheffield Merc as it has some blisters in rear wheel arches. The car has last two services at non merc but merc have ok'd the repairs under corrosion warranty. No probs at all. The pain thickness was within tolerances so no concerns re accident repairs.
 

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Your 52 plate would come under the 8yr time warranty, the Mb service history is just another part of the equation to make you go away when you have passed the 8yr deadline.
 

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I am not going to take up Mercs kind offer - I have sold the car over the weekend, it should go in a couple of days.
 

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I am not going to take up Mercs kind offer - I have sold the car over the weekend, it should go in a couple of days.

I hope that you are staying with us
 

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Hi everybody,

I've got a silver 2001 (facelifted) SLK230. I've recently noticed there is rust forming on the edges of the rear wheel arches, but not the front ones. Fortunately, the rust has not reached the faces of the panels yet, but I'm sure if I leave it, it will in time. Spoke to a stealership body man and he said that if I didn't keep them nice and clean, then this could happen. My wife drives a 1998 A3 and by comparison there isn't a blemish on the bodywork.

He also said that originally the bodywork was warrantied for 3 years, but that Mercedes extended the warranty by an extra 5 yrs on condition that you had the car serviced by them. Unfortunately I am just outside of this 8 yrs.

Has anybody else run into this rusty wheel arch problem?

Separately, I had the rear boot handle surround rust up twice (shown by bubbling paint) in the last few years which the same dealer repaired free of charge even though I didn't have the car serviced there.

Are there know problems and weaknesses in Mercedes bodywork?
I thought these were supposed to be prestige quality cars??

Interested to know your thoughts.



bern

Did my arches a couple of months back with paint from jawel mixed to exact colour. Car now looks mint and will wax oil when i have time
 

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Hi everybody,

I've got a silver 2001 (facelifted) SLK230. I've recently noticed there is rust forming on the edges of the rear wheel arches, but not the front ones. Fortunately, the rust has not reached the faces of the panels yet, but I'm sure if I leave it, it will in time. Spoke to a stealership body man and he said that if I didn't keep them nice and clean, then this could happen. My wife drives a 1998 A3 and by comparison there isn't a blemish on the bodywork.

He also said that originally the bodywork was warrantied for 3 years, but that Mercedes extended the warranty by an extra 5 yrs on condition that you had the car serviced by them. Unfortunately I am just outside of this 8 yrs.

Has anybody else run into this rusty wheel arch problem?

Separately, I had the rear boot handle surround rust up twice (shown by bubbling paint) in the last few years which the same dealer repaired free of charge even though I didn't have the car serviced there.

Are there know problems and weaknesses in Mercedes bodywork?
I thought these were supposed to be prestige quality cars??

Interested to know your thoughts.



bern

try finding an e class of that sort of era that DOESNT have this problem! there was some corner cutting enforced by the bean counters at MB as they were bordering on bankrupcy a few years ago. cheper (substandard) metal was used to make many of the bodypanels and this is the result!
 

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Thanks Malcolm.
Thanks for all the help you have given me with the CLK and my previous E320CDI. You have been the main provider of solutions to the odd problem that one has with these cars. You have probably saved me quite a few quid over the last 5 or so years!
I wont be getting another Merc for a while. My wife has a Disco 3 and I also have a TVR Cerbera. I now have a job that means train into London and live away during the week. So dont need a normal car to get me about. If that changes then I might get a C220CDI as a hack. Although my father has an S320CDI that I think I might be able to grab at some point soon!!?
 

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