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Old 06-18-2001, 09:45 PM
Allan L. Davis
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My 2001 SLK320 has a chattering noise that appears: 1. When the engine is fully warmed up. 2. When the car is accelerating. 3. When the engine is between 2500 and 3000 rpm. The noise sounds like it coming from a vibrating piece of metal or plastic. It almost sounds like a duck quacking.(No kidding). I cannot isolate the location of this noise. It may be coming from the dashboard, cabin, or even the trunk. It occurrs with the top up or down. Any suggestions?
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Old 07-21-2001, 10:27 PM
Allan L. Davis
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Finally after 13 months, the dealer solved the problem. It was in the exhaust system. A technician told me this engine "resonates" between 2500 and 3000rpm, setting off the vibration. I am glad this was fixed, but not too optimistic about the future with this car.

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Old 07-22-2001, 06:00 AM
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My experience of our SLK230k is that this is not a rattle-free car. It is, however, a convertible and so that it rattles should come as no surprise. Otherwise we have had absolutely no problems whatsoever. The car feels particularly well-built, infinitely better than my very-soon-to-be-replaced C200. I shouldn't allow your confidence to be displaced by this experience.
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