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Old 06-07-2010, 06:26 PM
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Mercedes slk 230 top

Hello All
The strut that controls the top leaked. Unfortunatly it leaked on the motor and shorted it out. The shop wants to charge 2k to fix it.

is this a hard job to do? I'm pretty good with a wrench. Also any suggestion on a good place to buy parts?

Thanks in advance.

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Old 06-08-2010, 02:03 PM
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Been there with my E320. If you can get to the strut, send it out for rebuilding. It's cheaper (and better) than the dealer part. Search "Dennis Ficken" for more detail.

I'm not sure about the motor. Unless you can get a good price on it, you may want to consider sending it to a generic motor rebuild shop. They can rebuild electric motors rather inexpensively.
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Old 06-08-2010, 10:24 PM
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I am curious the breakdown on that 2K.
1998 C230 330,000 miles (currently dead of second failed EIS, yours will fail too, turning you into the dealer's personal human cash machine)
1988 F150 144,000 miles (leaks all the colors of the rainbow)
Previous stars: 1981 Brava 210,000 miles, 1978 128 150,000 miles, 1977 B200 Van 175,000 miles, 1972 Vega (great, if rusty, car), 1972 Celica, 1986.5 Supra
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Old 06-08-2010, 11:06 PM
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Probably a lot of labor, convertible tops tend to be a pain in my experience. Very doable, but definitely pains.

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