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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,225 miles

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1999 Mercedes-Benz SLK230 lights problems

lights problem

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1999 Mercedes-Benz SLK230 Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 012007


  • miles


Safety recall slk-class replace brake lamp bulb sockets** the recall described the need to replace the brake lamp bulb sockets to ensure the tail lights continue to function properly. The consumer local mb dealer informed him that Mercedes Benz central supplier was unable to provide the parts needed.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #3

Nov 152006


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
- the contact fixed the tail lights on her car, and then received a safety recall on her tail lights. Contact paid almost $500 to have her tail lights repaired, and was only reimbursed half of that. The contact wants to know if she can get entire money back. Safety recall number is 2006-080005.

- Fountain Valley, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 272005


  • miles
My left tail light keeps going out, a few times before, don't really notice it until someone tells me. I had it happen today, all I could do is replace the bulb but according to other people, eventually the socket melts.

- Rogers, AR, USA

problem #1

May 102005

SLK230 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,900 miles
There is a defect in 1998 - 2001 Mercedes Benz slk model cars tail lights and brake lights. The socket which houses the bulbs does not provide sufficient pressure to maintain electrical contact. The result of this is burned conctats, melted bulb housings and burned out tail and brake lights. This can lead to a fire or an accident in the event of failure. This defect has been reported by hundreds/thousands of slk owners to the manufacturer. The maufacturer refuses to acknowledge this defect and will do nothing to correct it if the vehicle is out of warrenty. The defect, if discovered by the owner prior to warranty expiration is corrected, but if the defect is not discovered in warranty the manufacturer will do nothing to correct it. Subsequent (post 2001) models have had this defect corrected but the pre 2001 vehicles still have this defect.

- Forest, VA, USA

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