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    The Complete M272 Engine Thread

    Purchase price is 2K and I would be doing the manifold replacement myself (interested to hear if you have an opinion on that, I started a thread about alternative parts suppliers) but I don't have facilities or experience with major engine work. So you advice would be to walk away ? Cheers
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    The Complete M272 Engine Thread

    I am right now looking at a 2007 SLK280 with 170,000 miles on it, I don't have any other details right now but I have driven it and it does have an EML on for the swirl flaps apparently. Having read this thread through I am left wondering if this car is just one of the good ones (e.g. not all...
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    M272 (SLK280) Inlet Manifold parts options ?

    I am about to take delivery of a 2007 SLK 280 with a known inlet manifold swirl flap issue, as its apparently visible from outside I am guessing that plastic lever has broken. I have done a lot of research so far and the general consensus seems to be to just bite the bullet and replace the...
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    Locking wheel nut key

    Sorry to tag onto this thread but I have a similar problem, I left the key in the wheel after replacing the rear brake pads and lost it down the road somewhere. Anyway, I have the local dealerships on the hunt for a key with a number (the one I contacted probably has one but with no number...
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    What Have You Done To Your Merc Today?

    It does release with a hell of a racket too, it feels like it is breaking something in the process but happily it is normal as far as I can tell (it still work perfectly anyway) .... All this is preparation for my drive into Birmingham on Thursday to get my seat bolster replaced ...
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    What Have You Done To Your Merc Today?

    Oil and filter change, cleaned the underbody panel then checked the hard-top mechanism (R129) was still working, a moment of panic when it didn't then some relief when I remembered you can't do the hard top with the engine running :oops:
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    How rare is my paint colour

    Thanks for that, I did wonder 🙂
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    How rare is my paint colour

    Yes absolutely, thanks very much for the guidance, I took your advice 🙂
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    How rare is my paint colour

    I'm happy I didn't use any of those terms in my Ad then 😉 I'm also hopeful that anybody reading it will be able to see that this is a private sale.
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    How rare is my paint colour

    Yes you are probably right, I may mention it to anybody who contacts me about the car but I suspect I will leave the advert as-is. Thanks
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    How rare is my paint colour

    Mine is paint code 572, so none of the reds on this chart are a match, it is darker than amandine for sure.
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    How rare is my paint colour

    Thanks for that Mike, looks like there were only 7 in total for that year, 51 from 1993 - 2001 and less than 100 from 2002 to 2013 (but they are not R129's are they). As you said that is just described as Red so no idea how many in Ruby Red. Quite rare then ...
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    How rare is my paint colour

    Well it is polished to within an inch of it's life after all ... ;)
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    How rare is my paint colour

    Yeah I think I saw that one too, I didn't keep track of it but it's good to know what the dealer was saying about it. I will probably change the wording of my advert in Car and Classic UK to reflect that now I have some corroboration.
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    How rare is my paint colour

    Car and Classic UK "All I can find is a link to some bowel disorder charity." 😂 go on, buy it, you know you want to ....
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    How rare is my paint colour

    Yes I agree really, but hopefully it will go to somebody who can enjoy it as it should be enjoyed. (I need the money too realistically, I am not in the position I was when I bought it all those years ago).
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    How rare is my paint colour

    Thanks, I think I am on fairly safe ground to say that it is quite rare then, not one of the more normal colours for a Merc generally, or an R129 then.
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    How rare is my paint colour

    Thanks, I think so too 🙂 I have always loved this colour above any other, it's so unusual ...
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    How rare is my paint colour

    Hi, and thanks I think it's lovely too, I just don't get to drive it often enough and it seems such a waste keeping it in storage (I had it in a specialist vehicle storage facility for 10 years until recently) when it should really be driven. I am getting on a bit now and would hate to risk...
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    How rare is my paint colour

    Hi All, I am in the process of selling my SL500 and am interested to know how many other R129's, and specifically SL500's were sold in the UK in colour code 572 (Ruby Red/Rubin). DSC_2906 by Mike, on Flickr Thanks Mike
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