R171 keeps going into limp mode

jimmymidnight

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good evening, my mother picked up a 2007 SLK280 last week and it drove fine for the first few days, but after about 4 days sitting and then a good wash, it has put the gearbox in limp mode...

anyone know why this might be happening? car only has 40k on the clock.

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I would be very surprised if just a good wash did this ........... unless she used a pressure washer and did under the bonnet as well! I would take it back to the dealer and get it done under warranty.
 
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Yeah, sorry, i really didn't think that the car wash would have effected it, it was just that was the first time it had been driven in a few days.

It started up and drove fine this morning, but then locked itself in limp mode again after about an hour... Im assuming its a sensor issue, but its going to Mercedes under the warranty next week to get sorted!
 

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Try contacting the previous owner, some of them will talk to you. Most do not get rid of a nice car because they are bored with it ( some do ) but usually because there is a fault and they see ££££ signs ........ I have had two, and one got outside the warranty before the faults got sorted. Good luck.
 

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