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Identifying R170 SLK Vehicle Options
 
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Identifying R170 SLK Vehicle Options

Tom Morr

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Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz R170 (1998-04)

Hot Tip:

Make a copy of your car's DataCard

Performance Gain:

Knowing the OE equipment helps when ordering

Complementary Modification:

Adding factory options that aren't on your car

As R170 SLKs become second- and sometimes third-owner cars, the parts and accessories on them might not necessarily be assembly-line original. Knowing the car's at-birth configuration helps immensely when ordering parts and accessories.

The car's as-assembled equipment is listed on its DataCard, which is normally included with the original owner's manual. This card contains codes for the car's original parts: standard components as well as its options.

If you don't have the DataCard, the information can usually be sourced using the car's VIN. Various Russian websites offer this service. When this was written, one that was up and running was "Car Info Kiev": http://carinfo.kiev.ua/cars/vin/mercedes/vin_check?su=syrvzr

This site generated the following data for our pre-facelift 2000 SLK230 Kompressor project car:

Model 170447

Sales name SLK 230 KOMPRESSOR

Delivery date 2000-01-04

Paint 143

Interior color 227A

Engine 111973 12 084001

Front axle AL1910X1014835423121

Gearbox 722605 01 944735

Lights units BOSCH

Retarder 8 000104

Class 1

Code Value

200A LEATHER

227A LEATHER TWO-COLOR (RED)

231 GARAGE DOOR OPENER

249 INSIDE AND OUTSIDE MIRROR AUTOMATIC DIMMING

254 RADIO MB AUDIO 30 - USA

292 SIDEBAG

309 CUP HOLDER

423 5-SPEED AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

441 STEERING COLUMN, ADJUSTABLE

461 INSTRUMENT WITH MILES IND. AND ENGLISH LEGEND

494 U.S. VERSION

524 PAINTWORK - PRESERVATION

551 ANTI-THEFT/ANTI-BREAK-IN WARNING SYSTEM

580 AIR CONDITIONER

600 HEADLAMPS - CLEANING EQUIPMENT

634 DELETION - FIRST AID KIT

636 DELETION - WARNING TRIANGLE

668 PACKAGING FOR SHIPPING VEHICLES WITH TIE-DOWN HOOK

669 SPARE WHEEL / FOLDING WHEEL

673 HIGH-CAPACITY BATTERY

810 SOUND SYSTEM

875 HEATED SCREEN WASH SYSTEM

For a complete list of R170 Data Codes, click here [link to PDF]. Alternately, do a web search for R170 option codes.

The Russian sites are allegedly fairly accurate for pre-2000 models. Our project car has a few M-B accessories that aren't listed above, such as the 10-CD changer (Code 756) and the First Aid Kit. These might've been dealer-installed, acquired later, or possibly the Russian site isn't definitive in our case.

If the Russian search doesn't work for your car, some of the fuller-featured diagnostic scan tools can read the DataCard info from the car's ECU. A dealership or M-B specialty shop might be of service for this approach.

Failing those options, some members of the enthusiast forums are able to retrieve DataCard info from VINs. Search "DataCard" or "Factory Option Codes" for appropriate threads on your favorite M-B forums.

One final possibility is Mercedes-Benz's EPCnet Online site (epc.startekinfo.com). Registration is free to US addresses, but the search features don't function on Macintosh or Linux systems.

The DataCard lists what's on the car but doesn't detail all of the available options. According to the M-B Workshop Information Systems (the digital shop manual), these are the available options for our pre-facelift 2000 SLK230 Kompressor. This list is a representative example of the R170 offerings:

Accessory Control Display

Alarm Horn

Alarm Module

Alarm System Transmitter

Amplifier

Antenna Amplifier

Antenna, Navigation

Antenna, Phone

Antenna, Radio

Antitheft and Alarm Systems

CD Changer

Cellular Phone

Cellular Phone Microphone

Cellular Phone Transceiver

Collision Avoidance and Parking Assist Systems

Compact Disc Player (CD)

Crash Control Module

DVD Player

Driver/Vehicle Information Display

Emergency Contact Module

Entertainment Systems

Garage Door Opener Control Head

Garage Door Opener Transmitter

Global Positioning System

Hood Sensor/Switch (For Alarm)

Key Indicator Lamp

Keyless Entry

Keyless Starting System

Navigation Display

Navigation Module

Navigation System

Parking Assist Distance Sensor

Refrigerator

Speaker

Towing / Trailer System

Trailer Connector

Trailer Hitch

Trip Computer

Voice Activation System

This list gives an idea of possible up-fitting options using factory components.

Many vehicles have data plates/placards that contain paint codes and other information about original equipment.
Figure 1

Many vehicles have data plates/placards that contain paint codes and other information about original equipment. For R170 SLKs and many other Mercedes-Benz models, this information is contained on a DataCard, originally included with the owner's manual.

Contrary to our project car's VIN-derived DataCard (the original one is no longer in the car), it has the optional trunk-mounted CD changer.
Figure 2

Contrary to our project car's VIN-derived DataCard (the original one is no longer in the car), it has the optional trunk-mounted CD changer.

Similarly, the
Figure 3

Similarly, the "delete" option is indicated for the First Aid Kit, but the car has one. Either the VIN search isn't totally accurate, or the kit and possibly the CD changer were added after the car left Germany.

Even if the optional hardware isn't on the car, the accommodations for it might already exist.
Figure 4

Even if the optional hardware isn't on the car, the accommodations for it might already exist. Hidden behind the trunk's side panels are harnesses for the CD changer, console-mounted cell phone, and other cutting-edge-at-the-time technology.

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