My vehicle is coming up for its 5th birthday, and as a second car it covers only 6000miles per year. In spite of certain Barnsley bred journalist's suggestions, the Mercedes' build quality, Reliability, Street presence, Performance (bearing in mind its a Mercedes body with a 2 litre supercharged engine)and smooth operating trick roof are all perfect. Anyone looking for a non-track day sports car to live with every day (though this 2.0 litre is limited at 165MPH) should start with the SLK. The boot, roof up, is huge, whilst with the roof down still comfortably accepts luggage for two. If you are in the market for a 2 removal top two seater, start living, look at an SLK
I've owned a 230K before and the 32AMG is a much, much better car all round - and it's not any more expensive to service and maintain either.
The intercooler pump will go at 45,000 miles and if you're a bit heavy with the right pedal, it will get through rear tyres pretty quick.
Fuel consumption pottering around town is about 20mpg but 40mpg is possible on a long run using the cruise control, but who buys a car like this to be economical? It's a performance roadster: 0-60 in 4.8 seconds and a restricted 155mph.
I disagree with What Xar?'s review - the 200k was a dog; every review said so. The 32AMG is something special and a bargain compared to the new SLK55 AMG, and it has near identical performance.
My advice is don't buy the 200, the 230 or the 320 - buy the 32AMG as it's something special. It has breathtaking performance and is real value for money now.
What is arguably one of the most beautiful looking cars ever designed is let down by the quality of build and reliability. Purchased from new it has been back under warranty 13 times, everything from a door hinge failing to the hood being locked in the open position accompanied by electronics failure. The paintwork is of poor quality with, for the first time on a car I have owned, nicks in the forward facing painted areas from stones off the road. The abysmal all round quality has been exacerbated by a Mercedes Customer Care department that does not care at all and really is a waste of time. Never again any Mercedes for me.
I have owned an SLK 230 for 12 months now, and wish I had not bought it.
It is now five years old with only 23,000 miles on the clock. I have not had any problems with gearboxes or any mechanical issues, but I do find the build quality is certainly not up to expectations.
My problems include the passenger door mirror falling out, heating to the footwells is bad (even though it was 'fixed' by the dealer), and the boot stay failed. The lines of the glovebox are about 5mm out, too. The roof rattles when up. I would also expect better adjustment for the steering wheel.
I have not yet needed to have the car serviced, and cannot comment on dealers.
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Amazing car, once driven, never forgotton, forget all the pretenders like BMW Z4 and Mercedes SLK, they will never have the passion of a Porsche
I love this car! Handling is great, its fun to drive and even reasonably practical!