I'm a short-term owner, but nevertheless a very satisfied owner.
I was somewhat apprehensive by virtue of recent bad press and TV motoring reports on the Mercedes-Benz dealer performance. Nevertheless I decided to go for it and bought the car. It was far better than I imagined it would be and gives very good performance, despite my concerns on an automatic box. Forunately the steptronic box is slick and easy to use, being superb fun to use on fast twisty A or B roads, of which we have a plethora around here.
The car also sits happily in cruise mode at motorway speeds, even empty motorway speeds in the dead of night if one follows. I must raise a tentative complaint on the seating, which I believe could be better in a car of this class. But the discomfort is, in reallity, only evident in the first twichy miles as one settles into the car, after that it is comfortable, firm and positive, but still a bit hard.
I guess that's the price you pay for firm secure seating. Roadholding is better than my driving right now, but I am sure that I shall be able to make it squeal a little as my familiarity and confidence in the car develops.
A couple of forays into the world of normal cars, ie, switch off traction control makes for an interesting moment or two on twisty stuff, but nothing alarming yet. It is a very loveable and exhiliarating experience to drive this car, best driven alone, but great with a receptive non-timid passenger. I just love it.
Very relaxed to drive in auto, then quick through the gears in tiptronic. I love the roof, and it looks great from any angle. I would buy it again.
I still get the same buzz from opening the garage doors in the morning: it's just such an enjoyable overall driving experience.
I agree that the Kompressor 4 cyl engine can be harsh, but this can be mitigated by using Premium Unleaded. There aren't so many "toys" but who cares with that roof to play with?
Not an out-and-out sports car but easier to live with because of it. My first service was cheaper than on my wife's Freelander or my old Saab.
I have owned the SLK for 2.5 years and am now changing for a BMW Z4 due mainly to the cost of the new 350 SLK.
The Merc has served myself and my wife faultlessly during ownership.
While not the most rivetting of drives, the car can hold its own against many peers that on reading reports should obliterate it.
It is comfy, roomy and has great carrying capacity for a car of this type.
If you are looking for a stylish, spacious, comfy 2 seater convertable, don't overlook this - particularly as secondhand prices are dropping due to the introduction of the new SLK.
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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!