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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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44 reader reviews for Mercedes-Benz SLK Open.
  • 350 2dr

    Terry Buckland , Sussex . Date: 27/05/2005
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    All is as written up by yourselves, but I've found the manual gearbox has a very notchy change from first to second.

    This was driven on a reasonably long session to decide between this and the Boxster S. I am now confused because the SLK has so many excellent features, but the gearchange could point me Porsche's way.

  • 350 2dr

    Andrew Smith , Stirlingshire . Date: 24/05/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I picked up the car on a sunny May Saturday morning. The first thing I did was lower the roof. I was initially startled at the burble of the exhausts, coming from the old-model CLK which very quiet except when pushed.

    The exhaust note was such that you wanted to drive the car. You wanted to put your foot down to hear the car rumble. In a just a week, I covered a 1000 miles - it's a car you want to drive all the time.

    The car's electric adjustment of seats and steering wheel have allowed both my fiance (5ft 2 inches) and me (6ft) to get in the car and find the perfect driving position.

    The only fly in the ointment after nearly two weeks is that there's a rumble or knocking inside the cabin at the rear nearside and therefore the car's going back to the dealer tomorrow.

    I hope this is not the start of the problems with Mercedes quality talked about in the press and on the internet - which my fiance (who also drives a Merc) and I haven't encountered in the past six years of driving Mercs.

    All in all I love the car.

  • 350 2dr

    John Burbridge Date: 02/05/2005
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have recently opted for open-top sports mode and must say I'm not disappointed at all.

    I did test-drive others - a Boxster and an S2000 - and found this to be the most fun for the money, and almost practical with a hard top.

    The Porsche, with the options I chose on the SLK, was another £8000 and, in my mind, not worth it.

    The car can reach 150mph with incredible ease (it's only just run in so not limited yet) and, although a tad blustery, you can do that with roof down - but secure all items first.

    I love it.

  • 350 2dr

    Steven McKinstry , Antrim . Date: 21/03/2005
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Further to my previous review, I have now passed the 12,000 mile mark and had my first service. It was a great car before, but now it is even better. New owners will notice a big change once the engine starts to run in, which for me was from around 7000 miles onwards. After 10,000 miles it really began to feel like a different car, and the service has put the icing on the cake.

    However, I have had to have a heated seat repaired and part of the exhaust replaced, both under warranty. The fuel economy does suffer severely around town. I did take the car to France last summer and it averaged 23mpg, including high-speed autoroute cruising. Therefore, I have marked it down a bit for ownership costs and build quality.

    However, it's still a great car, so it gets five stars overall from me.

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