I have had this car for four weeks now - it's absolutely amazing, and I'm chuffed to bits. It has an xcellent balance of ride quality and dynamism. Strongly recommended!
I was very excited about getting this car. I had read and heard a lot about it and it looked great. I was slightly aghast at the basic nature of the car, though, without all the optional extras. Beware future buyers - virtually everything is an optional extra, unlike, for example, Lexus where virtually everything is standard!
Having driven the car now for nearly two months, it still feels great. It has great road handling and there is a lot of power in that engine.
One or two things to be aware of though. First, the automatic folding wing mirrors which Mercedes recommended have been sticking ever since I took delivery of it. They have now decided to replace them for new.
Secondly, there is a high-pitched noise in the cabin which sounds as if it is coming from the sound system. In fact, when I reported this to Mercedes, they told me after investigation that it was a trait of the vehicle and comes from the fuel pump which is housed behind the seating area.
The noise is very obvious and irritating when the car is idling, and when the music system is not on. Now knowing it is there makes it all the more of a nuisance. Mercedes says it can do nothing about it.
Apart from this, if I were being really critical I would say that the seats are a bit basic and really don't support the driver laterally.
That said, this is a great looking car and in other ways it lives up to expectations.
A very good car - my wife loves it. At 5ft 11in and 13.5 stones, I find it a little cramped, and that makes it wearing on long journeys. But its handling is terrific and a vast improvement on the 230 Kompressor we owned previously. Would we recommend? Definitely.
I aquired my 2003 200 Kompressor from the dealer I don't want to bore you with the details, but by hell Mercedes really need to get their after sales/customer service act together. This is my second Merc and I have had poor service with both.
After eventually getting the car I started to really enjoy the open air. The car drives well(although i would have prefered a manual) and the comfort level is very good.
The perormance is a little lacking, but adiquate for those summer cruisers and I really like the interior. So much so that we had a new SLK on loan following some moron running into the wife and I actually prefer the interior and driving position of my two-year old SLK, and who thought up that stupid rear ariel comong out halfway up the rear wing. My wife said that this would actually put her off buying the new shape.
Having just had my first "B" service I felt somewhat "ripped" off at the service charges £580. They even missed the failed interior light and one side of the windscreen washers not working, which I have sorted out myself. (The only mechanical parts included were a new headlight bulb and new front pads.)
All in all, I like the car and as long as it is not raining, we drive everywhere with the top down. We even did Blackpool Illuminations which was really great with no roof.
So PLEASE, Mercedes get your after sales act together. (Send your staff to Toyota for a learning spell !!!!!!!)
David West Padiham Lancs
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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!