I've had my SLK for just over 12 months now and I'm generally very pleased with it. Build quality and materials are generally very good and ride and handling better than I expected. The roof performs exceptionally well and I am pleased with the optional 'Windscarf' too (although I agree with other reviwers in that it isn't powerful at higher speeds).
There have been a few niggles (such as a gas leak in the air-con, a misaligned rubber window seal, and a rattle from the rear) but these have been quickly sorted under warranty without any great hassle.
If you are have already decided to order an SLK, I would recommend the following.
1. Collect the car from Bremen - it costs the same as UK delivery and is a great experience (ask your dealer for details).
2. Opt for the clear wind break. It's far better than the standard issue 'black net' version. The other main advantage is improved visibility throught the rear view mirror.
3. Opt for heated seats - essential on a convertible!
4. If you want to integrate an Ipod into your sound system, then it may be easier (and possibly cheaper) to upgrade to the Comand system or opt for an integration kit when ordering.
5. Opt for a plastic boot liner - it's about £40 and will protect your boot from muddy gear etc.
6. The cupholders are a poor design - opt for a storage drawer instead (no extra cost).
I have endured this car since June 2004 and Mercedes has finally agreed to have it back ahead of the agreement period. I have experienced niggle after niggle with this SLK 230 and will be relieved to be rid of it.
I looked at Audi, Porsche and BMW equivalents originally, but opted for the SLK on the grounds of its superior security with the convertible hard top. Regrettably, I made a bad decision. The knowledge, professionalism and enthusiasm of the sales staff is not matched by the performance of the Customer Services Department at any level of the Company.
On the plus side, the fuel economy, handling and performance are all excellent; the roof is brilliant in theory, but seized, and the problem took 10 sunny days to solve - and yes, it was raining by then! The seats are awkward, and the climate control is unimpressive.
Never again - Mercedes needs to get its act together on the customer services front if they are to retain their customer base.
I've owned my SLK for just over a year and am constantly amazed by its abilities and low running costs. I still think the shape is stunning, and often catch myself looking at its reflection in shop windows!
The performance, fuel economy, that roof, and handling are all excellent. Less good are the seats - there's just not enough support for me, and I don't like the way in which the interior trim collects white marks. They are easy enought to clean, but irritating to see.
The manual air conditioning is fiddly to use and takes an age to warm up. The Climatronic system in the CLK is light years ahead - perhaps this is a ploy by Mercedes to get us to take options?
Overall, I'd have another, but probably the SLK280.
This is truly a very good-looking cruiser! The retractable hard top makes it a very practical car to drive, either in coupe or roadster form. Mercedes has done a good job and the car represents a significant advance over the previous model.
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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!