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Mercedes-Benz SLK Open (96 - 04) review

(1996 - 2004)
Mercedes-Benz SLK Open (96 - 04)
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What used Mercedes-Benz SLK sports will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Mercedes-Benz SLK sports?

SLK prices may be dropping into very affordable territory nowadays, but they still require careful specialist attention.

Franchised Mercedes dealers have some of the highest labour charges of any manufacturer, but they're worth paying for, as a fully stamped service book will help protect residual values. That said, there are plenty of independent specialists who can do just as good a job at notably cheaper prices, but any repair on an SLK is likely to set you back more than on most other convertibles.

Insurance and fuel economy follow the same rule: no SLK is cheap, but the smaller the engine, the more affordable it is. The 320 returns 26mpg and the 200K 29mpg, for example. However, all SLKs need high-quality, pricey, tyres to maintain their handling and comfort.