2001 MERCEDES-BENZ SLK-Class

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Mileage: 99043
Color: White
Body Style: Convertible
Trim Level: SLK 230 Kompressor
Doors: 2
Transmission: 6-speed Manual
Engine Type: 2.3L In-Line MB
Drive Train: Unknown
Fuel: Gasoline
Location: Naperville, IL

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5
Brad on 11/02/2016

Customer Service: 5.0

So far so good. I've been communicating with Allison via email and phone. Haven't had any issues yet but I have not purchased a car so I cannot say if the buying experience was excellent or bad. We'll see what happens and I will give you guys an update.

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4.6
  Based on 56 reviews

Great project car

5
LyQuangNam on 10/03/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4 Safety Rating: 4 Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating: 5

One must be willing to work on this car to appreciate its design value. I bought this 2001 SLK320 Manual Transmission as a project car. As such, I personally replaced/repaired most old-aged items, including sensors and brake rotors, to restore her glory. My wife, who owns a '13 Terrain and '15 SRX, even begs to ride on it when opportunity arises. Of course, we are Ford and GM faithful but this 1st foreign car does steal a big chunk of love. Unfortunately, I am only allowed to drive it once or twice a week because it's too sexy for my (near retirement) age.

Love my car

5
A. Morgan on 05/06/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: Performance Rating: Interior Rating: Reliability Rating: Safety Rating: Technology Rating: Value Rating:

I bought my SLK230 6 speed manual new in 2000 (2001 model). I drive it every day, I have 138K miles on it, and I still love it. Yes, it has had some problems over the years, like the hydraulics on the sunroof, convertible latch and the hood all needed to be replaced (once), but what can you expect after owning the car for over 15 years. I have had the same mechanic work on my car since I bought it and it has been wonderful. My driving to and from work consists of a bit of stop and go and I get 23 mpg (city). The few times that I have driven it when it is 90% highway I got 32 mpg. Although you are supposed to put premium gas in it, I rotate from premium to mid-grade gas and I have had no problems. The exterior still looks great, the interior is a bit lacking, because the interior finish is peeling/cracking off, which I definitely do not like, and the finish on the wheel rims are flaking off which is unattractive, but it does not affect the durability of the rims. It has great trunk space when the top is up but when the top is down you have very little trunk space but I think that is normal for most hard top convertibles. I am 5'2" and in order for me to push down the clutch pedal all the way down I need to sit pretty close to the steering wheel but I am use to that. My husband is 5"11 and he can drive it comfortably. Would I own this car where the is a lot of bad snowy/icy winters, that is a big NO, but since I live in Northern Virginia and we only have a few days of bad weather I have learned to stay at home on those days (rear wheel drive - not good on snowy/icy days) I love driving with the top down on ALL sunny days even when it is cold outside because of the heated seats and the great heater system I never feel cold. Would I but this car again? Absolutely!

Good car but small nagging issues.

4.1
johnwinston on 11/13/2014

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 3

Just bought car which has 130k miles. Saw issues when bought and am fixing but suprised as after car in production over five years mercedes never fixed since I have read all slk cars have following issues: 1). Interior paint flaking off 2) Exhaust rattle 3). Trunk and hood hydraulic hinges not holding trunk or hood up failing Love car and enjoy driving. If going on a weekend trip trunk holds very little if putting top down so pack light.

2001 SLK230

4.6
hugalar on 04/26/2014

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I have owned this SLK230 for 5 years. I got it used with 42000, and now have 98000 miles on it. The only issue I have had is replacing brake lights a couple of times, the dome light goes out about once a year and thats about it. This car GREAT! People always ask me how much the car cost (annoying) because the way it looks. It looks like an expensive car, but I picked it up for a good deal. The interior is comfortable for a sports car, the stereo is amazing, the hard top convertible only takes 20 sec. to go down so it can easily be done at a red light. I have taken this car to its limits, fast cornering and hard breaking, so this car can handle all kinds of driving.

Fun but has a Dangerous flaw

4.3
rsdeepsea on 04/10/2014

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 4

Fun car to drive, very fast and sturdy. Reliable until my wife spilled a drink on gear shifter under cup holders, transmission locked up. Luckily she was in the driveway. Have read of people doing this @ 65mph and the car automatically skidding to a halt! That could kill someone! How does Mercedes not have to recall that and waterproof the PC board for the shifter? Right this second trying to dry it out so it will run again, hopefully without needing a new $700 PC board. BTW, removing/connecting battery cable requires a code to activate your radio again or you drive in silence: call the dealer for code.

27 MPG in town

4.9
Dr. Drewry on 11/02/2010

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

This car actually gets 27 mpg in town rather than Edmunds 19 mpg statistic. It's a joy to drive and has required no major maintenance other than preventative along with tires, brakes and battery. They just don't build them like this any more! The most satisfying car I've ever owned.

Great Roadster

4.6
John Montgomery on 07/30/2010

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

Bought this car last year with approximately 76,000 miles on the odometer. No issues until recently when the on board computer had to be replaced for $1500 - ouch! It's amazing how smooth and quickly the car accelerates. Before you know it, you're doing 70 mph! I bought the car that was equipped with the optional SP1 Sport Package (Sculpted lower body with aerodynamic enhancements such as bumpers, side sills, projector beam front fog lamps, AMG alloy wheels and performance tires). This is my second car that I drive only on sunny days. I've gotten many compliments on the car and deservedly so.

It was a fun experience

4.5
Cynthia on 07/15/2010

Performance: 5 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I totaled my SLK 320 when I broadsided a huge SUV. I loved that little car. It's solidly built heavy engine saved my life. I paid cash for the car in 2001 and I'm really disappointed at how much it had depreciated over the years. It did not hold its value well at all. My biggest complaint was with the interior around the gear shift. The coating flaked off and was unsightly. I've noticed this in other SLK vehicles. I didn't leave my car in the sun, so you can't blame the environment. On a long trip, it's not comfortable.

Awesome car great performance for 4 cyl.

4.8
B on 05/03/2010

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Owned for about 6 months now. love to drive it, especially with the top down. bought with 180,000 miles on it, but it runs great and had it inspected privately; everything is in tip top shape for how many miles are on it. those Germans know how to make a quality car. the top squeaks a little when going over bumps - to be expected, minimal road noise for a convertible. tiptronic transmission shifts smoothly. plenty of interior features, very luxurious. if you buy a mbz, you need to take it to a dealership for service, or at least make sure you use strictly mbz parts, and approved fluids.

Great Car Fun to Drive

4.8
Kanilure on 08/12/2009

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 5

This has been a very reliable car. Very comfortable on trips with good lumbar support and excellent gas mileage. Actually got 33 mpg on one trip! Problems have been minor except for the catalytic converter, which was replaced under warranty by the dealer. This car has 80,000 miles on it and it will still get up and go and will stop on a dime!

Love it!

4.4
Mark on 05/13/2009

Performance: 5 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

The car is magic to drive! I was scared about buying an SLK. I read mixed reviews. I decided to plunge and get it. The retractable hard top was a desired feature. I wanted Lexus sc 430 so I could drive my nephews, but couldn't find one with my price range. I love my silver. Interior is red and black leather, which matches university colors. Manual 6 speed was recommended and does add to enthusiastic driving..and limits my cell phone use because I need to shift gears - probably a good thing! This car has Bose sound system and quality sound with top down. Car maneuvers like a dream and accelerates sufficiently. Behind the wheel I know I have a well crafted machine at hand.

Luxury...hah!

2.9
kegradtech on 04/20/2008

Performance: 4 Comfort: 2 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 2 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 2 Comfort Rating: 2 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 2 Reliability Rating: 2

My wife purchased this car in 2003 from with only 3000 miles on it...in other words still almost in new condition. It looks beautiful on the outside and is pretty fun with the top down on a nice spring day. Since then, it's been nothing but trouble. O2 sensor burn-outs and associated problems ($1300-1500). Constant electrical problems esp. with cruise control. All sorts of exterior lighting issues like a poorly aimed headlight that Mercedes says can't aim any truer (higher) than it is (it shines maybe 15ft in front of car). God forbid you accidentally don't screw your gas cap on tight enough cuz that'll run ya about $175 to get the check engine turned off by Mercedes- Benz

2001 SLK 230

4.1
Bob Patterson on 03/30/2008

Performance: 4 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

Traded my 2000 Green Jag 4.0 sedan for this little car. All for the wife. Even though I've heard the nightmares about MB quality not being what it used to be. I've had real no issues with the car. It gets really good gas mileage. Not bad for long drives. Great in the North Carolina mountain roads. Only bad thing. The wife spilled coffee into the triptronic shifter. $500 bucks to get that fixed. Odd place to have a cup holder in a car. MB replaced the rear tail light lense for both sides under a warranty recall. Put some Michelin Exalto tires on this car and it made all the difference in how it handled and felt on the road.

SLK

4.8
SLKMERCDESMOMMA on 03/06/2008

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Let me start by saying I love the 2001 SLK230 kompressor.This car is like finding the perfect pair of jeans while they fit in all the right places they still need some adjusting from time to time. I heard all convertibles leak as does this hard top right at the top of both windows.From time to time you have to press down on the trunk to get it open Currently the leather is wearing off the side of the drivers seat.They did have a recall on the rear taillight finally something fixed for free.As for the current concern when the weather is cold the stickshift refuses to get out of park unless you let it heat up for approx 20 min.This has me nervous. In 3 1/2 yrs.Just oil changes & battery

SLK what a car

5
Jesse on 05/08/2007

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I've had my SLK for almost 6 years. While it's sporty, fun to drive and I love the hardtop,this car is exhulerating to drive. Powerful, handles curves as if on rails. Hardtop operates like magic

A Beauty

5
Paul on 05/01/2007

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I love this car, wanted one for many years and finally had the opportunity to get one. It's a beauty in Black. 2001 with only 40k miles and perfect condition. I save it for the great weather and the weekends. Great handler and smooth ride, great head turner too

My First Mercedes

5
mcone on 04/04/2007

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Have loved this car since the day I picked it up at the dealership. A joy to own and drive, and problems have been minimal!

Excellent Convertible and Cute too!

5
Yasmin Daniels on 12/28/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Driving this roadster is not only luxurious, but also pleasant. When the top comes down, it is an absolutely sexy looking car!

Most fun to drive ever

4.9
LOVEMYSLK on 11/18/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Only had it 3 months, but I just love it. The most fun to drive of any car I've owned. Great trunk space compared to competitors. Recent 1400 mile road trip averaged over 30 mpg cruising in the 80's over Sierra mountains. Takes curves like it's on rails. Comfortable for 2 on long trips.

Hold back

3.8
margie on 09/23/2006

Performance: 4 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 3

My dream car is a nightmare. It has been in for repairs more than any other car I've owned. Many, many electrical problems. I have the passenger side brake light bulb changed on the average of once a week. Went to far as to have the entire unit replaced which did not make a difference. Had the motor mounts replaced at under 30k miles. The radio and turbo charger is new. I am getting rid of this horrid little car asap!! Don't let the asthetic appeal of this model of Mercedes fool you!

MBZ Owner

5
SAK on 05/14/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

We've owned MBZ's since 1986 and this is the most enjoyable of all. Like the hardtop convertible for driving in all types of weather in the NW. We swapped our '37 Ford streetrod for our SLK. It's much more practical and we drive it more. We've had no problems and enjoy every moment of driving, plus there's no room for the kids and dogs. MBZ did a great job of design and performance.

Not for the long run

4.3
Disappointed on 03/02/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 2 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 2

I've had my SLK for almost 6 years. While it's sporty, fun to drive and I love the hardtop, it's not the MB quality I expected. I've had a problem with the O2 sensor, the computer chip for the hardtop (2 times), leaking windows, recurring taillight burnout, a stuck gas guage needle, and water leaking into the electrical system. This past year I've spent almost $5K in repairs.

Best Car I Ever Had

5
Myron T. Chambers on 01/17/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This car is exhulerating to drive. Powerful, handles curves as if on rails. Hardtop operates like magic. No Problems after three years!

Fun...But...

4.8
RedHot on 11/02/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

Let me start by saying how much I love my 320. Looks sleek, nice handling. Over all a beautiful car. I got a really great price for it $16,000 off the orignal sticker price. I've had it a year and have put about 3,000 miles on it. However there are a few annoyances I've had with it. For starters the driver side window leaks so forget about taking it thru the car wash unless you want to get drenched. Sometimes the trunk doesn't stay open. My mom almost got her head sliced off taking the groceries out. The retractable hard top has been fixed 2x. And the biggest pain, The brake light continually goes out. Other than that everything is ok. I get a a lot of compliments and head turns.

Fun to Drive

4.4
Brokerbob on 06/22/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

Traded my 4.0 S type Jag for this little roadster. That is for the wife. I'm 6'1 and I'm comfortable in the car. It's a fun car to drive! Fast, nimble, and great gas mileage. I have not had any problems with my hard top roof thus far. Fun to drive in the mountains of Norh Carolina with the top down. Haven't had any real issues with the car, mechanical or otherwise. My wife spilled coffee in the Triptronic shifter. $500 to get it fixed. Kind of a weird place to have a drink holder which sits towering above the gear shift lever in this car. I can be doing 100mph in the car and really not know it. Rides like a champ, and road noise is not as bad as I thought with the top up.

Nothing Better

5
BENZ23 on 04/25/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I purchased my SLK 320 with about 30,000 miles on it. I upgraded from my 1999 SLK 230 Kompressor. Ever since I have owned the car my only regret has been that I didn't own it sooner. Great gas mileage, not as great as the 4cyl. But the V6 in the 320 is worth it for the power and the smoother ride. Great handling, Great looks. I still take the long way home. Did very well the 1 and only time it got caught in a freak snow storm. 1st and last time it will see the snow though. All and all if you are looking for a great 2 seater car with pleanty of power, affordable gas, and a great headturner, then this is the car for you.

Simply recommendable

4.3
Mark Ingenpass on 02/08/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

A so far very reliable car with an excellent look and feel of quality and driving. Maintenance cost is high though.

Closest to Perfection

4.9
Uwil on 02/04/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Been driving this car for a year now and I really love it! Excellent and extremely smooth acceleration. Great top speed. Car is light so if you go faster than 80 mph, you'll feel you're really 'flying'. Great at turns, very stable. I'm amazed at its fuel economy despite its being quite a fast car. The mileage is comparable to that of the C240, and a little better than the C320 despite both of them using the same engine. I see it as a 3-in- 1 car: Sports, convertible and a roadster; the kind of car that is very suitable in states like California or Nevada. Quite flexible for tuning and dressing it up: very suitable with Brabus, AMG and Lorinser customization

Perfect Urban Commuter

4.3
agorski on 10/25/2004

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

It's been a great car for commuting on city streets in Houston, where the weather is warm and the top can stay down most of the year. Lots of torque for accelerating from stop lights. Decent gas mileage. It's also surprisingly good on long roads trips. Adequate trunk, unlike any of its competitors. Quiet, and a pleasant cruiser. Phenomenally solid and secure at 140mph! ;-) The 30 or so improvements made starting with the 2001 model year made the SLK a much better car. Don't buy an older one!

Problematic

3.6
Silvrheart on 09/13/2004

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 2 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 2

it's a fun car, when it's not in the shop. I've had my hardtop break, and the roof get all scratched up in the process. It was in the shop for a month on that. I've had a leak in the window, in the engine, in the radiator, and a taillight that continuously burns out. It's just been a pain to upkeep, and I'm only at 17,000 miles.

I never smiled so much.....

4.8
vdantone on 06/04/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Have been in market for a convertible for about a year and found this one at a CarMax in May, 2004. After driving BMWs, the Honda 2000, Nissan's 350Z, etc, I found the CAR OF MY DREAMS. Unbelievable performance, ride, handling, and the clincher was the retractable hard-top. Never in my life have I driven a car that keeps me smiling EVERY second behind the wheel. Yes, this gem only will be on the road on sunny weekend days, but wow...it's unbelievable!

GREAT CAR

4.8
TIMMYS on 05/18/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

BEST CAR I HAVE EVER DRIVEN AND I HAVE BEEN IN AUTO SALES OVER 14 YEARS, HAD A BMW NOT HAS FUN TO DRIVE HAS THE 320.

My 2001 SLK Experience

4.5
Mel-R on 04/08/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

Thinking I was buying a Mercedes "quality" product, I found some discouraging problems with mine. First, I got stuck with the hard top stuck in the trunk, and had to drive it to the dealership to get it fixed. After they fixed it, I found that they scratched the roof while bringing the top up. Then the whole computer system broke down, and I was only able to drive my car 25 mph until I could get it home. I have also found that the inside of the car is peeling on the center console, and the leather on my steering wheel is coming off. Please keep in mind that I bought this car brand new, and it still has 25000 miles of warranty left.

great car

4.9
w2p2 on 03/21/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This car turns heads and turns well. It is very quiet with the top up, which everyone comments on. A lot of my friends have BMW,Honda, with cloth tops. They all say they wish they had bought a SLK. Handles, corners, extremly well. Best thing I bought for myself!

SLK rhymes with Silk!

4.8
Joel123 on 01/23/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

The SLK320 is a beautifully sculpted vehicle and I would have bought it on that alone. Handling and performance are excellent for the price. Comfort and space is excellent for my 6'1" height.

Driving Machine!

4.9
rgl on 01/11/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Having driven earlier MB models in the 1970's and 1980's, I am impressed with the lack of stodginess in this vehicle. The SLK 320 looks, drives and feels like a true sports car. I can not find anything to dislike, and this car puts the FUN back in driving. I can't wait for spring so I can begin tooling around with the hardtop down. What a machine!

SLK 320 - FUN MACHINE

5
Chirag on 11/07/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Absolutely fun to drive. Feel the freedom with top off and Mercedes Engineering

MB SLK 230 - Great car

5
danno230 on 10/08/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Performs great, looks great, extremely fun to drive. Couple things to know - if you leave it in the sun, occasionally the hardtop gets stuck and to open the trunk you need to press down on it.

6'2" Driver with Room to Spare

4.6
J's SLK on 10/01/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I wanted a porsche boxster but couldn't handle my height...went with a Chrome Yellow SLK 230 Kompressor and I am in heaven...the only thing i do not like is the SEATS! They should have put a more plush seat like in the SL. It took some getting used to but I smile everytime I get behind the wheel. AWESOME CAR. You have it all...sporty, classy, good gas mileage and a HARDTOP CONVERTIBLE! No other car in its class offers it...when will the others wake up?

The Most Affordable Hardtop Convertible

4.9
TopDownSLK on 07/24/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have always refrained from convertibles because softtops seem to cause the car to age quickly and also appear to be unreliable. Thanks to MB for its innovative technology, a retractable hardtop is like a dream comes true - incorporates the best of two worlds, not to mention it is the most affordable hardtop convertible out there as of this date. The SLK is too much fun to drive; the 320 model drives and sounds smoother especially during tight cornering; with wood trim as standard interior, it is even more classy and luxurious. I have had problems opening the trunk once or twice, but who use the trunk anyway!

Gotta love it!

5
FDomke on 04/11/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This car is rock-solid, reliable and great fun to drive. People cheer when they see the smooth-operation, fully automatic transformation from coupe to convertible. Gutsy performance, utter reliability, and good economy. No problems at all.

What happened to MB?

4
DaceMace on 04/10/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

This is my first MB. The convience of the hardtop is their, but I have had nothing but problems. First the left driver's side panel was rubbing in the trunk. The front passanger side where the roof locks in, is protruding out. The dealership claims that it was the result of the windshield being changed. The compressor has been replaced, because the car resembling a diesel. Since I live in Arizona, I had my AC on yesterday and the heater just kicked on! Dealer stated that a chip malfunctioned, has been replaced and will not happen again. I'm disappointed in the MB. I just wish it held its value more, even mercedes doesn't want the car back!

Happy to have a real car

4.9
Nivek on 04/09/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have had my 320 for almost 2 years and love it. I love it when I pull up next to some guy with a mullet in a mustang and smoke him off the line. I get more heads that turn from the great exhaust note to the killer xenon lights. I have replaced both fog lamps and many chips of my hood fixed from debris. P.S. Dont ever try the headlamp washers with the top down!!!!

Jewel of a Roadster

4.9
foodog on 02/11/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Fabulous car with no vices. Bulletproof reliability and quality. While its not the sports car drive you will find in a Porsche it has a much nicer interior and an automatically retractable steel top. Also as a Mercedes its going to be safe if for any reason you get into an accident. If you are going to drive around a small roadster in SUV country you might want to consider this. The 320 6 cylinder motor makes this a much smoother, better sounding and quicker car than the 230. I never had any problems whatsoever with this car.

Dream Automobilie

5
Danzig on 11/14/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I feel very fortunate to have this car. It is so fun to drive. I bought it used and the Starmark extended warranty as well, so I have 6 yrs of warranty left on it. Paint job is not as smooth as it should be. Minor problem with the trunk opening. But other than that, the car has been perfect. I cannot conceive having or wanting any other car. I plan on having it for many years to come.

Very disappointed

3.6
WF on 10/08/2002

Performance: 3 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 2 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 2

I have had my SLK for 15 months - first 6 uneventful. Likes: Love the body style and the retractable hardtop. Little road noise. Car handles well and is relatively comfortable - even on trips for several hours. Dislikes: I now live at the Mercedes service department. Have had bad alternator, two separate tail light failures, leather flakes off door handles and center console, repairs on the roof and numerous other minor problems. All of these have been repaired under warranty - so just the inconvenience. Overall, I am very disappointed with the quality of this car. I expected more from Mercedes and will not be a repeat customer.

slk review

4.9
rebecca1s on 09/14/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

fabulous to drive, safe and heads turn all the time.

The Perfect Car

5
lynnslk on 09/02/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is the perfect car in town or on the highway. She acts like she has velcro on her feet in the rain. I would have to take some 'real' driving lessons to fully use her capabilities.

Mechnical problem with my trunk

3.8
bridgeman on 09/02/2002

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 2 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 2

Great car to drive or show-off around town, except a few issues w/ my truck. It is not the size, but had problem opening it when it is hot...think it is a mechanical issue...also read complains from other owners. The problem can be resolved by moving the roof (open or close) so the trunk will open up..but not exact Merc's quality.

little yellow SKL320

5
mb202576 on 06/14/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I purchased my "sunburst yellow" SLK320 in 2000 and love driving it any chance i get. The only drawbacks i have with it are: 1) issues with paint job 2) the ASB light and and dash light that is intermitted. otherwise it has held up great.

I love this car!

5
jmt816 on 05/09/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I've owned this car for just shy of 1 year now, and continue to love it. It is a great blend of style, comfort, performance. The ride is quite smooth and comfortable (actually better than many sedans!). And, considering it's a 2-seat sports car, I find it actually is reasonably practical too. Even with the top down (which reduces the trunk space), I can fit 8 bags of groceries in the trunk. And the constant comments & looks from other drivers & even people on the street adds a little extra enjoyment - I'm sure they'd all be shocked at how reasonably priced this car is (under $40k base). Overall, M-B has done a fabulous job with this car.

a joy to drive!

4.6
tully man on 04/29/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

A wonderful car for two people! Hard top retracting never fails to bring smiles. Overall drive is very sporty, not at all mushy, sticks to the road like glue with the right tires. Highly recommended for people without kids or as second (or third!) car for wekends. Not great in snow even with decent snow radials.

Just keeps getting better

4.8
Houston-Ian on 04/03/2002

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have been driving the car for just over a year now and it just keeps getting better. I opted for the manual 6 and this adds to the fun, great exhaust note too. When hard top is up it feels like a sedan. I have not had any problems and at 9000 miles it is now starting to get even smoother and loosen up a little. Highly recommend it.

Nice Little MB

4.9
Klassy/Ken Spoonts on 03/13/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Have owned for about 8 months in Alaska so have only put on 3000 mi. Had to purchase winter studkess tires due to the original HP tires were not for winter driving.The winter tires have done the trick, the car handles very well with just the rear wheel drive due to the Positive Stability system. It is a fun Car with all the "Klass" you could ask for. Not exactly fast, but Quick enough & Smooth as Silk.

Love it.

5
dano on 03/07/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is such a fun car. I was worried about trunk space that hasn't been a problem. I travel a lot and usually need to carry a fair sized bag and a computer. If you get a fairly flat bag it's no problem.

my red convertible

5
worker on 02/24/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is my second benz. I traded my 98 C230(was my favorite car). I love the ride and quality of my SLK. Gives that bank vault like ride that my C class gave. Definitely a collector car of the future. I plan on keeping this car for a very long time.


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