MB has produced an exceptional car with the near perfect ingredients of sport, luxury, comfort, convenience, and versatility.
I have admittedly drank the cool aide on top down motoring.
This is my sixth convertible (1964 Corvair Monza Spyder, 1966 Corvair Corsa, 1978 Fiat 124 Spider, 2001 SLK350, 2006 SC430).
My assessment is based on those and other driving experiences (I've driven many other great convertibles: Mustangs, Corvettes, Porsches, BMWs, Audis).
I have less than 10k miles on the car and yet I find myself inordinately happier with each passing mile (a first for someone who is considered a total car [violative content deleted], buying more than 30 new car over the last 25 years, yes my wife is encouraging me to get therapy).
In rank order: Quietness afforded by the seven-layer top, Aircap (create one-of-a-kind driving experience), Multicontour front seats, Distronic, Exhaust sound, Airscarf (keeps my top down in cold weather), Stereo (sound quality, traffic updates, hands free integration), upgraded wheel package
Gas mileage (my other car is a Prius, go figure), no heated steering wheel, cost of options, rear quarter panel styling w/top up, rear visability with headrests in up position, IPOD sync not the best, who uses
memory card slots anymore?
By far the most comprehensive car I have ever owned. Love the engineering in the car. Large enough to fit my family of four and luggage as well with top down.
Very impressed with the interior style and electronics are state of the art.
This is my 6th Benz since '88, and my 4th convertible.
It is a major step up from the 2 CLK's I owned (03 and 05), and it is, naturally, much more car than the 07 SLK I traded in for this one.
The quality of all the interior materials and finishes is excellent, the top works smoothly and quickly, and when closed it rides extremely quietly for a soft-top.
The navigation system is vastly improved over the horrible SLK system I endured for 3+ years (which was an insult at over $2K), and, surprise!, the Germans have figured out cup-holders finally!
But seriously, it is a solid, extremely well built car.
The new system for reducing air-flow while the top is open is ingenious.
Also, the trunk space is a quite surprisingly ample for a convertible.
Overall, the feel of the car is very comforting -- solid but nimble, powerful but smooth, etc.
The navigation system's maps should show street names more prominently.
Sometimes it just looks like a generic map because without street or road signs, it's hard to tell where one is.
Check engine light came on after 20 miles. Struts had to be replaced after 3,000 miles. Suspension still a problem. Navigation system is a disaster. Seat controls not working properly. After 6 months and 3,000 miles, I am considering getting a new car. I wish I had not bought this car!
We picked up this little jewel in June and, to date, have already clocked on 10K. The wife complains about getting in and out of the vehicle but I think it is just right. The car corners and brakes excellent but somewhat sluggish in Comfort Drive or whatever you call it. Should of opted to the V8 version. The interior is well designed and easy to maintain. The body style and appeal is a killer, a real head turner on the road. We are surprised with the lack of road noise especially being a convertible. Great sound system.
The wind shield and scarf system is awesome, my wife rants and raves about it. The body style is fantastic. Handles great in the corners but my wife says its not fast. The paddle shifters take care of the fast part when you want to take it to the limits.
The hood latches need to be better designed (tend to pop up) Water leaks on the side windows during washing and strong rain. The trunk is too dam small as nothing fits. Tire sensors are very sensitive in temperature changes using air. No folding mirrors. Back up camera is a problem with rain.