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1998 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Convertible

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Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.3 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 185 hp @ 5300 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 0/0 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1998 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

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  • Pros

    Good looking and spunky, this is the only convertible on the market to feature the all-weather protection of a retractable hardtop.

  • Cons

    Performance lags behind the BMW Z3 and Porsche Boxster.

  • What's New for 1998

    Mercedes-Benz releases an all-new retractable-hardtop roadster. Powered by a supercharged 2.3-liter engine, which is hooked to a five-speed automatic transmission, the SLK-Class races to 60 mph in just over seven seconds.

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What Others Are Saying

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Great car

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Vehicle: 1998 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class SLK230 Kompressor 2dr Convertible

I love this car. It is a great ride and so much fun to drive. It is powerful enough and wants to go faster than the speed limit will allow me to drive; I feel in complete control of the car. It still drives almost as good as it did 10 years ago. The trunk holds more than you would think. I am short, so it is a great fit. Everything else I drive falls short. I will keep this car for as long as possible. If you want a sports car that is a joy every time you get in it and one that still turns heads, I can highly recommend this one.



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98 mercedes slk

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Vehicle: 1998 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class SLK230 Kompressor 2dr Convertible

Have never had any mechanical issues. Drove it in east coast city traffic and the mountains in colorado- handled roads great and heated seats with convert top down were a luxury. Bought it because of the retractable roof- the SLK was the first convertible to do this and I never had a problem with it. have owned several other Mercedes from sedans to SUVs and this was definitely the most fun to drive, body style looked great ten years latter, paint held up- silver, but the interior was starting to wear- florida heat may have been a factor- the red paint on the dash and console was starting to melt and peel. So, with regrets I just traded it in. Other than routine maintenance no major repairs.




Fun fun fun

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Vehicle: 1998 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class SLK230 Kompressor 2dr Convertible

I got this car for my high school graduation. It is so much fun to drive. It accelerates great especially when in the 4th mode. Mine is bright yellow and it turns heads both when the top is up and down. The power hard top keeps the car cooler and warmer and takes only 30 seconds to come up/down. The sound system is superb and the heated seats are nice. Everything is great about it. It is far better than any other roadster. A must!




Slk fever

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Vehicle: 1998 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class SLK230 Kompressor 2dr Convertible

This car is really fun to drive. It is very fast and corners incredibly. The only small drawback is it is a bit tight inside. I love this car! It gets great gas mileage and has wonderful snob appeal!




Great car

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Vehicle: 1998 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class SLK230 Kompressor 2dr Convertible

The dependability and performance of the car is nothing less than perfect. It looks good and the auto-top is wonderful with no rattles or problems




Marginal reliability

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Vehicle: 1998 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class SLK230 Kompressor 2dr Convertible

My friend and I both bought SLK's in 98 and had similar experiences with reliability issues.The top sometimes jams in a partially open/closed condition, tail lights have a propensity to melt, and the interior side panels were replaced twice under warranty due to separtation of the vinyl from the cardboard backing. Otherwise, the car is a blast to drive and really handles like a sports car. The seats initially feel like boards, but after a few minutes, they actually fell quite comfortable. Lots of power, and reasonable fule mileage, though it requires premium.



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Full 1998 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Review

What's New for 1998

Mercedes-Benz releases an all-new retractable-hardtop roadster. Powered by a supercharged 2.3-liter engine, which is hooked to a five-speed automatic transmission, the SLK-Class races to 60 mph in just over seven seconds.

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