I bought my SLK in June of '98 and plan
to keep it a long time as a weekend
car. Performance is fine, handling is
simply outstanding. The hardtop has
been trouble free so far -- one
adjustment in 2000. California traffic
is heavy, so the 5-sp auto is the way
to go. Luggage space with the top up is
cavernous -- much better than Z3,
Boxster, S2000. Most important, the car
stands out -- there are tons of
Z3/Boxsters in Southern CA, but SLK is
rarer. If buying a used one check
maintenance recs -- any Mercedes will
cost a fortune if it wasn't cared for.
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