by thraxman on Feb 5, 2014 Vehicle: 1999 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class SLK230 Sport 2dr Convertible
My car is a '99 SLK230 Komp with sport pack, in auto. The build quality is mechanically solid, though interior is minimal with some cheap bits (expect rattles, paint flaking). An all weather daily driver, put about 20k miles on it in 2.5 years, and nothings failed yet (at 90k miles). The drive is sporty and stiff, with moderate accel (185hp/ 200ft lbs). Road volume's loud, but so is the Bose stereo. Interior accomodations are perfect for smaller people, as the wheel base is pretty short, but big people will feel cramped.
In general, a great little convertible with classy style that is fun at safe speeds and has a driving experience I enjoy. It's just better than its competition...
by johnnylee123 on Dec 31, 2011 Vehicle: 1999 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class SLK230 Sport 2dr Convertible
This car is great. After I bought this car, I looked at many reviews on the SLK and it got a lot of scorn and bad reviews about bad handling and mediocre performance ect. But the SLK230 is honestly a fantastic car to own. I have the one with the sport AMG package which adds the AMG body kit and wheels, but not a suspension upgrade as I assumed until I looked it up. This car is built solidly, when Mercedes was good and not overly complicated with computers, and for that reason I believe its so reliable. The reliability for me could rival a Toyota, no problems at all. The handling is excellent. It stays flat in the corners and is extremely nimble with good steering feel.
by dcslkgirl on Aug 5, 2008 Vehicle: 1999 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class SLK230 Sport 2dr Convertible
I am loving every minute of it. The sport package is a must, as it "beefens" the look of the SLK. I am used to V-8, but the turbo picks up quick! Make sure to get an extended warranty, if possible, as MB is known for its mechanical problems. Had a defective camshaft position sensor within the first 2 weeks of ownership, but warranty covered it. Has been known to have recurring problems with the PSE pump (locks the doors and sets the alarm). Check out online forums to get a feel for potential problems of the SLK. Overall, this vehicle is sexy! You will love every minute of driving. I get stares everywhere I go, with the top up, down, and in between. Friends call it the bat-mobile.
by Phil M on Oct 6, 2006 Vehicle: 1999 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class SLK230 Sport 2dr Convertible
This car handles superbly, accelerates quickly for a 4-cylinder, and is comfortable and fairly quiet with the top on at high speeds (watch that!). It takes about a minute to trade the quiet and safety of a hard top for the thrill of a convertible. Everyone except my wife loves this car (maybe it's those speeding tickets).
by cristina rodriguez on Jul 15, 2006 Vehicle: 1999 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class SLK230 Sport 2dr Convertible
It has been an extreme fun and reliable experience. Never want to get rid of it. The only "but"? If you gain weight, you can't fit! Perfect car for two. Not good for drives longer then 6 hours. Beautiful interior and exterior. Never looks old!
This year, Mercedes gives the SLK-Class a standard five-speed manual transmission, optional Sport Package, a new-generation stereo with cassette that uses fiber-optic technology and integrated controls for a cellular phone.