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Fun and reliable Mercedes roadster
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By thraxman
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1999 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class SLK230 Sport 2dr Convertible


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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...


Best Features

Styling. Supercharger. Vario Roof. 6 cd changer.


Worst Features

More power. Better interior paint on the plastics.


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Small, Simple and Fun!
11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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By johnnylee123
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1999 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class SLK230 Sport 2dr Convertible


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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.


Best Features

Timeless Styling, I constantly get looks and compliments. Simple interior Build quality, the materials are built with durability that feel like it'll easily surpass the life of the car and not fall to pieces or break. Handling, flat cornering, responsive steering with good feed back. Many reviewers have criticized the SLK for having numb steering feel, however I think there talking about the SLK320 which uses a recirculation ball steering rack, the SLK230, I think, uses rack and pinion which gives feed back to the driver. Also the reliability of this car has been great, its simple without all those useless computers which causes electrical problems in the long haul.


Worst Features

None, extremely grateful to have this car! It is a heck of a lot better than taking the bus or walking.


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So much fun!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By dcslkgirl
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1999 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class SLK230 Sport 2dr Convertible


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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.


Best Features

Retractable hardtop convertible. Sport package with AMG wheels. Turbo kompressor engine. The fact that I am driving a MB!


Worst Features

Cup holder stinks - I don't even use it. Interior paint peels easily, but is an easy DIY fix. PSE pump is an expensive part that is essentially placed in a pool of water in the trunk of the car. Bad design placement!


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Too much fun!
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By Phil M
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1999 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class SLK230 Sport 2dr Convertible


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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).


Best Features

Mechanized retractable hard top. 0-60 in 6 seconds. Excellent cornering.


Worst Features

Radar detector!


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By cristina rodriguez
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1999 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class SLK230 Sport 2dr Convertible


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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!


Best Features

The convertible feature:-)


Worst Features

Stereo and tires


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