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2001 SLK230
By hugalar on 04/26/14 13:14 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2001 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Convertible SLK 230 Kompressor 2dr Convertible (2.3L 4cyl S/C 6M)

Review

I have owned this SLK230 for 5 years. I got it used with 42000, and now have 98000 miles on it. The only issue I have had is replacing brake lights a couple of times, the dome light goes out about once a year and thats about it. This car GREAT! People always ask me how much the car cost (annoying) because the way it looks. It looks like an expensive car, but I picked it up for a good deal. The interior is comfortable for a sports car, the stereo is amazing, the hard top convertible only takes 20 sec. to go down so it can easily be done at a red light. I have taken this car to its limits, fast cornering and hard breaking, so this car can handle all kinds of driving.
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Fun but has a Dangerous flaw
By rsdeepsea on 04/10/14 05:29 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2001 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Convertible SLK 230 Kompressor 2dr Convertible (2.3L 4cyl S/C 6M)

Review

Fun car to drive, very fast and sturdy. Reliable until my wife spilled a drink on gear shifter under cup holders, transmission locked up. Luckily she was in the driveway. Have read of people doing this @ 65mph and the car automatically skidding to a halt! That could kill someone! How does Mercedes not have to recall that and waterproof the PC board for the shifter? Right this second trying to dry it out so it will run again, hopefully without needing a new $700 PC board. BTW, removing/connecting battery cable requires a code to activate your radio again or you drive in silence: call the dealer for code.
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Awesome car great performance for 4 cyl.
By B on 05/02/10 19:47 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2001 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Convertible SLK 230 Kompressor 2dr Convertible (2.3L 4cyl S/C 6M)

Review

Owned for about 6 months now. love to drive it, especially with the top down. bought with 180,000 miles on it, but it runs great and had it inspected privately; everything is in tip top shape for how many miles are on it. those Germans know how to make a quality car. the top squeaks a little when going over bumps - to be expected, minimal road noise for a convertible. tiptronic transmission shifts smoothly. plenty of interior features, very luxurious. if you buy a mbz, you need to take it to a dealership for service, or at least make sure you use strictly mbz parts, and approved fluids.
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Great Car Fun to Drive
By Kanilure on 08/12/09 07:14 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2001 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Convertible SLK 230 Kompressor 2dr Convertible (2.3L 4cyl S/C 6M)

Review

This has been a very reliable car. Very comfortable on trips with good lumbar support and excellent gas mileage. Actually got 33 mpg on one trip! Problems have been minor except for the catalytic converter, which was replaced under warranty by the dealer. This car has 80,000 miles on it and it will still get up and go and will stop on a dime!
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Luxury...hah!
By kegradtech on 04/20/08 15:04 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2001 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Convertible SLK 230 Kompressor 2dr Convertible (2.3L 4cyl S/C 6M)

Review

My wife purchased this car in 2003 from with only 3000 miles on it...in other words still almost in new condition. It looks beautiful on the outside and is pretty fun with the top down on a nice spring day. Since then, it's been nothing but trouble. O2 sensor burn-outs and associated problems ($1300-1500). Constant electrical problems esp. with cruise control. All sorts of exterior lighting issues like a poorly aimed headlight that Mercedes says can't aim any truer (higher) than it is (it shines maybe 15ft in front of car). God forbid you accidentally don't screw your gas cap on tight enough cuz that'll run ya about $175 to get the check engine turned off by Mercedes- Benz
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4 of 4 people found this review helpful
2001 SLK 230
By Bob Patterson on 03/30/08 05:03 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2001 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Convertible SLK 230 Kompressor 2dr Convertible (2.3L 4cyl S/C 6M)

Review

Traded my 2000 Green Jag 4.0 sedan for this little car. All for the wife. Even though I've heard the nightmares about MB quality not being what it used to be. I've had real no issues with the car. It gets really good gas mileage. Not bad for long drives. Great in the North Carolina mountain roads. Only bad thing. The wife spilled coffee into the triptronic shifter. $500 bucks to get that fixed. Odd place to have a cup holder in a car. MB replaced the rear tail light lense for both sides under a warranty recall. Put some Michelin Exalto tires on this car and it made all the difference in how it handled and felt on the road.
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SLK
By SLKMERCDESMOMMA on 03/06/08 11:48 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2001 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Convertible SLK 230 Kompressor 2dr Convertible (2.3L 4cyl S/C 6M)

Review

Let me start by saying I love the 2001 SLK230 kompressor.This car is like finding the perfect pair of jeans while they fit in all the right places they still need some adjusting from time to time. I heard all convertibles leak as does this hard top right at the top of both windows.From time to time you have to press down on the trunk to get it open Currently the leather is wearing off the side of the drivers seat.They did have a recall on the rear taillight finally something fixed for free.As for the current concern when the weather is cold the stickshift refuses to get out of park unless you let it heat up for approx 20 min.This has me nervous. In 3 1/2 yrs.Just oil changes & battery
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Most fun to drive ever
By LOVEMYSLK on 11/18/06 12:25 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2001 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Convertible SLK 230 Kompressor 2dr Convertible (2.3L 4cyl S/C 6M)

Review

Only had it 3 months, but I just love it. The most fun to drive of any car I've owned. Great trunk space compared to competitors. Recent 1400 mile road trip averaged over 30 mpg cruising in the 80's over Sierra mountains. Takes curves like it's on rails. Comfortable for 2 on long trips.
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Hold back
By margie on 09/22/06 22:13 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2001 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Convertible SLK 230 Kompressor 2dr Convertible (2.3L 4cyl S/C 6M)

Review

My dream car is a nightmare. It has been in for repairs more than any other car I've owned. Many, many electrical problems. I have the passenger side brake light bulb changed on the average of once a week. Went to far as to have the entire unit replaced which did not make a difference. Had the motor mounts replaced at under 30k miles. The radio and turbo charger is new. I am getting rid of this horrid little car asap!! Don't let the asthetic appeal of this model of Mercedes fool you!
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Not for the long run
By Disappointed on 03/02/06 13:22 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2001 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Convertible SLK 230 Kompressor 2dr Convertible (2.3L 4cyl S/C 6M)

Review

I've had my SLK for almost 6 years. While it's sporty, fun to drive and I love the hardtop, it's not the MB quality I expected. I've had a problem with the O2 sensor, the computer chip for the hardtop (2 times), leaking windows, recurring taillight burnout, a stuck gas guage needle, and water leaking into the electrical system. This past year I've spent almost $5K in repairs.
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