I thought a review of a 6 year old SLK320 might be helpful to people. All of the '98 to '02 SLK's had an issue with paint peeling on the center console. Other than that my SLK looks like it rolled off the assembly line yesterday. I have never seen a car that has aged this well, bar none. Outside paint still lives up to its name 'Brilliant Silver'. Everything about the car is tight and solid. My last car was a Corvette so I am not new to performance cars and this one is a winner. No, it doesnt have the off the line grunt of a Corvette. It is more along the lines of european sports cars, in other words spectacular handling, very good road manners and comfort levels and exciting top end speed.
Retractable hardtop, and the looks my car gets everywhere.
This is my third MB and the nicest looking by far. I bought it basically for the ease of the retractable hardtop. The trunk is small, but adequate for trips to the grocery store. I would rather have a single disc CD player than the optional 6 disc in the trunk. Pickup is not as responsive as the 230SLK supercharged which I previously owned. I like the interior features better on the 320 though, with the wood grain treatments. Definitely not a family car, just a fun short trip vehicle. Gets about 18 miles per gallon with city driving and 29 miles per gallon exclusively highway. Great car for me, but I only do about 5K a year.
Hard top retractable.
Offer the 320 with the supercharger like the 230. It would be more fun to drive.
My 2005 Mercedes-Benz SLK320 is just plain fun! Its acceleration is more than adequate, it won't beat a Porsche Boxster but it'll get you excited. Putting the roof up or down is a breeze - just click & hold the button. Once the roof is up it's as solid as a regular hardtop, no shimmy. This car is relatively quiet though noise from the rear tires can be loud with the roof up. Its exhaust note is a nice throaty roar. The engine sounds great when wound up. This car always draws looks and positive comments from all age groups. It is very noticeable and unique.
The folding hardtop is tops!
The seats could be more padded, they are OK for short trips (less than 2 hours). Steering & road feel could be improved, think the new 2005 model solved that problem. Still holds curves adequately and can be tossed around enough to still be fun.
I have had this car almost 2 years and
I love it. It has phenomenal power,
brakes, and suspension. The folding top
is a work of art, but limits trunk
space significantly. One trip to the
dealer so far, for headlight
adjustment. All maintenance done at
home. This car should have come with a
1 disc CD, but didn't. I didn't buy the
$2K car phone. (Duh!) No complaints.
349 HP, 0-60 in 4.6 seconds. Folding
hardtop turns coupe to roadster.
1 Disc MP3 CD player Std. Give GPS
output to the driver, not just the MB
Tele-aid folks. Needs a reasonably
priced phone interface.