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2003 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Convertible

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Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.3 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 192 hp @ 5500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 17/25 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2003 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

  • A fun-to-drive roadster that combines the safety and security of a hardtop, the wind-in-your-hair fun of a convertible and the European-brand cachet of a Mercedes' all-in-one attractively styled package.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Retractable hardtop, confident handling, blistering performance from the SLK32 AMG, quiet and composed freeway cruiser.

  • Cons

    Steering lacks feedback, big blind spots when top is up, no manual gearbox for the top performance model.

  • What's New for 2003

    There are no changes for this year. A revamped SLK is set to debut for 2004.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (25 total reviews)  |  Write a Review


I love my slk

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Vehicle: 2003 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class SLK230 Kompressor 2dr Roadster (2.3L 4cyl S/C 6M)

It is fun driving top down or up but I will srive it top down more weather permitting. It get's pretty darned hot here in Phoenix AZ in July.




Exaclty what i was looking

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Vehicle: 2003 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class SLK230 Kompressor 2dr Roadster (2.3L 4cyl S/C 6M)

Car has a very solid construction. Comfortable for a sport roadster. Good on gas. I average 24 mpg on premium. Engine has enough power for an average driver, but being a 4 cyl is does not sound too smooth. The whining of the supercharger compensates a little, and bring some of the 'sport sound' to the car



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

2003 slk230

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Vehicle: 2003 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class SLK230 Kompressor 2dr Roadster (2.3L 4cyl S/C 6M)

I've owned the SLK for a little over a year, and am very happy with it. I was initially attracted to the car because of its looks, styling, and impressive engineering. Supercharger provides enough of a boost for highway passing; otherwise, I would recommend a 320. Expectation met – with just one exception.



5 of 5 people found this review helpful

Fast, fun car

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Vehicle: 2003 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class SLK230 Kompressor 2dr Roadster (2.3L 4cyl S/C 6M)

I love the handling of this car! The acceleration is more than adequate, as the car gets off the line quickly, and it accelerates hard. With the AMG Sport package, the interior is very pleasing with the machined metal inserts. At 80 MPH cruising speed across Nebraska, the gas mileage was 28. The cockpit is roomy enough, and every control is close at hand. So nice to have a convertible hard top, also, although the trunk capacity is limited with the top down. Big enough for an ice chest, though.




It's a 10!

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Vehicle: 2003 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class SLK230 Kompressor 2dr Roadster (2.3L 4cyl S/C 6M)

Fantastic automobile. The retractable hard top draws onlookers everytime it is used! The interior trim and seat stitching is awesome! It handles like it's on rails and it is very quiet for a small vehicle with the top up or down. No problems after first year of ownership. Even with roof retracted the trunk has some space to work with.




Good bang for the buck

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Vehicle: 2003 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class SLK230 Kompressor 2dr Roadster (2.3L 4cyl S/C 6M)

The top operation is something to watch. This is just a fun car to drive around in. On the highway or on the city street it looks good and is lots of fun to drive.



Full 2003 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Review

What's New for 2003

There are no changes for this year. A revamped SLK is set to debut for 2004.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 17
  • cty
/
  • 25
  • highway
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