2003 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Convertible Consumer Reviews
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Patrick
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2003 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Convertible SLK320 2dr Roadster (3.2L 6cyl 6M)


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I did have a 98 230 SLK with 4k but was totaled by a drunk driver. I purchased a 06 Chrysler Crossfire, thinking I would have the same experience and save money. No comparing. The SLK series Mercedes is one of the coolest convertible roadsters on the market. Performance, looks, roadster feel, with more class than most roadsters. I sold the Chrysler right away and began searching to replace the 230 with a newer 320 with no regret.


Favorite Features

Performance and the cool hardtop retractable. Great in any environment. The car is reasonably comfortable on a long trip as well.


Suggested Improvements

The cup holder is awkward at best. Any spil goes directly on the stereo and wood dash.


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No bells or whistles
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By Benz42
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2003 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Convertible SLK320 2dr Roadster (3.2L 6cyl 6M)


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This car is especially fun to drive, even at slow speeds. With exceptional handling, acceleration cornering, the envious stares I get from other drivers are just icing on the cake. I love the automatic fold-and-stow hardtop, and the way the car feels when I'm in it. I also love the sound of the exhaust when I'm accelerating hard, especially when compared to my previous 4 cylinder turbo MazdaSpeed Protege. This is a fun and prestigious car to drive and own. I'm glad I found it.


Favorite Features

Found this 2003, Designo Silver SLK320 with only 17K miles. Buying it was a no brainer since I'd been looking for over a year and nothing else came close to the condition - Like NEW! Even my local Mercedes dealer was impressed. Styling is second to none and it feels like a Mercedes. I love it.


Suggested Improvements

What's up with the lack of luxury features? My wife has a 2000 Explore with more in the way of useful gadgets, such as a trip computer, digital climate control, and a CD player. This lack of technology was a big disappointment to me, as I would expect more than the basics in a Benz!


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I LOVE MY SLK
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By SLK 230
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2003 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Convertible SLK230 Kompressor 2dr Roadster (2.3L 4cyl S/C 6M)


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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.


Favorite Features

love the sporty look bit it is not considered a sports car as far as insurance concerns


Suggested Improvements

none, i like it as it is


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Exaclty What I was looking for!
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By Joe
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2003 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Convertible SLK230 Kompressor 2dr Roadster (2.3L 4cyl S/C 6M)


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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


Favorite Features

Hardtop up or down. It is incredible. Bose sound systes is very good. Overall exterior design. It is already a classic! Stick shift is very precise and the 6th gear acts as an overdrive for highway driving. Low noise, good mileage


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2003 SLK230
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By R2
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2003 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Convertible SLK230 Kompressor 2dr Roadster (2.3L 4cyl S/C 6M)


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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.


Favorite Features

Hardtop convertible, and a fun 2nd car on the way to an SL.


Suggested Improvements

Cheap, tacky plastic interior. I still cannot understand why Mercedes would not offer leather as an option. The only way to rid unsightly scratches to the plastic console is to replace it with another cheap plastic console.


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Too Hot To Handle
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By Unclegee
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2003 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Convertible SLK320 2dr Roadster (3.2L 6cyl 6M)


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My 2003 SLK 320 is the result of my mid life crisis so says my lovely girl friend. If so, so be it. It is quick, agile, always turns heads. The fit and finish is perfect. Top up it is smooth quite and the Bose sound system is outstanding. Top down wind noise is minimal, and the fun factor is off the chart. And to top it off I consistently get 28/30 mpg on the freeway at a modest 65mph. Where else can you get head turner looks, performance of a V8, due to its light weight, and fuel economy as good or better than those little shoe boxes the car makers are trying to pawn off on us. Another bonus, parts are no more than an American car. Dealers are very reasonable.


Favorite Features

Power, handling, looks, fit and finish, convertible hardtop, fuel economy.


Suggested Improvements

Can't think of any, it is pretty much perfect.


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Awesomelittle car
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By Donna
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2003 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Convertible SLK320 2dr Roadster (3.2L 6cyl 6M)


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I wanted a convertible but live on a dirt road so looked at hardtops. Glad I bought this one. It is fun to drive...way different than my BMW 525i. While my BMW is a great driving machine, it is heavy and moving the steering wheel requires some work. With this Mercedes its very light and the steering wheel moves extrememly easily. I had to get used to the difference. Sometims I want more than a 2 seater, sometimes I want more room - but I made this choice - - the tradeoff I've made. Also the car is so low and my friends always groan getting in or out because it's hard to get in and out.


Favorite Features

The overall look, the wind not blowing my hair all over when I have the top down, how cool the top looks going down or coming up, the heated seats..the cassette tape option behind the stereo is great as I have a huge book on tape library I've collected for commuting.


Suggested Improvements

I have been hearing a noise recently, tomorrow I am taking to a dealership. I have just over $50,000 miles on it. I think the dealership is bad as the last fix they did they charged me for and i think it should have been covered by my warranty. I think my BMW might have been slightly more dependable


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Fast, Fun Car
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By Jim in AV, Ca
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2003 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Convertible SLK230 Kompressor 2dr Roadster (2.3L 4cyl S/C 6M)


Review

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.


Favorite Features

The handling of this car is outstanding. Good gas mileage, outstanding tires, and excellent styling, top down or up. I get lots of compliments on the car.


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It's a 10!
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By Perfection
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2003 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Convertible SLK230 Kompressor 2dr Roadster (2.3L 4cyl S/C 6M)


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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.


Favorite Features

Retractable hard top roof. Seat stitching. Handling. Fantastically fun automobile.


Suggested Improvements

Radio controls on steering wheel.


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Sporty, fun, fast and power to spare!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By SMarciano1
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2003 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Convertible SLK320 2dr Roadster (3.2L 6cyl 6M)


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I find my 2003 SLK-320 always fun to drive. It's a sporty and a real head turner going down the road. If the sun is out, the top is down. Or 25 seconds later it can be a hardtop again. You'll need to watch the speedometer because it is truly effortless to get to and exceed highway speeds. I love the throaty sound when I step on the gas. The motor eagerly responds at all speeds with ease. Comfortable seats and ride with plenty of legroom. Almost intuitive handling in turns, curves and "other" manuvers. The cockpit has well laid out gauges and controls. I've had no problems to date.


Favorite Features

Hardtop convertible, in 25 seconds it's either a convertible or hardtop. The heated seats warm quickly and allow top down driving more often and they are nice in brisk mornings or nights. The Bose sound system is well suited for this car top up or down.


Suggested Improvements

Drink holder should be better placed. Stock radio needs to be updated. No one uses tapes anymore. The CD changer needs to come out of the trunk and into the front console (integrated into headunit would be best) where it belongs.


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