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.
Performance and the cool hardtop retractable. Great in any environment. The car is reasonably comfortable on a long trip as well.
The cup holder is awkward at best. Any spil goes directly on the stereo and wood dash.