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.
by on Jun 21, 2012 Vehicle: 2004 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class SLK230 Kompressor 2dr Roadster (2.3L 4cyl S/C 6M)
I owned my 2004 SLK 230 until this past November when I traded it in on a BMW Z4.
Although I do love the BMW, I will always have a place in my heart for the Mercedes.
I kept the SLK until it had over 147K and it was as solid and reliable on the day I traded it in as the day I purchased it.
It was and probably remains a truly outstanding car and despite my joy in driving the BMW, the Mercedes will always be remembered as a wonderful car that gave me nothing but GREAT service.
by bobportney on Jan 24, 2011 Vehicle: 2004 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class SLK230 Kompressor 2dr Roadster (2.3L 4cyl S/C 6M)
I have now owned my car for over 31/2 years and it has 125k miles on it.
I purchased the car in Nov. of 2006 and at the time it had 16K miles.
I have now put over 109K miles on it and nothing has ever gpone wrong or prevented me from getting where I had to go.
I have serviced it on a regular basis and it has performed very well.
The reason I bought the 2004 SLK in 2006 was because my 2002 SLK was hit by another car and I wanted a new one but didn't like the body style of the 2005-2006 model.
I remain very happy with my SLK and await the next body style when I will most likely get another SLK.
Robert Portney, MD
by Robert Portney, MD on Apr 8, 2010 Vehicle: 2004 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class SLK230 Kompressor 2dr Roadster (2.3L 4cyl S/C 6M)
I have had this SLK for almost 3.5 years and despite the cars age and having 103,000 miles on it, it still feels rock solid and runs and looks like new. I purchased this vehicle for $12,000 plus my old SLK in 11/2006, even though the 2002 car had almost 90,000 miles on it and had been in a terrible accident. Thus, for a relatively small amount of money, I have had two beautiful cars that people think cost a lot of money but in reality only cost 10 to 15 cents per mile plus gas to run. In short, both MB SLKs have been extremely reliable and fun cars to drive and represented sound investments. That is why I plan on buying another SLK when the new models arrive in 2012. Robert Portney, MD
by John on Aug 24, 2009 Vehicle: 2004 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class SLK320 2dr Roadster (3.2L 6cyl 6M)
This Mercedes Benz will be collectors Car soon, the first SLK. It has the feel of Mercedes Benz and the look of a James Bond Car. Great for weekend get a ways for two or Mercedes Benz Club events. These cars will start increasing in value soon and everyone will want one.
by Jim on Aug 9, 2009 Vehicle: 2004 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class SLK230 Kompressor 2dr Roadster (2.3L 4cyl S/C 6M)
Most fun car to drive that I have ever owned. Car handles like a go-cart. I don't think you could spin it out. Have the Special Edition with the wider low profile tires. Been very reliable except during cold weather, a supercharger interlock sticks, causes a check engine light and shuts off supercharger. Need to take it in to have the code cleared to restars supercharger. Dealer claims it will reset itself but it doesn't. You may buy a code analyzer to do this yourself for a couple hundred. Other than that, be prepared to buy new rear tires and brake pads every year. Overall, the fun factor outweighs the issues with the supercharger and excessive maintenance of wear parts.
by Robert Portney, MD on Apr 18, 2009 Vehicle: 2004 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class SLK230 Kompressor 2dr Roadster (2.3L 4cyl S/C 6M)
I purchased this car after my 2002 SLK had been in a terrible accident and I was able to walk away without any injuries. I loved my old car and wanted another SLK but didn't care for the new body style. I found this one on-line and purchased it from a local MB dealer and have had nothing but great service. I have an extended Mercedes warranty that will soon expire but I plan on keeping it until either this fall or sometime next year. I would love to find another low mileage used SLK with the old body style but fear they may be getting too old. I have had NO PROBLEMS with my car and will consider a new SLK Mercedes.
To stoke interest in this aging drop top, Mercedes brings out a Special Edition that includes unique 17-inch wheels, napa leather trim for the sport seats and roll bar, chrome accents around the windows and a color-keyed front grille and rear spoiler.