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.
Folding hard roof at a time when few cars had such an option, solid coup like qualities from a convertable, wonderful pick-up from a supercharged that gave me about 30 miles a gallon, beautiful styling etc.
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
The car has a body style that is beautiful, it gets good fuel economy, is comfortable, fast and is inexpensive to run.
What more could I possibly want?
The car gets excellent traction in the snow but I would love all wheel drive.
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
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.
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.
Cornering, acceleration. Car jumps from 60 to 90 in no time when you downshift a couple gears.
Corners like a gocart but also has the ride of a gocart. Very rough ride. Front wheels hunt the ruts in the highway. You really need to actively drive this car. You can't be lazy with the steering wheel. Doesn't handle rain very well. Hydroplanes excessively and traction control doesn't help.