2004 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Consumer Review: Wheeeee!!!

2004 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class - Consumer Review

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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.

Best Features

Cornering, acceleration. Car jumps from 60 to 90 in no time when you downshift a couple gears.

Worst Features

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.
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