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2006 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class SLK280 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl 6M) SLK350 2dr Convertible (3.5L 6cyl 6M)
I am 56, no I am not having a midlife crisis. But I did need a little zing , so i found the most perfect car to ram rod around in. I really love my car, It is fun, you get the looks, you feel like a million bucks, and the 06, was very reasonably priced. LOVE LOVE LOVE it!
the top goes up and down with the touch of a finger, never gets caught in the rain, with the top down, takes about 30 seconds to bring it up or down.
maybe the interior could be prettier, with a wood design. But no improvement really necessary
2006 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class SLK280 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl 6M) SLK280 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl 6M)
This is a great car. Bought it used with under 15K miles, get better than rated mpg, quick, solid, turns heads, loads of fun convertible hard-top design is awesome.
Perfect size, smooth ride, use the convertible all the time.
Can't think of any.
2006 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class SLK280 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl 6M) SLK280 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl 6M)
I test drove the Z4, Audi TT, and Miata, but found the SLK to be the best balance of practicality and fun. I love the way it corners while still eating bumps with the standard Mercedes THUD (this is my 3rd Mercedes). I think it has the best, most organic curves of the contemporary two seaters, plenty of power, firm but comfortable seats, and enough room for two weekend bags. My only gripe - and it's a big one - is the rattles and squeaks. I drove 3 SLKs and they all produced noises over bumps. I think it's a side effect of the hard top.
Security of hard top convertible. Fuel economy (my 225hp 3 litre engine gets 29mpg highway) Sensual curves
Better damping of roof seals, trunk divider, glove box, or whatever else rattles and squeaks over bumps. A car this expensive shouldn't make so much noise. A radio with aux input.
2006 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class SLK280 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl 6M) SLK280 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl 6M)
I bought this car because I had always wanted a convertible. What a great first convertible experience! This car turns heads everywhere I go. The pick-up is great! The fuel economy listed is less than the 25mpg I've been averaging. It handles really well no matter where you may be. Great for sharp turns or straight roads.
Hard-top convertible and ease of retraction. The stereo is pretty incredible too.
Cup holders above the stereo were a poor design idea. Any condensation will land on the buttons. I've been placing a napkin in there to avoid drips. I wish the defroster would also have multiple speeds instead of turbo blast.
We purchased this as a 3rd car, primarily for weekend use, but I find myself driving it evenings also, just tooling around. It's a blast, drives great, turns heads with the top up or down (and especially when it is being retracted). Solid engine, perfect "rumble," seats are comfortable, great stereo, nice handling, etc. It is a great-looking car, and a lot of fun!
For constant soda drinkers like us, the cupholders are terrible, but there wouldn't be a lot of room anywhere else in the car. MB ought to consider holders like BMW uses in the 6 Series.
I really love this car. I also own a 2004 SLK 230. All the issues I hated about the SLK 230 have been fixed with this new generation. Car does not hunt the road on rutted highways anymore, smoother ride. This car will get 27 mpg if you behave yourself. I can't say more about how much I love this one. This is my fourth MB and so far it is the best one.
Cornering, acceleration, smooth ride compared to my 2004 SLK.
Didn't buy the Harmon Kardin system. Stock radio stinks. MB should develop an an after market upgrade for those who did not buy HK sytem. Stock system really stinks. You can't really hear it very well with top down. A $50,000 car should have a premium radio without being gouged another $3000.00
2006 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class SLK280 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl 6M) SLK350 2dr Convertible (3.5L 6cyl 6M)
I bought the SLK350 just over a year ago. It's lived up to almost every expectation. Driving it is like handling a rocket. It has serious power and when you punch it, there is literally no hesitation. Even with the top down, there is no wind noise - you can listen to the radio and your hair doesn't look like you fixed it with a weed-eater. I do have the AirScarf and it makes a huge difference. Like everyone else I think the cupholder is an abomination. I knocked a full cup of coffee over in it (it's in a bad place AND it's flimsy). Now the buttons on my radio and heat/air are spongy and unpredictable. Mercedes can't fix them either. Still, a great car.
The top going up or down is a 3-ring circus! Gathers a crowd every time! Love the handling and pick-up. The headlights are amazing without blinding oncoming drivers.
MOVE the cupholder! Tires wear out quickly. Seat needs better adjustment. I'm only 5'2" so the seat belt needs to be adjustable too. Still will buy another, though...
This is the second SLK I've owned and they get better each time. Fuel economy is 6.5L/110km that's 35 miles/g. The conv roof is slick, performance is wonderful. I'd highly recommend the worlds first 7 speed tranny.
The look, quality and performance. You'd think it had more than a 3L
Move the cup holder.
Cute car for wife. Build quality not what I expected for a Mercedes-Benz. Expensive to maintain. Took in for 12000 mile check up and left with a $351.77 bill with new wipers. The doors sound tinny when closing. The defoster only runs on high and is noisy.
Top down driving.
So yes the vehicle is great to look at and fun to drive. If you enjoy people staring and asking you how you can afford this vehicle than I recommend you buying one. However, I feel the vehicle being Mercedes and all they would have done better with a few things. The cup holder is right above the radio and a/c vents? Very uncomfortable and inconvenent place to set your drinks, very little support. There is no adjustment for the defrost function, it just blows out full force. So you are forced to turn in on and off when in use. Just recently the coating around the radio station program dials (0-9) has been peeling off. It seems to be due to the sun? This car is a convertible!
It drives nice and the convertible top is fun.
Better cup holder location and better support. Normal, adjustable defrost function. There's no button inside the vehicle that will open the trunk? The radio buttons on the steering wheel do not go to preset stations, just searches. Replace the cheap coating around the radio dials that chips off
2006 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class SLK280 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl 6M) SLK350 2dr Convertible (3.5L 6cyl 6M)
Purchased this SLK350 in Chicago and immediately drove home to Texas. A fun drive. Averaged 28 mpg over the 1500 miles. We have no complaints. The car is what it is, a fun, attractive two seater. We had enough trunk space for an overnight suitcase and space for wine, etc. At the end of the day averaging 400 miles each day, we still felt good. Lots of honks and thumbs up on the road and walkaround inspections by other drivers at rest stops. The HK sound system is great. the navigation system, once you figure it out, works like a charm. Coffee cup holders are a bit of an after thought, but they do work. We love the car and think it will be fun to own and drive. Fit and finish in and out-great
Exterior design, hard top, engine and sound. Interior seats and appointments.
When the ignition is turned off, it would be nice to have the seats move back automatically to allow easier exit. Coffee cup holder repositioned.
I love the car it is very comfortable and I enjoy driving it. The top is amazing to see go up and down. We will have to take it to the shop to see what the wine is in the engine, but I am hoping that it is nothing serious. We do have a warranty on it so hopefully whatever it is it will not cost us anything it only had 10 thousand miles on it when we purchased it his month I do love it
My husbands favorite feature is the convertible top that with a push of a button it is up or down also the memory seats and the heat on the back of the neck on a cool night. Fabulous
The only suggested improvement is where the cup holder is. Right over all the radio controls. This is not a good place for your cup to be dripping. Need to reconstruct where that cup holders should go.
This car has been very reliable and fun to drive. It has good visibility, handles nicely, and has a smooth ride. I had a 350Z before - and that was a much bumpier ride. I only have minor complaints - the front bumper is so low that it is easy to ding it on curbs when parking. Also, the cup holder is in a stupid location - in front of the a/c vent and in your field of view. The thing I like best is the retractable hard top - most people are surprised that the car is a convertible. When the see the top retract - they are amazed.
Retracting hard top. Excellent handling. Striking exterior looks
Put the cup holders in a different location. Make the front bumper higher.
I love this car the performance is awesome. It doesn't hurt when you are constantly getting compliments
Convertible top and satellite radio
Bluetooth and quieter tires
There are problems with the switch that allows the top to go up and down. The glove box in the center is broken more than fixed. The handling is poor at best. Not what you would expect for the price, I am going back to PORSCHE.
Top down at 40 Degrees
Work on the QA
OK, the car looks sexy and when it isn't in the shop it can be fun to drive. Only 18 months old I'm already in the market for a new car. The car has been in the shop seven times already. It blows tremendous amounts of smoke when it's cold and shakes violently when starting up. It leaks water from the roof. There is a constant whining noise on the passenger side mirror (which I'm told is pretty typical), new tires needed after 15,000 miles. Paint job is spotted in places looks like they missed spots. Lost display lights while driving and "remove key" light stayed on for days. Be careful, very low front easily damaged. Unfortunately, it's not worth the money. Very disappointed with car.
Heated scarf and seats, ease of putting top up/down, turning radius, fast!
Ipod ready, stereo crappy, drink holders inconveniently placed, home-link system should be standard, improve paint job.
Having traded a Corvette, I had no idea how exciting it would be to drive the SLK. This car feels like an extension of myself. It's responsive and performs very well. The 350 is no Corvette V-8, but it satisfies. I was surprised to find that the SLK is slightly heavier than the Corvette. It is so solid. It also has a boat load more features than the Corvette. The interior quality is far superior. The Corvette definitely has an agressive, muscular body. But the SLK is most assuredly sexy. I would definitely recommend this vehicle.
Although I have never considered myself a convertible lover, I love this collapsible hard top. With the wind screens, it's actually a pleasure to drive with the top down. Very little wind to mess my coif.
I wouldn't mind it if the interior was a bit larger and the overall length was longer. But then it would be an SL, wouldn't it?
Pro: Very stylish and elegant. I have the silver one with red interior. The SLK 350 feels very solid on the road. Mine has the 6M and it is fun and easy to drive. Cons: The navigation unit failed once, the dealer replaced it with a new one, it has been working fine since.
Love the retractable hard top with the real glass rear window. Also love the HID and Airscarf.
The interface of the navigation could be a little more user-friendly.
I have the 6 speed manual 350, and everytime I get in the car, I can't help but smile. This car is such a joy to drive. The AirScarf option bascially makes this car an all season convertible, not just for summer. People look at you funny when driving in the middle of winter with the down down, but with heated seats and warm air blowing on your neck from the headrest, it is extremely comfortable. Wind noise is minimal, you can have a pleasant conversation with the top down driving 70 mph on the freeway. The free car wash at the dealership is an awesome service, never having to wash my car ever again!
AirScarf, hardtop convertible, auto adjusting seats when you get out, auto adjusting mirrors when you parallel park, good accelleration
CD Changer should not be in the glove compartment. 6 speed manual be standard on SLK 55 AMG. Rear tires wear out fast.
The car is great, engine is smooth and plenty of power. The extra cash for the 3.5L vs. the 3.0L is well worth it if you understand performance. The sound from the dual exhausts make you feel you are driving a car that normally costs twice as much! Yes, it is a little car, but once you're behind the wheel, you will feel like you are in control of a monster on wheels! I recommend this vehicle for anyone that is looking for fun but also enjoys getting the looks from jealous drivers in their tame sedans as you pass them by. Get one, you won't regret it!
The Xenon headlights are a must, they turn night into day. The fog lamps that turn with the steering wheel lighting up your path are great! The retractable hardtop obviously is a marvel, but you do need to be at a complete stop for it to function.
The electronic seats will not allow you to lower the backrest without moving the seat forward. This is designed to stop you making contact with the back of the car, but no too practical if you are over 6 foot tall. Cup holders are a little impractical to use and will only hold can size beverages.
I love to drive this car. Especially with the top down. However, my husband leaves before I do in the morning so I usually have to drive our other car. This car is a lot of fun to drive. The hardtop convertible is great and very convenient to use. I love the heated seats and neck warmer. The ride can be a little jittery on some roads.
The automatic convertible top. The heated seats. The neck warmer. The seat memory makes it easy to change drivers. No back seat.
Height adjustable seat belt for short people so it doesn't get us in the neck. Work on making ride less jittery.
I am so pleased with my new SLK 280. It is such a pleasure to drive especially in the "Sport" mode. It hugs the road and the stability and handling are second to none. The envious looks we get on the road are worth its weight in gold. A real "fun car" and enjoyable driving experience.
I like the ability to set the type of ride I want either Sport or Comfort. The electronic stability control is awesome.
Improvements needed for the blind spots when the hood is up. This is the only drawback I have experienced with this car.
Don't get it if you don't like attention. This car is a looker and you'll get random people approaching you giving you compliments. Unlike others, I like the sound of the stock sound system. What's ridiculous though is that in 2006, it still won't play MP3s. The air-scarf is a must-have option. Get it, or regret it!
Retractable hard-top, air scarf.
For cars with manual transmission, add a sensor to the shifter so the car won't rev the engine to the limit if the gear is disengaged during cruise control! Stock radio must play MP3 in a $45k + car, even the Yaris does it. The steering could be a little more direct for better road feedback.
I have had the car for over a year now. I love the look. Rides a little rough though. The top rattles when up, dealership told me that that happens with convertibles. I like the gas mileage, and the trunk is surprisingly accomodating. Standard audio system could be better. My only real complaint would be the noises and creaks that the top makes when up. Like everyone else, the cup holder is in a funky place.
Hard top convertible
Better standard audio system. Relocate that cup holder
This is the first sporty car I've had since my 1973 911T. Needless to say, that car set a high standard. The SLK exceeded my expectations. Not a "chick car", the MB handles and performs like a real sports car. Plus, it's comfortable for a tall driver (6'5"). Don't know yet about the reliability, but I'm hoping the R171 platform has it designed in. Daimler really got it right with this one!
Convertible top (hard) 6-speed
Standard tranny on AMG model
This car is built for those of us who have our transportation needs covered by our other vehicles. The car is fun and fast, with a depandable and quick response to what the driver wants it to do. The 3.5 liter engine can get you into "illegal territory" in absolutely no time. My wife and I love our SLK 350 and will recommend it to any one who wants to spoil themselves with some luxury fun. Get used to compliments, because people will walk up to you with some nice words about that car.
The hard top convertible is the best of both worlds. It is a true sports car, but with all the luxury you expect from Mercedes.
Mercedes and other European luxury car makers must understand that cup holders actually is a safety feature. We Americans love to have access to our beverage while driving. Flimsy cupholders can be a distraction. Who wants to wear your coffee or water, when exiting your fancy car.
The new SLK-series body turns heads no matter where you go. The lines on the car for the price are the best that I have seen from any other car manufacturer. As for the motor, the 350 delivers a sufficient 268 hp which might seem small at first, however once in the cockpit of this rocket, you will be shot forward once the gas pedal is pressed. Many view this car as a "woman" car, however whoever declares this will probably not be bale to keep up with you. I am very pleased with my SLK350 and would advise anyone who is considering a mildly priced sports car to give it a test drive. Being in the market for a sports car, I considered the Z4, and G35, however the SLK was a no-brainer.
The electronic-retractable roof. Step-tronic transmission makes driving more interactive. Optional wood trim. Amazing McLaren nose, and ESP mode
If looking to blast your music, I suggest that you get the optional sound system upgrade
Great value for a Mercedes roadster. Better than the cheaper version "Saturn". I'm happy with my purchase. Hardtop convertible is awesome.
Hardtop convertible, luxury interior design and handles like a racecar.
No longer a "chick car", the SLK 350 is now a worthy competitor in the sports car arena. It is a decent blend of sports car purism, a la Honda S2000, and grand tourer, a la its older sibling, the SL500. Great to look at, fun to drive - a real head-turner.
A little less weight. A little less complicated in the interior
I've been driving my 280 for 4 months, 5K miles. It's a pretty good car but the overall perceived quality is lower than I expect on a Mercedes. I had a couple of rattles, in fact I still do, but the dealer has been patient enough to check it. Still not up to what I'd expect, especially as a prior BMW owner. The drive is fun and the 3.0 engine is more than enough. I do find that it takes a little time to respond to a "full gas". The trunk is deceivingly spacious, enough for a couple of beach chairs, umbrellas an a picnic bag. But it lacks some in cabin storage, especially if you opted for the 5-disc changer that takes up your glove compartment's miniscule space.
Of course the hard top; that's what steered me away from the Z-4. The interior/exterior design in general is great. The 7-speed transmission is great too.
Improve the location of the cup- holders, add a garage door opener, and compass standard. But for God's sake add a decent base sound system with in-dash changer, and bluetooth phone instead of the $1500 phone option that only takes 2 phones that Moto doesn't make anymore.
It is the prettiest and the most satisfying car I've ever driven. Exhilirating straight away, in curves, uphill, downhill and just sitting still.
The 7-speed automatic transmission and the exterior design. I wish MB never redesigns the SLK.
The cup holder has to be relocated. Why is it SLK 280 when it is presumably 3 Liters? Shouldn't it be the SLK 300.
After putting 3k miles on my new SLK280 I must say Im enjoying it more and more each time I drive. Only drawback is the seats. No lumbar support and the big drawback, very non ambient stereo. Wish it would have come with at least a basic base system. No way to upgrade according to Mercedes. Otherwise, fun car and sharp looking.
Exterior muscular look. Fast and responsive. Hardtop convertible is quiet.
Upgrade the stereo system. Anything less than Harmon Kardon sounds cheap and has no ambience what so ever.
At 3k miles, only minor driverside window prob. Interior easily marks up / difficult to clean. Great car -- I believe that's why I bought one. Guys drool at it and women admire it. Sporty, classy and fun.
Vario hardtop, Exterior styling, airscarf, upgrade sound system, roominess, trunk space (you'll be surprised) and AMG baby.
Diff interior material, Cupholder placement(this is a eurodesign which I don't think will ever go away
This is the best car I have owned! I had a certain level of expectation that the car would be really good but the SLK 350 far exceed my expectations! I am 6'4" and fit in the car just fine. The car has very responsive sports car ride. The interior is just as impressive as the exterior. Instrumentation and electronics are spectacular! The extras are well worth the money, preset power seats between my wife and I, key controlled remote for the top outside the car, cruse control sets to the exact speed. The neck scarf is a must. The gas mileage is much better than I expected! The car is very quiet with the top up and very little wind noise with the top down! Clearly the best!
I really love the sound the car makes with the top down and the smooth 7 speed automatic pours out the pure horsepower! This car is the best kept secret! Its great to drive something that is very different than everyone else!
I just can't think of one! Mercedes has truly given tremendous amount of thought to every detail!
This is my first Mercedes and I love it. I look forward to going to work so I can drive it. Great power and handling. Turns on a dime, and stops in no time. Need to be careful, even with the top down it is easy to get over the speed limit without even noticing. Love the retractable top. Great sound system with the upgrade and neck scarf is nice. Gets surprisingly good gas mileage, I get 25+ mpg on my drive to work as long as the top is up and 22- 23 with the top down.
Love the power top, stereo and especially the performance. I'm surprised I haven't accumulated any tickets. Satellite radio is especially nice.
Seats need lumbar support. Cup holders are in a really inconvenient spot.
I bought this car as a toy for driving this spring and summer. So far it has been nothing short of wonderful.
Power! Engine power, braking power and agility. This car is fantastic to drive.
Two things, first the seats have no lumbar support whatsoever and second the stereo is somewhat underpowered.
Love the car, great performance, fun to drive. Recommend spending extra to get the entertainment package really worth the $'s. Also recommend the ipod kit. Nice to have all that music available in such a great car. This car will perform when pushed and the sound from the engine is thrilling. Con-watch out for speed bumps and curb stoppers. the front cowl is low and it is easy to bump without knowing.
Retractable top, sound system
More standard features
I just got my SLK and LOVE it! Its exterior is so sharp, and the car is so fun to drive. (I'm one of those crazy "have to have a manual" for fun factor!) I look forward to warm weather and being able to drive with the top down. The car is quiet. I love having the navigation system and the stereo upgrade. I don't know about the reliability as the car is so new. Vroom!
The retractable hard top sold me. Holds road around corners so well. Shifts smoothly.
Crazy cup holders!
I can't tell you all the fun I've had so far. The SLK 350 is so fast with 7 speed auto trans. We all know the 0 to 60 mph in 5.5 sec but how about this 60 to 90 in 3.2 sec!! Wow, this car is a dream for under $50k
Looking at this car.
Get rid of the cup holders and add some padding in the seats. More sound- proofing in the floor..
Besides not being able to find exactly what options I wanted in the color I wanted I absolutely love this car, I just didn't feel like waiting 3-4 months. I really wanted to at least test drive a 6 speed manual but no dealers in my area had one in stock or even on order, strange huh. But I have to admit the 7 speed auto is pretty responsive, especially in sport/ summer mode. I wasn't looking to get the Airscarf but now I wouldn't have one without it. We recently took a 2 day trip and came over the Sierra's at night with the top down, temps in the 20's and we were quite cozy. It was AWESOME being able to see the stars.
Exterior Styling, Convertible Hard-Top, Heated Seats & Airscarf
Re-locate cup-holders, better sound ( stinks compared to my Audi's w/ Bose )
We got the car delivered in October and there was still some season left to enjoy the "topless" ride. The air scarf makes this convertibe fun to drive even by temperatures are in the 50'es. We use the car only as a fun toy when the weather is right. A hardtop/convertible is the way to go. The trunk space is limited and makes shopping sprees more afordable.
One of my favorite features is the 7- speed automatic transmission. The sports setting makes the car move like a rocket and the cruise setting keeps the gas mileage in line.
The space is limited, but I believe it would be possible to improve the cup holders. They are quite flimsy and in the way on top of the dash. As a Starbucks fan, it would be nice if there was a good place for the Latte.
The 2006 SLK has great styling, and the good looks of it's bigger brother, the SL series. I enjoy its "Bat Man" face, ease of convertible top operation, and other "systems" as well. It is a good value and a fun machine to drive on a daily basis, assuming you have another vehicle to do the "work" when need be, such as our ML series SUV. Frank Vranicar
Styling and hard top convertible.
All Mercedes products need a built in compass. None I know of have it.
Vehicle is a great handling car. Layout internally is outstanding. The response of the top is very good. The gas mileage is better than I expected, but is not real good. GPS was hard to understand at first but after using it a few times it has been great. Styling outside is terific, gret lines. Very happy with this automobile.
Handling and internal layout.
Somehow get a little more storage space in the trunk.
I ordered my car to obtain the options I wanted especially a manual trans. I also got the AMG kit and sports suspension. The car is a true sports car in this configuration and handles exceedingly well. The interior is thoughtfully laid out and well appointed. The manual is new for the redesigned SLK and has solid and short throws. Ultimately though the car was purchased for its fantastic hardtop convertible feature. With the top up it is very quiet but 22 seconds later you are enjoying a great convertible. If you keep the windows raised and use the wind blocker you can drive comfortably down into the 40 degree range. I did get the airscarf and it in NOT a gimmick. It is a must have.
Airscarf, convertible hardtop, Sirius radio built-in, heated seats and the AMG body kit and suspension
It is a shame that the car doesn't have Bluetooth capability. I really miss that. I would also like a parktronic feature since the bumpers are lower than most curbs.
WOW!! I have looked and driven many different cars, but this tops the charts. It's styling, performance, and the hard top says it all. I had several cars that I was comparing for this purchase, but the SLK350 had everything. Spend the little extra to get the heated seat package, well spent money when top is down in the cool weather. Very quite with top on, but unbelieveably quite when top is off. Seats I was worried from past reviewers would not be comfortable, but have to say they are built the way they should be and with the heat on I feel pampered, even having back troubles. I say go for it, you won't be disappointed; and if anything you'll find excuses for going out for a drive.
Convertable Hard Top; Style and performance. Heated seats with Heat Scarf (A MUST HAVE).
This car is really fun to drive. It handles well in the curves without being too harsh, and the 7 speed auto works well with the 2.8 litre engine. Good blend of power and mileage - about 24 mpg in town and 30 on the freeway. It has more head room than the Lexus SC 430 and the trunk fits our largest suitcase, even with the top down - not bad for a little car. Air scarf and heated seats work great. Standard radio is fair, and the stock Michelin Pilot Primacy tires are noisy. Everythng works perfect. I love the exterior appearance, top up or down, and the gray interior looks sharp. This car makes going to work, running errands, and seeking out scenic, windy roads a lot of fun.
Retractable hardtop, exterior appearance, and that fun factor.
Improve the lumbar support and comfort of seats. Equip the car with quieter tires with equal grip and handling characteristics.
Everything is perfect about the car except the stupid cupholder design! One tiny bump in the road and your drink drips down the center control panel. Also I should have waited for the model with the heat scarf and better stereo system. After market Mercedes did not wire the glove box to add a changer, and the base stereo package does not come with rear speakers, just dummy speaker covers which makes the sound thin. Drives great.....love it otherwise
Smartkey and concierge service. Integrated phone
New cupholder location. Better push buttons on the center console, prewiring for cd changer, and heat scarf standard with heated seat option.
I love to drive this vehicle, particularly with the top down. I have a 7 speed automatic. I love the retractable hardtop and the air scarf system. I do not find the blind spots often mentioned in reviews, because the pillarless large side windows give outstanding vision. Fuel economy has been better than I expected. The only problem I have, is that the sport seats are a little hard, and can get a little uncomfortable on an extemely long trip (5 hours or more). Overall, driving this car is an exhilarating experience.
Sports car feel and performance. Retractable hardtop. Acceleration. Rain sensing wipers. Memory seats. Air scarf system. V6 engine and fuel economy. Sportscar feel for the road.
Make seats adjustable for a softer feel.
After testing many convertibles, it was easy to go back to the Mercedes dealership (check in hand) and make my purchase. The fun-to-drive feature can't be beat, but the combined with safety and overall performance make the SLK-Class truly a "best in class" vehicle. And of course, the little Mercedes insignia on my keychain is pretty cool too. Let's face it, when you're buying a luxury converible, it's kinda cool to know you're driving a Benz!
Love the hardtop retractable roof. Can't imagine ever buying a soft-top now. Also really enjoy the confort and special features of the seating (the new airscarf technology is a hit, allowing me to drive with top down on cooler days in October and November which wouldn't happen in other cars).
The only feature I don't like is the "drink holder" for the driver. It's not really that functional and it's in a weird spot. My starbucks lattes or whatever always seem to be in the way.
I recently traded in my BMW 328is for the Mercedes slk280. I looked into the BMW z4, Porsche boxster, and the Mercedes CLK in addition to the SLK. Besides some very minor interior design detail flaws the car is a perfect match. The dealership was a major factor in purchasing. Since BMW left me with a sour taste due to their poor customer service in the repair department. I chose the Mercedes which ranked in my opinion neck and neck with the z4. Mercedes service and responsiveness was out of this world. The entire transaction was effortless and w/o a doubt a fine deal all around. Absolutely no regret. SLK280 w/stand. Trans was more than powerful. The automatic version wasn't as fun.
Smart key and auto roof off. Concierge service.
The air scarf and better audio speakers should be standard. I settled for a model in dealer inventory and wished I had upgraded to air scarf package and better audio. You can't even upgrade to a 6 disk CD changer after market which was disappointing.
My wife had a SLK 320 and I never liked it; I am very small but feel cramped in it. I don't feel that way with the SLK 350. It no longer looks like a chic car. Handling is much better and it does feel sporty. All the creak and groan are gone with the top up. Top folding and raising are much faster than the SLK 320. The freeway milage is surprising (27.4). Some people may like more storing space but I think the CD changer in the glove box is more convenient. The flip top features of the arm rest is also convenient. The automatic partial rolling down of the windows may help to prevent the leaking of the door weather strips (as in the SLK 320).
The convertible top. The seven speed automatic. The memory seat and steering wheel fearures. The acceleration when passing. Air scarf.
The gear shift is too close and the right side of the seat back is in the elbow way for sport shifting. The automatic setting of passenger side mirror is inconsistent. The cupholder should be moved down (it does appear more solid than the SLK 320's). Seats should have adjustable lumbar support.
I pressed the pedel, and power came calling. I moved the steering wheel, and moved around a dime. Everyone has a positive opinion of how great my car looks. The cockpit fits like a custom fit glove! Now the first payment is due, ah well who is better then ME! (My wife) It's worth it. Pure!
Given my age at 65... I'm a good ways past a mid-life crisis! I decided to get a convertible "crisis car". Like MB says...life is too short and the road too long not to drive a Benz. I have owned and driven four Nissan Z cars in the most recent years. The SLK, in my opinion, is by far the better car! I think the car gives you beyond what you might expect from a roadster in this price range. Others agree that with a mere flick of a switch you're in a convertible or hardtop...it doesn't get any better!! In my opinion this car gives you all the power and all the performance that you would need in todays traffic conditions. The gas mileage is a definite advantage given todays current prices!!
"hard top" ..."convertible" feature is just super!! I like the heat scarf and heated seats. All of the control features from the steering wheel.
Improve the blind spots and change the location for coffee holder.
18-19MPG in town. 0-WOW in seconds. Optional 030 package is worth every penny. Braking is unreal.
Handling and braking
360 HP not enough
This is my third Benz in as many years. Had the SLK 320, SL 500, now SLK 350. Unfortunately, I already rear ended a Lincoln Towncar in LA. The anitlock brakes locked and I slid 300 feet going 45 mph. Mercedez denies this but the skid marks proved the brakes locked. Did zero damage to the Lincoln but $10K damage, 6 weeks in shop, to my SLK. The front is entirely plastic save the hood, but that plastic is incredibly pricey. No engine damage. Later going 10 miles per hour and slammed brakes and skidded. This car does not want to stop, too light. Be careful - stay back. Tried to upgrade to Nav system, 6 disk CD, and iPod integration. ALL are factory, no upgrades.
Hard top convertible. Eye catching exterior design.
Brakes, very rough ride in town, blind spot looking right due to RV mirror, space inside - put purse in trunk if two people, cheap dash looks like recycled tires-no wood, power seats useless - nowhere to go, uncomfortable lower back - bring a pillow for road trips, no bells, no whistels for $.
I love the car it handles great. It has a lot of power & great pick up speed which makes it great for getting in & out of traffic. It also turns on a dime. For a 2 seater it is very comfortable. I love the car!
The retractable hard top is great. It is so easy just a push of a button.
There is a large blind spot when the top is up. I have to be very carefully when pulling out. also the cup holders are very flimsy.
Two weeks after purchasing the car check engine light came on. Dealer could not find any thing wrong when took the car in. Engine check light comes on and off (Not because the gas cap is not tight). Dealer says nothing to worry about. A few days later ESP light came on. After that had problem to turn the car on. Tried to trade in the car that purchased for $60K with less than 800 miles, they offered only $41K.
Exterior Styling, Hard top Convertible
Improving quality, resale value
This is the only car I've ever had that makes me laugh when I drive it cause it's just so much fun to drive...and it's so very beautiful. I don't even mind sitting in Los Angeles traffic -- well, except when I'm stuck behind some truck blowing smoke in my face when the top is down. My car is black on black, and I call it "Black Beauty." I especially enjoy the neck warmer so that I can take advantage of the hard-top convertible even when it gets cooler at night. If you don't want attention, this car isn't for you cause people sure do notice it. :-)
Definitely the hard-top convertible, being able to switch the suspension from Comfort to Sport, the way it handles, the neck and seat warmers, the design of the body of the car
The cup holders are in a strange place and take up too much space on the windshield.
I haven't had a car that made me laugh when I drive it since my Triumph in high school. It is beautiful, handles like a dream and is a blast to drive on the open road or in Los Angeles traffic.
Hard-top convertible, handling, the sound of the engine, the beauty of the 2006 model.
Although a great car to look at, you will generally have a Kia Sorento Loan Vehicle as it spends so long in the shop. Engine & transmission problems, roof locking down, ESP malfunctions & generally everything you can think of. Great styling & fun when it goes but way too unreliable for the $50K price tag. Wait for the X2 model before trying!
Engine! Get things working!
I just got a new SLK280 a few days ago. So far it has been near perfect. I was concerned about MB quality based on what I've read but so far so good. The car has great performance, styling, comfort and even good gas mileage. I'm fairly short and the Comfort Package with the 8 way power seats allowed for a wide range of adjustment. I restored and drove vintage British sportscars for 15 years. This car is as much fun to drive and seems to be very high quality. Styling is great. I'll write another review in six months or so and let you know if there have been any problems. By the way, I got the 280 instead of the 350 because it has plenty of power, better gas mileage and a $4K lower price.
Clearly, the retractable, automatic hardtop is great. It was the deciding factor between the SLK and the BMW Z4.
Large blind spot when top is up. Requires careful use of side mirrors.
Great looking car that turns heads. Lots of great comments about the design of the car. I had a 350Z before this car and always wanted a convertible but didn't want a rag top and didn't like the design of the older SLK's. The new SLK350 was the answer with design and the retractable top. Great handling on mountain roads and on the freeways.
Retractable top is great. Love the Diamond Silver color. Comfortable to drive on long trips (I have had the car for 5 months and have 12,000 miles already!!)
Cu holder needs to be lowered (In a very awkward place). Many road chips on the front grille (maybe a stronger coating could be put on the front of the car.
I spend over an hour each way commuting five times a week. My SLK350 is perfectly suited to handle bumper to bumper, open highway, and pleasure cruising. Top down, windows up it's nearly as quiet as top up. This car also saved me from a near collision with two deer late one night with strong night vision and panic-sure maneuverability at 65+ mph. The cockpit layout is very ergonomic and the controls easy to use without taking eyes from the road. I have liked many previous cars, but the SLK350 is my first-time love affair.
I thought the air-scarf sounded gimmicky until I realized how great it was for night time, top down driving. The hard-top makes this a 3+ season car. The tight turning radius, amazing agility and the slammin' brakes are as impressive as the safety features I hope never to see.
The slide out cup holder blocks the dash air vents. The two compartment center storage flap jams when you lean against it. The remote roof opener only works from immediate range.
Great car! Fun to drive. Convertible is open in less than 25 seconds. Heat scarf in head-rest lets you keep warm with the top down when the air is cool. Don't lease it - do the math and buy it!
Heat scarf. Stereo. Performance. Beverage holder is by A/C vent - keeping beverages cold.
After many Acura NSX leases, I came back to the SLK 350 of '06. It's less expensive, but more comfortable, and I've already had comments from strangers. The diamond silver (baby blue) with ash interior is a knockout. Spend extra on the remote roof control and wood trim interior. The automatic transmission is very smooth. Remember to tell your dealer to skip their advertising on the car. It looks better without it.
Remote roof control, automatic transmission, handling.
Minor items: Rear view mirror slightly obstructs view between 2-3 o'clock. Horn needs to be hit hard to sound.
A really fun car. Great handling with a smooth, powerful engine. There seem to be some rattles coming from behind the seats that others have complained about too.
Retractable hard top
A little more storage room, and more passenger leg room.
I am 6 feet 6 inches, and this is the car that I found that not only I could sit in with comfort, but have a ball driving. This car is blessed with good power, very good handling, and an eye catching look. It comes with a nice standard package, but a few of the upgrades can make it special. I looked at the Boxter, and Vette, but couldn't sit in either with any comfort. Last but not least, the power hardtop on the Benz is awsome.
My favorite features would include the style, handling, power, and good gas mileage. The power hardtop is great, and the upgraded sound system is wonderful.
I would like a little more lumbar support in both seats, and not be blasted by the heating or cooling on the auto setting.
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