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
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.