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1998 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

SLK230 Kompressor 2.3L 4-cyl. Supercharger 5-speed Automatic - (17 reviews )

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Marginal reliability
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By perrydog
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1998 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class SLK230 Kompressor 2dr Convertible


Review

My friend and I both bought SLK's in 98 and had similar experiences with reliability issues.The top sometimes jams in a partially open/closed condition, tail lights have a propensity to melt, and the interior side panels were replaced twice under warranty due to separtation of the vinyl from the cardboard backing. Otherwise, the car is a blast to drive and really handles like a sports car. The seats initially feel like boards, but after a few minutes, they actually fell quite comfortable. Lots of power, and reasonable fule mileage, though it requires premium.


Best Features

The retractable hard top (when it doesn't jam) and the handling. Decent trunk space, even with the top down.


Worst Features

Mercedes needs to give a customer more quality and value when you are spending over $40k for a car. Marginal radio, no CD, and a not so small number of repairs at Mercedes repair prices.


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Fun little bling-bling car
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By jgamiao
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1998 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class SLK230 Kompressor 2dr Convertible


Review

C'mon, an automatic retractable hard-
top convertible! Plus, the rear glass
is REAL glass. Many don't realize that
ALL SLKs are convertibles...they're not
dimes a dozen! Lots of roar under the
hood. You can imagine how much zang
that engine hauls. Its simple elegance
of being a convertible hard-top just
brings it into a class of its own. The
top is ingeniously tucked away in the
trunk with the simple tug of a switch.
Fun and great for petite females like
me, I don't have a clue why guys would
try to stuff themselves in small sports
cars. I'd advocate it as a chicks'
car...surely.


Best Features

Retractable hard-top at an easy touch of a button. This car is the FIRST in its kind... the new Lexus version looks like it was designed for 50- to 60-somethings living in Florida.


Worst Features

Create a lower level backlight positioned on the back of the rearview mirror, to give just enough illumination to the interior (to read a map, for example), instead of blinding both the passenger and driver with that single top light.


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Used SLK 230
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By Shahbaz
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1998 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class SLK230 Kompressor 2dr Convertible


Review

I just recently purchased this car
from a dealership with less than 26000
miles on it. Superb looks and a
powerful engine. It drives like a
dream and I am happy with it. The only
thing I dont like about this car is
its interior. The interior is made out
of cheap plastic which is very un-
expected of Benz. This car could have
had a little more space which would
have really helped since I am an above
average build person.


Best Features

poweful engine, looks and the ability to handle very well on the road. This car just hugs the road and handles very well.


Worst Features

get rid of the cheap plastic and create innovative ways of increasing room for cargo and life's little loads that we tend to carry around in a normal day.


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The best ride of my life
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By Don Duck
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1998 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class SLK230 Kompressor 2dr Convertible


Review

I was lucky enough to buy this car off
lease from one of my co-workers. I love
the way it rides and handles the road.
I can't believe how enjoyable driving
has become since buying this car. My
friends and family rave about it after
riding in it.


Best Features

The retractable hard top is the coolest thing. I feel as if I have two cars wrapped in one. Cold weather roof closed and good weather the roof is off in less the 30 seconds. The best of both worlds.


Worst Features

Move the cruise control to the steering wheel and give an increse in the number of windshield wiper speeds.


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Quick on the Draw
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By EEC
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1998 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class SLK230 Kompressor 2dr Convertible


Review

Great car - responsive, quick, head
turner. Not in love with red and black
interior - great on curves.


Best Features

Electric convertible top. Wide tires, cd in trunk, turbo


Worst Features

Drink Holder is small, on top area of dash. Needs a 5-speed.


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