I love this car. It's addictive to drive, and the power is awesome. Concerns about acceleration are never an issue. The interior looks a little old, and not all that expensive. The CD changer (which is an option) skips if you hit a pothole and the ride translates uneven road surfaces. But this is a sports car, so you should expect that. The car feels well built and drives wonderfully. The only thing I dont like about the cars driving dynamics would be the steering. It's a bit clunky, and isn't as precise as it should be. The steering wheel is also a little big, and doesnt tilt. It's a great car, if you want something that can take on a Corvette, and that is understated.
This car has been my Wonderful Wife's primary car for about 12 years. She purchased it used with low mileage (15k) & used it 5-6 days a week to travel approximately 100 miles a day. She Loved the car yes I say loved it. Recently on her way home from work while thankfully close to home the her trusty Chariot stalled & failed to restart. When I arrived I attempted to restart the car & received a Crank no start condition. We had the vehicle towed home & I began a 12 day journey to Reignite the stalled steed. Well unfortunately after diagnosing (using a code reader & addressing the specific codes) the condition & changing several small items: gas cap, air filter, spark plugs, camshaft monitor, crankshaft monitor & checking all the fuses & a k40 computer board: I finally relinquished control & had Our Mechanic to save the day. Unfortunately he couldn't either. He decided to check the engine compression with two different meters and found little or no compression in all 4 cylinders. The only maintenance that was performed on the car in five years & 149k has been oil/filter changes & tires. This car was so reliable that even when it took its last breath it did so, Close to home & not strand my Wife in the boonies. My recommendation check the manufacturer's suggested timing chain interval & you will have a fun little ride for a long time.
My wife and I purchased our SLK 32 last year as a fun car. Being a 11 yr old car, we use it about 5-7K miles a year driving it on nice days. So far we have been pleased with this car. The only negative issue is the center console being scratched up and worn. Otherwise a really clean car.
I haven't had any quality issues with the car. Its a real attention getter, lots of people ask about the car. Its the most enjoyable car I have ever owned. You get the best of both worlds convertible and hard top.
SLK32 AMG IS A GREAT CAR! MORE FUN TO OWN THAN I COULD HAVE EVER IMAGINED. I LIVE ABOVE 5,000 FT AND THE SUPERCHARGER ALLOWS THE CAR TO PERFORM LIKE IT IS AT SEA LEVEL. THE AMG BRAKES, TRANSMISSION AND STEERING TAKE THE STANDARD SLK TO A HIGHER LEVEL
We liked the Mercedes-Benz SLK32 AMG's instant power-gratification add-on, otherwise known as the supercharger. With more horsepower than the mighty M3, the SLK is able to leap from the line just slightly faster than its German counterpart. We got the best run on the second attempt using a brake torque start with the traction control switched off. When we attempted to shift the five-speed automatic manually, we were unsuccessful as the transmission would upshift for itself even in manual mode. After the second run, each successive run got slower as the engine temperature got hotter, most likely a factor of supercharger/engine heat soak.
Braking is excellent with short stopping distances that were within 4 feet of each other over the four test runs. We did experience a small amount of brake-pedal pulsation after the vehicle had come to a complete stop, but we surmised that it had something to do with the Electronic Brake Assist doing its job and was not a malfunction of the system, since we were not moving when we experienced it. Our best 60-to-0 and 30-to-0 distances were on the very last run, showing that fade was not an issue, and that the brakes worked better with a little heat in them. Stability, as expected, was excellent with little to no movement in the lane.
Handling from the SLK32 was exceptional, with supercharged power oversteer available at the squeeze of the throttle. With a fine combination of quick, direct steering and a well-controlled chassis, the AMG version of the SLK was no slouch through the cones. It took a delicate balance between enough power to move quickly through the course but not so much that you were overpowering the grip of the rear tires to the extent that you were going sideways instead of straight ahead. Our best runs were with the ESP switched off and careful application of the throttle. Steering, for a recirculating ball setup, was quick and direct but probably due for replacement when they build the next generation of the SLK. Neil G. Chirico