Don't believe the Auto bloggers, this car is great and NOT a "chick-car"!
written on 02-02-2012
SLK350 2dr Convertible (3.5L 6cyl 7A)
I've had my SLK 350 for about a week. i am very happy that i went with this car. i spent a very long time researching and test driving various 'sports cars', and my decision came down to the CTS, Boxster, and the SLK 350. I took an afternoon to test drive all three, and decided the boxster just had too harsh of a ride for a daily driver, and the CTS lacked the convertible top. I spent the weekend driving around some of winding roads of Los angeles (palos verdes, malibu, and mullholland drive). this car is a great balance between 'fun sports car' and daily commuter! its sublte & subdue when you want it, and ultra-fast & nimble when you want it. a GREAT BALANCE!
Never driven in snow or salt as I don't know how well it would do. New rear tires (had a nail in one).service maintained by Mercedes dealer in Gainesville, Fl. Love how the hard top automatically folds down into the back!! Bought the car as it was the show car on the floor in two different Mercedes Delerships. Not 100% sure of the color. May be a custom color..dark silver with a hint of dark blue. Car is washed,waxed, and babied on a regular basis. Never driven on poor road conditions ( pot holes) dirt roads and the like.
Not very macho but outstanding performance. Previously known as a "secretaries sports car" now has much better handling and performance but still has the bad rap. While never being mistaken for Corvette or Porsche the SLK350 is probably a better owners car than either...easy to live with, good looking, low operating costs, fun to drive and undemanding...pretty nice car.
Fun to drive, but with a few flaws. Reliability of electrical components has been less than satisfactory. Also, it goes through rear tires extremely quickly. I drive in a spirited manner, but certainly not aggressively. Not sure if I would buy again.
Premium 1 Package ($2,590 -- includes iPod/MP3 media interface; AirScarf neck-level heating system; Sirius Satellite Radio; Harman Kardon premium sound system; heated seats; IR remote roof automation); Sport Package ($2,500 -- sport body styling includes front airdam with mesh intakes, sculpted side skirts and rear valance, 18-inch AMG five-spoke wheels, direct ambient lighting in Solar Red, Sport Package code); Multimedia Package ($2,150 -- includes COMAND system with 80GB hard drive navigation and 7-inch LCD screen with 3-D map views, enhanced voice control system, 10GB music register, six-disc DVD changer, Gracenote album information including cover art and SD memory card slot); Lighting Package ($1,090 -- includes headlamp cleaning system, bi-xenon headlamps with Active Curve Illumination); Dual-Zone Climate Control ($760); Black ($630); Panorama Roof ($500 -- includes panorama roof with fixed tinted glass)
Naturally aspirated, direct-injected V6, gasoline
DOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Good punch right off the line, no hesitation: the throttle is so abrupt it jerks your head back . Oddly, it was difficult to match the first run when stability control was on, the transmission was in Economy mode vs. Sport or Manual. Power braking did little to help. Manual shifting is via paddles or console-mounted shifter. Blips on downshifts. Shifts at 6,800 regardless of tranny mode.
Perfectly controlled panic braking and very firm pedal with short travel. Exrtemely reassuring and incredibly short, consistent stops. No fade.
Skid pad: Very controllable. Chassis is willing to let you play with the throttle to adjust the line and control understeer. Unfortunately, the throttle calibration makes it easy to overshoot desired throttle input. ESC hardly perceptible here when "on." Slalom: Nimble car for its weight. Narrow and low to the ground. Steering is quick but lacks feel. Tires have decent grip but there are a few hindrances. First, the suspension is quite stiff and rebounds abruptly after each turn. Second, the throttle always opens too much with each input, which upsets the car's attitude. And ESC will cut throttle when too aggressive.