"I bought my '98 SLK230 used in 2002 when it had 27K on it...and am so glad I purchased the extended warranty, for had I not, I would have spent an addition $10K on the vehicle! Even tho I never drove the car hard, it was in the shop almost every month during my first 2 years of ownership -- most of the problems were electrical/microchip/sensor related issues. In the 3rd year of ownership, the turbo needed to be replaced ($6K). I had sworn that if I had one more problem, I was going to sell it and go back to owning Hondas! Well, excepting some axle bearing replacements, it's been 3 years since it's last repair and I've been able to enjoy its awesome fun, quiet, & smoothe drive. It's never in want for power. With the top down, it's a really pleasant cruise. The steering is not roadster-like...a little heavy, actually, with a tendency to be a bit overly sensitive. Overall, had I not had the repair problems (after years of owning trouble-free Hondas), I'd probably had given this car a solid 4+ stars. Had it been during the first 3 years, I'd have been quite gracious in giving more than 2 on the "Value/Reliability" scale. I have noticed that the first years of production on this car were questionable, and that with the release of the SLK320 (not the smaller 2-3-0), the ratings were much impoved. I'd stay away from the '98 to 2001 SLK230 models, but other than that, Mercedes does seem to live up to the reputation of a high performing vehicle that wants to be, and now seems to be, "trouble free". Additionally, although the recommended servicings for this vehicle are every 10K, I always schedule 3500 mile oil changes. The cost of regular servicings/ownership of this vehicle is comparable to most vehicles as the REGULAR schedule maintenance is less frequent and priced only slightly higher tan that of most vehicles in "lesser" classes...in this regard I'd say its value is quite good. Head-height/leg room is great but trunk space (even with the top up) is good for about 6 bags of groceries, a back pack, and your CD case."
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