"I bought my 2003 SLK230 (second one) in 2006 with 25K miles on it and just love to drive it. I'm 70 now and decided to get it as my last car. It is everything I need in a car; small, economical, sharp looker, and a cool convertible! But beware of two things; First, maintenance is expensive at the dealership (they are always upselling service) and Mercedes wiggled out of the extended warranty that came with the car because I bought it from a non-approved (non MB) dealer. Why that should degrade the car is beyond me????"
"I've had my 2003 SLK230 for five years and have loved every minute of driving this car. It's responsive - I can easily merge at highway speeds from a short entrance ramp or quickly stop when traffic is unpredictable during rush hour. And the car looks good doing it. Putting the top down is easy and always intrigues bystanders when I'm in a parking lot. Getting 25 mpg city and 34 hiway is a bonus. It's had routine maintenance which I think has kept it in top running condition, no surprises or unexpected repairs to date."
"I always had practical cars...until this one!
It's solidly engineered, accelerates fast when you need to, rides well, and great fun with the top down. The pop shift is a nice option but the only thing this car lacks is a clutch! I am surprised they didn't spend more time designing the cd player, but the Bose speakers are fine."
"Bought a 2002 (1st year) in 2003 SLK 32 AMG. Silver with Black Leather Interior. Only 6000 miles when purchased now has 33000. What a hoot! I'm 5'6" so car fits well, any taller and you might have problems getting in and out! This auto is Rock Solid! I plan to keep for quite a while. Not into Ragtops, but this hard top is awsome. Very Very fast! 349 HP, 332 FP'S with Supercharger! Corners well, road is velvet at 80 MPH. Addictive, problem is it only holds 2 and very little else, which is why it is a great weekend car. I'd Buy again in a heart beat! Just Know a 2 seater is aToy!"
"I bought my SLK 230 as a pre-owned certified vehicle in 2005. One of the best cars I've ever had. It's a fun car to drive, even more when the top is down. The car has been running without major mechanical problems for the past 5 years.. The only downside to the car is getting into it when the door cannot be open fully (e.g. in a parking lot next to other cars)."
"I have had my 230 for a few years now. Great and fun car. Minimal problems with maintenance kept up. I would highly recommend this car. The 320 is much faster for not much more. If I had it to do over I would get the 320."
"I bought my 2001 SLK in 2005 with 40K miles. Currently I'm at 150K miles commuting approx. 100 miles daily.
No maintenance until I went just over 100K miles (when warranty expried, of course). That year I had two $2K repairs plus the 12K mile maintenance which I always have the dealer take care of.
Although a bit on the expensive side for maintenance and it hasn't held value real well, I would still recommend this fun little car.
I drive mountain freeways and have to compete with large freight trucks. There is plenty of power (even uphill) to get out of the way of a big truck.
And, even though she's 8 yrs old, most people think she's new. The body style is still very good looking and except for the console (finish is flaking) the interior is also in great shape.
I hope to own her for a good long time."
"This is a beautiful car that I adore driving. Love how it handles, and the responsiveness. The repair costs are really high every time - the least I have spent on any single maintenance is $500 and the most was about $5000."
"I have owned my '98 SLK230 since 2000. I bought it with 20k on the odometer and it now has 75K so I believe that I can offer an accurate opinion on the reliability and cost of operating this vehicle as the owner for 9 of it's 11 years. Yes, I would highly recommend it, even though I don't really want to see more of them on the roads (a sign of their reliability). Maintenance and repairs for any Benz is expensive but luckily, this one has proven to be pretty reliable. I would say that I have spent an average of $500.00 - 1000.00 per year on maintenance and repairs (Mostly maintenance at the dealership). I have owned almost a dozen cars (including Corvettes) in my 30+ years of driving and must say that this one has proven to be my favorite car. It has enough power with it's 190hp for me and handling is excellent. For a 2 seater, it has plenty of leg room and trunk space. I still get frequent compliments, mostly for the car :o) and people still believe that I must be wealthy to afford a nice car like this. The auto hard top takes exactly 20 seconds to open (or close) into position. The exhilaration, fun, and compliments increase in convertable mode. I will keep this car until it, or I, stop running."