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Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class, Mercedes-Benz SL-Class, Car Comparisons, Coupe, Convertible
#3 of 16 Re: SLK Reliability [jcpmiami]
Feb 14, 2008 (2:27 pm)
While I don't question that Mercedes' poor reliability reputation in general and the SLK's in particular are well deserved, I am happy to report that after 6 months of ownership, I have had nary a problem with my 2005 SLK350. Now whether this is due to all the bugs getting worked out by the first owner, I can't say but regardless, it has thus far been a pleasure to drive.
#4 of 16 Re: SLK Reliability [p0926]
Feb 22, 2008 (5:55 am)
I have had my 2000 SLK320 since 2003 whereupon I purchased it with 3000 miles on the clock. I don't know if others have had problems and I am not aware of any however, I have only bought a new battery for mine other than general servicing parts.
Touch wood I haven't had any trouble with the car and it as served its purpose very very well.
I did upgrade the looks to reflect the newer shape with a Rieger body kit which I believe gives the car a extra look which friends love. I do intend to change the car in the next year or so and I will most definately be giving the 350 some thought along with the SLK55
#5 of 16 Re: SLK Reliability [jcpmiami]
Feb 24, 2008 (3:17 pm)
I have owned 2 SLKs over the past 5 years and have had no troubles or difficulties. I have 5 other vehicles, including a Toyota Sienna van, a Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, my wife's Lexus RX350 SUV, Toyota Corolla for my daughter and a Honda CRV SUV for my other daughter. I worried quite a bit before purchasing my first MB about reliability but had no concerns after buying the second one because I realized that people who own more expensive cars are less likely to spend time filling out forms unless they become upset or angry. In other words, happy MB owners probably will not take the time to fill out stupid forms claiming their vehicles are good but will complete such paperwork when they become motivated by anger that results from the perception of poor quality.
Robert B. Portney, MD
#6 of 16 SLK hardtop convertible roof problems
Jan 15, 2009 (10:03 am)
Purchased my "01" SLK 320 in 9/00 and only have 52,000 miles. Rear windows will not close although rooftop does. My mechanic (european trained specialist) checked wiring "nets" under front hood with no luck. Now has to begin disassembling rear portion of car checking wiring for any shortages/malfunctions. Expect labor bill to be extremely high. Has anyone experienced this problem and costs involved? Any suggestions?
#7 of 16 Non- dealer service
Jan 26, 2009 (12:37 pm)
Does anyone know of a reliable and fair maintenance of my '05 350SLK located in the Tacoma or Bremerton, WA area. Are there any MBZ owners clubs here?
#9 of 16 Re: SLK Reliability [jcpmiami]
Aug 10, 2010 (8:39 am)
I have purchased a used Audi TT as well as a used MB SLK 280. Both cars had approximately 22,000 miles when purchased and they were in (seemingly) very good condition.
The TT was extremely unreliable and cost me both in time and money. I eventually sold it when it had around 31,000 miles. As for the SLK, it now has the same mileage (31k) and it has been 100% reliable.
Did the care (or lack thereof) by the previous owners contribute to the cars reliability? Are there other factors such as the model year, etc that influence the reliability? Probably, so my limited experience with these two used vehicles is certainly inconclusive, but the fact remains that my investment in a '07 SLK has been a rewarding experience.
Good luck with whatever vehicle you decide upon.
#10 of 16 Re: Deep pockets requried [ajp1948]
Aug 14, 2010 (7:40 pm)
WOW! I know of a lot of people who would love to have a car that the only problems that they have had were headlight bulbs for 70,000 miles!!
Few warranties cover problems over 50,000 miles, except Hyundai, but I would rather drive an SLK!
PS: You can buy two "H7 Xenon HID Headlight Bulbs Mercedes Benz SLK 98-08" on ebay for $5.98 with Free Shipping and no tax! Brighter, sexier, and cheaper!!
PPS: Sounds like you need a better dealer!
PPPS: My ride? 2002 AMG SLK32 with 9,100 miles! Love it!!
#11 of 16 Re: Deep pockets requried [ajp1948]
Sep 11, 2010 (7:06 pm)
Sorry to hear that you had so many problems with your R170 (first gen SLK). I believe the quality issues were greatly improved with the newer R171 (2nd gen SLK). Personally I own two SLK's, one is SLK280 and the other is SLK55 AMG. I bought both gently used and am very happy with both of them. For sure, these MB's are NOT CHEAP to maintain and drive around. It definitely costs more $$$ per mile/months driven/kept.
BTW, I would not advise ANYONE buying any MB's (or any other European cars) without the ORIGINAL FACTORY WARRANTY INTACT AND IN FORCE......PLUS EXTENDED WARRANTY ALREADY PURCHASED OR ELIGIBLE FOR PURCHASE SHOULD ONE KEEP THE CAR BEYOND THE ORIGINAL FACTORY WARRANTY!!! Anything seemingly small that "malfunctions" will COST A LOT TO FIX without the warranty!!!!
I look at these MB cars (or most European cars) as a "LIFE STYLE" type of thing rather than the "NEED FOR A RELIABLE TRANSPORTATION". If one is looking for a "RELIABLE TRANSPORTATION", then one should go with something like a Toyota, Honda, or Nissan or equivalent!!!
Just my two cents worth.
#12 of 16 2012 slk 350 experience
Dec 05, 2011 (1:38 pm)
this is a carry over from pricing forum. but am about to purchase a 2012 slk350 and wonder whether anyone has had experience with either the 2011 or 2012 models. i understand the model year is new and probably has limited experience on road but curious before i purchase one this friday as to value for the dollar.