Last post on Jun 21, 2013 at 12:59 PM
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Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class, Mercedes-Benz SL-Class, Car Comparisons, Coupe, Convertible
#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.
#13 of 16 Re: SLK Reliability [jcpmiami]
Aug 25, 2012 (11:40 am)
My new 2012 SLK 350 looks great and is fun to drive, BUT! With less than 2,000 miles on it, I've had multiple problems: (1) had to replace the catalytic converter; (2) both exhaust manifolds had broken welds inside and needed to be replaced; (3) headlamp switch had short and drained battery; and (4) injection fuel pump needed replacement. MB shop tried to tell me I had just been leaving the lights on which was pretty annoying. Wish I hadn't bought the car, but maybe now that repairs have been done, I'll be happier.
#14 of 16 2013 SLK Roof
Feb 18, 2013 (3:42 pm)
I will pick up my silver 2013 SLK 250 this Wednesday. It's my first convertible and it has few optionals. I had the opportunity to see the car last Friday and I was surprised that the car has a glass roof (black) with roof liner. I was surprised because I had ordered a standard steel roof and I asked the dealer why that roof and was told that 2013 models are coming with this type of roof. I don't see this option in the MB websites and I am disapointed because I don't believe the dealer is telling me the truth. My feeling is that the car came with a panorama roof and a liner was placed. I'm not sure if the liner was placed here in the US or in the factory. Can anyone help explaining what is going on?
#16 of 16 Re: 2013 SLK Roof [Claire@Edmunds]
Jun 21, 2013 (12:59 pm)
I have a similar story. I have a 2012 SLK350 that I purchased with a solid roof. The roof warped and began to leak so I took it to MB to be repaired. They ordered a new roof and when I picked up the car, the new roof had what appeared to be a tinted glass square in the center. It appears that they are replacing solid roofs with glass roofs to correct the warping problem, but that they have not yet made a glass roof that is painted entirely the same color as the body of the car. They are using the panoramic roof as a replacement, but are not replacing the headliner underneath to make the roof panaoramic. The result - a funny looking, useless purple square in the midst of the glass roof. Has anyone else gotten a resolution from Mercedes on this problem? I am awaiting futher word from my dealership.