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★★★★☆

“great Value for Money”

Written on: 20/06/2013 by mercmadness1 (2 reviews written)

I have a 1999 Model 230 SLK with 95000 miles,passed all MOT's easy as been properly maintained throughout its life, the Fuel Filter hould be replace at least every 3 Years as they can be a problem,.Otherwise a great looking Car with good performance and looks, The Hard Top can be a problem on some models and have a intermittend fault when to open and shut.So look out for that I am selling my one now because I only done 600 miles in three Years and she is parked in my Garage. I have a SL500 and… Read Full Review

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Danscarr94's Response to mercmadness1's Review

Written on: 26/03/2014

I have had issues with the top coming bk up. and suggestions or maybe you can tell me why :(

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★★★★★

“Mercedes te best or nothing”

Written on: 19/10/2011 by Ardent (1 review written)

From front to rear, side to side this car out performs any competitor in its class. The gass mileage is comparable to as good as any Toyota, if not better. I have owned two of the SLK230 I was hit from the side at 30mph by a van in that car and was safe. It is overall of the 15 collectible cars I have the 2nd best next to my 2012 Maserati!… Read Full Review

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“Good looking, comfortable for a two-seater, good...”

Written on: 28/02/2011

Good looking, comfortable for a two-seater, good performance and handling, with the bonus of a vario roof. Great fun.Reasonable insurance cost. Fuel economy averaging 30-31mpg (imperial).

Steer clear of official Mercedes service departments. Mine wanted to charge me £75 labour for changing the battery! Failure of a £5 compressor oil seal would have resulted in a total cost in excess of £2000 for a new supercharger from the same dealer had I not been able to source a new seal from the USA… Read Full Review

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“I feel in love with the car. I was six months old and...”

Written on: 04/09/2010

I feel in love with the car. I was six months old and I have had it for 10 enjoyable years. Performance is great and the traction control can really come in useful some time when pushing it too hard round bends. The ability to raise and lower the lid has never lost its appeal. Realiability is second to none, not a single serious problem in 10 years. To be critical there has been a slight rattle somewhere in the lid which merc spent 1500 pds not finding! One anoyance is with the exhaust which is… Read Full Review

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“slk 230, great car!!”

Written on: 25/05/2010

slk 230, great car!!… Read Full Review

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“I love my SLK 320 purchased nearly ten years ago. It...”

Written on: 15/04/2010 by Kinnoull (4 reviews written)

I love my SLK 320 purchased nearly ten years ago. It has only done 24k miles but has cost me hugely in repairs. The latest question - how much does it cost to replace a Xenon headlight? Answer £831. The reason for this I am told is that one of the components in the headlight failed and as the part cannot be purchased singly one has to buy a whole new headlight assembly. And of course while the local Mercedes service centre diagnosed the problem they came up with a huge list of other things… Read Full Review

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“My car(SLK230Kompressor) has been bedevilled with...”

Written on: 05/04/2010

My car(SLK230Kompressor) has been bedevilled with electrical faults. First the indicators until someone told me that you can extract a printed circuit board and tap the flasher relay to get it working again. MB solution a new £600 printed circuit board.
On holiday in France one day the retractable roof failed to lift back up. Big prob! Solution brute force and ignorance, I enlisted the help of 2 French guys and we physically lifted the roof up and forced it up into position and attempted to… Read Full Review

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Written on: 17/04/2014

Major conv. Top problems that are to expensive to repair

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★★★★☆

“I have just bought 1998 slk 230, it has only done...”

Written on: 14/03/2010

I have just bought 1998 slk 230, it has only done 40,000 miles and looks like new, goes beautifully, but a bit wobbly if you hit a dip or bump on one side, unlike a true sports car. My only complaint/ query is that the sort of rubberised coating on the centre console is peeling off. This could be due to sun ( I live in South Africa ) MB agents tell me it due to some people having acid skin? Any others having the same complaint?… Read Full Review

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Loulou32963's Comment

Written on: 09/08/2010

I have a 230slk 1999. You will find that the peeling is VERY common.
<br/>I had the dash re-painted at a paint & body shop, using the original type of paint, for $300 US.
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Ross1982's Comment

Written on: 03/09/2013

same problem with mine the best thig to do is apply a couple of coats of clear lacquer to it brings it up a treat and i no longer suffer with this problem i dont know why merc dont do this at factory

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★★★★☆

“Bought my little silver SLK for GBP6,800 two years ago...”

Written on: 03/10/2009 by griddlebone (1 review written)

Bought my little silver SLK for GBP6,800 two years ago which is about the prize of a new Corsa! Ok, it's now 12 years old, but still looks great and turns heads. I love the power of it, but it was a bit of a shock after my 589cc smart car, which was my first car after passing my test. I find the car very reliable and sturdy. I've only needed new tyres and pads to get it through MOTs. The only other thing that went wrong was a stud which snapped on the exhaust and was duly replaced, but with my… Read Full Review

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“This Mercedes Benz Kompressor is great for day trips...”

Written on: 11/08/2009

This Mercedes Benz Kompressor is great for day trips and picnics. A wee bit hard to see out of is my only gripe… Read Full Review

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“Mercedes Benz SLK 230 Kompressor is a great driver...”

Written on: 10/08/2009

Mercedes Benz SLK 230 Kompressor is a great driver that still turns heads. I like the retractable hardtop although it does take away some trunk space. The supercharged 4 cry is a good performer while getting reasonable fuel economy. We have taken some long trips that have been quite comfortable for two people. … Read Full Review

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Guest's Comment

Written on: 18/05/2012

i feel compelled to write a review on my 2001 Slk Kompressor, I am not the type to write reviews, but i feel a sense of responsability to say that this Slk has been the most reliable, car i have owned, it has 137.000 on the clock, six speed same clutch and I drive to nyc everyday from nnj, bought the car when it had 35.00 miles, amazing car, body looks like new, no rust...just changed the shocks i went with bilsteins, love them, i had a 190 and a 300 all great cars with over 150.000 each all great but this one has been bullet proof. same exhaust, had a check engine issue at 40.000 miles, car is amazing, the only thing that is not is the paint peeling on the center console, mb messed up on this one they applied pant over plastic and it is coming off, must clean the interior with warm water and soap and it pays to be gentle coming in contact with the interior. keeping this car until 200.000 and i will get anew model with low miles. My other car is a c class 2009 and it has low miles but it is also been perfect. the new mb are better than the old ones. great cars

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★★★★★

“I love this Mercedes Benz SLK 230 Kompressor bought it...”

Written on: 27/05/2009

I love this Mercedes Benz SLK 230 Kompressor bought it 4 my wife ...LOL looks good runs great
thats rub mark i have it to 1/4" wide 1/2 way up...A true sports
car i give it a 9...2001 62,000 miles… Read Full Review

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“The Mercedes Benz SLK 230 Kompressor has poor...”

Written on: 16/05/2009

The Mercedes Benz SLK 230 Kompressor has poor workmanship from interior to lamps to engine… Read Full Review

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“Have a 1999 230 Mercedes kompressor, Best drive ever,...”

Written on: 06/04/2009

Have a 1999 230 Mercedes kompressor, Best drive ever, I bought one of these previous and when sold it after 2 years missed it like id miss my left arm, I love this car so bought another. Fast, furious if needed, Looks sleek especially in black, Fuel consumption better than expected, all round a safe sturdy car.
Interior of these keep well and with TLC looks and drives like new even at 10 years of age… Read Full Review

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“I have an Mercedes SLK230 Kompressor, basically it's a...”

Written on: 18/11/2008

I have an Mercedes SLK230 Kompressor, basically it's a loveley car, AMG17" wheels are too wide at the front and the steering is deflected by bumps and white lines, it's a pain that they're different sizes front and rear. Don't trust the electric trye pump they supply, it'll cut out before it can inflate the collapsible spare tyre. Buy a replacement from Halfords! Watch for electrolytic corrosion where there are alloy heat shields with ordinary steel fastners, (under bonnet and above silencers)… Read Full Review

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“I bought this Mercedes CLK new for my Mom in 1998, it...”

Written on: 15/08/2008 by chaunceyoj (1 review written)

I bought this Mercedes CLK new for my Mom in 1998, it is a 99 model. It currently has 15,000 miles on it and was kept in Florida, in a garage, until I had it shipped up this spring (2008). I have every reciept and the window sticker. It is economical to run, it is an automatic, and probably could use an extra gear. People who see it cannot believe it is 10 years old and has so little milage, and that it really does look new. AC needs to be watched, probably some leaks in the system. Had an A… Read Full Review

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“Beautiful timeless design, reliable, fuel efficient,...”

Written on: 30/07/2008

Beautiful timeless design, reliable, fuel efficient, versatile. All weather fun! This car is one of the best example of how reliable the '90s Mercedes can be. At 72,000 miles, I have zero problem… Read Full Review

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“I have had my 230 Mercedes SLK for 3 years with only...”

Written on: 27/07/2008 by lms slk (1 review written)

I have had my 230 Mercedes SLK for 3 years with only minor up keep - new motor mounts. I purchased it with 36k miles. It now has 62kmiles and still runs great. Everything works on the car… Read Full Review

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“The Mercedes 230 SLK is a great car if it is a second...”

Written on: 09/06/2008

The Mercedes 230 SLK is a great car if it is a second car or if you are single. Handles quite well and is actually quite fuel efficient, provided you keep the revs under 3500 rpm. If you really push the motor, this car will accelerate and keep up with most cars, but you can literally see the gas gauge drop. Overall it is a very nice car, not many problems and very fast. For me, this is my summer car and drive on nice days… Read Full Review

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“My Mercedes SLK 230 had 6000 mls on the clock when I...”

Written on: 23/05/2008 by srafs (1 review written)

My Mercedes SLK 230 had 6000 mls on the clock when I bought it, within one month I noticed an electrical fault that kept the left hand indicator permanently on or, not working at all. Back to MB to rectify. Three weeks later the fault was back again so back to MB this time a new indicator switch was fitted. One week later back it came again but this time it € s in the brake lights so very dangerous when motorway traveling so back again to MB, this time they agree to change the electric… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“Overall, I would recommend the Mercedes 230 Kompressor...”

Written on: 28/02/2008

Overall, I would recommend the Mercedes 230 Kompressor as a good used car purchase rather than new. The price is the general reasoning. It is not worth 40,000. However, with 40,000 miles under the hood, it is easily worth $20,000. GREAT CAR!… Read Full Review

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“Excellent movements & handling-with classy look. I did...”

Written on: 16/01/2008 by elcariduro (1 review written)

Excellent movements & handling-with classy look. I did get my moneys' worth.

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“Fantastic little car-can compete with most sports...”

Written on: 10/11/2007 by hotrox (1 review written)

Fantastic little car-can compete with most sports cars- at least as fast as my last car (1999-911 GT3) unique styling -tried the new 320 slk but found it no faster than my 230K
long term toy… Read Full Review

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“I love my Mercedes Benz SLK 230 Kompressor, It's great...”

Written on: 29/09/2007 by gorgedude (1 review written)

I love my Mercedes Benz SLK 230 Kompressor, It's great fun!… Read Full Review

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“If you're thinking of buying a Mercedes Benz SLK 230...”

Written on: 26/09/2007 by texcoyo (1 review written)

If you're thinking of buying a Mercedes Benz SLK 230 Kompressor, I'd advise you not to. Get a Honda or Toyota. In my experience, at Mercedes, service and smiles end at the sale and they didn't back their product. For the price and reputation, I expected more. I tried giving the dealer a chance and MB USA, but no luck. And no MB quality, it does not improve with price. Headliner falling down, MB won't fix and want 320.00 to replace. Even wholesale for the part! Way overpriced. Transmission and… Read Full Review

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Srafs's Response to texcoyo's Review

Written on: 23/05/2008

This sounds a lot like my SLK the clutch pedal broke at 27000 miles MB did not want to know and its costing me over &pound;400 to put right.

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★★★★★

“We have over 100K miles on our SLK230 without a single...”

Written on: 20/09/2007 by DeathAugur (1 review written)

We have over 100K miles on our SLK230 without a single major problem. A couple of bulbs burned out on the center console air controllers (I replaced them myself) and an intermittent rattle when the top is up from the plastic shelf that covers the top when it's stowed in the trunk. I just recently replaced the trunk lid spring struts ($20 each from Mercedes), because they were getting weak. We don't have the interior paint problem (possibly because our interior is black on black). We have just… Read Full Review

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327128_Gayle53's Response to DeathAugur's Review

Written on: 26/11/2007

I just bought a 1999 Kompressor and am wondering what the "fix" is for the flaking interior paint on the console? Any suggestions?

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★★★★☆

“I bought my Mercedes Benz SLK on a whim. My everyday...”

Written on: 22/08/2007 by Funeral4837 (1 review written)

I bought my Mercedes Benz SLK on a whim. My everyday transport is a Jeep Rubicon so it would be so unfair to compare. It's my second MB, first was a 190E and while it may have had more room the SLK is a work of art compared to it. Handling and performance is supurb. Acceleration is dynamic especially when cruising at 70 mph and stomp on it. It's a good head turner and financially a good bargain if you look hard. I noticed a rub spot about 1/4" round midway up the rear post where, when the top… Read Full Review

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“In closing, if you want a cool hardtop convertible and...”

Written on: 27/12/2006 by exileonmain (1 review written)

In closing, if you want a cool hardtop convertible and aren't worried about having to pay for parts or maintenance and not getting your money worth, then this Mercedes Benz SLK 230 Kompressor is the car for you. Otherwise, I wouldn't recommend it to just about anyone looking for a sports car / commuter car. I did a lot of research on this car and although I was aware of the interior issues (and of course ignored them) and also read something about not doing well on wet roads but didn't think… Read Full Review

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374519_Gaydonnie's Response to 272116_exileonmain's Review

Written on: 16/06/2008

I have a 2000 SLK230 and the retractable hardtop only works when it wants to. Have had repaired three times at a MB Dealer(not where I bought it) and hopefully it is now fixed? Don/Phila.

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453573_Simplysela's Response to 272116_exileonmain's Review

Written on: 11/04/2009

I found this review helpful because I'm looking to buy a Kompressor, like you had read the review, I am doing the same as well. I read about the paint problems and the reliablity, I felt like I could just ignore them, however after reading your review, I think I'll look at a Pontiac Soltice instead... American Made and probably alot cheaper to fix. Thanks for the heads up!

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★★★★☆

“When I bought the SLK it was 2 years old. I really...”

Written on: 29/07/2006 by StormDK (4 reviews written)

When I bought the SLK it was 2 years old. I really like the car. A bit light steering and a bit underpowered engine, however one really does not need more.
Loved the metal roof.
No problems to mention, was pain free for 3 years. Upgraded the suspension, rims to 17"and a new Super sprint exhaust, and air filter, really helped, sounded great, not too loud.
What I really did not like was the black under stripe under the doors, should have been one paint job like the later models. And it was so… Read Full Review

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“This Mercedes Benz SLK 230 Kompressor is a seriously...”

Written on: 08/07/2006 by Jeff Graham (1 review written)

This Mercedes Benz SLK 230 Kompressor is a seriously fun car. I get 29mpg and I commute every day from Hertfordshire to London, and I sometimes stay within the speed limit!
You can throw it about around the lanes especially if you turn off the esp.
Windy with the roof down I recommend you buy a perspex wind deflector (eBay) as the netting one supplied destroys rear vision and allows sneaky unmarked blue light buggies to creep up un-noticed.
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“I wish that I had waited until the Mercedes Benz SLK...”

Written on: 08/03/2006 by vtjocky1966 (1 review written)

I wish that I had waited until the Mercedes Benz SLK 320 Kompressor came out. But overall this has been a fun car. I've owned 4 Lotus autos which were more fun. but we all know what what they are in reliability. I've had this car 7-1/2 years and it's still tight, and never left me on the side of the road. Sure there are cars I'd rather have, but this is a nice car. I really love the new front on the 2006's though… Read Full Review

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“It was a toss up between the BMW Z3 or the Mercedes...”

Written on: 20/02/2006 by SimonGRAHAM (1 review written)

It was a toss up between the BMW Z3 or the Mercedes Benz SLK 230 Kompressorwhen I went to the garage. After a test drive in both I was hooked on the SLK - may have something to do with Mercedes loyalty. I have been a saloon buff for most of my life so this was a real departure for me. But it is a nice experience and one I would recommend. The car oozes sex appeal and the engine purrs like a wild cat. I don't think I will be trading this baby in any time soon… Read Full Review

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“The Mercedes Benz SLK 230 Kompressor sports car has...”

Written on: 09/10/2004 by 230slk (1 review written)

The Mercedes Benz SLK 230 Kompressor sports car has more than enough passing power from 35mph to 100mph. Kicks rocks. If you should complain about the power, than you're asking too much from this four-banger. You should'da got the 500.

This car is the greatest retractable hardtop sporty commutter made. The price is right, you can pass 99.8% of the vehicles you come to should you wish. If you happen upon someone you can't; you really should'nt be driving faster than 100 mph on Route 66… Read Full Review

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“After owning several sports cars ( american & foreign...”

Written on: 03/08/2004 by kjaxm (1 review written)

After owning several sports cars ( american & foreign ), buying the Mercedes Benz SLK 230 Kompressor was the most fun. Although I believe its the "poor mans 500", the performance is suprisingly good. Mercedes included alot of the technology that you would see in the high end models. It has enough leg room to stretch out, even for myself at 6'4". If you are buying brand new, it's a little pricey for the performance that you get. But if you can find a used one that has been "grandma driven" like… Read Full Review

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“If you want to pose and not drive then buy a Mercedes...”

Written on: 03/03/2004 by revvyman (5 reviews written)

If you want to pose and not drive then buy a Mercedes 230 SLK Kompressor.

If you ever want to have the roof down, best hope you never need a toupe, it will blow off!
Dynamically this belongs in the truck section not sports cars, it is awful.
7 breakdowns in 5000 miles, and just the worst customer service I have ever experienced and lost £15K when I got rid of the heap of junk… Read Full Review

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Stormdk's Response to revvyman's Review

Written on: 04/11/2005

I must say that I do not agree. I owned a 230k auto box before buying a Boxster S. Yes, sure now the SLK is outdated, the trim is inferior, but for the money, great egine, very good autobox, buy a Supersprint exhaust and the car sounds great, not too loud. I had it for 3 years and only had minor problems.

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★★★★★

“The Mercedes 230 SLK Kompressor is the best toy I ever...”

Written on: 05/02/2004 by ln757 (1 review written)

The Mercedes 230 SLK Kompressor is the best toy I ever had. And I had many. Driving it with the top down is purely delightful if you know what I mean ;-)… Read Full Review

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“If you have the money to buy a Mercedes 230 SLK...”

Written on: 17/12/2003 by Finchy (1 review written)

If you have the money to buy a Mercedes 230 SLK Kompressor, buy one tomorrow. I now volunteer to nip to the shops, and often find myself going into town for a pint of milk......The SLK 230 is a pleasure to drive!… Read Full Review

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“The styling of the Mercedes 230 SLK Kompressor is...”

Written on: 05/12/2003 by mryan (1 review written)

The styling of the Mercedes 230 SLK Kompressor is second to none. If you want a car that garners looks from others, this is the one. It rides suprisingly smooth for having a sport suspension, and corners flat - even at high speeds. A true joy to drive. On the negative side, I am disgusted with the powder-coated finish of the interior, which flakes off with even the most casual bump or rub. These parts should have been molded in the color choice rather than coated so poorly. The other… Read Full Review

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“I had a look at all the current sports cars including...”

Written on: 30/06/2003 by musk. (1 review written)

I had a look at all the current sports cars including the Z4 but for all round value for money and style this car was the clear winner.
Buying a sports car just because it gets good track reviews is like buying a 4*4 to take the kids to school.You are unlikely to ever go off road and you will lose out on high speed road noise and short tyre life… Read Full Review

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