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itMcKnight133's review of Mercedes Benz SLK 280

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“Champagne performance for beer budget”

Written on: 08/08/2016 by itMcKnight133 (1 review written)

Owned a few performance cars over the years and a couple being drop-tops, so when I assessed my stable a saw room for a two-seater I started researching and ended up with three contenders: MB SLK, Audi TT and Porsche cayman/boxster. Found the TT a great performer, but didn't like the cloth top. The cayman was awesome but had a fixed roof. The Boxster was the cayman without the roof, but also had a cloth top (noisey, not secure, I've had soft tops cut in the past so not too keen on them). The Porsche's handling was best in class, spartan interior and they suffered from IMS (intermediate shaft bearing issues=$$$$ fix). That left the TT and SLK. The TT had bullet=proof drivetrain, nice but cramped interior and a bit claustrophobic when top up, plus again the soft top issue. That left the SLK, which proved to be an athletic and nimble handler, great V6 engine and Gtronic 7-spd (with the AMG package it also has paddle shifters & aggressive AMG tuned suspension. brakes and wheels/tires) plus a roomy (relatively speaking) and much more luxurious interior, not to mention the retractable hardtop that goes up or down in 20 secs. I bought the SLK and haven't stopped smiling since! Try one, I think you'll like it.

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