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Mercedes-Benz SLK



  • cagneycagney Posts: 5
    I always read everything I can about a car before taking the plunge, but I have been following Car & Driver since the late 60s and trust their opinions. They also write very well; I think I would enjoy reading what they had to say about canopeners.
    The 55 AMG is the one to have, no doubt about it.It's more car than you can imagine! The way I add it up, an SLK350 optioned like the AMG would run about $52k, 10k under the AMG. But, you STILL would not have the magic V8, the stiffened 7 speed, the upgraded tires and wheels, and those huge Brembo brakes. Not that i'd call $65k cheap, but you do seem to be getting your money's worth.
  • I bought a 2005 SLK 350 just a few months ago - only have 2,000 miles on it. Already, the ESP and Run Flat Tire indicator (in the computer) have needed a new sensor; and the other day, the Retractable Roof wouldn't go down, and said I needed to "Visit Workshop". Finally, this morning, the roof went down. Not sure if I should go to dealer or not, but I'm beginning to wonder if the quality control in engineering this car, was futal. In only two months, for a customer who paid 50k for a car, to have to visit the service dept. twice already - that's really bad news. I had a Maxima for 5 years prior to this, and NEVER went to the service dept. one time!!!!! What's up, Mercedes lovers? Can anyone shed light on this?
  • Just had this very same problem with my new SLK 350 - the faulty ESP, and the Run Flat indicator went bad. Result was, MB put in a new sensor. But c'mon, after only a short time driving, this is pretty ridiculous. Like you, I love the car, but I wonder how long I'll have it with these problems continuing...
  • dgm4488dgm4488 Posts: 8
    My reasoning (or rationalization if you like) went much the same way..........i.e. the step-up just didn't seem 'that' great for the V8 and all the other things that come along with the 55. And I believe the AMG is likely to be (on a relative basis of course) considerably more valuable and the back side.

    I asked my dealer about the transmission probs. that had apparently plagued last years 350 and he felt that much of the electronic stuff had been ironed out. I sure hope he's right 'cause no one wants to pay 60K for a car only to see it return to the shop on a regular basis.
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    AMG engineers could solve a lot of "transmission problems" by putting their horsepower fetish aside and build a damn manual transmission for the SLK55. It might still not get me to switch from my top two choices - the Boxster S and 911 S Cab - but at least it would a little tempting.

    It's really beyond me that AMG can put 602 hp into a family sedan, but apparantly can't figure out how to put a manual transmission into a so-called sports car? As I have been shopping around for the past few months and doing my anecdotal research, I have not found a single serious driving enthusiast that would consider the SLK55, primarily because of the lack of a manual. It seems Mercedes/AMG have all but punted that demographic over Porsche and BMW's Motorsport division.

    Too bad, because I do think the new SLK is a huge improvement over the prior version. It's just not a sports car and that's what I am shopping for.
  • amgnutamgnut Posts: 16
    I guess a SL65AMG isn't a sports car either?
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    Not in my opinion, assuming it will only come with an automatic transmission. I just don't find much "sport" in pointing the steering wheel and stomping on the gas with 600 hp under the hood. This didn't excite me 30+ years ago when friends were souping up muscle car Pontiac GTO's and Buick SS's to break 11 second quarter miles. I was much more interested in watching Porsches and Ferrari's fighting it out over the curvy streets of Monaco.

    But please understand, that's just my opinion. And in fairness, the SLK55/65 are infinitely better handlers than the GTO's of the 60's and 70's. I just happen to think that - at least for me - a big part of any sports car has to be the driver input that comes with a true manual transmission, clutch and all. Hell, I've never been able to bring myself to buy an automatic equiped family (sport) sedan in 30 years, so the likelihood of my opinion changing relative to a full blooded sports car is nill. I can accept that others have different opinions and AMG appears to be content catering to them and not my demographic.
  • bor1bor1 Posts: 2
    Would like any info re price negotiation with EDP. supposed to go to dealer today to give deposit, etc and wonder if one can negotiate the EDP price (7% off). I am also concerned with all the tranny problems. Any options one cannot live without?
    Thx for any and all replies
  • bor1bor1 Posts: 2
    Sorry, model is SLK280
  • Claire@EdmundsClaire@Edmunds Chicago areaPosts: 968
    bor1, the place to ask this question is in the Mercedes Benz SLK: Prices Paid & Buying Experience discussion. The folks there will be happy to help you figure this out.



  • Has anyone here ever heard of Mercedes buying back a car which the buyer is totally dissatisfied with? Say it has 2,000 miles on it, and has already been into the shop THREE TIMES for different electric work - what will Mercedes do, if anything?
  • laurasdadalaurasdada Posts: 2,487
    Just MHO, but Mercedes probably won't do much initially. I'd suggest first researching Florida's Lemon Law and then start talking to your dealer/MBUSA. Good luck.

    '13 Jaguar XF, '11 BMW 535xi, '02 Lexus RX300

  • I have an '05 SLK55 that is 5 months old and has 9K miles on it. Love the car but it has not been trouble free. The Comand system shuts off on very hot days when the retractable roof is down, and the transmission valve body had to be replaced. It's well documented that MB's quality has been well below par for several years, and of course an SLK has a lot more to go wrong with it than a Maxima, besides the fact that Maxima's frequency of repair history is terrific. As a very general rule, the more expensive a car, the more attention you can expect the car to need. Just ask someone who owns a $200K Ferrari what level of attention their car requires versus a $15K Hyundai. I have not had trouble with my retractable roof, but I'm not shocked to hear that someone is experiencing's a VERY, VERY complicated mechanism (but it's also one of my favorite features on the car).
  • When the new E car was introduced there were several thousand--Yes Thou-Bought back. This was in one of the leading auto mags about a year ago.
  • "As a very general rule, the more expensive a car, the more attention you can expect the car to need."

    I am glad you catagorized this as a general rule. It is my opinion - based upon the experience of friends, relatives and business associates, as well as third party research reports - that Mercedes has fallen well behind BMW and Porsche, to name just two luxury brands. Both ot those brands have made significant improvements to their reliability records. Mercedes, on the other hand, has dropped significantly. My brother in law had an SL500 bought back by Mercedes 18 months ago, gave them a second chance on an SL55 which he then dumped himself at a significant loss and is now happily driving a new 911. His first Mercedes was a 300 SEL 6.3, so it should pain AMG/Mercedes that he has been permanantly lost as a customer nearly 30 years and at least 8-10 cars later.

    I could give numerous other examples, but I am not here to bash Mercedes. I happened to click on this forum by accident. But I couldn't help but think after reading about some of the problems that this is not the same Mercedes that prided itself - almost arrogantly - on their penchant for quality.
  • jcat707jcat707 Posts: 168
    I remember that. Didn't it have something to do with the COMAND system? The nav systems weren't ready when the new E-class was introduced and the dealers and Mercedes-Benz thought they could add the nav system to the cars after the parts became available but they were wrong. Isn't that what happened?
  • Don't believe that any one problem was the cause.Mainly a variety of electrical malfunctions
  • mbdmbd Posts: 12
    Has anyone driven both a regular SLK 350, and one with the sports suspension (now the AMG package)? I would like to know if you can tell the difference in everyday driving, and if the sports suspension is worth the $4,000 for the package.
  • I drove both, and ended up buying an SLK55. The AMG suspension is significantly stiffer, but not to the point of being punishing IMO...although I'm sure some people might say it's too stiff. The base SLK handled very well, but the AMG optioned cars handle noticeably better. You need to remember that much of lot of the cost of the option is due to the cosmetic upgrades, which IMO very much enhance the look of the car. But there's no denying that it's an expensive option as most MB options are. The one option that I assumed would be more expensive than it is is the Airscarf system.
  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    I really hate that MB bundled the sport suspension in a 4K package. There must have been a low-take rate on just the sports suspension for them to do that, imo.

    The AMG package does jazz up the SLK considerably so for someone that wants that package the sports suspension is a nice bonus, but for those that just want the suspension it kinda sucks.

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