Mercedes-Benz SLK Review from Italy

1999 Mercedes-Benz SLK 200 Kompressor 2.0 cc 192 cv

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 cc 192 cv Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired20000 kilometres
Most recent distance40000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Celica

Summary:

Great design and fun, but at a high cost

Faults:

Front headlights lamps burning down too easily.

Ventilation switches lamps burned at 30000 km and 35000 km.

Back headlights lamps poorly fixed goes on and off while driving.

Cooling water level low battery tension warning lights gets on and off without reason.

Seats not designed for long journeys and not good for a sport-car.

General Comments:

The car's design is fantastic and the yellow color make heads turn while passing by.

Performances (192cv) are not enough to consider the 200K as a sporty car, but still enjoyable.

Good trunk space and accessibility when roof is on, one of the best in class (can accommodate two medium-size suitcases)

With "AMG" wheels kit the steering is even too precise, needs a careful control at highest speeds.

Power over-steering is always there, although ESP is quickly reacting needs quite careful drive on bends and with wet weather.

At 10 to 12 Km/Lt is not the ideal car for an environmentalist.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th June, 2003

28th Oct 2007, 16:17

SLK200 has 163hp; SLK230 has 193hp.

21st Feb 2010, 16:45

Not in Italy! SLK200 has 136 HP; SLK 200 Kompressor has 192...

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 1 review