2002 Mercedes-Benz SLK Reviews from North America

2002 Mercedes-Benz SLK 320

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 320 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.0 / 10
Distance when acquired31988 miles
Most recent distance37009 miles
Previous carFord Explorer




After purchasing the certified used 2002 SLK 320 (31, 988 miles) in June 2005, I drove the vehicle for about 5,000 miles until engine malfunctioned and the rods bent. Took it Mercedes dealer for repair since still under warranty. Had a Mercedes specialist inspect the damage. Was informed Mercedes would not cover it. The reason was water in the engine. Neither I or previous owner drove in flood water.

Has anyone else had engine problems with the SLK320? Feel free to respond to chuck.hill@jeffersonwells.com.

General Comments:

Not happy with Mercedes. Have had other mechanical failures with this vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th October, 2005

2002 Mercedes-Benz SLK 230 kompresser 2.2 supercharged

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.2 supercharged Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired20000 miles
Most recent distance50000 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz SLK


Roadster Heaven - Sleek Comfy Fast


* coolant problems - in 3 times to the dealer - water and most lately the oil light coming on. They replaced a oil level valve - that seemed to do the trick.

* automatic logic sensor 'box' - the car was slamming me in the back in 2nd gear on fast starts from the freeway meter light - after an order from Stuttgart to replace the the 'box' all is well.

General Comments:

I love this car. Once she (yes she) hit 45,000, she really hit her stride. She loves climbing hills, eating corners and MAN my advice is to invest in a good set of tires. My first pair were cheap - I received the car at 20K - I wore out the first cheap pair in 19K miles. OUCH - When I put a set of zrated pirrelli's with 40,000 warranty - OMG - NEW CAR - Put nice tires on her - and premium gas - and this is the finest - most smooth riding car ever.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th June, 2004

Average review marks: 4.6 / 10, based on 2 reviews