1999 Mercedes-Benz SLK 230 2.3 Kompressor from UK and Ireland


Fast, Hardtop and Softop. What more do you want?



General Comments:

Fantastic car. Just bought it after my previous SLK was flooded on the Isle of Man.

Has a custom interior so no paint chips problems. Entire dashboard is hand-stitched leather and AMG Bodykit, Wheels and Exhaust all around.

I love my car!

Bought from Elite Vehicles on the Isle of Man the first one and the second one. These guys have a the best after sales service you could ask for.

You don't need power in this car. Everything about it is a Merc. Treat it the respect it deserves and it will reward you for years to come. Had Mercs in the family for years and still can't justify getting anything else.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd November, 2002

1999 Mercedes-Benz SLK 230 2.3L Kompressor from North America


Convertible hardtop would not retract (4 times).

Door panels/handles had to be replaced.

Driver's door window went off track (10 times).

Trunk latch button is too hard to push in.

Interior paint comes off almost at a touch.

Radio does not recognize the CD changer.

Radio did not recognize the telephone.

Driver's door window "exploded".

Scratch from the factory on the right rear A-pillar cannot be repaired.

I am now embarrassed by the fact I was stupid enough to buy a Mercedes-Benz. My friends are laughing while they drive their much less expensive cars without any problems, ever. My last car was an exceptional BMW 525i (7 years without any problems). My next car will either be another BMW or a Lexus. I have to have a car I can depend on. Mercedes-Benz certainly doesn't fill that requirement.

General Comments:

The car is actually a nice car when it is not in the shop. Drives nice, gets great gas mileage, and with the top down it's awesome.

The problem is, it has been in for repairs 20 times, for 39 complaints, for 49 service days in 23 months. It knows the way to the garage on its own.

We are filing for arbitration because Mercedes-Benz will not offer a suitable compromise to get us out of this car. We have probably been too nice to this point.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd August, 2001

8th Sep 2002, 13:26

I purchased a 230 Kompressor in March 2002 and after 6 mths I am still very happy with the car. Prior to this I had a C36 AMG which was a beauty, but wore out tyres very quickly! The SLK is quick enough as I can beat most things away from the lights and the stowaway roof is great. The only problems I've had are 1) Boot handle difficult to squeeze at times,2) odd clicks from the driver's window,3) Alarm system is tempramental.

Otherwise a good car!

1999 Mercedes-Benz SLK 230 Kompressor from UK and Ireland


Brilliant roof, not a sports car


Odd intermittent electrical faults.

General Comments:

It's more like a small saloon than a sports car. The automatic gearbox and the drive by wire throttle make it very unresponsive. Once it has responded it is OK.

The roof is good, the car is significantly quieter than a convertible on the motorway.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 25th January, 2001

7th Aug 2002, 11:02

I have driven both the automatic and the manual transmission SLK 230 and found the automatic to be a dog compared to the manual... if you were looking for a sports car you should have chosen the more sporty option. It makes a world of a difference.

8th Sep 2002, 13:30

If you've got the steptronic box in an auto car you can drive it like a geared car and its very responsive in this mode!

1999 Mercedes-Benz SLK 230 from North America


Top dollar piece of junk!


Roof leaks on the passenger side.

Accelerator sticks.

Driver's side and passenger side interior paneling coming unglued.

Blown speakers in the rear of the vehicle.

Gasoline leak.

Erratic fuel gauge.

Erratic right turn signal blinker.

Headlight washer jets not retracting into the bumper.

Roof leaks on the driver's side.

General Comments:

This car is reliable for only one thing... getting you to the mechanic. Contrary to what they think Daimler-Chrysler/Mercedes-Benz don't make perfect cars. Sometimes lawyers are a good thing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th January, 2001

15th May 2001, 12:09

Fair points. However, last time I brought my car in for service, my dealer fixed the roof problems and door panel problems you mentioned BEFORE they occurred on my vehicle. I have not had the other problems you mentioned.

In addition to the things you mentioned, I had a problem with the switch in the back that raises the roof.

All of this was fixed for no cost to me.