2001 Mercedes-Benz SLK 200 2.0 Kompressor from Finland

Summary:

A fine all-year sports car

Faults:

Washing fluid container holds only about 1/2 of the capacity. Somebody told me it's typical for some SLKs that the tube is loosely installed, or whatever, so it leaks a bit if too full. Don't worry, you'll get used it, just leave it half empty, or half full.

Headlight adjustment switch in the cockpit is out of business. Never mind, you'll find manual knobs for both lights under the hood. Headlight adjustment is mandatory here in Finland, I think.

Left mirror glass was badly worn out, or it was some cheap substitute. Cheap to replace.

Sometimes you have to open the convertible top by pressing the button multiple times. An example: Press once, opens 1/3. Let go of the button and wait for three seconds. Press again, opens 2/3. Let go of the button and wait for three seconds. Press again, opens all the way. Sometimes the top opens pressing only once. I don't mind, I'll live with it.

General Comments:

If you're looking for real roadster, or even a sports car, but don't want to spend a fortune, you have found it. Plus this is a hardtop convertible. This is no sedan, not sloppy to drive. This one sticks to the road, and the Kompressor kicks in. The 163HP SLK 2.0 K is sufficient. I wouldn't go for the first, Kompressorless, SLK 200 with "only" 134HP. The Kompressor does its job very well.

The car is built very solid. An old car, but no rattles. Clearly good old MB quality engineering and parts, inside and outside.

Excellent drive in the winter too, despite the rear wheel drive. The traction control is amazing. I had a block heater installed and bought studs.

No leaks, the engine and the base are very dry and clean.

Running costs are reasonable, and it's not too hard to do some things by yourself.

Just some minor, a couple of cm wide, rusty spots. Not bad for an 18-year-old car, which has been driven in the harsh Finnish climate.

The timing chain is duplex, I think. Eternal, they say, but who knows. Still, should be stronger and last much longer than a regular chain.

The original MB Audio 10 car stereo sucks. Easy to replace with a decent modern unit.

Note that there's no spare tire, only the electric compressor for air and some temporary filler stuff. Check your trunk, you should find a blue box there.

Remember to charge your battery a couple of times a year. Or replace if an old one. Helps you with all kinds of electrical issues, e.g. the convertible top and electric windows.

Besides the minor "gone wrongs", everything works! Wow. Even both heated seats. No lights blinking whatsoever.

Maintain your old car when it needs maintaining, and don't drive like a maniac all the time, and I'm sure it will serve you good.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th February, 2019

2001 Mercedes-Benz SLK SLK320 3.2L from North America

Summary:

SLK320 - amazing machine and lots of fun... not 230

Faults:

The only things that have gone wrong with the car are the power seats relay, and one of the doors hinges. Oh yeah the windshield, but that was from a rock on the freeway. I won't blame MB for that.

General Comments:

I have had other MBs in the past; E420, E320 and a 98 SL500. Even I liked the other models, I absolutely love the SLK. It is amazing and lots of fun with plenty of power. It looks beautiful with the top up or down. Plus it is a hard top.

I sold it recently with 171000 miles on it, and it still ran great. You could not tell how many miles it had unless you looked at the miles on the cluster.

If you are in the market to buy one, I would not recommend the 4 cylinder kompressor, they have more problems, don't sound or perform the same. Do some research. The V6 engine on the SLK320 will run forever, but the same I could not say for the 4 cylinder Kompresor. Test drive them both if you've got doubts.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th October, 2009