2001 Mercedes-Benz SLK 230 Kompressor 2.3L Super Charged from UK and Ireland


The only open top / coupe that does't have the limitations of either


Boot sometimes needs to be pressed down before you can open it. Particularly if it's hot.

Lacquer on the Alloy wheels has allowed moisture to seep in making the alloy white.

Paint is easily chipped and doors could do with some bump protection strips.

Rear parcel shelf rattles when cold with the roof up as it's made of alloy and sits loose unless the lid is down.

General Comments:

Given the reputation of not being a proper sports car, I'd say it's not bad. Mine is a 6 speed manual and it certainly has firmer handling than the previous model. The 2.3l is also not far off the power of the 3.2 V6, but turns in 32 MPG and will still show 150mph on the clock (obviously not at the same time).

It is also well equiped, with ABS, Air-con, cruise, speed limiter, brake assist and stability programme all as standard. Although the Air-con is difficult to figure out as the light is on (economy mode) when it's off, which doesn't make sense.

I've done 22,000 miles and still have the original tyres (not much left though), which is superb when compared with other 200bhp cars I've owned.

I was a little annoyed by the MB dealer selling me a spare littre of oil and screen wash, for 25GBP even though it hasn't needed topping up. But due to their inability to type meant I paid 6.95 rather than 69.50 for a part - which was nice!

The best bit about owning an SLK is that you're only losing 2,000 GPB per year, which means it's costing you less than a family Ford

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th February, 2003

2001 Mercedes-Benz SLK 230 2.3 turbo from North America


1. Gad seven light bulbs run out.

- head light

- taillight

- dash

- interior light

- some of those burned out more than once.

Dealer replaced them in no time!

Couple of flat tires (I guess my fault, drive like crazy).

- A/C fan broke twice. (still under warranty, dealer replaced it).

Car is awesome, I love it so much. Many times I would be doing 80KM then all the sudden I am doing 140KM. Can't really feel it. Braking is excellent and the car is solid like a rock!

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

Review Date: 9th December, 2002

9th Dec 2002, 16:43

-yeah, I love these cars-just picked up an slk230 sport!

14th Apr 2003, 08:33

Your car is supercharged, it doesn't use a turbo. How anybody cannot know this about a car they supposedly own really amazes me.

2001 Mercedes-Benz SLK 320 3.2 from North America


An excellent sports car with luxury car amenities

General Comments:

Excellent handling car.

I wish I could afford to buy another one so that my wife and I could each have one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th May, 2001

15th Feb 2006, 12:20

I have one and I love it. The convertible option at the push of a button is very easy and convenient. Limited trunk space is the only downfall of the hide-away top.

16th Mar 2006, 08:18

I just bought a 2001 six speed sport package white/charcoal slk320 with 45K miles, one of the nicest cars I've ever driven, it drives & looks brand new having been owned by a Tampa DR & only used locally (I live on the Gulf Coast west of Tampa) - the only drawback is trunk space as I only drive the car with the top down. My only other concern is how much time & $ it's going to take to keep the car in this condition and who to trust to work on it. From what I've heard & read MB dealerships are not the place to go for service. Thankfully the guys I got the car from have connections with certified MB mechanics, but I still have my reservations. Any comments from anyone?