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2000 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

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$741 — $12,205 USED
Convertible
2 Seats
26 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Mercedes gives its rear-drive SLK roadster a new V-6 engine and gets an early start on the 2001 model year with the addition of the SLK320 model. The new V-6 version joins the SLK230, powered by a supercharged four-cylinder engine.

The SLK230 arrived as a 1998 model and the first modern car with a retractable hardtop roof. With base prices of $38,900 for the SLK230 and $43,900 for the new SLK320, these roadsters are around half the price of Mercedes’ luxury roadster, the SL, which starts at $82,600.

Exterior
The 2001 models get several visual changes, including new front and rear aprons, sculpted rocker panels and body-color door handles. The V-6 SLK320 also has unique five-spoke wheels and a larger front air dam.

Operation of the retractable steel hardtop is unchanged. Pushing a button on the console raises or lowers the articulating top in less than 25 seconds. It stores in the dual-hinged trunk, which opens at the front to accept the roof and at the rear to accept cargo.

Interior
Leather bucket seats are standard on both versions of the SLK, and metallic trim replaces carbon fiber dashboard trim on the four-cylinder model. The V-6 model also gets power seats, a telescoping steering column, wood interior accents and a leather/wood steering wheel as standard equipment.

Under the Hood
The new 3.2-liter V-6 engine produces 215 horsepower, 25 hp more than the supercharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder. With either engine, the standard transmission is a six-speed manual, ...
Vehicle Overview
Mercedes gives its rear-drive SLK roadster a new V-6 engine and gets an early start on the 2001 model year with the addition of the SLK320 model. The new V-6 version joins the SLK230, powered by a supercharged four-cylinder engine.

The SLK230 arrived as a 1998 model and the first modern car with a retractable hardtop roof. With base prices of $38,900 for the SLK230 and $43,900 for the new SLK320, these roadsters are around half the price of Mercedes’ luxury roadster, the SL, which starts at $82,600.

Exterior
The 2001 models get several visual changes, including new front and rear aprons, sculpted rocker panels and body-color door handles. The V-6 SLK320 also has unique five-spoke wheels and a larger front air dam.

Operation of the retractable steel hardtop is unchanged. Pushing a button on the console raises or lowers the articulating top in less than 25 seconds. It stores in the dual-hinged trunk, which opens at the front to accept the roof and at the rear to accept cargo.

Interior
Leather bucket seats are standard on both versions of the SLK, and metallic trim replaces carbon fiber dashboard trim on the four-cylinder model. The V-6 model also gets power seats, a telescoping steering column, wood interior accents and a leather/wood steering wheel as standard equipment.

Under the Hood
The new 3.2-liter V-6 engine produces 215 horsepower, 25 hp more than the supercharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder. With either engine, the standard transmission is a six-speed manual, and the optional transmission is a five-speed automatic with Touch Shift, which allows changing gears manually by tipping the gear lever left or right.

Electronic Stability Program (a skid-control system), traction control, antilock brakes and side-impact airbags are standard on both models.

Performance
The SLK230 is reasonably quick, but the engine is loud and coarse under full throttle — not what you expect on a $40,000 car from a luxury maker such as Mercedes. The new V-6 delivers a stronger punch and is quieter, more refined and more worthy of the brand.

 
Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2000 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.7
3 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.0)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.7)
(5.0)

Super reliable, sporty hardtop convertible!

by SLK FAN from Virginia Beach on May 27, 2018

I really love owning and driving this car! I use it as my daily driver, and it is awesome with the top down on sunny days. The hardtop convertible and heated seats allow it to be a great car for all ... Read full review

(4.0)

Such a fun, classic car

by act3fit4 from St. Louis on March 11, 2018

I've owned this car for 2 years. I love the hard top convertible. It's a comfy, fun car to drive. To me it's a classic! Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2000 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class currently has 3 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The SLK-Class received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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