2000 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

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$41,000

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2000 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

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2000 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class review: Our expert's take

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

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior design 4.8
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value for the money 4.8
  • Exterior styling 4.7
  • Reliability 4.9

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Only owned for a country of days

I like the style, handling and performance of this vehicle. It is very satisfying to drive with the handling, followed by its appearance. The overall quality of the vehicle is obvious from the minute you get into it.

5.0

2nd most reliable car I’ve owned after Prius.

2000 slk 230 .Black on black .Still turns heads.Super reliable never had issue other than a water leak inside(need drains cleaned).Purchased garage kept car in 2017 with 70,099 miles.It’s now 5/2021 and 84,000 miles.I highly recommend this super reliable fun car.

5.0

Most reliable car I have owned.

This roadster has been my daily driver for 4 years now going strong. I bought it pre-owned at 80,000 miles. I am now at 170,000 miles. I haven’t had any problems over 4 years, just your regular oil changes, spark plugs & coils replacement, and tire changes. I am extremely proud and shocked at how this car is still driving smoothly and never gives me any problems. Solid car 10/10

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Mercedes-Benz
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
48 months/50,000 miles
Corrosion
48 months/50,000 miles
Powertrain
48 months/50,000 miles
Roadside assistance
-12 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
6 years old or less/less than 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
1 year/unlimited miles
Powertrain
1 year/unlimited miles
Dealer certification required
164-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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