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2002 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

$3,046 — $12,918 USED
Coupe
2 Seats
21-25 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Vehicle Overview
A new high-performance SLK32 AMG version of the two-seat roadster has emerged for 2002. It now comes equipped with a supercharged, 349-horsepower V-6 engine, racing-derived brakes and a new AMG Speedshift transmission. Only 1,000 of them are destined for the U.S. market, priced at $54,900. A new Sport Package, inspired by the SLK32 AMG, is also available for the regular SLK-Class models and includes a fresh front air dam, rocker panels and a rear valance.

Other than these new additions, the SLK-Class roadsters carry on as before with their retractable steel hardtops that fold into a dual-hinged trunk. Face-lifted for 2001, the SLK320 contains a 215-hp, 3.2-liter V-6 engine. The original SLK230 Kompressor uses a supercharged four-cylinder engine that makes 192 hp. Both have Mercedes-Benz’s Electronic Stability Program. A six-speed-manual transmission became available in 2001, and an automatic unit is also offered.

Introduced in 1998, the SLK230 was the first modern car to have a retractable metal roof — an idea that harks back to Fords of the late 1950s but has occasionally been employed over the years. The SLK-Class models compete against the BMW Z3 and Porsche Boxster and cost about half as much as the V-8-powered Mercedes-Benz SL500. Mercedes-Benz sold 11,268 SLK-Class roadsters during 2001, which represents a drop from the 12,930 units that reached customers in 2000, according to Automotive News.



Exterior
Last year’s face-lift included new fron...
Vehicle Overview
A new high-performance SLK32 AMG version of the two-seat roadster has emerged for 2002. It now comes equipped with a supercharged, 349-horsepower V-6 engine, racing-derived brakes and a new AMG Speedshift transmission. Only 1,000 of them are destined for the U.S. market, priced at $54,900. A new Sport Package, inspired by the SLK32 AMG, is also available for the regular SLK-Class models and includes a fresh front air dam, rocker panels and a rear valance.

Other than these new additions, the SLK-Class roadsters carry on as before with their retractable steel hardtops that fold into a dual-hinged trunk. Face-lifted for 2001, the SLK320 contains a 215-hp, 3.2-liter V-6 engine. The original SLK230 Kompressor uses a supercharged four-cylinder engine that makes 192 hp. Both have Mercedes-Benz’s Electronic Stability Program. A six-speed-manual transmission became available in 2001, and an automatic unit is also offered.

Introduced in 1998, the SLK230 was the first modern car to have a retractable metal roof — an idea that harks back to Fords of the late 1950s but has occasionally been employed over the years. The SLK-Class models compete against the BMW Z3 and Porsche Boxster and cost about half as much as the V-8-powered Mercedes-Benz SL500. Mercedes-Benz sold 11,268 SLK-Class roadsters during 2001, which represents a drop from the 12,930 units that reached customers in 2000, according to Automotive News.



Exterior
Last year’s face-lift included new front and rear aprons, body-colored door handles, sculpted rocker panels and revised two-color taillights, along with the addition of a new rear stabilizer bar. Serving as Mercedes-Benz’s smallest model in the United States, the SLK-Class is just a little bigger than the Mazda MX-5 Miata. Measuring 50.4 inches tall and 157.9 inches long overall, the SLK-Class sits on a 94.5-inch wheelbase that is 5 inches longer than the Miata’s.

Push a button on the console and the articulating metal roof raises or retracts automatically into the dual-hinged trunk space. The trunk opens in two different modes: at the front to accept the roof, or at the rear to fit a small amount of luggage. The top-down process takes about 25 seconds. Door mirrors feature integrated turn-signal flashers. Xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights are available as part of an option group that also includes headlight washers and heated seats.

The new SLK32 AMG gets a special, recalibrated, reinforced suspension with unique spring rates and shock-absorber valving. Double-spoke alloy wheels on the SLK32 AMG hold 17-inch P225/45ZR17 tires up front and P245/40ZR17 tires in the rear. A front air dam incorporates AMG fog lights, while a small lip spoiler at the rear of the trunk lid is said to reduce aerodynamic lift by more than 50 percent.



Interior
Two occupants get leather bucket seats. Standard equipment includes dual-zone air conditioning, an interior air filter, cruise control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, power windows and door locks, heated power mirrors and a Bose cassette stereo system. In addition to the V-6 engine and wood interior trim, the SLK320 has eight-way power seats and a telescoping steering wheel, both of which are available as options for the SLK230.

Sport seats in the new SLK32 AMG are upholstered in two-tone Nappa leather and are equipped with integrated headrests and what Mercedes-Benz calls “aggressive” side bolsters. Two-tone leather trim throughout the interior mates with dark bird’s-eye maple wood. Mercedes-Benz’s Tele Aid emergency assistance system includes such functions as vehicle diagnostics, remote door unlocking and alarm monitoring.



Under the Hood
The hottest engine of the SLK-Class lot is the new supercharged Kompressor V-6 in the SLK32 AMG, which whips out 349 hp and 332 pounds-feet of torque. The new Speedshift transmission in the SLK32 AMG promises shifts that are up to 35 percent faster than those in a conventional automatic. By tipping the gear lever to the left, the transmission will determine the best possible gear for maximum acceleration in any situation. Mercedes-Benz claims a 0-to-60-mph acceleration time of 4.8 seconds, calling this model the “quickest Mercedes-Benz ever.”

The supercharged, 2.3-liter, dual-overhead-cam four-cylinder engine in the SLK230 Kompressor roadster is rated at 192 hp. Moving up to the SLK320 brings a 215-hp, 3.2-liter V-6 power plant. Both engines can team with either the standard six-speed-manual transmission or an optional five-speed-automatic unit that incorporates Touch Shift for manual gear changes simply by tipping the lever to the left or right.



Safety
Side-impact airbags, all-disc antilock brakes, traction control and an electronic stability system are standard. A BabySmart child-recognition system keeps the front-passenger airbag from activating if a small child is seated in that position.

 
Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2002 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.6
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Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.1)
Reliability
(4.2)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

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(5.0)

Small aggressive and fast

by John from Harleysville on November 11, 2018

The car is awesome- Small, fast, fun- Loved the way the roof folds into the trunk and still had room for a couple overnight bags. Read full review

(5.0)

Very pleased!

by A retired "kid" from Croton on Hudson, NY on October 19, 2018

I love the way it handles and drives. A LOT of fun! Driving this vehicle is thereputic for me. Extremely glad that I decided to purchase it. Read full review

Safety

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Recalls

The 2002 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class currently has 4 recalls


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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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