2004 SLK 230 Mercedes-Benz..Best have deep pockets
Bought this car 4 weeks ago, and have spent over $1400 on parts...almost all of them used parts on eBay, to repair some relatively small problems. NOT a good car for people over 6 feet tall. VERY limited legroom. Even with the seat all the way back, I am 6 ft. 1 inch, and unless I sit straight up in the seat, my knees rub the bottom of the lower dash panel. The other thing is, even if you know how to work on cars, be prepared for VERY expensive parts, even used ones. Forget about buying parts from the dealer...example...rear view mirror is over $500. A complete brake job is $1200 - $1500 dollars...$200 if you do it yourself. You will also need a few special tools to do a LOT of work...even changing the spark plugs. If a major repair is needed (example...the power convertible hard top mechanism...which has 12 micro switches, 6 hydraulic cylinders, plus the main hydraulic pump/motor) is a $2000-$3000 repair unless you do it yourself, which is NOT an easy job...and its not IF it will eventually fail, it WILL eventually fail. Need a new engine or transmission? Try $6000-$8000 EACH. May as well throw the car the car away...mine has a book value of $3000-$4000. Love the car though, but it loves my credit card. Great styling, typical German handling and performance, the best. Good luck if you buy one. Get an extended warranty. They are kind of expensive, but worth it for a major repair job that you cant do yourself.
Bought a 2004 MB SLK AMG SE off a used car lot-
My daily driver is a Mustang convertible, but when I saw the MB for sale at a local used car dealer last fall, I couldn’t resist.I drove it on nice days, and it was fast and fun. I stuck it in my garage for the winter, but stuff happens. My daughters Camaro came off lease in January, and she couldn’t decide on a replacement. She begged to “borrow the MB, just for a week”, while she pondered which new car to get. The week stretched to over three months as she was having too much fun with the car. Finally, she returned it, as she bought a car. Did she get a new Camaro, no. A new Mustang, like her first car, no. She bought a 2015 SLK. I guess she liked the Benz.
Great car great ride
This ca drove like a true sports car. Hugged the road around curves, great execration, easy to maneuver in small places and most of all, it is fun to drive with the top down.