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2006 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

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$4,592 — $21,696 USED
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Convertible
2 Seats
19-23 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Performance of SLK350
  • Handling of SLK350
  • Reasonably comfortable ride
  • Retractable-top operation
  • Passenger space and comfort

The Bad

  • Automatic-transmission operation
  • Difficult to park
  • Control layout, especially cruise lever
  • Two-passenger limit
  • Modest cargo space

What to Know

about the 2006 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
  • Redesigned for 2005
  • New SLK280 version for 2006
  • Manual or automatic
  • Retractable metal roof
  • Available lowered sport suspension

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Moving into its second generation for the 2005 model year, the Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class roadster retained its retractable hardtop but adopted a different front end with a large three-pointed star in the center and small grilles on each side. Inspired by Silver Arrow Formula One racecars, the 2005 SLK-Class was meant to resemble the automaker's new SLR McLaren supercar. Mercedes claimed that this generation of the SLK-Class was "more aggressive, sportier and more powerful" than its 1998 - 2004 predecessor.

The SLK350 holds a 268-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 that drives a six-speed-manual gearbox or an optional seven-speed-automatic transmission with Touch Shift operation. This engine benefits from variable valve timing on both the intake and exhaust valves.

A new SLK280 version with a 228-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 is available for the 2006 model year. Mercedes-Benz also offers an SLK55 AMG edition with V-8 power.


Exterior
The roadster's fascia features an arrow-shaped nose and a long hood. Measuring nearly 3 inches longer and wider than its predecessor, the latest SLK-Class has a steeply sloped windshield and taut body lines.

The SLK's retractable hardtop goes up or down in 22 seconds. The folded roof takes up less trunk space than in the first-generation SLK.

A lowered sport suspension is available. Ten-spoke alloy wheels hold 17-inch tires. Perforated and ventilated 13-inch front disc brakes have four-piston calipers. With its top down, the SLK-Class has 46 per...
Vehicle Overview
Moving into its second generation for the 2005 model year, the Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class roadster retained its retractable hardtop but adopted a different front end with a large three-pointed star in the center and small grilles on each side. Inspired by Silver Arrow Formula One racecars, the 2005 SLK-Class was meant to resemble the automaker's new SLR McLaren supercar. Mercedes claimed that this generation of the SLK-Class was "more aggressive, sportier and more powerful" than its 1998 - 2004 predecessor.

The SLK350 holds a 268-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 that drives a six-speed-manual gearbox or an optional seven-speed-automatic transmission with Touch Shift operation. This engine benefits from variable valve timing on both the intake and exhaust valves.

A new SLK280 version with a 228-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 is available for the 2006 model year. Mercedes-Benz also offers an SLK55 AMG edition with V-8 power.


Exterior
The roadster's fascia features an arrow-shaped nose and a long hood. Measuring nearly 3 inches longer and wider than its predecessor, the latest SLK-Class has a steeply sloped windshield and taut body lines.

The SLK's retractable hardtop goes up or down in 22 seconds. The folded roof takes up less trunk space than in the first-generation SLK.

A lowered sport suspension is available. Ten-spoke alloy wheels hold 17-inch tires. Perforated and ventilated 13-inch front disc brakes have four-piston calipers. With its top down, the SLK-Class has 46 percent better torsional rigidity than its predecessor.


Interior
Redesigned for 2005, the roadster's interior features silver-colored switches and trim elements. The sculpted dashboard blends into the door panels on each side. Large chronometer-style gauges dominate the two-passenger cockpit. Trunk space is 6.5 cubic feet with the top down and 9.8 cubic feet with the top up.

For cool-weather driving with the top down, an optional Airscarf neck-level heating system blows warm air from the headrests.


Under the Hood
In the initial SLK350 model, a 3.5-liter V-6 with variable timing for both intake and exhaust valves develops 268 hp and 258 pounds-feet of torque. Either a six-speed-manual gearbox or a seven-speed automatic with Touch Shift operation can be installed. A 355-hp, 5.5-liter V-8 powers the SLK55 AMG. For 2006, the new SLK280 roadster contains a 228-hp, 3.0-liter twin-cam V-6.

Safety
Side-impact airbags, all-disc antilock brakes, traction control and an Electronic Stability Program are standard. A BabySmart child-recognition system prevents the front passenger-side airbag from activating.

Driving Impressions
Acceleration is energetic and refined with the 3.5-liter engine, which seems a more civilized choice than the old supercharged four-cylinder. Automatic-transmission operation can be rude. It can get jerky at low speeds in lower gears and delivers a sizable jolt if you hit the gas pedal while slowing down.

Steering and handling are strong points, inspiring confidence and poised behavior. Better yet, the SLK's ride is easily tolerable for a sports car of this caliber. Sure you feel the bumps, but most are dispensed with rather handily.

The seats are adeptly supportive and snugly bolstered, yet surprisingly comfortable. Space is ample inside, and top-up visibility isn't bad. When parking, however, the driver may have no clue where the pointy front end is located. Wide doors make parking-lot spots a problem.


Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.4
34 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(4.1)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

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(5.0)

Fun to drive

by RandyJ from Forest on July 7, 2018

Acceleration is fantastic, handling is wonderful, a really fun to drive car. Haven't had any issues with reliability, great car. I would highly recommend to anyone. Read full review

(5.0)

My 3rd Mercedes SLK love the car

by susieq from Del Mar, Ca on March 18, 2018

After testing several new cars I keep going back to Mercedes SLK. Its the only car in price range that has a hardtop convertible. I love this car and I am getting a new one that is why its being sold.... Read full review

Safety

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Recalls

The 2006 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class currently has 0 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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