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My SLK is my pride & joy. Not a conventional sports car or even a sports car at all but oh so pretty.
It has the advantages of the hard top which tucks neatly away in under half a minute to give you a very sleek convertible. My children are shocked because I went for red leather interior and a graphite exterior but it looks very smart.
Not the cheapest of it's type on the road either but you get the peace of mind of the Mercedes mobile life which provides a wonderful service if you break down or have an acident. Phone them wherever you are and they come and get you.
The engine is poky and certainly overtakes most things happily - I wouldn't race with a Porsche but that's not why I brought the care anyway. The interior is roomy for a 2 seater and the boot - with the roof up - certainly takes a weekend bag or the weeks shopping.
Underneath the skin the SLK is a very impressive car but from the first opinions it does not look that nice. When I had my Lotus Elise people would look at your car where ever you drove, but with the SLK it still looks like all the other mercs. I give it a lot of credit as it is the first car to ever have an electric hard top later followed by the new Peugeot 206 convertible and Lexus. As with all convertibles you still get wind noise but as the SLK has a hard top the noise is minimal and in the cold winters of Britain soft tops can get really cold, but not with this car. Once you get into the car it has nice interior with leather seats and most stuff works electrically. The handling is not as sharp and responsive as some cars where as the chassis could have been made firmer. But for the price the engine is good with average acceleration and top speed. At 24,000 the merc is a good starter sports car and as you go up the range you get bigger engines for better thrills. The boot space is also good for such a sports car when the roof is up, but when it is down you lose half the boot space as the roof does not fold into the compacted space of other cars. If you want thrills and looks then this is not the car to buy but if you want good comfort in a convertible and reasonably good practicality then this is the car to buy. With this car you get good speed and comfort so if you're not the outdoor type then this is the convertible for you.
I have only drove this car on a high octane driving course and what I can say about is this... Its good I am not a automatic kinda of person but this car is brillant mover, especially when you put the foot down and hear the motor roar through the gear hitting crazy speeds. The cars got traction control so I could not spin the car out of control and if I did it would only take a couple of seconds to get back to normal control. It is definately a great car but far too expensive, but I supose for the sheer fact that it is a Merc you can understand the price. It look really good inside and out, especially inside as it looks like a airplane cockpit, but very nice. You also have a good racing position in the car which is a benefit when you throw the car around corners at break neck speeds. Over all this car would be high on my list to buy if I had the money. It is a super roadster.