I am the third owner of a fully loaded Sport Pkg SLK230 with 115, 000 miles on the odometer. Since purchasing, I have had to replace the front end ball joints and connecting rods which also meant replacing the front tires which had worn prematurely on the edges. I purchased the interior paint from a place in Australia and that solved the ugly interior look. I have been very happy with the car overall; only regret is that I live in a northern state so I have to hibernate my car in the winter.
Ok. I have to brag about my car. I've never thought of buying a Mercedes but my 2000 Ford Explorer XLT is giving me problems. I recently turned 46 and thought of getting a convertible. I test drove one of the convertible BMW(can't recall model/series) but it handle not too shabby. I asked the used car dealer to show me anothe convertible. He showed me this car and i fell immediately in love with it. I asked him what year, 1998. How many miles 39, 000(YES, 39K), and how much($9, 995) I said seriously, what is wrong with the car? He said NOTHING and told me a doctor always garaged it. He sold it to the dealership 3 days before. I purchased mine the day after i saw it. Ok. You all probably think that the car odometer has been rolled back and that there is NO WAY a 1998 SLK230 would only have 39K miles on it. I did a Kelly Blue Book report and it showed 18 miles when it was delivered to the dealership from factory, 39K miles when i purchased it on April 3, 2012. Only problem with the car was that the two cylinder of the trunk has to be replaced since it won't stay up. Other than that she is a beauty in EXCELLENT shape. No scratch or anything wrong with the car. Yes, there are small scratches inside the car but NO ONE believe me when i told them it is a 1998 with only 39K miles on it. Yesterday, April 5 2012, I recently did a Maintenance B service and the transmission service done because it's due for a 45K tune up. Cost me $800 but that is the price you pay for a luxury car and I won't have to do another Maintenance(A)til the next 36, 000 miles or 3 years. Must be my lucky weekend because I went to the casino the day after this maintenance was done and won $500 so I only paid $300 for the tune up. :-) I've gotten soooo many compliments with this car and very impress with it.
The cost of ownership for this car is too much to handle. I am very disappointed. The interior is peeling, the exterior is rusting from underneath the paint, so many electrical problems, and it costs so much just for the dealership to look at it. It was my dream to own a Mercedes but it turned out to be a nightmare. Never again.
I've had my SLK 230 Sport for three very happy years now and it is all that I expected and more. It still looks new and turns heads almost everywhere I go. I have never had a single problem. I consistantly get 28 - 32 mpg at 70 - 80 mph with the top down. It's a great car!