Mercedes SLK cabriolet (2004-2010): owner reviews

Carbuyer Rating

2.5 out of 5

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Owners Rating

4.2 out of 5

61%of people would recommend this car to a friend.

Owner Rating

  • 25reviews
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Common Problems

  • Other (8 cases)
  • Electrics (9 cases)
  • Electrics, Gearbox / clutch, Other (1 cases)
  • Suspension, Other (1 cases)
  • Brakes, Electrics, Engine, Gearbox / clutch, Suspension, Other (1 cases)
  • Brakes (3 cases)
  • Brakes, Other (1 cases)
  • Electrics, Engine (1 cases)
  • Brakes, Electrics, Other (1 cases)
  • Gearbox / clutch (1 cases)
  • Electrics, Gearbox / clutch (1 cases)

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

22
Review
Excellent for age of car- a quality car excellent condition looks brand new.
Running Cost

3 out of 5

chosing a sports car one expects the running costs to be higher than the average run around, it was a concious decision to buy it and running costs did not come in to it when purchasing the car.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

30
Review
Nothing more to say - so far it has not let me down
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Much is dependant on how I drive it of course

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

>3 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2004

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

24
Review
I have had electrical issues
Running Cost

2 out of 5

Servicing is expensive

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Sport, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
Great medium sized roadster with the benefit of an automated hard top for the best of both worlds.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

, Above 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
Great improvement on the earlier slk models

Owner Review

1 out of 5

Version

Normal with most extras, Above 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Worst car ever, gearbox repired 8/9 times, but still not right, traction control replaced, exhaust replaced one sid, new windsceen replaced as scratched by wiper but never worked properly after replaced( rain sensitive) seat folded in half, many parts replaced, never really comfortable, my xjs c much more comfortable. Car started to lose total power, stop, did not cut out( still ticking over) and after a short while carried on as normal. The gearbox used to stick in first gear, was never cured. Car cost with all extras £43k it was rubbish. I am abroad 7 months a year, had charge to keep charge while abroad, even that packed up after 4 years £99.( Friend had sl 500, he had as many if not more problems than me.) I only did 9800 miles in 5 years, have just sold it. Hurray

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

SLK 2800 with Sports Pack, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
It is excellent and i love it

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

>3 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

21
Review
Very reliable, apart from sporadic issues promptly resolved by dealer.
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Tyres do not last very long.

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

>3 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

23
Review
Battery failed - Disks needed replacing - leak on rocker cover
Running Cost

1 out of 5

Ridiculously expensive maintenance

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

>3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

25
Review
-
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Reasonable for what it is

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

KOMPRESSOR SPORT, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol,

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
Class

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

200 kompressor, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Mercedes ought to be able to cure a rattle in the roof, there from new. Suspension should not require rebuild at 25k miles Pretty car, new replacement is hideous.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

280, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Paddleshift gears

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
-

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2Look Special Edition, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Pleased overall, but the paint finish on the car when delivered was very poor i.e. orange peel effect, and had to go to a bodyshop to be 'flat & polished', plus discount was given on the price paid for the car by mercedes uk. I would look very carefully at the paint finish in future, which in part has been [ut down to the water based paints now in use.

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

AMG, Above 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Good car, let down by reliablility

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

, Above 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Two cars in one - a convertible but not a soft top. Fast, sexy and handles well.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Very good choice as it makes you feel special when you drive it.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

gti, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2005

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Good for purpose

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

>3 litre, Petrol

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

25
Review
Except for servicing & maintainence - car has never neede to go to garage.
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Parts expensive and high petrol consumption, although I expected cost to be high.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

34
Review
Never let us down yet
Running Cost

3 out of 5

What is expected from this kind of vehicle

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol

Year of registration

2004

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

36
Review
You get what you pay for Mercedes is a great Mark with proper service the car is reliable
Running Cost

1 out of 5

Mercedes dealers are a rip off running costs are high the service intervals are to close just to make the dealers profits

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

>3 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

18
Review
Never had even the slightest problem from new
Running Cost

3 out of 5

MPG is about as expected for this size of car and engine. Servicing costs have been typical. Have replaced the tyres sourcing a reasonable set on line.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

>3 litre, Petrol

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

25
Review
no problems, but not owned for very long. My previous one (same model) was faultless
Running Cost

3 out of 5

not know as yet

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

30
Review
No problems so far
Running Cost

2 out of 5

Servicing at Mercedes dealership is very expensive and over-priced, plus mpg s not great

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

>3 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2004

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

23
Review
100% reliable
Running Cost

4 out of 5

good

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

>3 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2004

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

29
Review
No issues with it at all considering its age and mileage, it's still like a new car.
Running Cost

4 out of 5

For what it is, the running costs are not too bad at all. Don't use a franchised garage for servicing but a local MB specialist and the costs are very reasonable.

Owner Review

2 out of 5

Version

K, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Very average, poor dynamics, poor build quaility, all looks and no substance

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Amazing. It's my second slk and when i am done with this one, i will get another. Cannot fault the driver experience, or the mechanicals. Servicing expensive but i found an independent who does it for a reasonable price.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2.0 Kompressor, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Good car. Not as reliable as my old mazda, but not too bad.

Owner Review

1 out of 5

Version

N/a, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Dissapointing for such a prestigious brand

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

AMG, Above 3.0-litre, Petrol, Paddleshift gears

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Fanastic.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Kompressor, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
Excerlant 2 seater sports

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2002

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
A good fun-car but servicing and spares a far too expensive. Over-engineered in many respects and complicated problems seem beyond most main dealer mechanics.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

28
Review
It starts first time, never broke down, never failed a MOT, very reliable
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Running costs are average the only thing above average are spare parts but then again you don't need them often.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

31
Review
some problems with leaking roof seals
Running Cost

3 out of 5

you dont buy a car like this and expect it to be frugal or cheap

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

slk 55, Above 3.0-litre, Petrol, Paddleshift gears

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
It is everything i want from a weekend car

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

Kompressor, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
-

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Excellent ride quality, the perfect cruiser, and when the weather is dry - all year top down motoring - which is fantastic

Owner Review

2 out of 5

Version

amg, Above 3.0-litre, Petrol, Paddleshift gears

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
-

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Paddleshift gears

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
-

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

slk200, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Paddleshift gears

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
-

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

kompresser, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2004

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
I love driving my Merc

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2003

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
-

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Paddleshift gears

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
-

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

n/a, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Fantastic all-rounder. Perfect blend of sportscar, cruiser and runabout.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

, Above 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
Best version yet

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

>3 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

18
Review
-

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

25
Review
nothing with the engine and gearbox just minor niggles with the roof mechanism and seals
Running Cost

3 out of 5

just petrol so far

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

28
Review
Rear windows adjusted wing mirror replaced boot struts replaced
Running Cost

3 out of 5

running from cold it revs to 3000+ rpm before changing into higher gear

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

N/A, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

1999

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Good quality, reliable, easy and comfortable to drive and quick but not especially sporting. Folding roof excellent.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

SLK 350, Above 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2004

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
-

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

, Above 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
It's a great car - feels very safe with fantastic performance. Wonderful with the top down.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

SLK280 Tiptronic Auto, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Software issues on the auto-box - fixed with a simple re-programe in less than an hour. Cd autochanger had poor playback quality - fixed with a replacement under warranty.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

standard, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Driving it brings a smile to my face, especially when the weather is good enough to have the top down.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

55 AMG fully loaded, Above 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
The slk 55 amg is a stylish, fast, reliable convertible that is remarkably cheap to maintain in comparison to others in it's peer group. I love driving it, it turns heads, particularly when the tops down. All in all a great car.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

200k, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
-

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