2001 SLK 230 review very lonnnng! MercedesBenz Forum

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Mercedes-Benz SLK 230 Kompressor 197hp R170

2001 SLK 230 review — lonnnng!

Tried to post in ‘User reviews’ but had trouble, so it is.

I collected the car in March. It’s a 6 manual, obsidian black sienna beige leather and dash.’At Home

I to wait to put a few miles on the car before this review. Now I’ve up just over 3000miles, between long distance town driving and fast on challenging roads, here are my on the car:


I immediately the obsidian / sienna beige The fluorescent lights in the showroom highlighted the metallic paint The downside of the black is that it constant cleaning — the car stays outside all the time too small), so it starts to look needing a wash after two or three days. I purchased a Duster recently, which has enormously. Now I can keep the paintwork reasonable for the whole week it’s back out with the and shampoo!

The leather used in the is much higher quality any of the cars I have owned — more supple. most of the switchgear has an expensive to it. Sienna beige does distinct disadvantages though, cleaning is required. It’s how fast the dirt builds up.

The roof is a fantastic feature. I am impressed that MB not only an electric hard top, but did it without compromising the styling the roof up or down. That have been very It is great to have a convertible you turn into a quiet tin-top at the press of a button! none of the ‘flapping canvas’ you get some other cars. all very solid.


This is a bit of a mixed I spent most of the journey from picking the car up playing the electric seat and steering adjustment, trying to get a comfortable I am only 5′ 8′, but quite a reclined driving I have found a compromise but even with the headrest the rear bulkhead I still that I don’t have enough legroom. The steering has to be slightly closer to me than like too, otherwise my catch on the back of it. The only way this is to make the back of the more upright, but that is comfortable.

The other problem is the design itself. They enough side support for my and there is also not enough support. The headrest is very as it sits about 4 inches where my head is. With the upright, the headrest is closer to it needs to be, but I still can’t my head on it.

Having said Mercedes must have got right because I don’t get out of the car after a long drive, I have with some cars.’Interior Pic 1’Interior Pic 2

The heating / air con is fantastic. The is good enough to have the down at anything above C (well that’s the lowest tried so far anyway). The air con is powerful to make me feel too cold an outside temperature of 30degrees C fantastic!


This is one of my disappointments, but is actually still a good engine. I have many turbocharged cars in the and recently there has been a lot of in the motoring press about and how they’re smooth and lag-free. I had high expectations of this lag-free engine.

Well, getting used to the handling later) and driving the car quite recently I have to say that I turbo’s. I never really had a with turbo lag anyway. All my has been with modern without much lag and I found a few miles of driving any of them in naturally adapting your style to suit.

The problem the supercharger seems to be that is engine speed related, not related. Hence my turbo car on the doing 60mph at 2,500 rpm has boost available almost whereas the SLK seems to need me to a gear (or two) and wind the speed up before I get full Full boost seems to at around 3,500 to 4,000rpm, but difficult to be sure without a gauge. It might just be the engine is not powerful enough for the I’d say that another 40 to would make it a lot more fun to — 197hp from a 2.3 16v engine seems to be quite a tune (my 15 year old Renault 5 GT more power per litre, and an 8 valve unit with and a carburetor! — modern 4 turbo engines are generally in the 100 to range).

Having said this, the is definitely very smooth and has a lot of torque. It is just that sparkle when you floor the and feel the car take off that is

The other problem is the exhaust which is not exactly sporty. driving though a tunnel or to buildings with the roof I have heard the supercharger up. That sounds fantastic, but is impossible to hear most of the Even the AMG exhaust on a friend’s car to be very quiet. It’s a shame because it takes some of the special sports car The SLK320 sounds much I will be buying one of these year, mainly for the exhaust but hopefully for better acceleration


Almost every I’ve read moans the quality of the 6 speed box. I cannot understand the complaints. The seems to be quite positive, too much travel or free It is possibly slightly notchier I would like, but no more so any other 5 or 6 speed box I have Heel and toe changes would smooth it out a bit more, but like manufacturers these days MB give you a pedal layout allows this. The accelerator is far too low in relation to the brake, probably to you stabbing the wrong one in a panic

I have tried an auto box but couldn’t get on with it. I did not like the pause between tipping the for an upchange and the box obeying. I would them to implement a manual for the ‘tip’ function, rather increasing/reducing the number of gears to the automatic system. I really to try paddle shifters, so I hope implement the ‘manual over-ride’ the rumoured 6 speed auto shift box comes out.

/ Suspension

The chassis is slightly than I would like, but quite a good compromise for a tourer. The main problem is roll, which seemed alarming at first, but once you get this initial worry, the car very fast.

I have had a few with the traction control. It to cut power too readily and can leave you in crawling away very when you’re going for a gap in Also I feel sometimes the ESP system is trying to fight me in — almost as if it’s ‘no, I will not let you drift the out, here’s some instead!’. Switching the sensitivity via the dashboard switch is one of the first after starting the engine I remember). The ESP system may be quite in snow though, I haven’t had to try it yet.

With ESP off the car feels natural and predictable. It is possible to the car easier for corners using the and brakes. My preference is to brake and go deep into a corner to the back end before turning. found this works for me with most cars days that are set up for safe We had a play with a 4×4 Sierra Cosworth (like an version of a WRX or Evo VI) on some quite twisty roads recently. We him quite a shock! I don’t he was expecting to have so much keeping up with us.’On the road

Mercedes-Benz SLK 230 Kompressor 197hp R170


The is a bit vague. There’s also half an inch of free at the wheel rim with the car stationary. is a general fault I have with recirculating ball I haven’t tried one yet that I There is very little from the wheels through the At least the power assistance is right, not too light at speed.

The brakes are awesome! They are powerful and the active brake works very well to the balance of the car under braking. I used brake assist The car stopped a lot quicker than I

What on earth do they use for the pad though? It seems as though is in league with the wheel manufacturers because the wheels are in brake dust after about 50miles.

Sportier note

Reduced body

Another 40 to 50hp

Improved seats

Rack and steering

Overall Opinions

I complained about a few things but they are all fairly minor really. The car has a fantastic aura of and class about it that you feel quite special it. I also find that I have the urge to drive so fast as with some of the cars I have owned, is good news for my driving It’s nice just along at sensible speeds the top down.

I am much happier the car than I thought I would be. read all of the reviews I was expecting a soggy cruiser with handling. What I have though is that it’s an car for covering long distances and it quite an impressive fun sports car on roads. Once you conquer the of the body roll and turn the control down I’m it would embarrass many / Z3 / Miata drivers!’Out and 1’Out and about 2

Mercedes-Benz SLK 230 Kompressor 197hp R170


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