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Mercedes-Benz SLK 350 AT Base

2002 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

An Sports Car for 1/4 the Price!

by spdster2002: Aug 25, — Updated Sep 25, 2002

Yes

Pros: . forceful acceleration, Mercedes-Benz build quality, fun to

Cons: automatic transmission on AMG, aging chassis, ride w/Sport pkg. AMG

The SLK is a unique roadster, with an hardtop. It can turn from to convertible in about 20-25 There are 3 different models, include the SLK230 Kompressor, the and the new-for-2002 SLK32 AMG (my test SLK is the German abbreviation for Sporty Light (Leicht), and Compact

EXTERIOR . The SLK’s styling is a bit when stock. The optional SP1 package adds AMG aerodynamic (side skirts, rear etc.), 225/45ZR17 front 245/40ZR17 rear tires, and alloy wheels. I like the look of the Sport package (optional on the 230K and 320, on the AMG).

INTERIOR . The SLK32 AMG’s V6 engine emits a smooth with the addition of some whine in hard acceleration. The in the 230K is a bit gruff and the supercharger is more prominent. The V6 model is the and quieter than the other 2 Otherwise, all SLK’s are relatively Wind noise is a bit more though. Being that a rather tall driver, is only adequate headroom, but than enough legroom, For added child safety, the stick up about one-half of an when lowered fully. I the classy, stylish interior. The wheel design does a bit strange to me though.

ENGINE . The SLK comes with 3 engine options. The 230K is by a 2.3-liter supercharged 4-cylinder that produces 192 horsepower at rpm, and 200 lb./ft. of torque as a low rpm. It comes standard a 6-speed manual with an 5-speed automatic transmission. The 320 is powered by a 3.2-liter naturally-aspirated V6 and has the same transmission options. It 215 horsepower at 5,700 rpm and 221 lb./ft. of at 3,000 rpm. Although the 320 is than the 230K, the extra makes it noticeably quicker a standing start. My tester, the AMG, is powered by a supercharged of the same V6. It produces a massive 349 at 6,100 rpm. That engine also produces 332 of torque from as low as 2,300 all the way to its 6,200 rpm redline! The torque is there. Although Mercedes’ SpeedShift shifts faster a standard automatic, it’s an automatic. The only feature offers that I like is the to automatically downshift when it a hill (engine braking). I 19 mpg on the mandatory premium fuel.


HANDLING . The base SLK handles well but with a bit more lean than usual. I did not notice too much of a difference in between the Sport package and the base model. The only difference really was less The AMG model is an entirely different It handles as if it were on rails. AMG did to that suspension, THANK The car is so entertaining to drive on twisty The brakes are extremely powerful. The AMG weighs 3,220 pounds. a bit for a car this size but is still in general.

RIDE . The standard is actually quite compliant the extremely short 94.5-inch wheelbase. The Sport package ride is very uncomfortable. I not recommend the Sport package you plan to do some form of The AMG version is strictly for enthusiasts

RELIABILITY . All vehicles made by are of the utmost highest quality. was never a point in my test where I felt that was some form of quality or defect in the car.

VALUE . SLK has its own personality. The SLK230 Kompressor is a sporty roadster, best to the Sport package and 6-speed The smooth, refined SLK320 is of a touring car that is best to the automatic and NO Sport package. The AMG is an extremely fast and highly exotic. Its ride, however, is suited to the track rather the street. All SLK’s are worth a drive if you have the money for

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Condition: New

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Model and Options: SLK32 AMG

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