2005 Mercedes Benz SLK350 Road Test | CarParts com

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Mercedes-Benz SLK 350 AT Base

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T he Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class cars always taken a back to the bigger, more powerful cars. The SL cars, of course, are from the legendary 300SL 50 years ago. They gullwings any more, but they’re interesting.

However, the SLs have SL used to be an abbreviation for short and in German, but the cars are no longer nor short. Another problem is you can’t touch a new SL for under hardly a car for the average buyer. So the affordable SLK was introduced in 1998. It has redesigned for 2005, and in design it leaps way ahead of the SL. Now, of looking like a little it takes styling cues the $450,000 SLR McLaren Mercedes. It share the blistering 626 horsepower performance, though.


The SLK350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine. This powerplant a healthy 268 horsepower, enough to the 3,200-pound SLK excellent performance. is up more than 50 horses the older 3.2-liter V6. Torque has increased to 258 lb.-ft. as well.

We had the SLK for a to see our daughter and grandbabies (maybe our son-in-law). The trip was 350 miles one so it would be a good test of comfort. My wife felt the lower back didn’t enough support, although I have any problems. She added a support cushion (odd there wasn’t a power support available) and was happier.

Regular readers will that when we take to see the children, etc. we tote a lot of stuff. With the SLK350 we had 9.8 cubic feet of cargo in which to stow gear and By using flexible luggage can be shoved around to fill spaces, and choosing what we economically, we had little problems. volume is reduced considerably if you to run with the top down.

About top. As it was in the beginning, the SLK top is a stowable top. Push the right and the deck lid opens to expose the area and the top folds neatly that space. You can still use the but only for small flat Accessibility is reduced considerably.

But this is a sports car and it’s to be driven with the top down. My MGA had cargo volume even the top didn’t interfere with the

With the top in the trunk, two mini bars located behind the become more visible. Our came with a tight fabric that was fitted the roll bars. This backdraft wind a bit, but reduced rearward vision, so we it off.

Power reached the wheels through a 6-speed transmission. Some people about Mercedes-Benz transmissions, but I this one a delight to use. My for one, complains about my and heavy-footed shifting, but in the SLK none of was apparent.

Also, with the manual, to gain quick acceleration was than with an automatic. A automatic is available if you want it. option not mentioned above is a V8 that delivers 355 horsepower in the SLK55 and adds about to the bottom line.

Mercedes-Benz SLK 350 AT Base

When the develops twists, there is a front suspension and a 5-link suspension. The SLK handled like a car and made every drive a I think the relative lightness of the car for a better experience.

Big ventilated and perforated four-wheel brakes did a great job of stopping the The first time I hit the brakes it was running into a wall of I had to learn how to moderate my brake

Of course, the SLK350 isn’t for It’s only valid as a car if you have no children or don’t carry a lot of luggage. When we had the I had my wife trained to travel Then I made the mistake of a large van, and it’s downhill since then. The SLK is as a bachelor’s car or as a second car.

The key above is excellent. I hadn’t an SLK in several years, so I was pleased to the positive changes. While the SL may not be the car it was in the past, the SLK is better than the

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