Took European delivery of my new 2013 SLK 55 AMG in June. Great experience, highly recommended. Drove over 1,000 miles in Germany.
The MB shipment, free back to the states was perfect. No scratches or anything. Picked up the vehicle at Jackie Cooper Imports, the local dealer in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This is a fantastic dealership, highly recommended.
As I travel to Germany every summer the European Delivery program was especially rewarding for me.
This car is fantastic in that while it has awesome power, it can be sedately driven like some big lazy sedan. I am getting around 22 mpg local driving and not hot-rodding. Gonna take some long distance driving of about 50-55 mph to reach the EPA highway mileage of 28. Not complaining as I didn't buy this car for fuel mileage.
For me the Harmon-Kardon sound system is great. I also love how the control knob on the console makes it so easy to switch around through all of the available menus.
The low end torque of this engine is fantastic. I'm a technology nut and the direct injection and crazy compression ratio of 12.6:1 on pump gas is super. I filled with some 100 octane Shell fuel on the Autobahn but it doesn't do anything special in spite of costing ~$9.00 dollars equavilant per gallon.
The Stop/Start feature, in economy mode, now only activates sometimes. It's hit and miss. From forum searches this is common. It's no big deal but I do like toys to work. When I have the dealer do the 10K service I'll have them look into this.
I keep her in a heated garage when I'm not driving and avoid bad weather like storms, snow, etc. My baby isn't a daily driver; I have a Smart for that. I also still have my 2004 BMW M3 with 26K miles that I plan to sell soon.
Love this car, I shoulda' done this years ago.
I'll keep you all posted as time and mileage go by.