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What's improved dramatically over time in the SLK class?
This is a question for the folks who have followed the SLK class from the early years (1997/8?)...
What in your mind are the biggest design whiffs/fails of SLKs over the years? Have they been fixed or redesigned? When did the fix or redesign happen, or did it persist until a total redesign (r170 > r171 > r172)? (Also, when did an already-great design feature get improved upon tremendously?)
I ask out of both general curiosity and specific interest because I bought a used 1998 SLK 230 back in 2005, and I would definitely consider buying a later model (used or new), but would like to know if/when bad designs got fixed, what other bad designs got introduced etc.
So, e.g., in my 1998 SLK 230, I would immediately think of the following:
* roof hydraulic actuators leak - did they ever fix it in the r170 models, or did it persist in all of them until r171? and did any r171 models suffer that problem?
* cup holder is awkward and useless - did this get moved in the r171 models, and was it an improvement? how are the newest ones?
* peeling interior paint - when did they stop using paint that reliably peels after a few years?
* having to twist a knob to raise or lower the back of the seat - that seems so un-mercedes-like - was automatic controls something you could pay for?
* MAF issues - do all cars have issues with that?
As for later models, I don't know anything about post-r170 models, but I personally didn't like the r171 front redesign, but I know others liked it a lot. I think the newest redesign is more reminiscent of the r170 and I like it.
In your opinion, what are the biggest design improvements in the newer and newest models?
I think an example of a great design getting even greater is the folding of the hardtop... Of course, bigger engines and the AMG models are awesome, and I hope to own one one day. Are newer models easier to work on under the hood or anything like that, for DIYers? Or harder?
What's your favorite year/model of them all?