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Have I done the right thing?

I have just placed an order for a SLK 200 Kompressor Auto. Delivery in a couple of weeks. Being driving MX5's for 7 years and have loved every minute of it. Can't praise them enough particulary when you consider how cheap they are.

Going back to the SLK my test drive was interesting. In most areas including handling it was very good however I do have some reservations about the 5 speed auto with tip!! When trying to overide the auto and change gears manually for some sprited driving it did not seem to respond as I expected. In some instances the auto kicked in regardless.

Is this just a case of me needing some time to get used to the auto and learning how to use it properly or after 7 years of a very slick responsive manual gearbox on the MX5's am I never going to settle with the Auto?

Have to say the auto was great for driving through the town but I do enjoy a spirited drive on occasions .

What's your experience of the auto/manual?

Before anyone says it I realise it's now a bit late to have this discussion/debate as I have already placed the order.

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Uh, what year is that? Where are you located? (you can put that information in your profile so good advice can be given)

I assume since it is 5 speed it is an older SLK. One thing you can try is make sure the auto is in S and not C (or W). S is for sport and usually means faster shifts.
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mtiede: as far as i know the 200's here (even the facelift ones) in automatic are 5-spd auto touchshift and come with speedtronic, cruise control.

I'm assuming wjamie is not from the US, hence the 200. In my opinion the 200 is far more responsive with a manual transmission.

wjamie have you already put a deposit down for the order? Surely you can walk away from it and lose your deposit (assuming its not too much money)?
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This may be heresy, but I'll don my flame proof suit and say it anyway. I suggest that all those who like the MX5's "darty" handling and "snick-snick" shifting, but want more power and the ability to take corners even faster take a good hard look at the Honda S 2000. I've got one of those too, and used to have an MX5. The S 2000 is what the MX5 SHOULD be. I also have an SLK 280 with crisp 7 speed auto, but don't regard it as a sports car but as a small GT roadster. We don't get 200s here in the US, but I have driven SLK 280s and '05 350s with manual, and the shifting just isn't as precise as in the MX5, and nowhere near as precise as the S 2000. This is not to say that the SLK 200 isn't a good car, either with manual or auto. Haven't been able to drive one. Can't say. But if it is anything like the 280s I've driven, it's not really a "better MX5". Rather, it is a whole different type of car.
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Updated my profile now to include country etc. This is a brand new UK car with the 5 speed auto tiptronic gearbox. Interesting comments above. At this stage I Was not particularly critising the auto box more I was questioning my driving skills. Never had an aotu car before and I have been driving for 25 years so I guess it will take me a few days/weeks to get to grips with it properly.
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Hey wjamie - congrats on your new toy!! One thing to keep in mind as well is that your new SLK will "learn" your driving style as well - takes about a week or so before it settles down.

I have a C Sport Coupe with the same engine - it's actually quite a peppy engine, and a very good compromise of economy and power.



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Yes, and I certainly wasn't trying to discourage anybody from buying an SLK. Heck, I did, and it is my all-around favorite car in my garage! I was only trying to point out what type of car it is -- and isn't. Pluses for the SLK over the MX5 and S 2000 include much more interior room, metal top (obviously) and trunk (boot) space twice that of the other two cars (with the SLK top down). The SLK is about 6" shorter and several inches wider than those other two cars, and that's great. The SLK is a much more comfortable ride than the other two cars.

I have the 5 speed auto in my C 320, and believe yours will work the same. Here's some info. Don't put it in C mode unless there is snow. C mode starts the car off in 2nd gear. This wrecks both performance and fuel efficiency. Flicking the shifter toward you lowers the gear by one, two quick flicks by two, and so on. Flicking the shifter away from you works the same way, except it puts the car in a higher gear (assuming your speed is sufficient to allow the car to go into that gear). It has a shift at red line feature which is neat. Pull the shifter toward you for a few seconds while stopped, and the car will shift only when max rpms are reached. Driving in pure auto mode, the transmission will adapt to your style. If you are aggressive, it will "learn" to shift at higher rpm.

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