Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: South Beach (Miami Beach, FL)
Vehicle: 2006 SLK350 - All Opts. ('cept AMG Pkg & Auto) 6-speed manual, YEAH!
Other Toys: '11 Prius II w/ Leather
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Well, from a track point of view, the SLK does not compete with your Miata, not nearly the pure expierence. However, if you are going to use it for every day, or for long trips, there is no comparison, you will be very happy in the SLK. After all, fully automatic windscreen wipers will just thrill you to death to name one! They should be required on all cars as a safety option.
I use my 2006 SLK350 on road and do track it. It IS definatly heavy, however, after being hit head on by a van in my 2005 SLK350, you cannot deny it is a better place to be then a Miata or MR2 on a daily basis. All those airbags and high-strength steel save your bacon.
As far as the trunk, in my SLK350, I have the run-flat tire option, so I do not keep the compressed mini-spare in the trunk. I get 1 MPG better fuel mileage without it, it is so heavy. I just keep the air pump in. My trunk is the size of 3 Miata trunks, 2.5 with the top down. The SLK32 is slightly smaller, so figure twice the size, maybe 1.75 with the mini-spare in of a Miata trunk.
PS: Let me clarify, I am thinking in terms of my Mom's Miata's trunk, which was a 1995.