Join Date: Mar 2011
Vehicle: 2000 SLK 230
Other Toys: Bluewater Canoe, Guitars.....
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Hi! Back in Finland with my 2000 facelift SLK 230k! While I planned this buying trip with detail, having a long list of choices, I bought the first one I saw. It was my first choice. No crashes, full service history and driven under 100k. The dealership was very cooperative and I don't think I would suceeded as well with a private seller.
Then it was time to find out what kind of car I bought. Due to a increasing work load, our vacation was cut short, but we managed to tour Austria, Switzerland, France and then back to Travelmunde for the ferry to Finland. First the pre bought 170 roadster bags fitted perfectly, the lap top behind the wife's seat etc. Yes people, like in a army mission I had this all planned out.
And the car worked flawlessly!!!! No problems whatsoever. On the first day driving south I got it up to 180kph. several times, cruising at about 150 and it seemed that the faster I was going, the more stable it felt. I realize this is a 10 year old car so I am being gentle with it, yet it flies! My seat was so comfortable. I hardly moved at all. It felt great. The wife said the seat was a little hard but got used to it after the first day.
We prefer the smaller towns instead of the big cities, so everyday in the afternoon we toured the smaller country roads finding hotels and there the SLK felt a little big and heavy as comparison to a MX-5 for eg., but no problem as it has a sort of elegance feel that way and I was in heaven.
The weather was cold for the first few days, 10c and we didn't put the top down. On the third day when the temp hit 15c for the first time, down it came and WOW! It was more than I expected. But it wasn't such a successful day.