Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: La Crosse, WI
Vehicle: 2005 SLK350 in Alabaster White (6 speed)
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'99 SLK 230 - How Will It Handle In the Winter?
I have a '99 SLK 230 (Sport), manual transmission, with over 122,000 miles on it. I bought it used about 3 years ago and I have always stored it in the winter months. I've been thinking I might have to drive it this winter.
Because of a unique work situation, I spend 4 days a week in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul) and head back home to La Crosse, WI (about 150 miles away) for Fridays and the weekend.
This winter will be a little different than years past because my 16 year old son (who has a ton of extra curricular activities) now has his license, and if the SLK goes into storage, that leaves one car between my wife and my son during the week....which I think is a recipe for disaster.
One solution is to not store the SLK and I would continue to drive that back and forth from Minneapolis to La Crosse every week (weather permitting, of course). While I'm not planning on driving it in extreme blizzard conditions, anyone who has lived up here knows it can get darn cold, and I'm still worried how it's going to handle, even with a little snow. Does anyone have any experiences to share?
I'm lucky enough to have a heated garage and a car washing facility at my condo in the Cities, so I can make sure to keep the salt/grime off. I'm not concerned about exposing it to the elements, because it has 122,000 miles on it and I'm pretty sure the previous owner(s) operated it during the winter months, I'm more concerned about how it's going to handle with any amount of snow.