Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Waynesville, OH
Vehicle: 2010 Silver SLK 350
Other Toys: BMW 135i and big fat grouchy black cat!
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I agree with most of his review, and I believe here in America we'll see some big discounts on it.
The major appeal for me is the retractable hardtop. The major negative is a way too firm ride where one can feel every imperfection in the road. Another complaint is the price of Mercedes options. For its price, many thing should come standard. For example, you have to buy the premium 2 pkg to get dual zone climate control.
Also for me, the electric steering wheel, heated seats, airscarf, magic roof, and navigation are all nonsense. They should all be combined into one pkg, so I can delete it. The center stack does have too many buttons, and I prefer the Mercedes interiors of olden days. This one is just too garish for my tastes. Incidentally, I'm in total agreement with his opinion of the wagon wheels on the climate control and the off centered screen.
Then we come to engines. I really don't want a V6 with two turbochargers. In fact, I'd prefer the latest version of the V6 used in the R172 updated with tweaks. No I don't want a V8. Besides the extra cost, I don't want the extra weight in the nose which does hurt handling causing the car to plow.
I do like the forged aluminum parts used to update the front and rear suspension. I also like the overall look of the car, but the car's structure does need to be updated to give it a more solid feel. Unfortunately, this car with its retractable roof will never have the tightness of a coupe.
What I want is a comfortable little roadster with a minimalist interior but with some luxury features like comfortable seats and a supple rides that soaks up the bumps. BTW, I always want leather, so I'm not totally cheap.
If I were in the market for a car right now, it'd be a tough choice between a BMW M240i and the SLC 43.