I have followed with interest for sometime. I have had only one experience with the SLK. I owned a 2006 slk 350 for 11 years. Purchased in 07 I was the 2 nd owner. It had only 9 K miles when I bought it. It was Traded in by the original owner to the dealer who sold it to him. Just a Lovely car. Loaded with all options. I sold it with 87 K miles because I grew anxious about all the controversy about the balance shaft issue. I would have kept it, but I felt lost in all that and decided to get out so I could move on. Mercedes did us a disservice in my opinion. Some way to inspect and ID and correct cars with the defect should have been offered. I am now driving an E350 instead. Not near as much fun. At least Mercedes did not chase me away totally. InEnjoy all the information and opinion on this site. Thanks.