Hi all. I'm not an SLK owner but hoping to be one soon. For the last month or so I've decided to go back to driving a roadster. I've owned three Miatas in the past and though not a roadster, I owned an MK1 Toyota MR2. My search had me looking at MK3 MR2s, MK3 Miatas, Crossfires, Boxsters, Solstices, Saturn Skys, BMW Z4s, Audi TTs, and SLKs. For most of last month I was very focused on the Boxster. A Porsche has always been a dream car for me but after reading about IMS Bearing Shaft failures, leaking RMS and general maintenance worries, I decided to open back up the search. I test drove a 2008 SLK 350 and really loved it. I also test drove a Saturn Sky and immediately the Sky and its sister the Solstice were removed from my list. There are three 350s that I hope to look at on Friday. Two are 2005s and one is an '06. I couldn't quite get the '08 in the price where I would pull the trigger. It had the same mileage as the others I'm going to look at and the asking price was about $2K to $3K more than the others. Other than not having to worry about balance shaft issue, I couldn't really see the justification in the difference in price. I have to admit that the SLK wasn't really even on my radar when I began this search. It crept up there because over and over it best meets the criteria of what I am looking for in my next roadster. MBs have never really held the mystique for me but I find myself being more and more drawn to the SLKs. It's quickly become my top choice.