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Ok, so curiosity has gotten the better of me and I have to ask. Why do ladies buy/drive SLKs? Is it purely the performance, the looks of the car, both or other reasons I have no idea about?

As a guy, I love the performance and just the beauty of a well made and thought out automobile.

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Dave

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I was told the looks, easy to park, and it's a Mercedes. Many women have two modes: Cute Little Car or Intimidating Elephant.

Many reasons I heard for why they bought the 55 were simply because it was the "best one" not because they wanted the power. Many of them also stated the cars were gifts. I call the SLK55 the "mistress" car here as if you see a woman driving one, the majority of the time that's the situation.

My responses come from my area, South Beach, where many of the people here buy cars for status, not performance. I try to get them to bring the car to an autocross or a track day to feel what it can do, but it's like beating a dead horse.

Now my mother would say: "It's cute, easy to drive and live with, and I can kick your ass with it anytime I want to."
 

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Now my mother would say: "It's cute, easy to drive and live with, and I can kick your ass with it anytime I want to."
Wise mother!! :tu: Probable marketing rationale aimed at today's independent females too.....R)
 

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:)Speaking for my wife, it was for the looks and the retractable hard top. She wanted a Mazda Miata back in 1989 when they were a new model, because it was a small convertible. I talked her out of the Miata. Considered a Audi TT vert back in 2005. Comparing the two, Audi vs SLK, the SLK was the obvious choice.
 

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.....Now my mother would say: "It's cute, easy to drive and live with, and I can kick your ass with it anytime I want to."
Ditto on this :tu:
 

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My Mom:

1. Drove a '64 GTO in the NASCAR Powder Puff Ladies League.
2. Restored a 1970 BOSS 302 Mustang while raising 2 kids and working.
3. Proved she could take Gen 3 RX-7 Turbo's on the autocross course with a stock '95 Miata after being off the track for 30 years.
4. Had her first "Granny Car" at 60, (meaning anything with more then 2 doors) when she became handicapped and had to get an automatic. She had 2 discs in her back crushed while saving a man's life.
5. Got her shameful minivan after two Jeep Grand Cherokee's rear-ended her Sephia crushing 2 more discs in her back and making sure she could not walk, even with a cane, much anymore.
6. Sold her Miata after it sat for more then 3 years, I cleaned it up, drove her to the mall in Dallas to have a ride and enjoy it. Apparently someone in a wheelchair did not believe a Miata belonged in a handicapped spot so he ran his wheel chair down it and we came out to a big crease all down the rear fender. She broke down and cried and could no longer even look at the car.

When my 2005 SLK350 was wrecked, I was going to take the money and pay off her house instead of getting the 2006. She told me "Thanks for the thought, but you should enjoy the fruits of your labor. Try doing it behind my back and there will be hell to pay. Go get another cool car instead, that is really what I want."

She starved without dinner most of her life so her younger siblings could eat, she was a child of the Depression. She knows what it's like to have one egg to eat for all day, and to this day can do things like eat fried eggs with ketchup on the yolk (yuck!)

Her Senior prom hoop-skirt was made from coat hangers and the living room curtains, but she drove to the prom in her friend's brand new 1955 V8 Corvette, loaded with 4 girls, and piloted by her as she was "the best driver."

What can I say, I have a really cool, Saint for a mother. The fact she's a speed loving gearhead, too? Priceless!

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Many reasons I heard for why they bought the 55 were simply because it was the "best one" not because they wanted the power. Many of them also stated the cars were gifts. I call the SLK55 the "mistress" car here as if you see a woman driving one, the majority of the time that's the situation.
i agree with the first part, but the 911, SL500, and SL55 is the 'mistress' car around here, No self-respecting mistress (oxymoron noted) would be seen in anything less.
 

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What can I say, I have a really cool, Saint for a mother. The fact she's a speed loving gearhead, too? Priceless!

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Too cool!!! My mom drove a Crossfire Roadster Limited until age 93. She is currently 95 and now races her wheelchair with other care center residents...R)
 

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Too cool!!! My mom drove a Crossfire Roadster Limited until age 93. She is currently 95 and now races her wheelchair with other care center residents...R)
Cool! Wow, she has hadd a long enjoyable life, and kept the top down! I hope she has many more years left.

My mom's "scooter" wheelchair will do 30 MPH, and every night she takes the dog out on her legs, the little shit-zu crains his nose forward and they race around the block. I can only imagine what her neighbors must think!

Unfortuantly, since she is bent over crushing her lungs, I doubt my mother will make it to 74, or about 4 years from now.
 

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i agree with the first part, but the 911, SL500, and SL55 is the 'mistress' car around here, No self-respecting mistress (oxymoron noted) would be seen in anything less.
Well, even the TV series Kane set in Miami had the "mistress" driving a Mars Red SLK55. I guess the differences of the coasts. Except for the gay community, the SL here is gauged more of an older person's status car.

I do not see many women here in 911's, always Boxsters.
 

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I originally fell in love with the SLK based on looks and the retractable hardtop when I saw the first one in Car & Driver magazine. I didn't get my license for a few more years, but a neighbor had one in Yellow (a Kompressor) and I always admired it. It wasn't until I got my first one (an '01 SLK 320 in Firemist Red) and experienced driving other cars that I realized I couldn't be happy without performance and handling. Three SLK's later, and waiting for my fourth to come on the boat, I wouldn't drive anything else! :burnout:
 

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Ok, so curiosity has gotten the better of me and I have to ask. Why do ladies buy/drive SLKs? Is it purely the performance, the looks of the car, both or other reasons I have no idea about?

As a guy, I love the performance and just the beauty of a well made and thought out automobile.

Thanks,
Dave

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OMG!!!

I bought this car so I could help the boys keep their egos in check. UNbelievable.

I certainly hope you think it's ok for a woman to, "love the performance and just the beauty of a well made and thought out automobile", too?
 

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Mercy4 that's a great story! You're going on your 4th one! Are you going to buy the next generation too!? Cat - you go! I'm impressed!
Sulley - I'm waiting for my 2010 right now. My third SLK was totaled when someone blew a stop sign :-( so I needed to get a new one ASAP. I've been without one for two months!
 

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Just ok? I love it when women are "gear heads" too! No offense intended, sorry.

Dave



OMG!!!

I bought this car so I could help the boys keep their egos in check. UNbelievable.

I certainly hope you think it's ok for a woman to, "love the performance and just the beauty of a well made and thought out automobile", too?
 

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Anyone can appreciate form, function and beauty. The style grew on me - so I jumped from an ML 320 to something totally impractically (?HA HA) in my "senior years". I really love it!
 
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