The only Mercedes I talk people out of is a W126 or a W140 with the 3.5 liter diesel engine.
I think these SLK's are bulletproof.
Think about it. Have you ever read one post from an owner of an SLK that has had a problem?
I haven't. Not one.
2001 E430, Bourdeaux Red, Oyster interior.
1973 280SE 4.5, 170,000 miles. 568 Signal Red, Black MB Tex. "The Red Baron".