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2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Convertible

2dr Roadster 3.0L

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2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Convertible

Benefits of Driving a 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Convertible

With a secure power retractable hardtop, the 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class roadster offers more refinement and civility than either the BMW Z4, Honda S2000, or Porsche Boxster. It also provides a luxurious interior and performance similar to that of the larger SL. And the SLK ranks as one of the safest convertibles on the market, with head-protective side air bags.

What's new for 2009?

For 2009, the Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class roadster receives a freshening both outside, inside, and underneath. Exterior styling is revised to resemble both the Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR supercar, as well as the company's current Formula One racer. The treatment includes a new front bumper, grille, headlights, and air dam. The rear fascia has been updated as well, with trapezoidal exhaust tips. The interior is also updated, with a new instrument cluster and three-point steering wheel with multi-function buttons.

Model Strengths

  • Convenient retractable hardtop
  • excellent safety features
  • refinement and lack of interior noise
  • performance.

Model Review

Three different variants of the Mercedes-Benz SLK roadster are again offered for 2009, and they all get minor facelifts in keeping with their more mature SL-Class siblings. As for power, the SLK280 retains its 228-hp 3.0L V6, while the SLK350's 3.5L V6 gets a nice boost from 268 hp to 305 hp, and the high-performance SLK55 AMG carries over with its potent 355-hp 5.5L V8.

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Source: The Car Connection

As they put together this review covering the 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class, the automotive experts at TheCarConnection.com searched to find some of the best reviews on the Web. The experienced editors at TheCarConnection.com also included their driving impressions where applicable.

The SLK is Mercedes-Benz's small convertible sportscar, or roadster, that offers a power-folding hardtop arrangement, one of the most comfortable interiors among the smaller roadsters, and V-6 and V-8 power.

The 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class comes in three different models, each now with a very different driving personality. The SLK280 has been renamed the SLK300, although its engine remains a 228-horsepower, 3.0-liter V-6. In the middle is the 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK350, which gets a 3.5-liter V-6 good for 300 horsepower--32 hp more than last year. And at the top of the lineup is the exclusive SLK55 AMG, bringing 355 horsepower along with exclusive AMG performance tuning and components throughout. A six-speed manual transmission is available only in the SLK280 model, while the remainder of the models comes with a seven-speed automatic transmission and manual control. All SLK models have rear-wheel drive.

The 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK350 remains the centerpiece of the lineup, with its 300-hp engine helping to take better advantage of the SLK's quick handling response and good dynamic balance in tight corners. Most notably, due to a series of engine improvements, its sound is a bit more aggressive. The seven-speed automatic shifts smoothly but isn't always as responsive as you might expect from a high-performance roadster. That's remedied in the high-performance 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG, which adds a special paddle-shifted SpeedShift seven-speed.

The SLK was last redesigned for 2005, but 2009 brings some more extensive changes, including restyled front and rear ends. The instrument panel also has some subtle changes, and the steering wheel bears a new design. The 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG model gets similar visual updates, along with bigger wheels and brakes, additional aerodynamic bodywork, and a flat-bottom steering wheel.

In addition to the revised look and more powerful engine, there's a new, so-called Direct Steer system on the 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK models that quickens the steering ratio in tighter corners--reducing the amount you need to turn the steering wheel--yet increases stability in the straight-ahead position; it also has speed-sensitive power assist.

The SLK's interior is one of the most comfortable and luxurious of any of the small roadsters, with very generously proportioned sport seats that have plenty of lumbar support to hold you in place in the corners--although the seating position is quite low. And though the suspension is tight, the 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class has a relatively smooth, composed ride. One issue with the SLK is trunk capacity; when the top is down, it takes up extra space in the trunk, leaving barely enough room for a light weekend's worth of luggage.

The single best feature available on the 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK that's not offered on a rival vehicle in its class is Airscarf, which gently blows hot air around your neck from behind the headrest area, making cold, sunny days so much more enjoyable with the top down.

The standard features list on the 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class has been expanded to include a Bluetooth hands-free interface and an upgraded audio system. The options list is extensive, including a SmartKey system that allows raising or lowering the top remotely, a Harman Kardon sound system, a navigation system, the latest version of the company's COMAND screen-based interface, bi-xenon headlamps, dual-zone climate control, and an attractive burl walnut trim. An iPod interface is newly available, and the optional sound system comes with an SD memory card slot.

The 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK has not been crash-tested, but its list of safety features is unparalleled among roadsters. Head-and-thorax side-impact airbags and a knee airbag are standard, as are anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control.


The Bottom Line:

The 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class combines the romance of a small roadster with grand-touring comfort, as well as the poise and performance of a larger sportscar.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Std
Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Opt
Variable Inter. Wipers Opt
Rain Sensing Wipers Opt

Accident Prevention

Handsfree Wireless Std

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Opt
Telematics Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Corrosion 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Unlimited Years/Unlimited Miles

Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

The MBCPO Limited warranty provides vehicle coverage for 12 months and Unlimited vehicle miles and begins at the expiration of the New Vehicle Limited Warranty
Age/Mileage Eligibility 6 years / 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection Yes
Return/Exchange Program Yes. See dealer for details.
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible No

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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