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SLK350 vs 350ZR (IMO)

Old 10-22-2004, 03:39 PM
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Wink SLK350 vs 350ZR (IMO)

While awaiting my new 350Z Roadster I test drove the new Mercedes SLK350. Boy was that eye opening. While the Mercedes SLK350; interior was a nicer than the Z350;s, the Z is way more fun to drive and is MUCH quieter with the top down (is there any other way to drive a roadster). Also the Z felt faster. I did like the hard top and the SLK trunk was more useable. Overall the Z is a much better buy and about $20,000 less!
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Old 10-22-2004, 04:01 PM
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if you dont have the extra $20K...

...i wish ppl would stop comparing apples to oranges.

i know what you mean tho'.
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Old 10-22-2004, 05:22 PM
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I am not comparing Apples to Oranges. The recent review by Car and Driver used the 350ZR as one of the comparable cars to the SLK350.
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Old 10-22-2004, 05:37 PM
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Test drove the SLK350 as well here - as a lark while my buddy was having his E400 series serviced. My Z definitely felt faster / quicker. The interior on the SLK was very, very nice but the seats felt hard as a wood plank - very thin depth to them (IMO). Still, was a fun 20 minute drive - a beautiful car. I wouldn't be able to own either a Z roadster or the SLK however - not long enough leg room for me with the seats full back. I'd take the Z & the $20k.
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Old 10-22-2004, 06:16 PM
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even though mag. compare slk350 and 350zr in the same class, but they are not really the same "class". one is MB, and other is Nissan. If you have the $50k, wouldn't you choose the slk350? I know I would....no questions..

you don't buy MB for their speed.. unless it's AMG
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slk350 and z350, if both with a price tag of $50k ? I will definitely get corvette 2005, or I will look for a used nsx.
slk350 and z350, if both with a price tag of $26k ? I will definitely get Z350.
Just my opinion. Slk350 looks like a nice cute kid's car (especially from the side with the hard top on). It really looks like a baby SL500. From front looks great, from back looks great, from side??looks like SL500 being squizzzz ... if they enlarge the car to the size of SL500, which means slk350 = SL500, then it's worth buying it with 50k, but I still shop for 2005 corvette.
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Old 10-22-2004, 09:42 PM
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Im assuming benz used their same tranny as their other cars. it sucks the sporty feel out of it if they did. Ive only driven a C320 which I know isnt even the same engine; but their drive by wire was soooo slow to respond to make the acceleration smoother; Im sure it was faster than it felt; but it sure felt sloooowwwww.
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Default Re: SLK350 vs 350ZR (IMO)

Originally posted by Naples176
While awaiting my new 350Z Roadster I test drove the new Mercedes SLK350. Boy was that eye opening. While the Mercedes SLK350; interior was a nicer than the Z350;s, the Z is way more fun to drive and is MUCH quieter with the top down (is there any other way to drive a roadster). Also the Z felt faster. I did like the hard top and the SLK trunk was more useable. Overall the Z is a much better buy and about $20,000 less!

holy shiet! your from naples, fL?

we should meet up and compare Zs. i could prob help u in some way or another. let me know or call me

1-239-438-5779

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Old 10-23-2004, 03:20 AM
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Originally posted by ares
Im assuming benz used their same tranny as their other cars...
They're actually using a brand new 6-speed transmission that's supposed to be as smooth & precise as BMW's. The engine sounds pretty sweet too - 87% of peak torque by 1500 RPM!

I haven't tested this car yet myself, but I'm surprised people that have feel that the Z is faster. FWIW, both Car & Driver and Road & Track have tested the new SLK and they say it traps 3-4 mph faster in the quarter mile, which should translate into noticabley faster acceleration.

At any rate, the new SLk appears to be a much better car than it's predecessor.
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Old 10-23-2004, 06:44 AM
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Yeah, i would love to get that car for my wife. To me, it seems like a detuned VQ35 in there and a beautiful body and interior. Too bad the price is a little too high for my tastes!!
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SLK=chick car
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a car that people's mom would buy
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Old 10-24-2004, 06:53 AM
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I bet most slk350 buyers would be older(40+) because of the price.
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Old 10-24-2004, 09:01 AM
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Doesn't the SLK350 weigh less? That coupled with a very precies manual tranny with MB interior, not to mention hardtop convertible would do it for me. What are you going to do with that 20k anyway? MOD RIGHT? =D
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new slk350 = not a chick car

lets not bring up the AMG... SLK55??
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Old 10-24-2004, 05:49 PM
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hmmm....

the new SLK looks awefully familiar to the SLR coming stateside, or, already has i beleive. anyone here NOT like the SLR?


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Old 10-24-2004, 10:14 PM
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ok new slk= not chick car

previous slk's=chick car
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My wife has a 1999 SLK 230 Kompresor . It is quick We are neck and neck when we race and we race a lot , she says her car is faster .Red light to redlight I can take her pretty bad , on the interstate is another story Supercharger will get up and go around 3500 RPM but top end I still have her but they are chic cars guys gay driving I want drive it I make her drive I am a little homophobic, sorry cant help it. Z is faster in my opinion.
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Originally posted by Losing Grip II
anyone here NOT like the SLR?
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I hate the SLR. It's the most paradoxical car I can think of. A ultra high performance lightweight sports car from a company that is known for its 2 ton tanks? A car that makes use of the latest techonlogy yet is saddled with a 5 spd slushbox instead of an SMG? A company known for its simple and tasteful designs making a car with gaudy vents, tastless wheels, and a huge front end? And while I'm on the subject why is the SLR (such an expensive and well researched car) barely any more powerful than the normal benz Supercharged 5.5L V8?

I'm not a fan of the SLR. If I had that kind of money and was forced to waste it on a car (probably at gunpoint) you can rest assured I'd be satisfied with my Carrera GT. The SLR for all its cost and high tech nonsense doesn't even have forged wheels. All they really needed to do was put a bigger star on the SL600

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Originally posted by NzZ
I hate the SLR. It's the most paradoxical car I can think of. A ultra high performance lightweight sports car from a company that is known for its 2 ton tanks? A car that makes use of the latest techonlogy yet is saddled with a 5 spd slushbox instead of an SMG? A company known for its simple and tasteful designs making a car with gaudy vents, tastless wheels, and a huge front end? And while I'm on the subject why is the SLR (such an expensive and well researched car) barely any more powerful than the normal benz Supercharged 5.5L V8?

I'm not a fan of the SLR. If I had that kind of money and was forced to waste it on a car (probably at gunpoint) you can rest assured I'd be satisfied with my Carrera GT. The SLR for all its cost and high tech nonsense doesn't even have forged wheels. All they really needed to do was put a bigger star on the SL600

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well your entitled to your own opinion. i cant say your the first to say that u didnt like the new SLR, but im still wondering how the hell someone could say they didnt like it. maybe if u see it in person youll change your mind or maybe not. i know when i saw my first one in person, i just wanted it even more.

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