I don't know about the maintenance on a 2001, but my '99 SLK has required
nothing in the five years I've had it except for a couple of things that
were under warranty: a headlight that was replaced because condensation
formed inside it, and a leak in the windshield washer reservoir that was
sealed with silicone.
So far, it has been a great car, and I hope you'll have the same experience
if you buy one.
My 1998 slk230 has 90,000 miles and the bills are smaller than my
previous car, a Honda civic. Not cheap to run but good value for money
and very little going wrong to date. Reports / reviews have the slk as
the most reliable of all mercedes models.
Go for it!
MB's spare parts are generally cheaper than Japs car.
Last time my C-class headlamp got damaged, a brand new one only cost $500+
tax. I remeber 5 years ago, I replaced my Honda Accord's, I spent $800.
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