All these problems make the SLK look like a bad buy - but my lovely old 230 (1997) just keeps on going without a problem (apart from normal replacement consumables) and repair to a leaking exhaust (Brabus!!) this week, cost me £15 to repair!! It is a Mercedes(!!) and appears to be as well built as my trusty old 1992 190E that, again, has given me many years of fault-free motoring - both cars just start up and get me to wherever I am wanting to go. Mercedes cars are the best!!!!