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The Most Common Mercedes Benz SLK-Class (incl. SLC) Symbols

These are the most common dashboard symbols that you will see in your Mercedes Benz SLK-Class (incl. SLC). Click on one to see more information or scroll further down to see the link to the owner's manual where you can find even more symbols.

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About the SLK-Class (incl. SLC)

Throughout its life, the SLK Class was a popular compact executive roadster built in Bremen in Germany since 1996. The German Auto Maker Mercedes-Benz gave the SLK Class the initialism of ‘Sportilch Leicht Kurtz’, which directly translates to ‘Sporty Lightweight Short,’ rather a simplistic explanation of the vehicle, but accurate.

This SLK was regularly compared to the BMW Z4 and the Audi TT Roadster. For 8 years (1996 – 2004) the first generation took a little longer than anticipated to reach showrooms.

Mercedes-Benz first designed (or rather Bronco Sacco designed) the SLK in 1991, but made the decision to patent the concept before releasing the plans to the public. After 5 years of legal paperwork, the first SLK was shown at the 1996 Turin Motor Show, followed by a brief facelift just four years later, and then a complete redesign changing the overall look in 2004.

This second generation removed the flat grill and replaced it with a swooping grille that incorporated the badge. Mercedes-Benz confirmed that the new front end was inspired by the cars of Formula One.

Aside from the bodywork changing, the manufacturer strengthened the structure, made tweaks to allow for aerodynamics, revised the roof mechanism so it was more compact and closed much more quickly and added air scarfs. These were a big selling point at the time, the seats (only front as the car was only a two-seater) were both fitted with vents just below the headrest that could blow out warm air and surround the passenger's neck so that the roof could be kept down even in chill weather.

By the third generation, the SLK had both V6 and V8 options in petrol or diesel, the front end seemed to be a combination of both the first and second generations but the whole roof had ‘magic sky control’ meaning that the driver could operate the glass electronically to apply a tint in bright light. Sales ended in 2020 primarily due to low sales figures, in its height, the SLK sold 38,417, but by 2019 in the USA, Mercedes-Benz only took 1,840 orders.