Should I buy a Mercedes-Benz SLK or a Mazda MX-5?

I'm looking to buy either a Mercedes-Benz SLK or a Mazda MX-5. My budget is £2500. What are the pros and cons of both, please?

Asked on 24 March 2021 by Mark Stevenson

Answered by Andrew Brady
Pros and cons of the MX-5: classics.honestjohn.co.uk/reviews/mazda/mx-5-mk2-n.../
And the SLK: classics.honestjohn.co.uk/reviews/mercedes-benz/sl.../

We'd recommend the Mazda. They're mechanically simpler and are very cheap/easy to maintain. There's also an excellent support network and more on the market – so you can be picky about condition. Watch out for rust, though. As an alternative, look at the excellent Toyota MR2.
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