Had this for a year. After investing for minor items [about $3,000] it is a new car. The lines are timeless. Great performance at any speed. Rides like a magic carpet. This is one great vehicle. No regrets.
The looks this car gets are off the
charts, but they come at a hefty
price. I only drive my SL500 6 months a
year. Therein lies the problem; already
expensive cost of ownership,
exacerbated by spreading the costs over
only six months. That said, I still
keep it, and wait for the spring to
bring nice weather. The thrill of
hitting the accelerator on this 300+ HP
beast is beyond compare. Driving with
the top down on a nice day is one of
the finest auto experiences around.
Then, pulling into valet parking of a
crowded cafe or club is bound to stroke
the ego of any redblooded American male.
300+ HP engine blows away all but the
most serious performance cars on the
road, and the lines of this car are
The tape deck is a waste. The storage
space for the tapes is useless, and
should be modified w/ aftermarket parts
to hold cupholder or other useful
storage. Though the power rearview
mirror is nice, anyone driving the car
immediately grabs it and attempts to
move it by hand.
I've loved this car; it's my sixth pre-
owned Mercedes. It's red and gets a lot
of attention; it has been reliable and
fun. I bought a 1991 Mercedes station
wagon for the dogs to ride in; I'm
picky about my baby! It flies and is
beautiful inside and out. I'm cautious
about parking it -- it gets door dings
and scratches and white paint, so it's
touched up once or twice a year. People
apparently are jealous and vandalize it.
The acceleration, the wind and sun on
your face as you zoom down the road.
When people race me at stoplights, I
easily zip past them. It's fun to know
you're driving the coolest car on the
Add cupholders, put the CD player in
the dash, get rid of the cassette-tape
holders that spring up constantly in
the console, replace the cheesy
back plastic window with glass. The
retractable hardtop on the
2003 is the way to go. In a few
years I can afford a used one!