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!
I've owned my '95 sl 600 roadster now
for a couple of years. The
performance of the 12-cylindar engine
is beyond compare! With the computer
chip the previous owner had installed,
the horsepower rating goes from 389 to
Things to watch out for... seems like
these cars are prone to need new
catalytic converters at around 40k
miles. Mine did..and fortunately it
was covered by mercedes 8-year, 80k
mile e/c warranty--thereby saving me
$4k! ! low mileage '97 or '98
will give you a $130k car experience
for half the price!
Although I loved this car, we have since parted ways. I could not have been more dissapponted with my SL experience. For the 3 years I owned the car I found that there is a huge cost of ownership that comes with maintaining this car. Service costs were more than the payments. I was always told that these cars would run very high mileage, but that mileage comes at a heafty cost. I would not buy another unless it was under the Starmark warrantee.
There is nothing like driving the SL down the GW Parkway here in DC - Ignoring all of the service lights that are on.
Mercedes could give you Mercedes cars during service periods. While my Benz was in the shop (For MONTHS at a time) the least Benz could do is to give me another SL to drive.