1996 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Consumer Review: Suprised by Reliability
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1996 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible - Consumer Review

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Suprised by Reliability
By Jim on

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1996 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL500 2dr Convertible

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I have owned 3 other MB's, 2 New and 1 used. This 500 SL was puchased from a reliable dealer. (non-factory) I have always had good success with MB but this older, two owner SL has surprised me with its reliability. All systems have performed flawlessly. Many reviews have spoken disparagingly about this series of SL so I had some concerns about its longevity. So far it has been perfect after 18 months of ownership. The performance is exhiliarating but my best surprise is my fuel mileage. In the city I get a consistent 22MPG while on the road it is 26MPG or better. This model year (1996) or perhaps the care given by its previous owners had provided me a car that's a joy to drive.

Best Features

Styling. Engine. Smoothness. Acceleration. Fuel mileage. Easy operation of convertible top. Large cargo capacity

Worst Features

Transmission is slow to when downshifting
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