Used 1997 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL500 SL1 Sport Convertible Consumer Reviews | Edmunds
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1997 Mercedes-benz Sl-class - Consumer Reviews

1997 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible

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1997 SL500 SL1 SPORT
1 of 11 people found this review helpful
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By 97sl
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1997 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible SL500 SL1 Sport 2dr Convertible


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This car is for a free spirit. Handles most superb. Never out of extreme power in any circumstance. Gets down and races anyone. An engineering feat. Most amazing car I've ever owned.


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SPECIFICATIONS 1997 Mercedes-Benz SL500 Sport Base Price $ 89,900 Price As Tested $ 99,800 Engine Type aluminum alloy V8, dual overhead cams, 32 valves Engine Size 5.0 liters, 304 cu. in. Horsepower 315 @ 5600 Torque (lb-ft) 347 @ 3900 Transmission 5-speed electronically-controlled automatic Wheelbase / Length 99.0 in. / 177.1 in. Curb Weight 4165 lbs. Pounds Per Horsepower 13.2 Fuel Capacity 21.1 gal. Fuel Requirement unleaded premium Tires Dunlop SP Sport, 245/40 ZR 18 front, 275/35 ZR18 rear


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1997 Mercedes SL500 with 38,000 miles on
13 of 23 people found this review helpful
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By Robert T
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1997 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible SL500 SL1 Sport 2dr Convertible


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This car is solidly built, handles extremely well, and is a pleasure to drive. The design is one of understated elegance. Mine has very low mileage for its age and all original paint with no mechanical problems. These are a bargain if you get one without issues as new they cost $89,000 w/o options. The r129 type from the pre-Chrysler era is desirable. The mileage is what one ought to expect from a two ton car driven with a big V-8; if you are having this much fun is has to cost a little money! Skip the non-factory wheels as they really do nothing for day-to-day performance.


Favorite Features

Performance and design; safety.


Suggested Improvements

Really can't think of anything lacking although newer models probably have some extra bells and whistles. The retractable top on the newer ones is a plus for convenience but I like the traditional hard top (which you will hardly ever use.


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The perfect automobile
4 of 19 people found this review helpful
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By SRM
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1997 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible SL500 SL1 Sport 2dr Convertible


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This is my second SL 500 and, like the first one, it has performed flawlessly. There is nothing like the solid feel of a Benz, and the convertible is the epitome of the MB design.


Favorite Features

Perfectly fitting soft top, and Panorama hard top


Suggested Improvements

None now...the 2003 model has incorporated the two things I felt were needed. One is the retractable hard top and the other is the video nav system.


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