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1998 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible

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Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 5.0 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 315 hp @ 5600 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 14/21 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1998 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    Fast, good looking and oozing with style.

  • Cons

    Incorrigible gas hog. Steep price tag.

  • What's New for 1998

    The bargain basement SL320 was discontinued this year.

Full 1998 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Review

What's New for 1998

The bargain basement SL320 was discontinued this year.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

1997 sl500 sl1 sport

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Vehicle: 1997 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

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.

12 of 21 people found this review helpful

1997 mercedes sl500 with 38,000

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Vehicle: 1997 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

A true german classic roadster...

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Vehicle: 1997 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

I came across my SL320 after the hurricanes took out my Mercedes ML with a 32 yr old oak tree. I can't say enough good things about this car. The car demands attention, a true head turner. I usually only put about 5k miles per year as a leisure car. This car is a blast, I leave my BMW at home and have racked on the miles-12k. I haved the hardtop stored, and the storage compartments behind the seats accomidate my briefcase. The best feeling to crank the A/C to 60 and drop the top, turn up the Bose system and let my cares fly off with the wind in my hair. Handling is surperb. Power is very impressive, and am thankful I got the 320 over the 500 and 600-with gas at 3bucks+, & lower insurance

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Awesome car!

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Vehicle: 1997 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

I've driven several of these cars and just bought one. They are extremely powerful and smooth driving. I also drove the Lexus SC400 and SC430, the Porsche Boxter and 911 and several others. They're all fun, but for my money the SL500 is tops. Driving with the convertible top down and the Bose stereo up is quite an experience. Try it!

Dream with a smile

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Vehicle: 1997 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

For the past 30 years I've always wanted a Mercedes SL and finally after all the years of the desire, I have no disappointments. It's truly a dream car. I chose the 320 to not have to spend so much time at the gas pumps, but it still burns more than I expected. That might be due to the fact that I can't seem to slow it down. I really love this vehicle!

Smooth power, value and quality

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Vehicle: 1997 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

Hello all: I have found it to be a fast and subtle commuter/touring machine. I traded over to it from a 97 993 (which was a great car) as my wife was adverse to the Porsche ride (a very good ride in my opinion). This is my second SL and my 3rd Mercedes. As all SLís it is quietly fast and comfortable. The handling is greatly improved from models of the late 70ís and the dealer service has been equal to that of Porsche (excellent). As with the 993, I would recommend a dealer extended warranty as these cars can disrupt your budget if something major malfunctions after the original one expires. My wife is found of the panoramic roof in the rain and enjoys the heated seat.

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Gas Mileage


  • 14
  • cty
  • 21
  • highway
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