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1998 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible - Consumer Reviews

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SL500 SL1 & Panoramic Roof
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By Barry
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1998 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible SL500 SL1 Sport 2dr Convertible


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I had driven a 1984 380SL for a while in 1987 and fell in love! Fast forward twenty years, and I decided to go with the R129, and 1998 was the last year for the twin cam 48 valve engine, so I looked for the Sport model with a Panoramic roof. Love the car! Very glad I went this route. The hard top still feels more "open" being mostly glass, so winter is less of a drag. I just feel good driving it, anywhere, anytime. I've had a number of nice cars, but the SL is extraordinary in so many ways that I believe I will always want one. My wife and I take trips with our 45 pound Golden Retriever and even she loves it! Service is costly, but not frequent, so I highly recommend this fantastic machine!!!


Best Features

Smooth, powerful engine and great handling while maintaining a good ride quality. German cars just feel better to me. The drop top is wonderful, as is the Pano roof. The Sport model is worthwhile, but not mandatory. Where else can you get a $90K car for under $20K with low miles and service records?


Worst Features

Some switches and incidentals are a little suspect, but so much is right about the car that my complaints are forgotten once we are on the road. I would have loved the V-12, but my local dealer's service manager warned me that it is quite a bit more to maintain, so I decided the V-8 was best for me.


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Great value - near prefect sports car
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By AWR
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1998 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible SL500 SL1 Sport 2dr Convertible


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I was driving an E420 and felt it a
bit lacking in, well, fun! My search
included Porsches and Vettes but I
decided on an SL class. New body style
hit the market and these started to
fall within reach of a whole new
buyer's market. I sugest buying on
condition rather than mileage. High
miles just means you'll pay less not
that you'll get less car. Repairs can
be costly as with any high-end
automobile. Hardtop starage is a
problem for those with limited space
i.e. apartment/condo dwellers. In
Chicago, its off by tax day and on by
halloween so you'll be storing it half
the year. AMG Sorts package is the
best value.


Best Features

Droptop, well controlled accessible power. Top end that (when chipped) exceeds 170mph Had mine up to 150 (on closed track)when it kicked into 5th. It quickly went to 155 and stayed there due to limitations of stock chip. Don't you just love fresh blacktopped straightaways.


Worst Features

A few items seem cheaply made in the interior. Plastics fail. Especially the clip tabs on lights and access panels. power but the speakers could use an upgrade from stock. Using glass instead of plactic in the soft top would be nice. The rest of the car is


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Great Car
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By roach
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1998 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible SL500 SL1 Sport 2dr Convertible


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It has been fun for me to own this car
for the last two years. Drives like a
dream. Highly recommended


Best Features

Automatic top is awesome. Handling is great, it hugs the road effortlessly.


Worst Features

The radio knobs tend to be loose and are difficult to fix short of replacing the entire radio.


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1998 Mercedes 500 SL sport w SL1/SL2 opt
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By YOONSEOK
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1998 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible SL500 SL1 Sport 2dr Convertible


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This is a one of the top model for
Mercedes 50yrs of SL making. With no
doubt it has a impressive handling and
sticks to the road. well balanced and
super responsive. cornering with 18inch
optional AMG wheels are crisp, and
breaking is tight ( feels more like a
Japanese car in breaking yet has engine
roars like Italian Farrari. love the
sound of Exhaust) beautifully stream
lined and Optional HID is great. Planty
of Torque at low RPM with total 350lb
with 315 hp.


Best Features

Great performance. responsive engine and Road hugging, well balanced body. excellent value. GET AMG sport models.


Worst Features

Plastic inside ( esp door panal is not strong enough to withstand the high temp : SUN light. needs hight quality.) front AMG bumper is too low and hits and gets demaged when going over high angle pavement.expensive to replace. ageed cluster panel. FUEL economy.


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red sl500 sport
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By bobsl500
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1998 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible SL500 SL1 Sport 2dr Convertible


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This is an awesome car


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