The SL500 is a thrill to drive. It's fast, responsive and very comfortable. I had a 560SL 1989 before this and it was great but this car is superb in every way. Pricey to repair but the ride and fun makes it worth it. I expect to get many good driving years out of it. After all, it is a Mercedes.
Bose sound system. Exterior design. All power features. Weather radio
Raise speakers in doors so that feet don't scrape them when getting out.
Drives like a dream with the looks and comfort one would expect from a high end Merc. I always feel like a million bucks driving this car. Great handling and easy to drive. What is not to like about this thing?!? With the latest body style now around for a few years, prices have really dropped on these cars and they are well worth the money. I for one love the stock stereo.
Put the top down and mash the gas pedal. The roar of the engine and wind in you hair is worth the price of admission.
Plastic windows in soft top, limited visibilty with roll bar up, and plastic buttons that are easily damaged. I have one loose radio button. Otherwise, the interior has held up well for 8 years.
1998 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL500 SL1 Sport 2dr Convertible
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
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
A few items seem cheaply made in the
interior. Plastics fail. Especially
the clip tabs on lights and access
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
This vehicle is a thrill to drive and
it is everything Mercedes says it is.
I was very impressed with the power
and quick response. If there is any
down-side...it would be shoulder/hip
room; I am 6'6" about 270lbs and it's
just a fit.