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2001 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible


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Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 6.0 L V 12-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 389 hp @ 5200 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 12/17 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2001 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

  • Now in its twelfth year, the current-generation SL strikes us as dated and pricey when cars such as the gorgeous Jaguar XK8 convertible and entertaining Porsche 911 Cabriolet are less expensive.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    An effective status symbol, smooth drivetrains, advanced safety features.

  • Cons

    Costs too much, ancient platform, expensive, performance is lacking, did we mention the outrageous price?

  • What's New for 2001

    The SL line gets some minor aerodynamic enhancements for 2001.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (6 total reviews)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Classic open road cruiser!

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Vehicle: 2001 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL500 2dr Convertible (5.0L 8cyl 5A)

This SL500 wasn't my first choice. I went to a dealer to look at a 2002 Porsche Carrera convertible but it had just been sold. The sales guy asked me if I'd like to look at a low mileage SL500. I'm glad I did. The triple black AMG SL500 had only 8K on the clock and looked new. Then I drove it. It's a classic cruiser, not a sports car but who cares! It's fast, beautiful and a blast to drive with the top down.

Best all around driving automobile!

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Vehicle: 2001 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL600 2dr Convertible (6.0L 12cyl 5A)

I purchased my 2001 SL500 from a dealership in Calfornia two weeks ago and drove it to Idaho. This Mercedes is the best all around automobile that I have ever had the pleasure of driving. The handling was fantantic, the performance is unbelievible, especially at top end. My other two super performance cars are a 03 & a 06 Z06 Corvettes which are dream cars, but the Mercedes is just the total package. An all around great driving car. You just feel great driving in it. My Mercedes is Red with Black leather interior. It has 44,000 miles on it. An engineering marvel!

12 of 18 people found this review helpful

Exceptional sl600 (r129 series)

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Vehicle: 2001 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL600 2dr Convertible (6.0L 12cyl 5A)

Exceptional 2001 SL600; purchased pre-owned from a dealer who'd gotten from the orignal owner. Totally stock,black, V12, 275/35 18s in back, 245/40 18s front, only 11,000 miles! Guess it just wasn't cool anymore for the country-club. Built like classic Benz cars were in-the-day. Heavy - more of a GT than a sports car; wonderful to cruise on the highway at any speed. V12 engine with 48-valves is a symphony. 5-speed automatic. Torque like locomotive. Low-down, brooding-and-mean looking, but a total gentleman. Leather everywhere. Wonderful, can border on scary-fast acceleration, but totally controlled Well cared-for examples are known to be reliable if maintained.

Gas Mileage


  • 12
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  • 17
  • highway
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What's New for 2001

The SL line gets some minor aerodynamic enhancements for 2001.

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