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Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is a category of used car. Often late-model vehicles, they have been inspected, refurbished, if necessary, and are under warranty by the manufacturer.
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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 2002 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

  • Now in its thirteenth year, the current-generation SL strikes us as too 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 2002

    To make the last year of this generation SL special, Mercedes creates the Silver Arrow edition, a -- you guessed it -- silver-colored SL (available with either the V8 or the V12 engine) garnished both inside and out with polished aluminum trim.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 12
  • cty
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  • 17
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Classic open road cruiser!

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Vehicle: 2001 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

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

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!



16 of 24 people found this review helpful

Exceptional sl600 (r129 series)

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Vehicle: 2001 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

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.




The sl experience

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Vehicle: 2001 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

I have a beautiful '85 SL and an '04 E series for my wife and this 500 is the bomb. You feel special driving this car and it is the classic MB roadster experience. The handling is very responsive considering the weight of the car. The 18" rubber helps. The performance is all you ever need (I'm willing to give up a little hair raising bullet speed for more creature comforts at my age). The torque is story here and just keeps coming. Very smooth and responsive. The cabin is very comfortable and at speed with the hard top on, you're hard pressed to remember you're not in a fixed top coupe. The trunk is ample and will hold a set of golf club or several shopping bags




Timeless roadster, fun for everyday

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Vehicle: 2001 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

This roadster is making presence on the road, parking lot or garage. Puts a smile on owners face every time is driven. Abundant performance, whisper quiet with the top down. It feels very safe to be in on the road even when surrounded by SUV's. Hardtop feature is extremely usefull when cold and it improves body flex. Sport package must to have since it makes this car to stand out of the crowd and it helps to keep the resale value. Reliability is far better than new R230. Everything in this car is overbuild for quality, but you pay the price in extra weight and extra $$. Great highway cruiser.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Life is boring without a

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Vehicle: 2001 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

Just picked the car up last week. My second MB. First was a 2000 CLK 320 Cab. Loved that one. This one is an absolute monster! Perfect blend of sport and luxury! The car has unbelievable road manners. Will give you more than enough power to pass just about anything on the road while still giving me that classic MB experience. Much better suited to my driving habits compared to my CLK. I hope this thing lasts a very long time...I'm expecting it to.



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Full 2002 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Review

What's New for 2002

To make the last year of this generation SL special, Mercedes creates the Silver Arrow edition, a -- you guessed it -- silver-colored SL (available with either the V8 or the V12 engine) garnished both inside and out with polished aluminum trim.

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Talk About The 2002 SL-Class

2002 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Discussions See all Started By

svinaik
svinaik
08-18-2001
Anyone booked the 2002. What's the best price anyone has been able to get, particularly in NJ. After skipping ML for the past 4 years, I have to admit that with 2002, it does become a great value for?...


sdautoreview
sdautoreview
09-01-2003
that will not go obsolete. Take for example the SL-Class they started selling that Body style in 1989 and just stopped in 2002. Now look at that 13 years and they still sold like crazy. Ten years fro...


shoes
shoes
06-04-2002
The more time I spend with this car, the more I like it. I cannot think of a car that drives or handles better in the sense that it is both plush and comfortable and stable at the same time....



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