2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Review | Edmunds.com
 

2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

   
 
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 302 hp @ 5600 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 14/20 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation Yes
  • Heated Seats Yes
 

Review of the 2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

  • The most technologically advanced two-seater currently sold (despite its navigation system).

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Seductive style, retractable hardtop, commendable performance, ride and handling.

  • Cons

    Heavy for a "sports car," limited cargo capacity, nav system is old-tech CD-ROM format.

  • What's New for 2003

    Everything. A new SL debuts to replace the previous version, which dated back to 1990.

 
What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (104 total reviews)

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

Electrical gremlins abound

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Vehicle: 2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL55 AMG 2dr Convertible (5.5L 8cyl S/C 5A)

Car has left me stranded and in need of towing 5 times now in 3 years. It has so many electrical problems that no one can figure out, the last time I took it to the dealer for the same thing and spent $3,000 with no real fix. Looks good, is very fast but too heavy to be a real sports car, it drinks gas, and is very unreliable and expensive to own. Another thumbs down for Mercedes' recent product offerings, do you research and you'll find many reports of their shoddy quality in their modern cars.



2 of 4 people found this review helpful

Amazing to drive & horrific

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Vehicle: 2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL55 AMG 2dr Convertible (5.5L 8cyl S/C 5A)

I have owned over twenty Mercedes and this has been the most exciting to drive and yet the worst for reliability. The quality of the cabin components are cheap and tacky and a disgrace to the badge and the electronics are a complete nightmare. I cannot trust any of the onboard warning systems and my repair bills to try and get them sorted is like paying off the national debt. The depreciation on this vehicle has been alarming and I am so disappointed that this will probably be the last Mercedes Benz I will purchase.




Never had better....but

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Vehicle: 2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL55 AMG 2dr Convertible (5.5L 8cyl S/C 5A)

I have had many cars but this car has to be the best all around car ever.It is the ultimate GT car,sports,coupe convertible,luxury and hot rod.I don't believe there is a car in the world that works better in a combined package.I can't wait to get my four year old 2009 SL65 at a $100,000.00 + discount. I'm pretty sure I got mine for about the cost of a new loaded mini van...



 
 
 
Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 14
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  • 20
  • highway
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Full 2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Review

What's New for 2003

Everything. A new SL debuts to replace the previous version, which dated back to 1990.

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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...