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2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible

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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.

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.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


1 of 1 people found this review helpful

It's all about appearances.

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Vehicle: 2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL500 2dr Convertible (5.0L 8cyl 5A)

This is the most beautiful car I have owned...really turns heads. Interior would score equally high but for the use of too much hard, cheap plastic. Handling and power are just okay, hampered by the excessive weight of the car. Problem is, such a striking exterior design and the high price raise expectations of super performance and quality materials. Not the case. Leather is cracking and discoloring. Paint seems thin; chips easily Also, lots of noise coming from under the car, like gears whining, bearings grinding, yet everything is okay. Noise level is unacceptable in car of this rank. Dealer service has been great, but parts are ridiculously expensive. Not a great drive.




Red

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Vehicle: 2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL500 2dr Convertible (5.0L 8cyl 5A)

This is my 7th red SL in 25 years, so I'm pretty well pre-sold. I really loved my '97 SL500, but the 2003 is really a joy, and no more messing with the tops. On a 50+ mile trip at 65MPH it clocks better than 24MPG, goes to 15-17MPG when "romping" on it, but hey, that's why we buy red sports cars, isn't it? The CD-based NAVI stinks compared to my 2007 ML AMG, but you can't get lost in an SL anyway. As always, gets lots of eyeball, and is fun to drive! I've also owned Porches and Jags, but like the SL best. Worth every penny!




Great car lotsa fun

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Vehicle: 2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL500 2dr Convertible (5.0L 8cyl 5A)

This is a an exeptional vehicle, hardtop convertible roadster. This is my second one with AMG package on it just not supercharged. I highly recomend this car to every one




Stay away!

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Vehicle: 2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL500 2dr Convertible (5.0L 8cyl 5A)

As a starter the value of that car is dropping like a rock in a lake with no bottom. The real trade in value is between $25000.00 and $31000.00 at best. I was lucky to buy it with a POC on it otherwise I would have left my wallet at the dealer. Lots of squeaking and annoying noise coming from the chassis. Lots of problem with the electronic, seat wont recline and suddenly they do, the lighting. The air ride suspension is nice but unreliable and can collapse at any time. They had to replace the whole rear end at 48000 miles. Please stay away from Mercedes benz and leave MB where they deserve to be, in bankruptcy.




Excellent car!

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Vehicle: 2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL500 2dr Convertible (5.0L 8cyl 5A)

I drove the Lexus convertable and fell in lust. But not until I drove the 2003 MB 500 SL that I fell in love! Great steering radius and serious power and performance. MB is back!



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

My retirement gift

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Vehicle: 2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL500 2dr Convertible (5.0L 8cyl 5A)

I could not be happier with the purchase of my 2003 500SL. Its performance, luxury appointments, and over all wow factor is amazing. I never thought that a retired school teacher would be fortunate enough to own a car of this quality.



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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...



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