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2004 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL500 2dr Convertible (5.0L 8cyl 7A) SL500 2dr Convertible (5.0L 8cyl 7A)
I bought this 4 years old from mercedes dealer in reno. The car looks turn heads EVERYWHERE, Such a pleasure to drive, the 7 speed tranny shifts so smooth that its hard to tell how fast u are going because the power band is so smooth. The suspension creates such a smooth ride that you will notice how different it is then other cars. This has been my absolute fav car to drive, but what a nightmare to own. Battery in the trunk went and cost 300$ for new. you have to go to the dealer for everything because they need to reset the computer or else the car will constantly shut off as a gimmick to get you to the dealer. also suspension valve went and cost $3000 to fix, very common problem
better valves on the suspension, that hydraulic suspension makes the ride unbelieveabley smooth and nice, but the reliability of the system for maintancen is aweful, shame on mercedes for the crappy valves they used and for the extreme price their consumers have to pay to fix it, this is a very common problem in the SL and S class. beware
2004 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL500 2dr Convertible (5.0L 8cyl 7A) SL500 2dr Convertible (5.0L 8cyl 7A)
Beautiful car that gets a lot of looks. Fit and finish are right on par with what you would expect from a Mercedes. We have had many problems with the quality of this car: Broken interior panels, faulty anti-lock relay, faulty anti-lock brake pump, broken baffles inside gas tank (had to replace gas tank!). Now the ignition system has just failed. 53,250 miles, and many rented loaners. We are glad to have bought the extended warranty.
Navigation system! The cup holders need to be moved, they block the navigation-radio controls when they are used.
2004 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL500 2dr Convertible (5.0L 8cyl 7A) SL500 2dr Convertible (5.0L 8cyl 7A)
I purchased the SL500 from the original with 35k miles. I had a 1998 911 Porsche which I regret selling until I purchased this 2004 SL500. Reasons why: the hard top, the comfort, the sound system, and the look! I would not buy a new one, because of the minor changes, plus the money that I save. It's A great car to buy used because they are very reliable and lots of fun to drive. If you do buy an SL500 get an extended warranty because they become costly as they grow old!
The powerful engine, the handling, the look, and the reliability.
Trunk space is too small.
Great car. My first Mercedes and my first convertible. Great torque and handling. A real eye catcher. Have only had it for 2 weeks and have had multiple comments on its good looks.
Retractable hard top. Really cool and very minimal wind turbulence with top down.
Nav system is pitiful. Out dated and really clunky to use. Needs improvement ASAP.
I have thoroughly enjoyed this car. Have owned 3 BMWs and Alfa Romeo Spider, the last year in the US and on and on and there is nothing like the head turning luxury and performance that you find in this automobile. I am amazed every time some kid pulls up next to me on the highway in some souped up car at how much guts this car has on the open road. Sounds good, and I've literally gotten standing ovations when the top goes down in all its glory!
The top, performance
Little quicker off the line performance or 0-60
It's luxury, comfort and fun all in one car. It's a head turner and I get this all the time "nice car!"
Convertable top retracts so fast. The massaging and airconditioned seats are awsome. Talk about luxury!
Can't think of one.
Well, here we go. I bought my SL500 in March of '04 and immediately the top failed. It was recalled for brakes in June. Its transmission failed and had to be replaced in October. Rains came in November and the trunk/top leaked. The dealer assured me that this was an "isolated" incident. Unfortunately it happened to me. They had to replace the trunk hinges. I have never owned a car that had trunk hinges fail, have you? Also, its brakes are really wierd, no feel. I thought I was buying Germany's best, but alas I bought a Plymouth with a three pointed star on the hood. What a shame. That star use to mean something.
Styling. Interior design. Performance.
Take charge and become the auto manufacturer you once were. The car is so technologically advanced that unfortunately Murphy has fun with this one. I am very dissapointed with the quality of this car.
This is my 8th Mercedes and by far the most fun to drive. Not bad looking either!
ease of maneuvering, tight vehicle
After having owned 2 XKR's, I can say that the SL-class is a worthy adversary. Beauty (and brains) power this Mercedes machine! High-tech everything! VERY Comftorable! Fast! Fast! Fast!
In-Car Motorola V60, Voice Control, Sat Nav, TeleAid, Sound System! AND OF COURSE..... THE CONVERTIBLE Hard Top! Goes from Coupe to Roadster in 12 seconds flat!
DVD NAV!, Use More Wood and LESS PLASTIC for the cabin design!
i have owned so many cars and this car is by far the best car i have ever owned. awesome to drive the hard top is great and the confort is unbeleivable.
Hard top convertible, engine power, handling, and slick look.
Great fun, incredible pickup, beautiful lines. A dream of a car.
Speed of top going down and up.
An awesome machine. Had a 1998 SL500 and loved it. Amazing that Mercedes could improve on an almost perfect car.
Hard top folding into trunk and doing it in 18 seconds.
Comand system is awful. Mercedes should adopt the Lexus system.
Its the most exciting car I have ever driven. People frequently roll down their window at stop lights to ask me questions about the car. I'm always more interested in taking it out if the weather is good enough to put down the top. I haven't had this much driving fun since the week I first received my driver's license (and that was 41 years ago).
The top down and the power, which is even more fun with the 7 speed transmission.
The navigation system is more trouble than it is worth, although when I have used it, I have been impressed with the accuracy of the gps.
The AMG package makes this Benz a rocket. It is quiet and handles like a dream. This Benz is the best of the four that I have owned. Some quibble about limited trunk space. Name me a rocketship that does have a spacious trunk.
It goes like hell. And corners like the big dogs.
Air condition the seats...they are quite hot after sitting out in the sun for anytime at all.
Traded a 2003 430 CLK. Loved it but 500 SL is tops
Retractable Hard Top
The best car I have ever driven. It has everything for a fun exciting driving experience and all the luxury plus.
command center and auto hard top convertible
dvd based gps system
Excellent car in everyway. I have been driving Sls since 1975 and this surpasses them all by a lot. It is a great looking car and handles just as well.Only thing missing is a sunglass holder.
Looks and performance
Needs sunglass holder
the only problem I have found is with the breaks that they have promissed they will fix and the navigation needs improvement. But at least it works; unlike BMW 745 with a great NAV that does not work 1/2 the time.
hard top, sound, handling,
break, lumbar supprt button needs to be moved.
I love this car, but the drivers seatbelt starting acting up. I took it in three times in two weeks with a persistent and recurring problem. Anyone out there had a similar problem? How was it resolved? Anyone out there with similar experiences at Caliber? Could be the dealers service personnel not trained sufficiently to work on thee masterpieces.
Several minor irritations, like squeeky wheels (3 trips to fix that problem), a persistent seat belt (3 trips as of today) problem and at least 3 trips to the dealer to get anything fixed.
I am 6'6" tall and always wanted a convertible but could never fit. The SL 500 gives me plenty of room. It took a long time for dealers to realize that tall people love convertables, but it was worth the wait.
It is absolutely the best car I have ever owned and I've owned almost 60 cars. this is one that I will never get rid of. It's stying, handling and performance leaves all the other cars in the dust.
Love ALL the features.
You can't improve upon perfection.
I had a 1998 500 SL before this one. I was never crazy about that car. It was bulky and difficult to drive. This one is sleek, attractive and lots of fun to drive.
Hard top convertible
FUN TO DRIVE, RELIABLE, HANDLES WELL, GREAT LOOKS, EVERY CONVENIENCE-MUCH BETTER THAN PREVIOUS SL SERIES-SAFE, POWERFUL-FRANKLY, JUST A DREAM!
NAVIGATOR-BRAKES-CONVERTIBLE HARD TOP
Most responsive car I have ever driven. Acceleration is "seamless," with no hesitation at all. It corners like a race car. Taking curves is more fun than a straightaway.
Capability of going from hardtop to convertible in 16 seconds is amazing. It can be done at a red light. Everything on the car is automatic. All the driver has to do is start the engine and GO!
I cannot imagine what could be done to improve this car. I will keep mine forever.
I ordered this car after 9/11 and waited un til I did not have to pay a premium (actually received the car in 10/02). A squeek took a few visits to fix, but M-B did "everything" to take care of it. It is a dream to drive -- hard to believe it is so firm, even with the top down. Absolutely no cowl shake. A real looker.
Perfect fit. Style. Hard-top convertible.
Cannot safely use the cup holders on dash (coffee/soda will spill on car). The CD based navigation system is dated. I am looking at 2005 SL55 and SL600, for more power, even though SL500 has plenty.
Whats not to love about this rocket luxury car!
Hard Top to convertible in 15 seconds
Satelite radio and MP3 connection
Truly the best engineered car I have owned. It is my 4th SL. The convertible hard-top also has a glass panoramic roof. Highway mileage is nearly 23 miles per gallon at 8o mph. The ride firmness is adjustible for Sunday comfort or serious cornering. Very quiet with the top down, which is as often as possible
15 seconds from hard top to convertible. Superb sound system. Ventilated and massaging seats. Beautiful burl walnut wood accents. Plenty of power with good fuel economy.
Larger screen for navigation system
I bought this SL500 last summer and so far it has been a reliable, comfortable car that also handles like a Porsche. I am not too sure about the exterior styling. Some people mistake my car for an SLK which is a lot cheaper. I don't know about you, but I hate that! Otherwise, this is a wonderful sports car loaded with convenience features and Mercedes cachet.
I love the easy-to-use navigation system that talks to you and the ventilated seats.
I would change the styling so it would look more like an expensive roadster and I would put in larger cupholders. They dont hold a 32oz. coke.
AWESOME! IN EVERY WAY!
An incredible driving machine with superb mechanics. Unfortunately the electronics are sadly dated (10yrs??). Absolutely love driving the vehicle. Most fun in an automobile in years. Just wish Mercedes had looked at Japanese and/or American makes to see where todays electronics are. I have spent more time studying the manual than for all the many previous autos I have owned,combined! Why does setting radio presets have to be complicated?? Come on Mercedes make it a perfect auto with updated electronics.
The pure joy of driving the car. The very solid mechanics including the flawless opening and closing of the top.
UPDATE THE ELECTRONICS!!!
This car is a delight to drive, and a privilege to own. Superb handling, outstanding styling, and a mechancial marvel. I savor each and every driving experience. In short, this car is intoxicating.
All the gizmos are amazing, but the best feature of this car is the smile it brings to everyone who sees it!
No satellite radio, old school navigation system, and it needs a "beefed" up sound system to match the performance of the car.
perfect in every way
handling, styling and comfort
sun visors are less than the quality of the rest of the interior
After owning my SL500 for over a year, I am still thrilled everytime I climb in and drive away. Although I travel a lot for business and don't get to drive my car as much as many do, this car is still the consumate sports car and gets a second look from a lot of people. All in all, the best ride I've ever had.
The 2004 still has the CD version for the GPS system which needs to be updated.
This is my third SL-500, Customer service at my dealership is impeccable, the car itself is amazing. I love driving it. Is it expensive?... probably... am I worth it?....You bet! Will ever drive anything else?...NEVER!
Of course, the hard top convertible is great. The interior is beautiful and I like not having to go in the trunk to change cd's.
I am somewhat disappointed in the navigation system. The multiple cd gps is annoying. We travel to and from Florida and have to continue to change discs. One cannot set a destination until the last disc is installed. Other cars, including Lexus has a one disc system.
This car is so responsive. I just love the tiger in the engine. Might I add, fun to drive. A real looker.
The convertible top.
Great trunk room for a hardtop convertible. While great interior room, week thigh support. Great balance of sport and luxury ..... GT touring. Need DVD based GPS. Good road to steering wheel marriage.
Tightness and heaviness of ride. Exclusivity, practical trunk with the top down. Can play golf or go away with the wife for a weekend with the top down and no special packing arrangements.
DVD based GPS.
Every red blooded American male dreams about owning a car like this. It is sexy, stylish and extremely powerful. I have the limited edition Designo sports model. It turns heads and stops traffic where ever I go. It doesn't get any better than this.
Flawless performance. Beautiful styling in and out. It looks exactly the way it performs. Responds instantly to accelerator. Can easily get ahead of other vehicles and into clear road ahead. Handling is superb. Does not lean or sway. Beautifully takes curves with ease. Quintessential sports car. Wish it had more cabin storage, and that it had a better gas mileage.
Body styling. Acceleration. Sports handling, especially around curves.
More cabin storage. Better gas mileage but not at the expense of performance.
this car is the best car i have ever known.. performance, looks, styling, technology and handling...its the best... period
looks and styling
none its perfect
I LOVE THIS CAR. I HATE THIS CAR. EVERYTHING IS GREAT EXCEPT BUILD QUALITY AND RELIABILITY. DEALER REPLACED TRANSMISSION AT 1,300 MILES. BRAKES (Sensotronic) STILL DON'T WORK CORRECTLY. DEALER SERVICE IS APPALING. M/B CUSTOMER SERVICE (Montvale, NJ) IS RUDE AND UNHELPFUL. TRYING TO INVOKE MY RIGHTS UNDER NYS LEMON LAW SEEMS FUTILE. MY 4th M/B SL AND MY LAST.
STYLING, HANDLING, FEATURES, STATUS, EYE-CANDY ALL SUPERIOR. SOUND SYSTEM AND GPS SECOND-TO-NONE. CONVERTIBLE TOP IS MAGIC IN MOTION.
MANY PEOPLE SAY THAT M/B HAS HAD SEVERE SLIPPAGE IN QUALITY. I MUST AGREE. THE MAJOR SYSTEMS FAILURES IN A VEHICLE OF THIS CALIBER AND PRICE ARE SIMPLY UNACCEPTABLE.
This is a great car. It has meet all of my expectations and is a fine companion to my other Benz, an S500.
fun to drive. It is mercedes...
I love the ride. The car gets so much attention from other drivers, so be warned this car is a head turner! The engine is amazing when put into manual. Love it!
Mercedes really needs to improve the navigation. The navi would be better off touch screen, larger screen, and should able to show the names of the streets around the car, which it does not.
I have been waiting for this car since I was a boy, when I first saw the 300SL in Cleveland. Everything done well, but I would improve the quality of the interior a wee bit. I know one must consider damage by climatic elements in a convertible, but if the leather shows too much wear, one can always replace it.
Best looking roadster since the 1954 300SL
Improve quality of the sunvisors. Make gas cap in plastic so it won't damage the paint. Go to DVD navigational system.
fun to drive, pleasure to own, wonderfully built car, pleasant dealship people and just an all around great convertible as long as you can afford it
my keys and a curvey roda
nothing great car
I have the SL55 AMG and it performs above expectations. Seating is comfortable I just finished a trip from Florida to New York and both my wife & I enjoyed every mile. The highway patrol also enjoyed it I was stopped in almost every state!
more stoeage space
As a previous BMW owner I only abandoned the brand when their styling went its current direction. I'm so glad I did. My SL 500 is simply the best car I have ever owned or driven. There is nothing about it I would change. It's a perfect car.
hardtop convertible operation total attention to detail interior quality styling
make the Xenon headlights standard, no SL should be without them. Though the optional windscreen is hardly ever necessary, having it as a separate item is not in fitting witht he vehicle. Somehow it should be a powered device integrated into the car.
Really like the car. I had two SLK's and one c320, but this is the best of the bunch
Love the keyless ignition.
Improve the computer window colors so that they are easier to read in sunlight. More like in the C class cars
I have owned several Porsches, including the twin turbo and a race car. The comparison is simple: The SL500 is a masterpiece in design and performance. It puts out every one of the 300+ horses, on demand, with elegance and style. The only problem I have had has been the roof noise, which Mercedes claims to have figured out, but I am still taking it in for lub jobs. Thank god for the loaners! Niko
Sunroof and its quick functioning, seats multi-function, navigator, car- elevation button which saves the front scraping, and the LQQks from the ladies:)
Need to figure out the roof's noises; I need to have the car in for contact point lubrication almost every six months!
This car is an absolute dream to drive but the quality of the interior is not what a 100K should be. Very cheap feel wnd sounding. Ride is MUCH noisier than I thought it should be. Gas milage @15mi/gal around town. New back body design makes it look like a cheap car and not identifiable as an expensive Mercedes SL. Although I always buy SL Mercedes, this will be my last unless they make the car LOOK like 100K
The choice to change suspension for the road, retractable top, automatic everything possible, the car almost drives itself and "reads" the outside ( lights,windshield wipers).
see Review--- also do something about big blind spot behind passenger seat and make wind protector lighter so traffic can be seen in rearview mirror.
This is my second SL in 7 years and boy have they changed. The car is absolutely gorgeous and has all of the key luxury items that one would want. Aside from the sports package add on I did no options. Still the features, comfort, and styling are overwhelming. It's an excellent and awesome car.
The GPS system and the retractable roof. No more removing the hard top each year for the canvas. One button and the top folds in the most elegant manner. The GPS feature is awesome. It's amazing how well it works.
The trunk space is still ridiculous. It's better than my old 1996 model as I'm able to store at least one big piece of luggage. Aside from that it's very limited. The fuel mileage also needs to be addressed.
This Mercedes is the best that we have owned yet! Very sporty and moves like the wind - performs like a beautiful machine. The service we receive is awesome.
The look - it is new this year - and the hardtop that disappears in 16 seconds!
Bigger trunk space - enough for two sets of golf clubs.
the car is great
The hard top that goes down and the panorama roof
The car should have more horsepowers.
The 2004 that I recently purchased is the 6th SL that I've owned.. I love it!
Definitely needs the sound system that the SC430 Lexus has.. Mercedes is lacking in that department!
Our third SL (1991 and 1999) - almost every feature has been imprcved - most notable improvements are ride, noise.handling and styling - Very pleased with this car.
None of any consequence
i love this car it is fun and looks great. we are so impressed with the model. our friends who have seen the car feel in love with it also!
I love the panaramic roof, front headlights and rear lights also
none thats we can think of! we are in love with the car!
I traded my 2003 SL500 for a 2004. Both handled as well as anyone could want but the 2004 with the seven speed automatic is even more fun to drive. It is like getting 50 extra horsepower haveing the extra gears. Everything works perfectly and neither car has been in the shop for any repairs.
The seven speed transmission is great. The hard top is flawless and fast going up and down.
The Navigation system is fine in large cities, but once out of town, it doesn't show all the country roads or the streets of smaller cities. It is nearly useless out of big cities.
I first drove the 03 model in Vegas through an excellent package from the Ritz -Carlton & MBUSA, for an additional $30 from your room - club level- you get to pick a Benz to drive! I fell in love with this car, I had owned 2 previous generations of SL' an 81 and a 71. This baby is built solid, The new 04 comes with a 7 speed gear box and standard 18" wheels. Dont spend the extra 5100 for sports pack, you wont know the difference.
It has to be the retractable hard top and the key-less go
This in the fourth MB SL that I have owned and it is the best. Fast Luxurious and Stunning. On the highway it drives like a race car with the comfort and manneres of a two swated Limo.
Top, Top and Top
get rid of the Cds for the GPS and put in a nation wide or worldwide hard drive, also update map info.
car is amazing. it is fast yet rides wonderfully.it handles excellently.i have driven it to and from north ca rolina. it is comfortable and you can't keep the speed down.it wants to go.with the top up it is very quiet.with the top down it is outright awsome.i have had 5 sl's including a 1990 when the new model came out. that was good but this is great.
retractable top.lift up trunk storage compartment which is automatic.the ride is great and this car is quick.
gps system needs too many disc's. 10 for north america. you can't go to nc.,without changing the disc 3 times.
A PURE PLEASURE TO OWN,BUT APPEARS LITTLE SLOWER THAN MUSTANG ABOVE 60, WHEN RACING,LIMITED RPM CONTROL, EVEN WITH DUAL TRANSMISSION
Great car. Would own two so we don't have to share. Car was delivered 7/02 and we have had no problems. Best decision I've ever made. Love the Aegean Blue color. There is plenty of truck space - Two sets of clubs, four pairs of golf shoes, a suit bag and a duffle bag - AND put the top down! Who says there is not enough truck space. Also purchased the SL suit case that fits on the back shelf with its own seat belts. Looks fast standing still! Handles great at 130.
This car is quite, fast and is a head turner. 23 mpg from LA to SF w/ average speed of 85 mpg. Love the hard top and the color.
None - Maybe a more modern navigation.
We have had SL's before and this is by far the best ever. A joy to drive!
power hard top
Increased hip width.
So far so good. Very tight and fun road car. The price paid for safety and features(top,roll bar,..) is its' noticeable weight. ABC suspension and smooth and powerful engine compensate darn well. Quite an engineering masterpiece.
Retractable top, comfortable seats, solid build, quiet but with good handling all topped off with numerous safety features.
Improve the brake feel. Some curious noises as well on slow stop/starts. DVD nav would be welcome.
I have always had a convertible since living in South Florida. This is the best car on the road by far.
glass retractable hard top
steering column and seat should move back automatically when getting into car since it is so compact.
Silver with the panoramic roof is the way to go for this attention getter.
Hard top covertible. Staff size golf bag fits in the trunk space with the top down.
Sport Package wheels look aweful. Bring back the AMG wheels for the Sport Package.
I LOVE MY CAR BUT I WISH I INTERIOR WAS A LITTLE MORE DIFFERENT THEN OTHER MERCEDES AND SOME SPORTY EFFECT ON THE EXTERIOR
THE RETRACTABLE ROOF
INTERIOR INDIVIDUALITY (OR SPORTY) AND EXTERIOR SPORTY EFFECTS
This is a great car that is just as quiet as any hardtop when the top is up and wonderful with the top down. The electronics are a little over the top and the car should be about $15K less however then more people would have them.
Hard top, sound system and the MB badge
Lower the price of the SL55 by $20K
This is the car of my dreams. Purchased it in September - it has been a blast to drive. Everything has worked great - no problems. The engineering is awesome!
this car is a great car to drive
the top being able to go down
I have wanted to buy a SL500 for a few years and when I saw the redesigned version I did so. Absolutely the best car I have ever owned.
The exterior styling and the retractable hard top.
In dash 6 CD player and DVD based navigation system. Also, satellite radio.
FUN TO DRIVE-A TAMED WILD ANIMAL
RETRACTABLE TOP-HUGGY SEATS-COMFORT CONTROL-CD-FORWARD THRUST
FUN AND VERY BEAUTIFUL CAR TO HAVE
I have always been a diehard beamer. But we decided to splurge when the exact color combo I wanted arrived on the lot. Drives like a dream. Of course, not enough room for all my shopping bags!
I waited and waited for my Red 2003 Sl500 to come in. The car had problems for the beginning....from break problems, knocking noises, radio going off, roof noise bulbs going out...should i go on? The last time it was in for service...the dealership got into an accident with it. I have not seen the car for 2 months b/c they are still working on it. They just want to fix it and give it back!! I wish I sent my $104,000 on something else. Do yourself a favor buy a Corvette and pocket the money you save...best bang for the buck and headache free! If you do decide to buy one GOOD LUCK!
302 HP....IT IS A DOG! ITS NOT A SPORTS CAR....NO KICK!
This car has it all! Having driven BMW's for many years and being TOTALLY turned off by the new "edgy" Bimmer styling, I decided to go with a Benz to replace my 2000 BMW 540i Sports Sedan. The SL 500 handles better than the 540, is faster and looks BEAUTIFUL from any angle. The interior is also well designed, is comforatble and looks great! It is expensive @ $95,000 but the SL's are legendary and this car will contribute to the 50 year SL legacy.
Styling, build quality, handling, ample power, exhaust note and fantastic stereo.
1. The engine temp gauge reads in degrees Centegrade, the outside temp and climate control in degrees Fahranheit. U.S. cars should be 100% consistent by reading all temperature functions in degrees F.
just when you think a car cant be outdone, Mercedes out did themself from the keyless go (optional) to the hard top glass covertable the performance and design of this car is perfect. Although the trunk space is minimal,everything else is perfect. If you can afford it, its a must have
keyless go,electric hard top operated from outside the car with key,glass roof, and gps system
i cant imagine what can be done to improve this car its perfect. i cant wait to see what they come up with in 10 or so years with the next generation sl
this is a fun car to drive.everywhere you travel someone will ask you questions about your car.my vehicle has the amg package, to me that makes it look just a little nicer.if you got the money,this is the sport car for you.
the way the hard top goes up and down
offer onstar in the place of tel-aid,i own another vehicle with onstar and i like the service a little better
great looking car -steers and handle excellent- plenty of power retractable top works like a dream
retractable top--keyless ignition
Bougth it love it and plan on keeping it
Cadillac's XLR has a lot of improving to do before it ever meets the safety, handling and performance of the Mercedes-Benz SL500. Cadillac can put all the horse power they want into the XLR, but it will never be the car the SL500 is. I applaud Cadillac for challenging the niche market the SL500 dominates.
Hard top convertible and the fact that the hard top convertible features are covered underthe manufacturers warranty.
The 2004 AMG Sport Package wheels aren't as appealing as in previous years.
Modern look with classy lines. This 50th anniversary edition is true to the 1954 300SL in looks but a little light on performance. This car should be faster. Also, light knocking on acceleration is annoying. New 7 speed transmission is very smooth. Handling with 18 inch wheels is superb. Steering is a bit heavy at slow speeds and you can tell this is a heavy car. But at highway speeds, it's a dream. If you have the money, this is the hardtop convertible to get.
The convertible hardtop is my favorite feature. Second, Keyless Go. Third, the panorama sunroof - what a combination with the convertible top! And last but not least is the styling and stance - the most reminiscent generation of the beloved 300SL.
The engine - 5.0 liters today should crank out more horses and be more fuel efficient. The brakes - great idea but still needs tweaking to get to a smooth stop. DVD-based nav system and an in-dash 6 CD changer to keep up with the Joneses. Merry Christmas!
Awesome car w/ great performance and luxury of a Benz.
MY 2004 SL500 IS A WONDERFUL AUTOMOBILE BUT PRICED 30% HIGH. THIS IS NUMBER 7 SINCE 2000 AND I'VE LOST MONEY ON ALL 7. HOW ABOUT GETTING A LITTLE HELP FROM THE DEALER.
ITS GREAT--JUST OVERPRICED!
I just bought the new 2004 SL after having previosly owned an SL back in 1993. I am very impressed with this car's handling. I have driven the BMW from sports car to 2002 745i and believe it or not this SL handles nicer than any BMW I've ever driven. It is solid, quiet, stunningly powerful and fun! I got the sport package which I highly recommend. The controls are easy compared to BMW's "I"-drive.Add up all the add ons and your talking an easy $100,000, but i think this one is worth every penny.
DVD Navigation, hardtop convertable (quiet), clean, exillerating power.
Needs front CD changer