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This would be the best car if it was more reliable
53 of 71 people found this review helpful
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By sir_turtle
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2004 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL500 2dr Convertible (5.0L 8cyl 7A)


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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


Worst Features

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


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Premium Price -Poor Quality?
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Beautiful, Quality
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2004 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL500 2dr Convertible (5.0L 8cyl 7A)


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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.


Best Features

Styling, performance.


Worst Features

Navigation system! The cup holders need to be moved, they block the navigation-radio controls when they are used.


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Extremely Happy
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Armando
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2004 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL500 2dr Convertible (5.0L 8cyl 7A)


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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!


Best Features

The powerful engine, the handling, the look, and the reliability.


Worst Features

Trunk space is too small.


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New to the fold
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Happy in Alpharetta
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2004 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL500 2dr Convertible (5.0L 8cyl 7A)


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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.


Best Features

Retractable hard top. Really cool and very minimal wind turbulence with top down.


Worst Features

Nav system is pitiful. Out dated and really clunky to use. Needs improvement ASAP.


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Best Car I've Ever Owned
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Mike Caron
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2004 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL500 2dr Convertible (5.0L 8cyl 7A)


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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!


Best Features

The top, performance


Worst Features

Little quicker off the line performance or 0-60


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