2004 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Consumer Review: First SL

2004 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible - Consumer Review

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2004 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL500 2dr Convertible (5.0L 8cyl 7A)


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.

Best Features

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.

Worst Features

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!
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