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Beautiful car flawed by engine noise
By JohnDP on
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2005 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL500 2dr Convertible (5.0L 8cyl 7A)
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Probably the best-looking car Mercedes has ever made. The retractable hardtop is fabulous and should be copied by all convertible car makers. It is however seriously marred by two major flaws. The engine pings as if it is running on low-octane gas all the time. (I use 91 ). Going uphill with a passenger it sounds like diesel sometimes. For a car this expensive, it ought to run much smoother than that. Spoils the otherwise perfect ride. Mercedes tells me they all do it, its not a repairable item. Also, the controls are very badly designed. You better keep the manual with you at all times or be a computer engineer.
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Styling, handling, roof
Suggested Improvements
Fix the engine noise. Redesign the controls.
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