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Very Disappointing
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By Franklin
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2006 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL500 2dr Convertible (5.0L 8cyl 7A)


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Although I love the looks of the car both inside and out, it lacks many things. The handling and horsepower to weight ratio are disappointing. My Corvette Z06 will run circles around this car. Many of the controls are hard to use and antiquated. A true sport car should have full instrumentation, not idiot lights. It also has very high maintenance costs and small petty things that make it a regular at the service department. You would think Mercedes could afford to include maintenance costs for what you pay. They also lose half their value in just a few years, so that is another thing for some to consider. It is a pleasant enough Sunday cruiser but for the money it is very disappointing.


Favorite Features

Styling, fit and finish.


Suggested Improvements

Modernize controls,navigation& radio to 21st century and make more user friendly. Full instrumentation, better tilt and telescoping wheel. Better/more seat adjustment. Make more reliable and less heavy feeling handling. Include maintenance.


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Wish I Hadn't Leased It!
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By josephus
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2006 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL500 2dr Convertible (5.0L 8cyl 7A)


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Great car! Comfortable, smooth, quick and gorgeous. Prior MB was an AMG SLK. Faster than the SL but not nearly as comfortable or luxurious. We leased the SL and wish we'd bought it. The 39 month lease is up this year and the purchase option is outrageous. Don't like the looks of the '09 nearly as well as the '03 through the '08. About the only thing we don't like (other than a very poor radio and non-intuitive controls) is the cost of routine maintenance. For the price of this car MB should include routine maintenance as BMW/Audi do. We're hoping the '10 model returns to the more classic style of the '03-'08. If so, we'll buy one this time.


Favorite Features

Looks, performance, comfort and, of course, the retractable hardtop.


Suggested Improvements

Include routine maintenance cost in the purchase price of the vehicle. Improve the radio. (The Bose system in this car is an embarrassment). Copy the Lexus in terms of intuitiveness of the various controls. We've had the car for over 3 years and still have trouble trying to use them.


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It's not inexpensive but it's very nice
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Charles D.Harris
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2006 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL500 2dr Convertible (5.0L 8cyl 7A)


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I wanted an SL when they changed the body-style in '03. This has that classic design and style. You can't help but admire it and there are no shortages of folks who tell you that!


Favorite Features

The hardtop is the best feature with this car. The AMG package adds a nice touch.


Suggested Improvements

A price reduction would be nice. My list price was $101k and even with a great deal; I still paid $84k. One can purchase many sport cars for a whole lot less.


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Fun in the Sun
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By Robert Chiu
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2006 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL55 AMG 2dr Convertible (5.4L 8cyl S/C 5A)


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This car is an absolute joy to drive. It's like having 3 cars in one...luxury, sports, and convertible. I couldn't ask for a car that is capable in all 3 areas.


Favorite Features

Intoxicating exhaust note, tree-stump pulling torque, quiet and smooth ride.


Suggested Improvements

Car has many complex systems that can easily malfunction. Eliminate nav system...totally worthless to me. Reduce weight of car by eliminating some of the complex systems like the ABC (a source of many problems), aluminum hood, roof and trunk lid.


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Performance, Luxury, Muscle Car all in one
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By Jim
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2006 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL55 AMG 2dr Convertible (5.4L 8cyl S/C 5A)


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My SL55 has been the car I always wanted. It outperforms the 2 year old Porshe I turned, in all catagories. It is faster, corners better and much more comfortable. The hard top convertible gives you a quiet ride when up.I have had a few minor electronic problems that were fixed quickly I have the SL 65 sport package on mine. It is the same car as an SL65 without the extra 800 pounds in the motor and only 111 less H.P. This is the best production sports,luxury,Muscle car on the road. The downside, They charge you for all 3 cars.It beats almost everything. If you can afford a $145,000 car, This is the best car on the road.


Favorite Features

Pick-up, cornering, comfort, SL65 package really changes the car. Braking and quick moves on the road at high speeds is amazing. Keyless Go. Leave the key in your pocket and it opens the door and starts the car. The workmanship is amazing.


Suggested Improvements

The command center needs changes. Ths aftermarket GPS in my other car is a lot better. The GPS entry is tedious and chooses bad routes sometimes. But it wil get you there. The trunk is very small. Have seperate keys for drivers so that all of the interior changes adjust by who is walking up.


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A great step up
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By john
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2006 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL65 AMG 2dr Convertible (6.0L 12cyl Turbo 5A)


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I held off on all Mercedes until I saw the 2003 SL500, which I bought and enjoyed immensely. My only complaint was that I felt that for this level of car, and for it's weight, it was a little underpowered. I test drove the new SL550, which substantially improved the engine power problem with the improved torque and horsepower. I had the opportunity, however, to purchase a new 2006 SL65, and the difference is again night and day. I love the instant power without any significant turbo lag, and yet the elegant and sophisticated luxury package in which this beast is housed. Though much more subtle in appearance than some comparables, the car demands one's attention. Performance is superb.


Favorite Features

Design. Hard top convertible feature is the finest. The power of the twin turbos, coupled with the huge ceramic brakes as well as the driving control systems gives excellent stability to this thoroughbred power plant.


Suggested Improvements

My only thought for improvement would be more advanced electronic communication immediately available, that is, Voice control standard, and Bluetooth and compatibility with the majority of cell phones readily available.


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Fun in Chicago
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By liuhopafa
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2006 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL65 AMG 2dr Convertible (6.0L 12cyl Turbo 5A)


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Great riding car. Extremely quiet and yet fast as hell. Best on the open road. However, for slower driving the SL55 was more fun to drive in city traffic.


Favorite Features

The car is extremely fast while being so quiet.


Suggested Improvements

Still too much plastic


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SL600 - Yes!
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By JohnS
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2006 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL600 2dr Convertible (5.5L 12cyl Turbo 5A)


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Fun, fun, fun to drive. Good handling, nice looking. it gets lots of looks. A true, comfortable, sports car.


Favorite Features

12 cylinder, smooth transmisson. Very nice touch-tronic transmission. Excellent riding.


Suggested Improvements

Easier to use navigation. Who can figure it out?. Electronic folding outside mirrors. Easier to see back-up indicator. Better electronics in general.


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Yea, it is fun
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By bill ihle
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2006 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL500 2dr Convertible (5.0L 8cyl 7A)


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This is my third SL. Yes, they are fun, and expensive. I like the retractable roof. So much better than lifting the other hard tops off. After spending nearly $90K for this car to have me pay for regular maintance is a joke. Really irks me and thus this will probably be last Benz.


Favorite Features

Exterior, the roof is great. Sound system is good.


Suggested Improvements

Well the trunk, we can start there. The pay for your own maintance plan is really poor and reason enough not to buy this car.


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Adds zest to my commute
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By Don
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2006 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL55 AMG 2dr Convertible (5.4L 8cyl S/C 5A)


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The SL55 puts track performance and handing capabilities into a comfortable street legal vehicle. That would be difficult to improve upon. I have owned other more exotic sports cars, some at twice the price, and the SL55 is the best to date. Anyone considering the SL65 should go to the SL55 instead. The added 800 pounds up front in the SL65 has a huge negative impact on handing, which is why the SL55 consistently beats on US and European tracks.


Favorite Features

Handling. Tight turns are a joy to take at high speed. It outperforms Ferrari and Porsche in the slalom.


Suggested Improvements

None


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