1996 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Consumer Review: Great Sports Convertible

1996 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class - Consumer Review

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SL500 Convertible (5.0L V8 5-speed Automatic)

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4 of 6 people found this review helpful
Great Sports Convertible
By Hesam on


1996 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL500 2dr Convertible


This is my 8th Mercedes, including 3 turbo-diesels, and 4 gas-sedans. The build quality is excellent. The ride is somewhat firm but it sticks to the ground and handles turns easily. It quietly reaches 100+mph and there's no wind-noise. The top and rollbar operates with 1 button. The auto-pullup windows are kind of awkward. The break- pedal travels toofar before stopping making easy stops difficult until you get used to the car. It can use a backseat and a larger trunk. The gas mileage is around 16 in city and 22 on freeway, as high as 26 on straight freeway. Car is a bit too heavy at 4170 pounds which affects it's acceleration. 6.3Sec 0-60 is a bit slow for a 315HP $90,000car. Parts overpriced

Best Features

Easy-operation tops. Small sporty body. CD-changer. Power seats. Rollbar. Side airbags, 5-speed automatic. Free Mercedes roadside assistance.

Worst Features

Shorten brake-pedal travel. Wider driver seat. Backseat. Fold-in hardtop instead of 2 tops. Bigger trunk. Smoother transmission. Cold-air induction filter system. Lower gear ratio in first. Make gear-shift lock while driving so it wouldn't accidentally shift to reverse while driving. Better gas mileage.
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