1997 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Consumer Review: 1997 Mercedes SL500 with 38,00

1997 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class - Consumer Review

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SL500 SL1 Sport Convertible (5.0L V8 5-speed Automatic)

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17 of 27 people found this review helpful
1997 Mercedes SL500 with 38,000 miles on
By Robert T on


1997 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL500 SL1 Sport 2dr Convertible


This car is solidly built, handles extremely well, and is a pleasure to drive. The design is one of understated elegance. Mine has very low mileage for its age and all original paint with no mechanical problems. These are a bargain if you get one without issues as new they cost $89,000 w/o options. The r129 type from the pre-Chrysler era is desirable. The mileage is what one ought to expect from a two ton car driven with a big V-8; if you are having this much fun is has to cost a little money! Skip the non-factory wheels as they really do nothing for day-to-day performance.

Best Features

Performance and design; safety.

Worst Features

Really can't think of anything lacking although newer models probably have some extra bells and whistles. The retractable top on the newer ones is a plus for convenience but I like the traditional hard top (which you will hardly ever use.
Recommend (17) (10)

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