1998 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Consumer Review: Great value - near prefect spo

1998 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class - Consumer Review

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Great value - near prefect sports car
By AWR on


1998 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL500 SL1 Sport 2dr Convertible


I was driving an E420 and felt it a
bit lacking in, well, fun! My search
included Porsches and Vettes but I
decided on an SL class. New body style
hit the market and these started to
fall within reach of a whole new
buyer's market. I sugest buying on
condition rather than mileage. High
miles just means you'll pay less not
that you'll get less car. Repairs can
be costly as with any high-end
automobile. Hardtop starage is a
problem for those with limited space
i.e. apartment/condo dwellers. In
Chicago, its off by tax day and on by
halloween so you'll be storing it half
the year. AMG Sorts package is the
best value.

Best Features

Droptop, well controlled accessible power. Top end that (when chipped) exceeds 170mph Had mine up to 150 (on closed track)when it kicked into 5th. It quickly went to 155 and stayed there due to limitations of stock chip. Don't you just love fresh blacktopped straightaways.

Worst Features

A few items seem cheaply made in the interior. Plastics fail. Especially the clip tabs on lights and access panels. power but the speakers could use an upgrade from stock. Using glass instead of plactic in the soft top would be nice. The rest of the car is
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