I ordered this car after 9/11 and
waited un til I did not have to pay a
premium (actually received the car in
10/02). A squeek took a few visits to
fix, but M-B did "everything" to take
care of it. It is a dream to drive --
hard to believe it is so firm, even
with the top down. Absolutely no cowl
shake. A real looker.
Perfect fit. Style. Hard-top
Cannot safely use the cup holders on
dash (coffee/soda will spill on car).
The CD based navigation system is
dated. I am looking at 2005 SL55 and
SL600, for more power, even though
SL500 has plenty.
Truly the best engineered car I have
owned. It is my 4th SL. The
convertible hard-top also has a glass
panoramic roof. Highway mileage is
nearly 23 miles per gallon at 8o mph.
The ride firmness is adjustible for
Sunday comfort or serious cornering.
Very quiet with the top down, which is
as often as possible
15 seconds from hard top to
convertible. Superb sound system.
Ventilated and massaging seats.
Beautiful burl walnut wood accents.
Plenty of power with good fuel economy.
I bought this SL500 last summer and so
far it has been a reliable, comfortable
car that also handles like a Porsche. I
am not too sure about the exterior
styling. Some people mistake my car for
an SLK which is a lot cheaper. I don't
know about you, but I hate that!
Otherwise, this is a wonderful sports
car loaded with convenience features
and Mercedes cachet.
I love the easy-to-use navigation
system that talks to you and the
I would change the styling so it would
look more like an expensive roadster
and I would put in larger cupholders.
They dont hold a 32oz. coke.
An incredible driving machine with
superb mechanics. Unfortunately the
electronics are sadly dated (10yrs??).
Absolutely love driving the vehicle.
Most fun in an automobile in years.
Just wish Mercedes had looked at
Japanese and/or American makes to see
where todays electronics are. I have
spent more time studying the manual
than for all the many previous autos I
have owned,combined! Why does setting
radio presets have to be complicated??
Come on Mercedes make it a perfect auto
with updated electronics.
The pure joy of driving the car. The
very solid mechanics including the
flawless opening and closing of the top.