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Mercedes-Benz SL and SLK (all models)



  • bentgtguybentgtguy Posts: 1
    dshmidt, there's a definitely noticeable difference between SL 500 and SL 600 in terms of power, speed and luxury. 500 is very nice and has good power. 600 is very luxurious and is ridiculously fast. You can really tell the difference between a 302hp, 332lb torque V-8 and a 493hp, 590lb torque V-12. The latter has trememdous acceleration without the noise of an SL55.
    Merc, I mean I like horsepower and torque as much as the next guy but SL65 is where I have to draw the line. Yeah, I can see myself paying 30-50k more for a 600 vs 500 cuz you get more in terms of power and luxury but come on, no amateur can really drive the 65 with any appreciable difference than the 600. I had 2002 Carrera Turbo with 415hp, 415lb and I doubt that I even got remotely close to testing the limits of that car. I find it hard to spend 60k more than a 600 for extra acceleration that I'd never be able to appreciate as a pretty decent amateur driver.
  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    Of course I see your point, but a SL600 doesn't make sense either a SL500 is all anyone will ever need and most will rarely or can push it to its limits either.

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,404
    I think you are paying an awful lot more for what is basically the same (similar) car with a bigger engine. The SL600 is a profit engine for Benz, that's for sure.


  • zilioxziliox Posts: 6
    After being admitted to the shop two months ago for recurring incorrect fault warnings (see May 12 post), we now have an update. The dealership finally fixed whatever was ailing my SL, but as they had had the car for 2 months (that is not a misprint), they, and the district manager for MB USA, told me they owed me a new car. Problem was, I didn't want a new car because I had already decided to move on. I was waffling between a Turbo Cayenne or the new Bentley Continental GT. I realize these are two quite disparate cars, but when you have 2 months to mull things over, there's no telling where you'll end up. Anyway, the GT is ultra powerful and quite luxurious, though the back seat is really small and when you're driving the car you realize how heavy it is. Also, it looks a little better in the pictures than it does in real life - it is a VERY big coupe. It is an awfully cool car with one major problem - I can't take delivery until next year. As for the Cayenne, it is a nice riding, very fast SUV. Unfortunately there is no hiding the fact that at the end of the day it is still a heavy, albeit fast, SUV. So while I was trying to decide what to do, the dealership called back and said that they and the district manager were willing to do anything they could to keep me in the MB family. I gave it some thought and told them that I would consider a CL55. After a few calls (all of them pleasant and cooperative) to determine availability and trade-in value, they made me a deal I literally couldn't refuse. So next week I take delivery of a brand new, 2004 CL55. I had a CL500 before the SL, so while I'm familiar with the car I'm still pretty excited about the 493 hp. In any case, the moral of this story is that even though I was disappointed with the problems I had with my SL, the dealership and MB USA went well beyond what I ever expected in trying to make me a happy customer. And they did it without any coaxing from me because I was pretty resigned to my fate, especially once I had decided to get rid of the SL. Maybe the quality of MB isn't what it once was, but the level of customer appreciation they showed me was simply unbelievable. I just hope I don't have any problems with the CL.
  • toydrivertoydriver Posts: 227
    Looking at older SL's for a summer "toy". I'm considering a '90 SL300 with 55K mi and a '91 SL 300 with 89K mi. Leaning toward the lower mileage '90 model even though it is priced slightly higher.
    What problems are common to these models and are the 300 or 500 series more reliable? I'm more concerned about reliability and repair cost than extra horsepower.
    I'm use to Lexus/Toyota products, and have never owned a Benz. This car will be for summer only.
  • carnaughtcarnaught Posts: 1,577
    Nice car, but you'll need to have a German auto mechanic on retainer.
  • pcvettepcvette Posts: 4
    I had my '04 SL55 in because of vibration (bad Pirellis, replaced with Michelin, now no problem) and because of "hiccup" when starting out in "C" or "S". Tried everything, in shop 3+ weeks. Final answer: supercharger kicks in at 1200 to 1800 RPM depending upon "C" or "S" mode (supercharger off at idle and steady driving) so sensation like air conditioning coming on in car with 30 HP. Anyone else have slight hesitation starting out, kinda like downshift? Don't know if in all 55s like E and S... Thanks.
  • guiltyguilty Posts: 1
    after paying$400 for a wind screen i cant belive you cant get the screen repaired at a hardware store. i threw away the box and performence and adstadt catalogs won't tell me the mfg. so i can send back to them for repair. i am so p' off i may mfg them myself in china for $100. what a rip off for 400 for a yr. its a $2 piece of screen. also the clip on the viser that cracks, on a 560 they want to sell you a $360 visor. i can make one from a mold if ther is anyone else with same problem
  • carinecarine Posts: 1
    Seeking wind screeen for Merceded 1992 500 sl convertible. 3rd owner of car; current wind screen has tears. Mercedes deal does not carry product.
  • macfostermacfoster Posts: 2
    Re; 1991 500SL, 70k miles.

    Car was serviced 2k miles ago (new plugs, belt tightener, fuel and air filter, oil).
    Car was brought to shop for A/C insufficiency. O ring replaced. Mechanic says car is leaking power steering fluid (no evidence where car is parked at house, however). While getting to power steering replacement, mechanic notices "shabby condition" of distributor cap. There have been no problems I've noticed, such as hesitation.

    I'm not tech savvy about cars, but wouldn't a distrib cap in shabby shape have been evident 2k miles ago when plugs were changed? :confuse:

    Thanks for comments.
  • blaiseblaise Posts: 1
    I hope you didn't pay too much for that power steering leak repair. My Mercedes Dealer wanted $280.00 for the fix on my '95 SL 500. I've found an old Mercedes Tech. (20 plus years) through a friend of my father's, who only had to snug down the hose clamps to stop the leaking. The hose is the size of a small thumb! He said it's a problem that he's seen repeatedly. Of course, the dealer would have replaced the hose, tied up my car for the day and charged me $280.00. ( Or maybe snugged down the hose clamps in five minutes and still charged me $280.00 while tying up my car for the day.) It's really the only problem I've had with the car, though. It's great fun but the AMG Package attracts too much attention.
  • macfostermacfoster Posts: 2
    In the end, they used a steering box repair kit ($67, labor $440). This car has been no problem over the long haul (14 years), other than scheduled servings. And I shouldn't be surprised at some of the things that need attention now.

    Yes, those AMG packages do attract a lot of attention out here in the desert, aas well. :)
  • clk430cclk430c Posts: 2

    I'm new to this forum and would appreciate your help. I'm in the market for a 2004 SL55. I've got the brochures from 2003-2005. I know, starting in 2004, they went to a 7-Speed Automatic Transmission. And I know, starting in 2005, the Nav. System is done as a DVD.

    But, what I'm really trying to learn is what the differences are among the 3 years. In other words, what would I loose by getting a 2004 over a 2005 really?

    Thanks in advance for your opinion.

  • clk430cclk430c Posts: 2
    Just wondering what you finally decided about the internior. I'm in the market for an SL55 and plan to get the Charcoal interior. But, I also intend to have the Active Ventilated Seat option JUST in case! I also plan to get the Pano Roof.

    Any information you can share will be appreciated.


  • 2000slk2000slk Posts: 1
    I recently bought a 2000 slk and it didn't come with a manual. There's a warning light though on the right hand side of the dash. It's a small circle with an exclamation point. Can anyone tell me what it means?
  • rockshocka1rockshocka1 Posts: 310
    Pops is lookin' to move his '88 560SL. Long story short, garage is too full, and he's not putting any time behind the wheel.

    Excellent condition, all original equipment, including all rubber. In his words, "it's never seen the rain." 21K miles. Light Blue is the closest color I found on Edmunds appraisal tool, but he calls it Teal.

    About 2 years ago, I was with him when a guy offered him 35K for it. Pops thinks he can get about 30 now. I ran it through the appraisal tool here on Edmunds and it gave a seller's price of $9,645. Huge difference.

    I've been drooling over this car for a long time. If the TMV is closer to this site's #, I wanna take it from him. No can do if it's in the ball park of 30K.

    Anybody have any insight what the real price range of this car should be?

  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    Shame on your dad for not jumping on the deal of the century when that sucker offered him $35k. That guy had to be a complete bonehead.

    If your dad still thinks he can get $30k for it now, he's in fro a rude awakening. I seriously doubt he could get the $9,645 you calculated through Edmunds. The 560 is hardly a collectors item. In the DC area, I've seen them in the Post for anywhere from $5,000 to $8,500.
  • rockshocka1rockshocka1 Posts: 310
    Talked to Pops this morning & passed on that under 10K was all I've been able to find as value for the car. He told me that his mechanic told him 29K was realistic...last week. Could be this mechanic and the guy who offered 35K both fall under 'complete bonehead' category. I hope so. On one hand, I want him to get as much as he can for it, on the other, if it's under 10K I want to snatch it when I see him later this month.

    He lives in DC metro area (mighty Olney) and said he will be putting it in the paper soon. I asked him to give me the mechanic's name & where he works, in case it may support the bonehead theory. Still waiting for the info...
  • jprocjproc Posts: 133
    From your description,it sounds like the light that comes on when one of your headlights or brake lights are not functioning
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