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Mercedes-Benz SL and SLK (all models)

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  • uv4meuv4me Posts: 22
    I'm looking for an older (1970-1980) MB convertible that has 4 seats. Obviously, I'm not too familiar with all the different number/letter combos that MB has used over the years and was hoping someone could help. I really like the look of the older cars and understand their reliability was good as well. Also, if there are models to avoid due to specific problems, that would be nice to know. Thanks in advance.
  • Opp's, read first wash later!
  • 40k, good body,all the extras, What do you think a good price for this car would be?
  • Claire@EdmundsClaire@Edmunds Chicago areaPosts: 968
    Hi, uv4me,

    We don't allow buying or selling in the Forums themselves, but you might try clicking the Used Vehicles link on the homepage at Edmunds.com. From there, you can select the Mercedes-Benz model you're interested in to get a sense of what buyers in your area are paying.

    Claire

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  • Claire@EdmundsClaire@Edmunds Chicago areaPosts: 968
    Try clicking the What's your car worth? link on the homepage at Edmunds.com. From there, you can select your vehicle and its options to get a sense of what buyers in your area are paying for similar vehicles.

    Claire

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  • Had a similar problem....it was a plugged tranny filter. When replaced all was well.

    Steve

    http://www.mcnallycga.com
  • I have a 1985 280 SL and cannot get into the trunk. This problem suddenly occurred. When I unlock the drivers side the trunk is supposed to unlock. It makes the sound of unlocking but it does not do so. I have lost the trunk key, and the master key, so have been relying for years on the door key. How do I open the trunk without ruining it (e.g, using a crowbar). The trunk cannot be entered from within the car since it is up against a metal firewall. Can someone help? Dave.
  • Does anyone here know the true cost to own one? Is it faster than an f430? Are there any significant problems that anyone has had with one? Is it faster than the SLR? Whats the gas mileage? Has anyone even seen one? I went to a dealer in Miami and they only had upto a 500. So where where can I see one or test drive it? And how does it realy rank up?
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    Very odd questions regarding an SL65. But then I looked at your bio and see that you are saving up for a Chevy for when you turn 16. :surprise: :confuse:

    "So where where can I see one or test drive it?"

    In about 20 years, you can try driving up to an unsuspecting dealer in a borrowed BMW or Porsche and try getting a test drive. But don't be dissapointed if they still say no. ;)
  • I'm not in need of money if that is what you are getting at. I'm saving up for a Chevrolet because that is what i want. I'm not exactly rolling in the dough but I do have ample ways of making money. I might not have a lot of money right now but I do have two jobs and I'm only 14. Do you need a new doghouse. I make them. So answer the question and don't think I need to drive in a borrowed porsche because by then I could have a new one if I wanted one but I want a Chevy so I,m just asking which dealers might have an SL65. I need to change that bio.
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    Sorry, don't have a dog. But I'm glad to see that you are putting your skills to work.

    As it turns out, my hometown Acura / Mercedes dealer did have an SL65. Also had a nice cherry red SLK55 and a few other AMG models. But guess what the owner of the dealership just picked up for himself? A 2006 Speed Yellow Porsche Cayman. And to think they gave me friendly grief when I bought a 911 last fall. Go figure.

    Perhaps by the time you are old enough to afford (and drive) an SL65, AMG will figure out how to make a real sports car - i.e. somethong that weighs less than 2 tons, has a real 6-speed transmission, and has a suspension that can at least match the handling of my old S2000. Until then, if I were you, I'd be dreaming about the Ferrari while I was pounding those nails on the doghouses.

    Keep up the good work. Seriously. :)
  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    Nothing wrong with a good GT car either. ;)

    M
  • I was just wondering about an SL65. I might get a Mercedes for my second car but my dream car is a Ferrari F430 Spider. I like the way they show off the engine and my other favorite thing is, you guessed it, that its a friggin Ferrari. Thanks for the feedback on the jobs. I appreciate it.
  • zeamanzeaman Posts: 2
    As a recent purchaser of a 2005 SL500, I'm writing you to find out if you have any information for me about what is going on with these once-coveted cars. My local dealer has a brand new 2005 SL500 which I thought would be a good deal. However, the dealer is not discounting the car much even though the new 2007 with the redesigned tail-lights is due in a few months and his two 05s on the lot will be two years old. Yet, I'm being pushed to buy the 2006 because the difference is price is minimal. Help me understand. What's going on with these cars that once were wait-listed, and sold above sticker?

    Thanks,
    Zeaman
  • "Help me understand. What's going on with these cars that once were wait-listed, and sold above sticker?"

    The interest has definitely worn off.

    Part of it is the general decline in Mercedes reliability and build quality. My not so prudent brother-in-law bought an 2004 SL55 at over sticker, had numerous problems to the point that Mercedes gave him a new one and then sold that at a $20k loss less than a year later. He bought a 2005 911 Cabriolet and is the "happiest he has ever been" with a car (first Porsche, after at least 8+ Mercedes).

    The other part is supply / demand. There was a time when you had to wait 6 months to get any AMG model and even some non-AMG models. Now the unsold inventories are starting to rival GM. And substantial discounts are available if you look around.

    We are inundated with business headlines questioning when GM and/or Ford are going to be filing for bankruptcy. But, IMO, the demise of Mercedes reputation over the past 10 years is the most signifcant challenge they have faced in the company's history. If I polled 100 of my friends and business associates to name the likely brand of their next car, I am certain Mercedes has fallen completely off the top 5 list, whereas it was probably #1 or #2 5-10 years ago.
  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    Well I don't think it has as much to do with MB's recent bad press about reliability as it does age and supply/demand like the previous post says. The SL has more than a few younger competitors now and its a niche car to begin with. There are all sorts of cars playing in the space the SL literally had all to itself just a few years ago. You have Maserati's Spyder, Jaguar's new XK, a new 911 Cabrio and Bentley (though not a roadster) is on fire right now. There is even worthy competitor from Cadillac angling for a piece of the SL's market. Mercedes is being squeezed from all sides, and the reliability issues don't help. However with any car once production catches up with demand this is what happens. Unless the car is a Ferrari or some other model where they have a set number they're going to build and then that is it.

    That said watch the sales numbers go up once the 07' model arrives. A base SL with 382hp should really be popular, it almost makes the 55/600/65 models irrelevant, IMO.

    M
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    As someone who bought a 2005 911S Cabriolet, my sense is that, as merc points out, the SL now has a lot more players in its space. And make no mistake, at 4,000+ lbs, it's no svelte sports car. There are a lot of other 2 seater and 2+2 GT cars that compete in the $100k territory. I would also put the new AM V8, the 650i and M6 on that list.

    Personally - and obviously I am biased - I could never see getting the SL over the new 997 911 Cab. The old 911's were edgy (to the preference of purists) but the new 911 is both an extraordinary performing sports car and a pretty comfortable, well equiped highway cruiser. I have nearly 6,000 miles on ours in 6 months and a third of those have been with the kids in the back. Not to mention that the 911 has received high reliability ratings:

    Most reliable luxury cars

    I also think Mercedes is cannibalizing on the SL with its other models. It used to be that the SL was the only non-sedan in Mercedes lineup. Now you have the CL, CLS and SLK and CLK Cab all nicking away at the SL's market. It also used to be that the SL500 was the top dog in terms of Mercedes performance. Now, unfortunately, compared to the competition, it is just a dog. The added horsepower of the 2007 may help, but it could also go on a 1,000 lb diet and a (non AMG) suspension upgrade as well. In the long run, I am not sure how many "niche" models Mercedes can profitably maintain. One of my friends is a Mercedes fleet leasing specialist and he's indicated that there are "deals to be had" on every one of the aforementioned models, including every AMG variant.
  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    I also think Mercedes is cannibalizing on the SL with its other models. It used to be that the SL was the only non-sedan in Mercedes lineup. Now you have the CL, CLS and SLK and CLK Cab all nicking away at the SL's market. It also used to be that the SL500 was the top dog in terms of Mercedes performance. Now, unfortunately, compared to the competition, it is just a dog. The added horsepower of the 2007 may help, but it could also go on a 1,000 lb diet and a (non AMG) suspension upgrade as well. In the long run, I am not sure how many "niche" models Mercedes can profitably maintain. One of my friends is a Mercedes fleet leasing specialist and he's indicated that there are "deals to be had" on every one of the aforementioned models, including every AMG variant.

    Not true. The CL (S-Class Coupe before 1997) has been around for ages and the CLK has been around since 1998. The only victim of the SLK was the underpowered SL320 version of the previous R129 SL. The CLK, SLK and SL are all in different price ranges and though the SLK and SL are both 2-seaters they aren't even close in price. Yeah I know you don't consider the SLK a sports car either, but it is the sportier of the two and is no slouch. The SL is the luxury GT that is still entertaining to drive.

    We've had this conversation before about the SL and its intended purpose which is not to compete with your car. ;) I know you're just talking when saying that SL is a "dog" so I'll let that go.

    M
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    "We've had this conversation before about the SL and its intended purpose which is not to compete with your car. I know you're just talking when saying that SL is a "dog" so I'll let that go."

    Thanks for forgiving me that momentary indescretion. ;) The SL500 is hardly a dog, but if it is due for an 80 horsepower upgrade, that should help push its 4,000 lb curb weight a bit more forcefully.

    And I guess you are right about the other models being around in the past, but they have definitely gotten a bit more competitive recently. I know of someone that traded an old 500 SL for the redesigned SLK 55. Would never have done that with the old body style SLK.

    It also seems that Mercedes is pushing AMG models in higher volumes. It seems like I see about 1 SL55 for every 2 SL500's here in the DC area.
  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    I know of someone that traded an old 500 SL for the redesigned SLK 55. Would never have done that with the old body style SLK.

    True. I thought the first SLK was cute, but nothing more. This new one especially the SLK55 is really a great little roadster, all that is missing is the stick for some folks.

    M
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