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Mercedes 380--450--560 SLs



  • hscolnss1hscolnss1 Posts: 6
    I have an 82 560sl that was a gift to me from a family member in california. the day before I drive it back to Colorado I had to have the fuel pump and relay replaced. the service manager told me that they didn't make a 560sl in 82 and that it's a 380. I thought maybe the dealer had changed the plate to get more money for it, but after reading some of the history on this car from MB I thinking that because of the changes that had to be made ( it is a gray market) it may have changed the horsepower to a 560. Also can anyone tell me what the MPG should be for this vehicle. The car runs fantastic and I love putting it on the highway. The motor (V8) is strong and quiet.
  • texasestexases Posts: 5,423
    You must have a European (grey market) 500SL.
  • According to the owner's manual you should get about 24/25 mpg on the highway if the car is a Euro 380SL. (this figure is extrapolated from the mpg shown in Imperial gallons) The US version of this car, though pretty popular and a fine cruiser, was no speedster and only produced 155 hp. The Euro version on the other hand developed 204 hp, while I believe I'm correct in saying the 560SL developed around 225hp. The Euro 380SL is also a much rarer car than most 107's as most of the gray market cars coming into N America were the six cylinder 280SL together with a smaller number of 500SL's. Hope you enjoy it for many years to come.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,633
    Yes definitely not a 560SL in 1982. So maybe a 500SL or a Euro 380. We'd need to know the VIN to tell you more. An older Euro 500SL would be fun as it is a lot faster than a 380.

    I'd guess that around 16 mpg would be a realistic average if you do a fair amount of highway driving. Depends a lot on how and where you drive.
  • hscolnss1hscolnss1 Posts: 6
    Yes the car is definitely a euro. and all the info I gathered states that it's a 380. I appreciate the info about the gas mileage. I plan on driving it on vacation this summer and what to calculate the gas expense. My driving is mixed Highway/city. I really enjoy driving it.
  • hscolnss1hscolnss1 Posts: 6
    Yes it is a european (gray market) car. A independent manhcanic told me that it was a 380.
  • hscolnss1hscolnss1 Posts: 6
    Being new to this, I truly appericate all the info. One thing I have noticed also is my climate control unit hasn't worked since I had a bad alarm system removed. Any suggestion? ( It worked fine before I had it removed.) I read over some of the pass question and I noticed one referring to the headlights. I think the european lights look better than the two round ones. Oops, one more, some one was talking about checking the vacuum hose to cruise control, Is this hose difficult to get to?
  • modelajemodelaje Posts: 6
    :( Please help.

    1. How do you open the fuel door on a 1979 450 SL?
    2. How do you open the hood after unlatching the inside lever?

    Many thanks to all.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,887
    The fuel door should unlock with the doors, if an open car is like a coupe or sedan. Just press on the right side, and it should pivot open.

    After unlatching the hood, lift up lightly from the grille, and a little tab should pop out - pull on this and the hood is unlocked. At least the closed cars I have owned operate like this.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,633
    Often this grill tab breaks off, so you might have to kneel down to see it if it's just a stub. The dealer still sells these things.
  • modelajemodelaje Posts: 6
    Thank you very much. It took a little bit of prying. But it opened.
    I put a lot of WD-40 to the spring. Now its working fine. :)
  • modelajemodelaje Posts: 6
    Thank you very much!
    The lever is inside the top right space of the Mercedes Benz Star ornament on the grill. Use the left hand to pull lever.

  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,887
    Was your car idle for a long period?

    79 was towards the end of the 450SL run, I think those ones are less troublesome than 1975-77 models.
  • modelajemodelaje Posts: 6
    Hi guys.

    I am back with another question. I attempted to remove the hard top, unlocking the 4 locks, 2 on the windshield and the other 2 near the door. But the top seems to be attached in the rear at midpoint. But I couldn't find any other release lever to unsecure the rear one. Any ideas?

    Thanks again for all your help.
  • bgruberbgruber Posts: 8
    There is a lever under the larger lever behind the driver seat on the side of the back storage space that needs to be pulled one way or the other. This is under the lever that releases the back of the top. First you release the large lever with the knob and next the smaller one. At least this is how it works on a '73.
  • modelajemodelaje Posts: 6
    Hi Guys>

    Anyone knows where is the fuse box?

    Thanks for the info.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,887
    I just looked this appears to be under the A-pillar on the passenger side.

    I found this image online
  • modelajemodelaje Posts: 6
    Thank you very much.

    It was where you said it was.

    Many thanks for your help. :)
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,887
    My pleasure
  • I'm looking at a 1980 Mercedes 450SL Roadster V8, body in perfect shape, softtop less than 2 years old, miles 145,000. Mechanically it seems good,. Transmission has been rebuilt and no obvious fuel leaks. Seats could stand to be reupholstered. Asking price is $7500 Does this sound like a fair price? Thanks
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