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#777 of 786 2013 SL550 big time screw-up on styling
Feb 21, 2012 (6:11 pm)
If you haven't seen the 2013 SL550, take a look at http://www.mbusa.com/mercedes/innovation/future/page-FutureModels/year-2013/vehi- cleclass-SL and you'll concur that the big time screw-up on styling. What a pitiful design that takes the worst of latest SLK node + CL tail. I am all for the aluminum construction to reduce weight and bi-turbo V8 (my 2005 SL500 feels really heavy when climbing hills). IMHO, 2009 ~ 2012 have the best styling except for early gull wing models.
#778 of 786 Re: 2013 SL550 big time screw-up on styling [dhsieh9]
Feb 22, 2012 (8:47 am)
Looks just like the recently redesigned 2012 SLK to me. I don't see a problem with the looks. If you like the 2009-12 then stick with your 2008 a while longer. Many people love and keep their old MB. In 2000 I bought an 87 BMW635 that the prior owner kept from new because he never found another car he liked better.
I suppose performance can be an issue with any older car, but life is full of trade offs
#779 of 786 Re: 2013 SL550 big time screw-up on styling [georged4]
Apr 16, 2012 (9:35 am)
In May 2012 Car and Driver magazine (http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/2013-mercedes-benz-sl550-first-drive-review- ), there is an article on the 2012 SL model. At the end, the author commented how ungainly the 2013 SL model looks:
"What is not so magical, at least to our eyes, is the way this thing looks. Itís ironic that a car that moves this gracefully should look so ungainly. The rear end is fattened for cargo, the front is high and bluff for ≠pedestrian safety, and the grille and the headlamps sit on distinctly different planes. When we ribbed a Mercedes employee that the car looks like its front and back ends were ≠designed by two different people, he fixed a dead-eyed gaze on us and held up not two but three fingers. Guess $106,375 doesnít buy beauty anymore.View Photo Gallery".
#780 of 786 Recently Bought 05 SL55 AMG
Apr 30, 2012 (11:31 am)
65k miles, $40k. I'm aghast at the depreciation but was very happy to let someone else bite it. This car is like new and drives like it. I have had a couple problems with it already however. The ABC Visit Service Shop sign kept coming on and since I read this is usually a AUX battery under charge issue I didn't worry about it much UNTIL!! my new (to me) beauty started fighting me when I wanted to take her out of park. $2k later 2 quarts of tranny fluid (which is what I expect started the shifter issues) and a shifter that needed to be cut out of my car. I asked the service man "where did the fluid go?" he said "beats me, who knows what someone else did to this thing" me "so there's no sign of a leak?" him "nope" 2 quarts of tranny fluid disappeared? at $85 a quart by the way. hmmm. ANYWAY car is running great again now, no sign of trouble since the shifter replacement. (Thank Goodness I bought an extended warrantee which has already payed for itself) I cringe to think what a tranny would cost in this thing. I still get a lot of appreciative looks and thumbs up when driving it. I was going to buy another motorcycle but settled on buying this due to a recent nearly fatal crash. I settled on this because I still get the same stupid grin on my face when I press the gas peddle of this as I did when twisting the throttle on my bikes. MUCH FUN TO DRIVE. I JUST PRAY I CAN KEEP THE TICKETS TO A MINIMUM
#781 of 786 Re: 2007 SL550 [s550iwish]
Apr 30, 2012 (12:29 pm)
Yeah but that hood and taillight cost him $10k
#782 of 786 Re: speed shift issue with SL55 AMG [cosito1]
Apr 30, 2012 (1:18 pm)
ABSOLUTELY, I find I get better performance out of the sport mode but sometimes use the manual mode just to run the revs up in town to hear the engine note (sweet) However even in the sport mode it can have a mind of it's own like getting stuck in 2nd when performing a kickdown pass. (this happened and I was forced to cycle the ignition on and off to get the tranny to reset WHILE DOING 70MPH. This did work however. Frankly I wonder if the "GO" button under the gas pedal doesn't help to confuse the tranny brain. I ponder if they made any improvements with the new 7 spd gearbox? Anyone?
#783 of 786 Re: 2013 SL550 big time screw-up on styling [georged4]
May 08, 2012 (4:58 pm)
This is another comment from the June issue Automobile Magazine on 2013 SL550's style (http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/driven/1206_2013_mercedes_benz_sl550/):
"Now, if Mercedes could just add the word "beautiful" back into the SL's design brief. The awkward steering aside, the SL's biggest flaw is the way it looks -- it lacks the visual punch of a $100,000 jewel, too closely resembles the cheaper SLK, and is saddled with disjointed front, rear, and sides that look like they were designed by three different people. That is because they were, in fact, designed by three different people. Maybe next time, the Germans will tell us that SL stands for Supremely Lovely -- and they'll make the roadster as beautiful on the outside as it is underneath its skin"
#784 of 786 SLK230 OBD codes...
Jul 15, 2012 (9:53 am)
I have a check engine light on and a code of "25900". Can anyone help me with this? For some reason there is not a place to be found on the web that gives these codes out. Please help.. the car is sluggish, almost like the timing has jumped. idles fine, no noises, just no powere or torque
#785 of 786 Re: SLK230 OBD codes... [pagew]
by claires HOST
Jul 15, 2012 (2:01 pm)
pagew, this might be a good question for our Answers section -- some of our members hang answering quick questions:
After you post your question, you can check for responses by clicking the "my answers profile" link near the top of the page.
Automotive News & Views | Coupes & Convertibles
Jul 24, 2012 (10:07 am)
I have a 1997 SL320 with bad convertible top hydraulic cylinders that I can't afford to replace right now ($3,500-4,000) I am able to raise and lower the top manually, however, the roll bar is another question, can it be raised manually? any replies would be appreciated