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Mercedes-Benz SL-Class, Convertible
#169 of 786 Rattles
Jun 04, 2002 (7:38 am)
The more time I spend with this car, the more I like it. I cannot think of a car that drives or handles better in the sense that it is both plush and comfortable and stable at the same time.
I have to be honest and tell you that there are ratlles, lots of them, mostly associated with the top whether it is up or down. They do not detract from my ownership experience, and I am not surprised given I own one of the very first produced.
Mercedes has already sent me questionnaires to ask me what I think about the brakes and the cupholders (of all things!). I gave them a hard time about the cupholders before I used the mugs they provided for me when I pickup up the car. There is tall black plastic mug which reads SL Class, which fits perfectly in the cupholder (they also provided) which plugs into the forward part of the passenger seat. I was driving the other day with a full cup and had to stop quite quickly and the cup stayed firmly in its holder. Very impressive (for a German car). I went through this same exercise with my 2002 Porsche 911 and after driving two blocks from my favorite coffee shop, I hit a small bump in the road and the coffee exploded all over the interior of the Porsche. Needless to say, I don't use those snazzy new cupholders in the Porsche anymore.
Jun 04, 2002 (9:10 am)
I'm going to design a cup lid that negates the "Old Faithful" experience in a Starbucks cup every time you hit a bump of any kind. Gonna get rich;-) Got tired of cleaning coffee stains off my Oyster Leather and carpeting!
Have a new MB cup for my CLK that works pretty well, but still want to design something that costs a fraction of a cent to produce that can be sold for a dime... Lookout Starbucks.
#171 of 786 July 2002 Automobile Mag
Jun 04, 2002 (3:45 pm)
There is a great write up of 5 of the world's fastest cars in the current Automobile Magazine. The Aston Martin V12 Vanquish, Ferrari 575M, Lamborghini Murcielago, 911 Turbo, and the SL55.
The review is very complimentary of the SL55. The article even goes so far as to call it and the 911 Turbo bargains when compared to the rivals which cost $250K+. Make sure you check it out...
#172 of 786 The real bargain
Jun 04, 2002 (11:29 pm)
will be the new E55 with the same engine as the SL55 at half its price?
Jun 05, 2002 (12:21 am)
Or the Viper. Not to call Vipers well-mannered but supposedly the new one is very liveable and controllable while retaining its existing price point. In terms of performance sports cars, if bolted together well enough it may prove to be the top bargain of all - SL55/911 Turbo performance for under $80k.
Jun 06, 2002 (5:32 am)
In response to w210 -- perhaps my two rentals in LA were the exception, or perhaps M-B has figured out how to lower the windows a bit further, but I can assure you that they stuck up at least two or three inches on my rentals. Thanks for responding.
#175 of 786 SL 500 WIndows confirmed
Jun 06, 2002 (12:39 pm)
dschmidt4 - for what is worth, I just used a ruler to measure, both front and rear windows stick out less than half an inch. Interesting it's an adjustable item I suppose, mine was the first batch got it in March.
Just curious how much did the rental company charge per day for the SL?
#176 of 786 European Delivery
Jun 10, 2002 (7:25 am)
Shoes - How did you get Euro delivery on your SL? The web site does not list the model and my dealer has said no-go. I have a build date of October and would love to pick it up in Germany.
BTW, are the SL's delivered at Sindelfegen (probably mis-spelled). I thought when I toured there, they said the SL's were build somewhere else.
#177 of 786 European Delivery
Jun 10, 2002 (8:22 am)
There is no formal European delivery available for the first year of new models, so you cannot arrange this via the website. However, my dealer was kind enough to give up one of his allocation and arrange for the car to be delivered in Germany. Since I had purchased five other Mercedes from him, I guess I earned his kindness. This was a hassle for him, so unless you are tight with your dealer, you may have trouble arranging it.
The SL500's are manufactured in Northern Germany and they shipped my SL to the Sindelfingen delivery center outside Stuttgart because that is where I wanted to receive it. I could have arranged delivery in the North if I had preferred. It was a blast since this was the first and only SL Sindelfingen had delivered and they were pretty excited about it. I dropped the car outside Frankfurt and received it 7 weeks later.
#178 of 786 European Delivery
Jun 10, 2002 (11:10 am)
This is my 5th in five years from this dealer, so I will test his customer orientation. Can you elaborate a little on what it means for him to "give up one of his allocation" ? If I am already on the build list, can this be swapped for a European delivery without adversely affecting the dealer's allotment? Thanks.