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Mercedes-Benz SL-Class, Convertible
#672 of 786 Re: 2005 MB SL500 [merc1]
Mar 22, 2006 (12:11 pm)
"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.
#673 of 786 Re: 2005 MB SL500 [habitat1]
Mar 22, 2006 (10:39 pm)
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.
#674 of 786 Re: 2005 MB SL500 [merc1]
Mar 28, 2006 (5:06 am)
There are plenty of good deals out there now. I just picked up a brand new 2006 SL500 for $12,000 off list.
#675 of 786 Re: 2005 MB SL500 [bosco42]
Mar 28, 2006 (8:16 am)
You beat my deal by $1,000. Is your car loaded? Mine has Sports Package, Trim Package, Xenon and invisible bra. MZ
#676 of 786 Opening the trunk of a 450SL with a dead battery
Apr 25, 2006 (4:09 pm)
Does anyone know how to get the trunk open on a 450SL when the battery, which is in the trunk, has died?. I've had to do it once before and can not for the life of me remember how I did it. The key opens the trunk but with the assistance of an electrically controlled release mechanism. I don't want to damage the chrome or paint. It's a '78 450SL. I just bought it a year or so ago and it did not come with an owners manual. They are out of print.
#677 of 786 Re: 2005 MB SL500 [bosco42]
May 01, 2006 (10:35 am)
There are plenty of good deals out there. I just traded in my 04 SL500 for $67500 and got the 2006 SL500 for $11k off window (because 07 is coming early). I think the reason for the softness in the market is that there just are not a lot of buyers for this niche and interest rates are rising. The Porsche is really for a different buyer. My wife and I wanted to change this time (third SL in a row after a series of Jag XKs) and test drove the Porsche S with Tiptronic. A comparably performing and equipped Porsche was actually more expensive, but was a little to rough for us and had too much wind noise with the top up. The Cadillac is a toy, in that you cannot go away for the weekend with the top down and luggage ... or go to a golf course with your spouse. We like the SL because it is practical and with the hardtop, a good winter car. It is a driver for us so the extra room behind the seat and in the trunk (versus a cadillac) is important. The new Jag may be a competitor, but the front end looks like a Taurus and traditionally, does not hold its value as well as a Porsche or Mercedes.
#678 of 786 Re: Trunk Release for 1985 280 SL [dwilson2]
May 01, 2006 (4:32 pm)
Dave, If you take a flat crowbar, slide it up )the end with the hook) above the trunk key button while you have the key inserted and turned counterclockwise and depressed to where it normally should open it will release like you effected it with a key ...my battery died as a result of leaving a parking light on overnight - after posting here and getting no response, I used the crow bar again...With the battery in the trunk dead and the activator of the trunk lid key opener non-functional because of the need for battery power, I do not believe that you have any alternative but to use a crowbar...Also, Important: make sure that you have unlocked the front door(s)before trying to unlock & open the trunk...If you know a better method I'd like to hear from you...I'm at peterabbaart.com. Circumvent this forum because it sent me an e-mail for the latest post, and I still can't figure out why I never got directed to your earlier Feb post using a search term which included the word "trunk" for basically the identical request, other than our models being different. Peter/theroadster
#679 of 786 Looking For an SL
May 19, 2006 (7:48 pm)
I rode in a friend's 560SL the other day and thought it would be nice to get rid of my 2000 Mustang convertible and all the associated stuff and look for either a 560SL or a 1990 300SL with the newer body. Has anyone had any experience with the 300 ? I'd use the car as a "show" car -detailing it and just using it on weekends. It wouldn't be a daily driver. I put about 300 miles a year on the Mustang. Which would be more dependable -the 560 or the 300? I'd look for a garaged one from the original owner with service records -I don't buy "beaters". I haven't sat in a 300. I liked the 560 because it didn't have a cab forward design with the windshield slanting over your head or the sun visors hitting your forehead. How is the 300 windshield? Any help that can help me make up my mind would be greatly appreciated.
#680 of 786 SL Redesign
May 21, 2006 (8:21 pm)
I was wondering when the SL is going to be totally redesigned, not just tweaked or freshened. Anybody know???
#681 of 786 Re: SL Redesign [martyw]
May 21, 2006 (9:30 pm)
Best guess is like 2010.