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Mercedes-Benz SL-Class, Convertible
#695 of 786 I have similar thoughts
Jul 13, 2006 (5:46 pm)
to the posters above...I am contemplating a SL500, 1996-1998...quick check of KBB brought prices of about 20-25K, unless I made some major (minor?) mistake...
Anything specific to these models to be on the lookout for???...I have admired Benzes for years, dreamed about owning one, now dreaming further...
Since the cars are 8-10 years old, should I expect to find about 100K miles on the odo, and is that the point of just breaking in the engine, or am I preparing for major problems in the near future...
Do the convertible soft tops seal well against the frame for rain/wind leakage???...are these the cars Mercedes made when their reputation was bulletproof, or was this the beginning of the "quality downslide?"...
What routine maintenance items should I anticipate after 100K miles, such as alternator, water pump, starter, fuel pump, etc., or are these items good for 150K or more???
Are my quoted prices correct, or am I way off in what I should expect???
Were Xenon headlamps a stand alone option, or part of a sport package, and would you recommend the sport package for better handling or is it simply too rough???
Your thoughts and feedback are welcome...maybe my dream can come true in the near to medium future...
#696 of 786 I seem to remember
Jul 15, 2006 (12:13 pm)
a long time ago, that there was a website, maybe Mercedes own site, maybe an independent sit, that would list each year and model, and, like a brochure of that year, would list the various options, exterior and interior colors that were available in that year...
I am trying to determine the colors that the 1996-1998 SL500 came in...if I had my druthers, I would like exterior of Navy blue or silver, and interior leather of charcoal gray or navy blue (light color interiors, to me, show dirt and grime easily, colors like white or tan, whereas navy blue/gray/black does not look bad after 50-100K miles of wear...
Your thoughts and recos are appreciated...
Jul 22, 2006 (1:44 pm)
Does anyone know the residual value on this car? I'm looking to lease one around May when my lease on my CLK 500 is up... Anyone paying a good price on this car leased per month?
#698 of 786 thoughts on SL500 Designo trim (2003)
Jul 25, 2006 (10:39 am)
I'm thinking of buying the above, but have read in the past that there are problems with this model. Specifically, I've heard that there are problems with odors coming from the glue Mercedes used for the side panels. Any truth to this? what are your thoughts about the 2003 sl500? i love the car, and i love the trim, but i'm not about to drop $70K on a car that smells bad! Also, any thoughts on reliability? thanks!
#699 of 786 Re: I seem to remember [marsha7]
by Claire@Edmunds HOST
Jul 25, 2006 (8:45 pm)
marsha7, clicking on the year at Edmunds.com Mercedes Benz will bring you to a list of Mercedes-Benz models offered for that year. If you click on the SL Class link and choose the SL500, you'll see a menu on the left side that shows the available colors, specs, and other data for that year's model.
Jul 26, 2006 (6:36 am)
#701 of 786 SL with (small) back seat?
Sep 01, 2006 (1:03 pm)
In Europe, the previous SL model was available with children-sized back seats. Was this an option on US cars? If so, I'd like to find one.
#702 of 786 2003 sl500 A maintenanace required indicator
Sep 06, 2006 (9:22 am)
How do you reset the indictor if you change your own oil or have it serviced by other than MBZ?
#703 of 786 "Exclusivity and Prestige"
Sep 15, 2006 (7:57 am)
I am the proud owner of a 93 500SL and its desireability, dependability and phenomenal performance, gives me the ultimate driving experience every time out. I really
appreciate this car. My only small complaint is a slight
fluttering or flapping noise from the dash on the passenger
side. Can anyone tell me what this is?
#704 of 786 Re: 2007 SL 550 [thedonclk]
Sep 28, 2006 (8:53 pm)
24 months 10K 76% or 12K 75%
36 months 10K 64% or 12K 63%
Money factors for lease through MBF are:
24 months 0.00415
36 months 0.00390
I have just returned my CLK and got a SL550. One new thing I have learned is the GAS GUZZLER TAX ($1700), and is not part of the MSRP where can be rolled in to the lease but is not counted as the MSRP of the vehicle. So calculate your payments accordingly.
I got my deal at $795 A.Fee, No Doc Fee, and $1100 over invoice. Make sure you verify all the numbers yourself (there is an Excel spreadsheet in these forums) as dealers seems to make a lot of mistakes to their favors. After going through a lot of Mass and then NH dealers, I have found one dealer in NH that I felt comfortable working with. If you are in MA, I would not go to Chambers.