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Mercedes-Benz SL-Class, Convertible
#747 of 786 Re: smog [marsha7]
Jul 30, 2008 (4:54 am)
The engine & transmission are straight out of the SLK 320, the body was designed by Chrysler......but the whole vehicle was built in Germany at the Karman factory, As far as I can tell.....there are no "Chrysler" parts on it???? The big PLUS......a "Lifetime Powertrain Warranty"!!!! Sticker was $36K for my '07 6 speed Limited Coupe.....I gave <$23K brand new.......seemed like a real bargain to me. Solid as a rock! The frame is a shortened version of the SLK 320 frame. The big benefit....the SLK 320 was a convertible....& they kept all the design that has to be done to make a convertible stiffer (cause there's no roof), then when they made the coupe XFire.....this made the whole thing stiffer than a Porsche 911......."solid".
#748 of 786 Re: smog [smogdung]
Jul 30, 2008 (5:54 am)
The sticker says, " US/Canadian parts content = 0%. Germany = 84% Assemby point = Osnabrueck, Germany."
Has Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control, Brake Assist, Tire Pressure Monitoring System, Homelink Garage Door Opener, Heated PWR Leather, Dual Zone, Alarm, Infinity, Heated Mirrors, Rear Active Spoiler (rises at 100KPH), 19s x 255 rear, 18s x 225 front, 3valve/2 spark plugs / cylinder.....6 air bags......weighs only 3060 lbs..........1-200 lbs less than the SLK 320.
I think it'll go down in history as the bast*** orphan child of the failed Daimler-Chrysler marriage. Very unique. I know there was 76,047 of them made before production stopped on 12/17/07. .....that number include ? # of right hand drive versions ......how many came into the USA is uncertain. Only a few thousand '07s & maybe 1-2000 '08s. No real differences between the 04-05-06-07 & 08s.
There were about 3000 SRT6 Xfires built..(don't race those guys)....those are basically the AMG Supercharged equivalent......same engine.....but they were all automatics....I wanted a stick & better MPG.
#749 of 786 Re: smog [smogdung] Chrysler crossfire
Nov 04, 2008 (12:13 pm)
wow! Where do I begin? A x-fire in the sl forum. Rather than being an orphan it sounds more like Frankenstein assembled sort of as an afterthought with the Germans laughing every day they came to work. I can here them now: "Achtung, did you see that tail ugly piece of American design sh... It makes me want to throw up my Bavarian beer that I have to drink every day just to work on it. Oh, has anyone seen my wrench? Oh, yeah, I think I left it inside one of the doors I was working on. Dont worry the Americans wont notice, the cars rattle their ears off anyway!"
#750 of 786 2006 sl65 issues/complaints
Jan 04, 2009 (9:33 am)
I am looking to purchase a 2006 sl65 soon. Was wondering if anyone has any experience with this vehicle (probably 2006 sl600 may also have same parts; except engine) in terms of reliability issues. Any areas that keep breaking and need to be aware of etc?
#751 of 786 SL 600 Total Brake Failure
Jan 04, 2009 (9:54 am)
I have had an 07 SL 600 with AMG package for the past 18 months and except for one recent issue the car has been a joy to drive. I drove from PA to Montreal in Sept with no issues at all. What a beautiful drive with the top down. The car handles well. I bought a separate set of winter wheels and tires since I drive it all year and it performs fantastic on slippery icy roads and snow with the Michelin Pilot Alpines. The factory installed Pirellis are not very good. Get the Michelin for summer and winter if you can and a set of inexpensive winter rims/tires from tirerack.com so you don't mess up the AMGs in the winter weather.
Now the only issue I had was last when I was driving down my driveway and developed total brake system failure. Very scary. They weren't too forthcoming at the dealership as to why and how except to say it's extremely rare. Apparently my hydraulic reservoir sprung a leak. They fixed it right up and it's fine but very scary and now I'm wondering if it's inherent to those SLs or just a freaky thing.
Anyway, I love the car so much I just re-leased it for another year.
#752 of 786 Starting Problems
Jan 27, 2009 (9:43 pm)
I have a 2003 SL55 AMG that I bought with 30,000 miles and I'm now noticing things going wrong. The worst being my car won't start on cold mornings. I can't turn the key and the wireless opener and starter doesn't work. After fiddling with the wireless buttons for about 10 minutes, it finally opens the door. After another 10 minutes, I get the key to turn and start the car. I questioned 4 dealerships and they were dumbfounded. They all wanted to spend time figuring the problem out. Seemed liked lots of money and no results except maybe replacing the whole system. Of course the batteries have been replaced in the keys and after the car starts and warms up, it's good for the day.......Help
#754 of 786 sl65 two piece titanium colored wheel
Mar 28, 2009 (9:28 pm)
I recently purchased a 2006 sl65 with the two piece titanium color center wheel and a machined lip, So I went to my wash and they applied a acid brake cleaner that blemished the center titanium color, What is the exact name of that titanium color also the color code and who manufactor's it(PPG,DUPONT,ect)
#755 of 786 1997 320 SL Maintenance HELP
Apr 30, 2009 (3:30 pm)
Does anyone have a maintenance schedule for this car. Does the timming belt need to be repkaced. The car has 101000 miles and I just purchased it. Also what other things should I be concerned with. Thanks Jimbo
May 02, 2009 (6:18 am)
I am a new owner of a 1991 AMG SL300. Can anybody tell me the differnce between a SL and a AMG?