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1993 Mercedes-Benz 300SL

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Consumer Reviews & Ratings

Overall Rating
9.8
Out of 10

Based on 11 Ratings for the 1990 - 1993 models.

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  • Value
    9.7/10
    Quality
    9.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.7/10
    Performance
    9.8/10
  • Comfort
    9.8/10
    Styling
    9.9/10
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Overall a good car but have had better for less $

By on Friday, September 23, 2011

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 169,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Timeless styling, Well built for the most part, Decent MPG,"

Cons: "Expensive to maintain, YES, NO CUP HOLDERS, Seatbelt retractors always breaking"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought New. Traded in '91 C4 Corvette Roadster for this car. My wife's idea. Shortly afterwards I decided that I'd have to start leaving her home. But, with all things considered the Benz has been a reasonably reliable car. Fuel mileage (MPG)is also decent. Drives and handles ok but not as good as the Corvette. Still gets a lot of compliments. Especially from women. I guess it's a woman's car after all. The long and the short of it is, I should have kept the 'vette."

11 people out of 16 found this review helpful

By on Saturday, April 02, 2011

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

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Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

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Elegance and superb engineering

By on Sunday, June 06, 2010

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

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Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

"The 300SL is called the only offical succesor of the legendary 1950's 300SL by reputable car magazines in Germany. It is a real collectable now and totally undervalued (see Kelley BB, does not reflect real market values. As an up to 20 year old car, this car delivers in any aspect very well even by means of todays standards. The extraordinary quality is result of the best engineering of MB in Stuttgart and perfectly executed production and quality control. Only a few modern cars - and rarley any newer model Mercedes (we have owed several) or Porsche (we have driven Porsche for over 20 years) reach this level. Engine: ample power for driving in US, very lively engine that likes to be reved up to 7200 rpm (compare to Porsche 911 engine of the time in 964 with limit of 6500 rpm! and mechanical tappers to be adjusted every 10,000 miles by having to take the engine out??!!). Good fuel consumption, very complex intake/idle control system. Bad plastics material choice (harden over years and cause leakage in vacuum system operating everything). Replacement difficult and expensive. Parts to come from Germany, not available from US. Transmission: slow shifter, take off in second (sluggish), shift by hand and the car moves extremly quick, especially considering the high curb weight. Body: Bruno Sacco at its best. No flex on this car, higher body rigidity than Porsche cab. There is no other convertible on the market that delivers top down and no shatter or flex - period. Simply astonishing. Drives others and you will know right away. Top: check for sensors, that could impact roof operation, other than that flawless. Comes up or down within one stop light phase. Very effective wind protection. Driving in winter with top down at minus 15F is no problem plus heated seats and superp heating system. Very good air conditioning system. Unusual for MB. Suspension: perfectly balanced for fast but also luxurios driving. Modifications could only make negative impact. So let your fingers off. Much better handling than 500/600 SL due to lighter engine = higher cornering speeds. Brakes: not expensive to repair, use only original parts with correct material specs. Good performance and very reliable with no fade. High dusting due to performance pads. Trunk: good size. Grocery shopping for a 4 person household can easily be down. With the top down I have transported even entire doors (new for the house). Paint: make sure to keep the original paint in good shape. Simply extraordinary quality. New MB can not reach this level, nor can other 70 to 110K cars. Overall: The best car I have ever owned. I should have bought one earlier despite it's high price (new: > 70K for the 300SL, equals > 100K in todays U$ 2010). Have fun and keep her. If you sell, you will regret it quickly."

22 people out of 23 found this review helpful

By on Tuesday, April 13, 2010

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

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Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

This customer did not provide a text review.

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Dream car

By on Saturday, October 10, 2009

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

"I had wanted a Mercedes roadster for a long, long time. A neighbor had his son-in-laws black 300SL for sale. After the test drive I knew I had to have it. Although it was used and had a few issues, I have had it three years now and have had a blast in it. I love the body style and am looking for a later model up to a 2002 so I can pass this one to my 21 year old son."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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