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1996 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

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Information shown for entry-level Convertible.

Fuel Economy:
City 15/Hwy 22/Comb 18 MPG
Max Seating: 2
Engine: 6-Cyl, 3.2 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: Germany Country of Assembly: Germany

1996 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.0
Out of 10

Based on 163 Ratings for the 1994 - 2002 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.1/10
    Quality
    9.3/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    9.4/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.5/10

Love My 97 SL 500

By on Thursday, April 21, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 66,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Excellent MPG's - Great design - Powerful Engine"

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

"The 97 SL 500 is great for a daily. I avg 20 mpg in LA traffic and highway. This is way better than I thought I'd get. One thing I want to mention: Do NOT get a transmission FLUSH if you get the service. My mechanic did a flush accidentally and ruined my tranny within 4k miles. It skips and it'll cost $2k to fix. Heads up on this! It's not the car's fault so I won't hold it against her. Overall, I love my SL. It's so much fun to drive and everyone always comments on how nice it is, especially when I'm in the convertible mode."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Best styling, Fun to drive

By on Friday, October 2, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 52,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Car has three looks, hard top, rag top or top down"

Cons: "Please see my review"

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

"I bought my 2001 seven years ago. I'm the second owner. Super fun to drive with lots of power. Just a really cool car. CONS. Many plastic interior trim pieces dry out then crack and are expensive to replace and hard to locate. Sunvisor makeup mirrors, armrest, rearview mirror housing all crack or break too. Hood liner and hard top liners glue dries out. Napa leather on seat bottoms wear. I have replaced all these items to bring my SL back to mint condition. Will keep my baby forever."

19 people out of 24 found this review helpful

Fun car for the summer

By on Wednesday, July 8, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 104,205

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun good looking car for its age"

Cons: "Rear window cloudy typical for age"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Great fun for what I paid. SL 600 V-12 is an attention grabber! Still looks good for a 99. Cassette player in truck is junk. Some interior plastic bits break easily. Has a transmission leak that was an obvious issue when I bought the Merc. Not a big deal fill it every spring"

6 people out of 16 found this review helpful

R129 500SL MERCEDES BENZ IS THE ABSOLUTE BEST CAR!

By on Monday, June 8, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,000

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

Pros: "GREAT CAR FOR PRICE, GREAT VALUE, FAST, BRAND, TOP"

Cons: "TWO SEATER ONLY"

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

"I HAVE OWNED SEVERAL LUXURY CARS IN MY DAYS, BUT THIS CAR BY FAR IS ONE THAT SHOULD NOT BE OVERLOOKED WHEN DECIDING ON A CONVERTIBLE. ITS SPORTY, AGILE, FAST, FURIOUS, AN ATTENTION GETTER, EASY TO MAINTAIN, AND AFFORDABLE GAS MILEAGE FOR AN 8 CYLINDER. THIS IS MY FOURTH SL I HAVE OWNED, AND WILL PROBABLY ALWAYS OWN ONE FOR THE REST OF MY DAYS ABLE TO DRIVE, THAT IS...."

10 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Beautiful yet not perfect automobile

By on Saturday, April 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "excellent acceleration, functional soft & hard top"

Cons: "Alarm system was "improved" the next year."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"gorgeous styling, real head-turner. The "safety features" turn out to be more troublesome than protective. Once "set," the alarm system keeps even the driver at arms length. More than several times have I accidentally "set" the alarm, then been unable to start the engine...all the while the horn beeps and lights blink incessantly. Dual distributor caps, each directing 4 spark plugs. Enigmatically, water accumulates in the caps leading to mis-fires."

12 people out of 18 found this review helpful

incredable car. i love it. runs like a champ.

By on Friday, September 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "500 sl worth every dime"

Cons: "very expensive to fix con. top. little.things cost"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Ive been driving mercedes since 1989. First the 560 sl. Then the 500 sl. The power this carhas is unbelievable. It might be expensive to repair , however, they really dont break toooften. My car is 14 years old and gave me great performance. Needed breaks and tiresover the years and is now showing signs of ware. Con top plastic window a mess. Needs new air conditioner. I really dont want to give this car up. But how much $ do you put into a 14 year old car?"

19 people out of 39 found this review helpful

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