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1997 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

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Overall Rating
9.0
Out of 10

Based on 156 Ratings for the 1994 - 2002 models.

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  • Value
    9.1/10
    Quality
    9.3/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    9.4/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.5/10
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best car on the road

By on Thursday, September 20, 2007

10 10.0
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Reliability
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Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

"Once you've driven one, you will be hooked for life. Best V8 ever made. The car has some things overengineered but not nearly as complicated and over the top as newer mercedes models are with newer features. You haven't lived until you own one of these."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

By on Wednesday, September 19, 2007

10 10.0
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Value
10/10
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10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
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Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

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Great value for the price

By on Thursday, September 13, 2007

10 10.0
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10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

"With the near 100,000.00 price tag, most owners properly maintained these cars. At ten and fifteen years old, the SL 500s can be found in almost pristine condition and at a fraction of their initial costs. A buyer is afforded the opportunity to own a quality German sports roadster at a smaller price than a new Kia or Hyundai."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Power/Styling/Convertable Comfort in one Package

By on Saturday, September 08, 2007

10 8.0
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8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

"I've owned my '94 SL500 for 5 years, with relatively minor repairs, most due to some neglect by prior owner. MB Dealer's service & repairs are pricey, but that's one of the MB owner's conditions of ownership. Car is a rocket when you put pedal to metal at any speed.... corner's & hugs road at high speeds with remarkbly flat "lean" (regardless of it's weight). It doesn't drive like a BMW, but is smoother and more sedate... low road noise, smoother over the bumps. Plenty of luggage space, boot space (behind front seats) for 2 on a trip. Creature comforts galore, plenty of head and leg room for both driver and passenger (I'm 6'1"). Get's ~24 - 25 mpg on highway, 17 mpg in-town driving without being lead-footed accelerating from stops. Turning circle is one of MB's best features... tighter than a Civic's for example, so easy maneuverability in tight spaces. Sound system is terrific... Hard or softtop. With hardtop on you can't tell it's a convertable (noise-wise). With top down, using the optional windscreen attached and up, & window's up there's nearly no wind disturbance - wife's hair doesn't get mussed) ."

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Electical issues abound

By on Friday, September 07, 2007

10 6.0
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Overall Rating
6/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

"I love this car, but have had many issues with the electronics, which shouldn't be a problem in a car that cost a $100,000. Everything that failed was under warranty, and was been taken care of by the dealer, but it's been in the shop several time s in the last year - problems with the retractable top motors, dash electronics, power door lock problems etc. Still, despite all the problems its a fun car to drive, and would recommend it to others."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

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