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1998 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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    9.3/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    9.4/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.5/10
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Super Fine Ride

By on Thursday, August 05, 2010

10 10.0
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10/10
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Reliability
10/10
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10/10
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10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

"They just don't make them like this any more! Very reliable, very very fast and very sleek looks!"

By on Sunday, August 01, 2010

10 10.0
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10/10
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10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

This customer did not provide a text review.

great syle and value

By on Wednesday, May 26, 2010

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

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9/10
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10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
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9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

"A clasic Mercedes, that just seems to get better with time. Has everything you need, style, power, brand, fun to drive., turns heads, practical (can hold 2 full set of golf clubs) reasonable maintenance."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Class, Styling, and Value

By on Tuesday, May 18, 2010

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

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9/10
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10/10
Reliability
9/10
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9/10
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9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

"My 1999 SL-500 AMG is a superb car in most every respect. Yeah...I wish it had more than 302 hp. I wish mine had the xenon headlamps. Other than that, my silver beauty with the pano top is perfect for me, and might never be for sale again....unless I upgrade to the SL-600 AMG and more power. In short, here's a car than corners like a vette, takes speedbumps like a caddy, and turns more heads than either. So smooth, so competent, so fun. Go topless, convertible top, or pano hardtop (awesome). What you don't experience is typical depreciation. Mine will hold it's value far better than most anything else. Cha-ching!"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Best vehicle ever

By on Wednesday, April 28, 2010

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

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

"I have had this vehicle for approx. 8yrs. & it has been a joy to drive every time I get behind the wheel."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Rock-solid and deceptively fast

By on Sunday, March 28, 2010

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

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

"This is the fourth convertible I've owned, and it's by far the stiffest, with no cowl shake whatsoever with the soft top up or down. My 1988 SL was good also, but it definitely had a bit of body flex. The low-end torque is unbelievable, and the car keeps pulling to illegal speeds without drama or effort. The brakes are also fantastic, and the car corners well, especially considering its weight and its comfortable ride. The interior is richly-appointed, with first-rate materials, wood everywhere, and supple, perforated heated leather seats. The car feels expensive. My only real complaint is the lack of a traditional glovebox in my 1998 model. Note that the 1990-1998 SL500s are 32-valve 322HP motors and the 1999-2002 models are the cheaper 24-valve 302 HP motors. No problem fitting two golf bags in the trunk--very unusual in 2-seat convertibles! (Two bags don't fit in the 2003+ model SLs due to the folding hardtop.) Make sure to get the xenon lights. It's a rare option but worth it."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

2001 mercedes SL500

By on Friday, March 12, 2010

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

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Overall Rating
3/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
5/10

"I bought the car with 27K miles on it + 3 years old. So far the oxygen sensor has gone out, $850, the hydraulic unit for the power top $1000, the right head light holding bracket just broke, the interior vent system no longer works, the plastic on the upper vivor just broke, paint by the power button and basically worn through, + I now have an odor of burning fluid which appears to be the tranny, and the tranny is now slipping. Sound like a car you want to own? NEVER buy a mercedes."

3 people out of 8 found this review helpful

No brainer...

By on Friday, February 12, 2010

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

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

"Simply put, this is a fantastic automobile and if you're fortunate to get one....new or used...you're in for a thrill. Features and benefits list much too long for a quick review here, but check the car out. In closing, remember...when you turn on your car, it should return the favor...this car will!!!"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

quintessential convertible

By on Tuesday, January 12, 2010

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

"Five years and 60,000 miles of top-down enjoyment in a car that does everything right. May be the safest convertible in the world! All the performance and comfort I could ask for."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

By on Thursday, November 05, 2009

10 10.0
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10/10
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10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
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10/10
Styling
10/10
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10/10

This customer did not provide a text review.

2nd best vech. I have ever owned.

By on Thursday, October 08, 2009

10 9.0
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9/10
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9/10
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9/10
Quality
10/10
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10/10
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9/10
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9/10

"Ihave a 1995 SL bought it 3 yrs ago with 3922 mles on it. It now has 41500. Love the car. My complaint is when I am looking for a review I want to know the exact year of the auto or the review has no value. A 5 or 8 yr. spread is bull, does not even beginn to tell you what you are trying to research.You have done nothing but waist my time and hurt your credibility."

8 people out of 9 found this review helpful

very happy

By on Saturday, September 26, 2009

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

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9/10
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10/10
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10/10

"This is the most all around car i ever owned."

By on Friday, September 18, 2009

10 10.0
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10/10
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10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
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10/10
Styling
10/10
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10/10

This customer did not provide a text review.

Last of the ragtops

By on Wednesday, September 16, 2009

10 10.0
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10/10
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9/10
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10/10
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10/10
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"Great, reliable, and powerful MB. Impressive build quality and the last of the SL ragtops. Not a classic now but will be in the future."

Too much fun

By on Tuesday, September 15, 2009

10 10.0
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10/10
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10/10
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10/10
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10/10
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10/10
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10/10
Comfort
10/10

"This is the most comfortable, stable and fun to drive vehicle I have ever owned. I purchased used 2 1/2 yrs ago. It has been perfect and a joy to own. I keep my vehicles clean and shiny. This one is well worth the effort."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

None

By on Tuesday, August 04, 2009

10 10.0
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10/10
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10/10
Reliability
10/10
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10/10
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10/10
Styling
10/10
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10/10

"This is the last of the 2 tops SL MBZ. Mercedes Benz produced a great car."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

By on Wednesday, June 24, 2009

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

"This vehicle has to be one of the fun driving cars with power on command. And a fresh look no matter about the year ."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

By on Sunday, April 26, 2009

10 10.0
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10/10
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9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
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10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

This customer did not provide a text review.

sweet car

By on Wednesday, April 22, 2009

10 10.0
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10/10
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10/10
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10/10
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10/10
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10/10
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10/10
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10/10

"the car that people notice!"

By on Saturday, April 18, 2009

10 10.0
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10/10
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10/10
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10/10
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10/10
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10/10
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10/10
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10/10

This customer did not provide a text review.

Great Car!

By on Friday, April 17, 2009

10 10.0
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10/10
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10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
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10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

"Have a gem of this for 5 years, ready to sell it, runs like a top!"

By on Friday, April 10, 2009

10 10.0
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10/10
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10/10
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10/10
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10/10
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10/10
Comfort
10/10

This customer did not provide a text review.

By on Saturday, March 28, 2009

10 10.0
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10/10
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10/10
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10/10
Quality
10/10
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10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

This customer did not provide a text review.

great reliable car

By on Thursday, February 26, 2009

10 10.0
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10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

"I have owned mercedes for the past 24 years. The 1999 SL500 is one of the best. I had 3 S class from 92 to 97 and was not pleased with the reliability. This one is reliable, and still sharp as the day it was purchased."

7 people out of 8 found this review helpful

By on Thursday, February 19, 2009

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

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7/10
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8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

This customer did not provide a text review.

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

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