Mercedes-Benz SL Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

1978 Mercedes-Benz SL 280 SLC 2.8 Inline 6

Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.8 Inline 6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired185000 kilometres
Most recent distance195000 kilometres
Previous carMercedes-Benz W116

Summary:

Gorgeous and Reliable Cruise-mobile!

Faults:

The odometer had stopped a couple of years ago and needed to be dismantled and fixed.

Small tear in drivers seat fabric.

The vacuum system for locking the seats was clogged up.

Front disk rotors are worn.

Engine was reconditioned in 1999.

Small patches of rust have appeared - sheet metal only, not structural.

General Comments:

This is an extraordinary vehicle. It weighs 2 tons yet feels like a lot less. The handling is amazing and the ride is sublime.

It is amazingly quiet to drive. I have never had such hi-fi music in a car before as I can actually use the available dynamic range!

Everything in the car is designed around the driver. It is an ergonomic masterpiece and after driving 500km, you hardly feel like you have done anything.

For all of it's ahead of it's time design, it is still serviceable by any home mechanic, something that can't be said for the newer Benzes.

1978 - 2.8 twin cam, Fuel injected, 4 wheel disks, 4 wheel independent suspension, 4 speed auto... Gotta love Mercedes-Benz!

After lusting after R107 SLs for years and finally getting the SLC, my tastes have changed. The SLC proportions are perfect and the presence and grace the car has is a joy every time I see it. SLs are like weekend toys, the SLC feels like the real thing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th January, 2004

28th May 2010, 13:42

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1993 Mercedes-Benz SL 500SL

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 kilometres
Most recent distance55000 kilometres
Previous carMercedes-Benz SL

Summary:

Excellent

Faults:

No real problems yet.

General Comments:

Excellent, well engineered vehicle.

Represents a bargain on the used car market now that new SL is out.

Feels very solid and secure on the road.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st August, 2003

1980 Mercedes-Benz SL 450 SLC 4.5 litres

Year of manufacture1980
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4.5 litres Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired99000 kilometres
Most recent distance114000 kilometres
Previous carBMW 6 Series

Summary:

Terrific car

Faults:

Exhaust renewed.

General Comments:

Vacuum system will not operate the doors or seats, could anyone supply a drawing of the valve direction of the valves located behind the battery.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 16th June, 2003

21st Mar 2010, 19:51

Had the same problem you will have to put actuators in your doors, relatively inexpensive. The vacuum system has a leak and the pressure is not sufficient to lock the doors. It will take 25lb. actuators to operate your door locks; anything less will be insufficient! Good Luck!

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 3 reviews