1979 Mercedes-Benz SL 450SL 4.5L
Grossly overrated engineering and quality
Lower A-arm brackets failed at 96000!
Air pump went out at 86000.
Water pump went out at 93000.
Brake master went out at 90000.
Fuel injectors were shot at 96000.
Fuel accumulator leaked/replaced at 96000.
Aft universal went out at 95000.
Climate control system failed at 90000.
Brackets holding front wheel A-arms failed - extremely dangerous! Was subject to a recall that didn't reach the original owner. Took research and confrontation to get it fixed. MB finally did repair it at their cost.
Beautiful combination of ride and handling on the highway
Slow acceleration - a dog typical of 1979.
7-9 MPG around town, 20 on the highway.
Basic mechanical components didn't last as long as my '68 Chevy Nova.
Mechanically overcomplicated with lots of design band aids - a pressurized fuel accumulator just to get it to start when warm?
Convertible top difficult to put up - left hand screw jacks, which took two people to engage, instead of simple over-center latches of well designed convertibles.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 16th February, 2013