1996 Mercedes-Benz SL Reviews from North America

1996 Mercedes-Benz SL 320 3.2

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 3.2 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired45000 miles
Most recent distance75000 miles

Summary:

Really enjoy it

Faults:

One minor issue with one actuator for the soft top.

General Comments:

Other than normal service, oil.filters, etc., the car has required no other repairs.

I wouldn't refer to it as a sports car i.e., Porsche, Corvette, etc., but more of a touring car;

great trunk, better than any other car of its type, you can fit two sets of golf clubs plus baggage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th July, 2011

1996 Mercedes-Benz SL SL320 3.2

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.2 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.2 / 10
Distance when acquired76000 miles
Most recent distance133000 miles
Previous carFord F150

Summary:

They need a lot of TLC

Faults:

5 speed auto trans failure at 90,000 miles.

The top sensors and motor mounts replaced.

The radiator leaks.

The wire harness under pass seat replaced due to break.

The front spindle replaced due to bearing failure.

The heater works sometimes and the CD player doesn't work at all.

The front engine cover and trans seals leak oil.

General Comments:

I purchased the car knowing it needed minor repairs. I didn't know to what extent. I buy used parts when available because new Mercedes parts are too expensive.

I think Mercedes has to provide better seals and gaskets.

Despite the problems I love the car. It's just tough love. $$$$

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

Review Date: 25th December, 2008

Average review marks: 6.5 / 10, based on 2 reviews