Mercedes-Benz SL Review from Sweden

1999 Mercedes-Benz SL SL500 5 litre V8

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 5 litre V8 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired134000 kilometres
Most recent distance148000 kilometres
Previous carBMW 7 Series

Summary:

The last truly great convertible

Faults:

Fan wing broke off (£600).

Rust bubble on panoramic hardtop.

General Comments:

The last edition of the old R129 SL was one of my dream cars, so it was natural that I picked one up when I was offered a fully equipped (xenon, panoramic roof, GPS, tele etc) car at a good price. I was considering a newer R230 SL, but I could not stand the quality issues and cheap interior despite the beautiful supercar looks, so I settled for a late R129.

Overall this was one of the last of the old-school Mercedes' which I like, the feeling of robustness and quality was unbeatable. I used this as my daily driver for an entire year, and the only thing that I truly disliked about the car was the weight of the glass roof, that I always had to have a buddy come over and help me put on, since my wife and I could not manage it ourselves.

A well kept R129 SL still gets positive attention.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th December, 2008

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 1 review