1977 Mercedes-Benz SL Reviews

1977 Mercedes-Benz SL SLC 4.5L from North America

Year of manufacture1977
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 4.5L Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired312000 miles
Most recent distance320000 miles
Previous carHonda CRX

Summary:

320,000 miles!

Faults:

One of the seats is jiggly.

New tires.

New transmission fluid.

Turn signal indicator has to be held in place for a L or R turn, doesn't stay automatically.

Sunroof sometimes doesn't open.

Back seat is not in good shape.

Automatic trunk and gas-cap release mechanisms don't work (just use the key like on normal cars).

Muffler is starting to go.

Rheostat failed - easy to fix, cost=$0, if you know what & where it is... it controls the dashboard lights.

The pneumatic seat adjusters don't work automatically

General Comments:

Engine built like a tank.

Handles very well.

Corners well.

Smooth ride.

Cruises 80 no problem.

Looks like an 80's stockbroker car.

Great car for the city.

Looks good and relatively inexpensive.

Every time I stop for gas or parking, I get comments, ie, nice car. Once I drag raced a newer model Toyota Supra and won. The guy peeled out and we left him burning rubber at the light.

Another time we had a bunch of furniture on the roof and someone tried to drag race us, but we didn't want to lose our merchandise.

The stereo was replaced with a CD-player. The electric antenna is cool.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th April, 2002

28th Nov 2005, 16:36

Hi there, can you please provide me with some information on the easy fix for the faulty rheostat on Mercedes SLC. Any help would be much appreciated!

8th May 2006, 13:07

I had the problem with the turn signal not staying on. I solved the problem by replacing the front bushings. I bought my bushings at www.autopartswarehouse.com (front bushings, steering stabilizer, motor mounts = $215.) Dealer gets $500 for bushings and $1200+ for installation.

1977 Mercedes-Benz SL 450SL 4.5L V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1977
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 4.5L V8 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired220000 miles
Most recent distance241000 miles
Previous carFord Mustang

Summary:

No kids! This should be your baby

Faults:

Transmission had to be rebuilt at 222,000 miles.

Power steering hoses and mechanism replaced twice in two years.

General Comments:

Real good looking car that will never be outdated. In the 70's it was a car for the rich and famous movie stars: Bobby Ewing from "Dallas", Jonathon Hart from "Hart to Hart". Today, even though they keep their value extremely well, they are affordable.

I had back speakers fitted into the board behind the drivers seat and a CD changer in the trunk. Favourite summer time activity - cruising in style with the roof down, tunes playing, having the time of my life. Everyone should experience this.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th January, 2002

16th Feb 2003, 12:38

Wasn't Bobby Ewing's a 1978? jrobb7@cox.net.

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 2 reviews