Mercedes-Benz W113 Reviews

1966 Mercedes-Benz W113 230 SL from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1966
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired85000 miles
Most recent distance90000 miles
Previous carSAAB 900

Summary:

Just gorgeous

Faults:

Distributor needed to be helped out with electronic ignition.

The jets on the cold start valve can get blocked.

Heater control levers are stuck.

Bonnet can come away from it's anchoring.

General Comments:

Beautifully engineered well balanced car. Can roll a bit on sharp corners - but a real blast to drive at the higher end of the rev range.

Speed (mph) = revs/50 in top gear (fourth). Engine sounds lovely in tunnels.

Drop dead gorgeous with the hardtop on, and will bring you back from the dead when topless. A real automotive masterpiece of design.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th June, 2009

1964 Mercedes-Benz W113 230 SL from Switzerland

Year of manufacture1964
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired57000 kilometres
Most recent distance61000 kilometres

Summary:

Perfect roadster from the sixties

Faults:

Car body is in excellent condition, however the car was not used much for years, so some repairs were needed. Most notable was the power-assisted steering, which leaked oil and needed a refitting.

General Comments:

Most beautiful when driven open. There are few roadsters from the sixties that match the looks of a pagoda when driven open.

This car is all about space and light, I know no other car that gives you such a spacious feeling inside.

The car can be easily driven in today's traffic (perfect power assisted steering, excellent automatic transmission) however engine develops power above 4k rpm only so needs some adjustments in driving habits. The sound of the engine compensates more than enough when driven hard.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th June, 2009

1970 Mercedes-Benz W113 280 SL 2.8 ltr from North America

Model year1970
Year of manufacture1970
First year of ownership1995
Engine and transmission 2.8 ltr Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired54000 miles
Most recent distance69000 miles
Previous carBMW CS Coupe

Summary:

A keeper

Faults:

Distributor rebuilt.

Injection pump rebuilt.

Trunk tends to get wet under mat in rain or after washing.

General Comments:

A gorgeous, beautifully assembled machine that is the last of the hand-built vehicles. Triple-plated chromed brass, leather everywhere, even a gas cap that is a work of art... A nice example of a Pagoda is a stunning piece of workmanship. Buy it and own it forever without a moment of regret.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th March, 2008

15th Oct 2009, 05:51

As a Pagoda owner myself, I'm in complete agreement except for the fact, that these cars were hand-built. The correct term would be partially hand-finished.

As you mention, the FI pump is the Achilles heel as it is both complicated and expensive to replace if it packs up.

Best regards.

Average review marks: 6.1 / 10, based on 3 reviews