Used Mercedes-Benz SL-Class AMG (2002 - 2011) Safety & Reliability

Review by Simon Harris on
Last Updated: 24 Jan 2014
4.5
The AMG versions of the SL - or at least the ones with V8 power - don't seem to offer a great deal more on paper than the top versions in the standard range. The SL55 AMG and later SL63 AMG are on a par for power with the SL600 and offer considerably less pulling power.

4 out of 5

Safety

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Although it hasn't undergone an independent crash test, the SL protects occupants well. There are head/thorax and driver and passenger airbags plus a pop-up roll-over protection should the worst happen. Just about every known electronic driver aid is fitted to help prevent the driver losing control.

4 out of 5

Reliability

Some recent Mercedes-Benz models have drifted a bit in the quality stakes, but this SL largely meets expectations of peerless build quality and engineering. However, a few owners have reported problems with roof seals that can't be fixed despite several visits to dealers.

Car check problem points

Body

Some problems reported with roof seals on earlier cars that seem impossible to fix.

Engine/Gearbox

No problems reported.

Other

No problems reported.