Used Mercedes-Benz SL-Class (1989 - 2002) Review

Review by Parkers on
Last Updated: 27 Jan 2014
4
The Mercedes-Benz SL Class was once considered the ultimate soft-top for prestige, comfort and effortless touring. The body is smoothly styled - with cleanly sculpted panelling and a low-sloping nose - but looked a little clumsy beside the petite SLK in the late 1990s Mercedes line-up, and obese in comparison to the latest SL.
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class (89-02)
Status; quality
SLK is prettier, less costly and less pretentious

New price range:

£50,340 - £98,020

Used price range:

£3,394 - £10,177

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4 out of 5

The Mercedes-Benz SL Class was once considered the ultimate soft-top for prestige, comfort and effortless touring. The body is smoothly styled - with cleanly sculpted panelling and a low-sloping nose - but looked a little clumsy beside the petite SLK in the late 1990s Mercedes line-up, and obese in comparison to the latest SL. However, they are still fairly expensive and impressive - even with the smallest engine - though the brutish V12 SL600 is almost unnecessarily über-powerful.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4 out of 5

Performance

5 out of 5

Handling

2.5 out of 5

Comfort

4 out of 5

Practicality

3 out of 5

Behind the wheel

5 out of 5

Safety

3.5 out of 5

Reliability

5 out of 5

Running costs

1.5 out of 5

Green credentials

not rated yet

Buying used

3 out of 5

Selling

3 out of 5

Equipment

3 out of 5

What owners say...

 Long distance cruiser and great in sunny weather with the hood down.  

4 out of 5

Robin Mead ,   18 May 2015    ... read more

 Economic to both run and maintain, as long as you shop around to good indies for parts (although seldom required).  

5 out of 5

Paul Green ,   21 Oct 2014    ... read more

 This car is not supposed to be practical... Though the sun shade is useful when it gets warm ;-)  

4 out of 5

Kashif Alam ,   22 Jan 2010    ... read more

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