2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class User Reviews

2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 23 reviews

  • Performance:4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5
  • Appearance:4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars4.9 out of 5 stars 4.9 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 9 reviews
"speed" 7 reviews
"power" 6 reviews
"beautiful car" 5 reviews
"handling" 3 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 4 reviews
"expensive car" 3 reviews
"power" 2 reviews

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oliveirag7 writes:
2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class 2 Dr SL500 Convertible Review
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5

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Great engine and style, really comfortable car.

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Maintenance can be expensive (any Mercedes-Benz though).

oliveirag7
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Excellent Luxury Convertible! — This is my fourth Mercedes-Benz. This particular model has been great for my needs! It really turns heads and has a powerful engine; I also think it's a really fun, nimble, and agile car for a Mercedes. I have taken really good care of it, so maintenance hasn't been an issue. Acceleration, braking, handling are excellent. Because it's a roadster, you may feel a little too confined in it, but that's expected.

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Mark writes:
2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL55 AMG Review
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5

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awesome power from supercharged 5.5 litre V8,

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she's thirsty

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Sl55 Amg - Spitfire On 4 Wheels — The SL55 is like nothing else, classy, elegant, refined, yet at the same time exciting, unfeasibly fast and sounds like a spitfire. And the folding hard top is a work of art. The 4.5 seconds to 60 really is not indicative of the car's power. You only really get the feel for the 500 hp and 700+ nM of torque once you are accelerating at higher speeds. It accelerates from 60-120 like a decent sports car accelerates from 0-60. And the sound it makes getting there will put a mile wide grin on your (increasingly distorted) face every time. Obviously a car with no compromises comes with a few compromises in the real world, namely the cost to buy the car and the fuel economy. You can get over 23 MPG if you cruise cross continent, but driven aggressively (you'll need to be brave to do this), you can get into single digits. But if you can afford a 55AMG, you won't give a damn about the consumption, and the acceleration and the noise are extremely addictive... In terms of practicality, it's got a large 235 litre boot, which is very big for a sports convertible. When the roof is stored in the boot, you can press a button to give better access to the luggage area. The roof is fast and looks great up or down. You can even operate it from the key. Mine also has keyless go, which is very nice, just press the big button on the gear stick and the V8 rumbles to life. The AMG speedtronic box with it's paddles behind the wheel allows you full control when you find a nice twisty bit of country road. In terms of comfort, it has heated massaging seats and 3 memory settings which store seat position, side mirror position, steering wheel rake and reach and even rear view mirror position. In summary, if you can afford it, buy one. Just a shame they have replaced the SL55 with the less torquey and slightly odd looking SL63 AMG...

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Viper13 writes:
2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class 2 Dr SL500 Convertible Review
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Fun to drive.

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Viper13
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Fun — Love to drive this car, great handeling, a lot of power, will keep driving this car for long time it is a lot of fun and I enjoy very much.I will get another one some day, will not drive any other car.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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John writes:
2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL55 AMG Review
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fast

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Costly

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Gotta Have One For Awhile — The car was a blast to drive and looks great when you drop that top. Handeling could be better but a blast at the stop light. It loves to sip the gas for sure and the supercharger developed a whine that Mercedes would not fix.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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benzchick21 writes:
2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class 2 Dr SL500 Convertible Review
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Fun to drive........ always, but especially with the top down.

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nothing negative.... super fun, elegant and sporty car.

benzchick21
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Elegant ,sporty Convertable — This car is so fun to drive and love riding with the top down. I always get remarks at how nice the car looks from people when I'm out. The comfort and roomy feel inside is awesome. The Bose stereo just makes it an extra bonus. Must have one in your lifetime. Enjoy !

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zed33410 writes:
2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class 2 Dr SL500 Convertible Review
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Beautiful, fun driving, comfortable riding car.  Powerful and everything electrical great Bose sound system.

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Mercedes dealorships are expensive.  Find a local guy that works on them and keep all records.  Not the most fuel efficient; you give that up for the power.

zed33410
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Great Convertible Merz For The Money. — Car looks absolutely gorgeous and is fun to drive. For the money you can't beat a Mercedes convertible used. This is my third one and I really like them. I will say they are a little costly to maintain, but if can get around that they are a beautiful car to own and drive. Your in a whole different class when driving a Mercedes, even a 10 or 20 year old one.

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2003SL500 writes:
2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class 2 Dr SL500 Convertible Review
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5

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This is one of the most loaded technology sports cars ever. Although this is a 2003 model you would never know it because the other Vehicle Makes are just making cars compatible technology.

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2 seater, not a lot of storage capacity, makes you want to miss work.

2003SL500
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2003 Sl500 — I love everything about this car. It is really hard to find cons on this vehicle because of the outstanding performance. The maintenance is minimum compared to other sports cars and the ride is too comfortable to be called a sports car.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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keorr writes:
2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL55 AMG Review
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Complements everywhere I go!

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Parts from MB are pricey

keorr
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Fantastic Supercar — This has been a daily driver for the last few years and has been a blast. The hardtop convertible is the only way to go. the top retracts in 16 seconds and the car hits 60 in 4.4 seconds. the controlled 493 HP is amazing with most of it coming in at 2700 RPM. Way too much fun, AMG did a superb job on this car.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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kfkirch writes:
2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class 2 Dr SL500 Convertible Review
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3

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Draws looks, drives well and good passing

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2003 is a model year change MB and they picked up a lot of bad habits Chrysler.transi

kfkirch
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Expensive, Thirsty And Many Cheap Components. — This is a good looking car and is ok for short trips; rides well. No storage for golf bags, luggage or even a beer cooler. MB picked up some cheap production shortcuts from Chrysler and the trim and plastic parts are not MB quality. Hydraulic suspension system has been replaced on all four wheels by the dealer at a cost of about $900 per wheel.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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jackstb writes:
2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class 2 Dr SL500 Convertible Review
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4

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gets lots of looks, like driving a 100K+ car for a fraction of the price

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somewhat expensive to maintain, dealer service is really good service tho

jackstb
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2003 Sl 500 Amg Sport Conv. — I love it, my wife loves that she's talked me into getting rid of it... too many cars in the stable. I've got 3 other cars that get driven more often. This is definately a car you'd want on a sunny day!

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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