2004 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class User Reviews

2004 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Review Ratings

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  • 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:5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars 5 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 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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Kyle writes:
2004 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL500 Review
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looks, feel, price

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acceleration, insurance prices

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2004 Sl 500 — The SL500 was a 92 thousand dollar low production drop top to compete with jags amazing xk and bmws 6 series, now 4 years later I was able to buy my car for about 35 thousand, and only an expert can tell it from new, The SL follows a classic mercedes look, but sadly doesnt look as good as a 645 or a jaguar, which is dissapointing, but the interior is simple, very high quality, and surprisingly safe, in a s550 youd be worried to let anyone below 21 sit in it becuase they might move to quickly and scratch a trim piece, in this everything is laid back. The power comes from a five litre 302 horsepower 339 lb foot V8, with this the car should put c6 vettes in tail light view, yet the mercedes 4300 pound curb weight holds it back to 6.3 0-60 not very fast at all, which is emphasized when you think a 350z with a 3.5 litre v6 with the same horsepower and far less torque will be a 60 more than a half second faster then you, in your hundred thousand dollar sports car but when you start this car up, your not tempted to see what it can do, your more relaxed and opted to marvel as the folding aluminum roof with the full glass window takes its 16 seconds of glory, and glance at the tach to see just 1500 rpm at 70mph, or play with some of the toys like the ride height adjustment. anyway this car puts you in a place where your heart beat is lower than a meditating munk, and that can all be changed with a push of the sport button and a nudge from your right foot, even though it doesnt leap with joy, it pulls strongly all the way to the limiter, and while it does you can enjoy the amazing exhaust note, a strong deep V8 roar that I would put up with an Aston Martin, the great thing about the sound is it appears at the perfect times, at idle, and under power, not intrusive at all. But most impressive to me is the quality this car holds. everything is as good as it can be, the leather is perfect, the plastics are soft and smooth, the metal matches up perfectly, and when you park it you cant help but look back smoothly and smile.

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small_boy_2_m_tall_man writes:
2004 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL55 AMG Review
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5

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Massive power, very enjoyable to drive many ways

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Not for the untalented, transmission now dated

small_boy_2_m_tall_man
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Absolutely Beastly Yet Smooth And Gentle To Drive If You Wish — Superb acceleration 0-100 near 10 s. almost supercar performance; 0-60 4.3 in my hands. Speed drive shifting is a bit slow by modern standards. Drive it like a pussycat, it doesn't care. It is massively solid (but heavy) tight as an open-top can be and the hard top retractable roof is the best. Interior is spartan, utilitarian German, 2004 exterior styling far better than modern angular looks to me. Is expensive as it is thirsty yet on cruise control at 80 m.p.h. gets over 20.0. Very very fun to drive. BEst feature? Pass anyone any time (foolish amounts of torque - 516 of them).

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

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Graham writes:
2004 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL500 Review
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5

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V8 power

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It'll destroy your bank account!

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V8 Power That'll Destroy Your Bank Account — This should actually be a S500 AMG not SL500 AMG. Anyway, add 2 seats and tone down the AMG looks and you get the S Class. There are so many positives (eg 0-60MPH in 6.3 secs, 5litre engine, V8, electronic everything, distronic etc) but unfortunately the negatives hold the upper hand after 3 years of ownership. The biggest negative about any Merc is the dealerships. They will fleece you and rip you off because they know that you're scared of losing that "full dealer service history". So expect to pay $5-10k a year on servicing. On top of that add $3k a year to replace the P2000 tyres etc etc etc. Everything is "an exception to the warranty". Including (no kidding) rust on wheel arches!!! Yes, it's a beautiful car and has a kick-ass performance with top speed limited at 155mph (I've only clocked 130mph - uphill - before I chickened out) without shakes or vibrations - BUT (and it's a big BUT), it'll consume your life and you'll end up enslaved by ferocious maintenance and repair bills.

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LTRangerJim writes:
2004 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL500 Review
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4

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Hardtop convertible.   Easy up & down.   Lots of storage areas in cockpit.   Heated/Cooled Seats, Luxury.

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No Bluetooth, Gas Mileage could be better

LTRangerJim
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Sweet Convertible — I choose the Mercedes over Porsche 911 and Corvette Convertibles because of the built in hardtop. Other considerations were reliability & maintenance costs. I've only had it a day but I was impressed with all of the features it has and the build quality.

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

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jackobo007 writes:
2004 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL500 Review
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5

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The best car I've owned so far

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None

jackobo007
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Great Bang For Your Buck ! — You never know how fun it is to drive until you try the SL. So many cool features, surprisingly good mpg on the freeway. Hard-top !!! you can't beat that. mine had the panoramic hard-top, can't beat that ! If you can afford one, just do it. Cheers !

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

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cjk048 writes:
2004 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL500 Review
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good summer car

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no cons

cjk048
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Love It — Its a good car for sports minded people. The car has a good acceleration, braking and handling. I always felt safe in this car and it's always a pleasure to drive the car and have fun. People have nice comments about the car

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

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tommysautos writes:
2004 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL55 AMG Review
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5

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Just Love This Car ! Great in dry warm weather.

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Not so good in bad snowy weather.

tommysautos
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Awesome !!! — This is not a car for just anyone! This is the CAR ! that has it all. The ride ! the look ! and the Power ! with all the extra's Long trips are no problem, with both seats heated, ventilated, and Massage mode, makes any ride a pleasure.

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

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Luis writes:
2004 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL500 Review
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5

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Comfy luxury and Pep

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I got a ticket about 2 weeks after I bought it

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Agent Slick's White Beast — Is a Beast, it ain't quick, but give it a few seconds and you'll hear the engine roar when I am passing next to you and... don't worry, you'll have time to read the license plate... Yup... AGT SLCK... If you want to know the MPG, then you must drive a Prius... this car is all about Style and Power...

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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zbig writes:
2004 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL500 Review
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Retractable roof, looks great, handles extrimely well, looks classy.

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Nothing to write about, absolutely love it

zbig
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All You Need In A Car — I boughtit back in 2008 with 9000 miles Shipped to here and fell in love with it even more than my SL 500 I installed the sprint booster chip and it makes it a wild beast when I switch it to that mode. Love it, Love it, Love it!

Owner for 4 years, 0 months

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

Miles Driven per Year:15,000

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Jessica writes:
2004 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL55 AMG Review
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Fast.

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Expensive.

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Way Too Much For Me To Spend On A Car! — I have driven this car many times and I am not impressed. There are scads of features, but good luck figuring out how to use them. Also, the gas tanks are defective and read wrong. The power roof is cool, but the cup holder situation is seriously lacking. This car is just not very practical. It's for the people who need something to show everyone how cool they are.

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