2005 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Trims

2 Dr SL500 Convertible
Average Price:$25,590
The 2005 SL500 featured a number of changes that left drivers happy. Most notably, Mercedes-Benz added a 7 forward speed transmission that one reviewer said made the car "the finest per... Read More

The 2005 SL500 featured a number of changes that left drivers happy. Most notably, Mercedes-Benz added a 7 forward speed transmission that one reviewer said made the car "the finest performing Benz...I have owned."

But the car was not flawless. Other drivers felt accessories were too quick to malfunction and that there were more than the usual number of brake and transmission problems for a car in this price range.

But on the whole, the SL500 gets high marks. As it had for the previous two model years, the SL500 had a 302 horsepower V8 in 2005 that produced an astonishing 339 feet of torque.

Powertrain: 5.0L 302 hp V8 Engine, RWD, 7-Speed Automatic Transmission, MPG: 18
Air Conditioning Front air conditioning: automatic climate control · Front air conditioning zones: dual
Airbags Front airbags: dual · Knee airbags · Side airbags: front
Audio System CD changer · In-Dash CD: single disc · Premium Brand: Bose · Radio: AM/FM
Brakes ABS: 4-wheel
Comfort Features Center console trim: leather and wood · Dash trim: leather · Door trim: leather and wood · Shift knob trim: leather · Steering wheel trim: leather
Convenience Features Center console: front console with storage · Cruise control · Easy entry: power driver seat · Multi-function remote: trunk release · Power steering · Steering wheel: tilt and telescopic · Steering wheel mounted controls: audio · Universal garage door opener
Driver Seat Power adjustments
Instrumentation Clock · Tachometer · Trip computer
Lights Daytime running lights · Front fog lights · Headlight cleaners · Headlights: Xenon, Auto on/off
Locks Power door locks: remote
Memorized Settings Includes driver seat · Includes passenger seat
Mirrors Exterior mirrors: auto-dimming, integrated turn signals, heated, power · Inside rearview mirror: auto-dimming
Passenger Seat Power adjustments
Roof Convertible roof: power retractable hard top
Safety Rollover Protection System
Seats Front seat type: bucket · Heated: front seats · Upholstery: leather
Security Anti-theft alarm system
Stability and Traction Stability control · Traction control
Suspension Driver Adjustable Suspension · Suspension control: electronic
Telematics Navigation system · Telematics system
Tires and Rims 18 Inch Wheels
Wheels Rim type: alloy
Windows Front wipers: rain sensing, intermittent · Power windows · Rear defogger
2 Dr SL55 AMG Convertible
Average Price:$32,259
How fast - and how perfect - is the 2005 Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG? For one driver the only thing he could find to complain about was how easy it was to speed in the car, writing "the car ... Read More

How fast - and how perfect - is the 2005 Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG? For one driver the only thing he could find to complain about was how easy it was to speed in the car, writing "the car wants to get up and go!"

With a 493 horsepower, super-charged V8 engine, speed will never be an issue. And neither will style ion this sports roadster modeled after the popular SL500 model.

But the difference between the SL55 AMG and the SL500 is monumental and comes down to performance and exclusivity. AMG makes high performance cars in limited quantities.

Adds to 2 Dr SL500 Convertible:
Enhanced Powertrain: 5.4L 493 hp V8 Engine, 5-Speed Automatic Transmission, MPG: 15
No additional major features.
Air Conditioning Front air conditioning: automatic climate control · Front air conditioning zones: dual
Airbags Front airbags: dual · Knee airbags · Side airbags: front
Audio System CD changer · In-Dash CD: single disc · Premium Brand: Bose · Radio: AM/FM
Brakes ABS: 4-wheel
Comfort Features Beverage cooler · Center console trim: alloy and leather · Dash trim: leather · Door trim: alloy and leather · Shift knob trim: leather · Steering wheel trim: leather
Convenience Features Center console: front console with storage · Cruise control · Easy entry: power driver seat · Multi-function remote: trunk release · Power steering · Steering wheel: tilt and telescopic · Steering wheel mounted controls: audio · Universal garage door opener
Driver Seat Power adjustments
Instrumentation Clock · Tachometer · Trip computer
Lights Daytime running lights · Front fog lights · Headlight cleaners · Headlights: Xenon, Auto on/off
Locks Power door locks: remote
Memorized Settings Includes driver seat · Includes passenger seat
Mirrors Exterior mirrors: auto-dimming, integrated turn signals, heated, power · Inside rearview mirror: auto-dimming
Passenger Seat Power adjustments
Roof Convertible roof: power retractable hard top
Safety Rollover Protection System
Seats Front seat type: bucket · Heated: front seats · Upholstery: leather
Security Anti-theft alarm system
Stability and Traction Stability control · Traction control
Suspension Driver Adjustable Suspension · Suspension control: electronic
Telematics Navigation system · Telematics system
Tires and Rims 18 Inch Wheels
Wheels Rim type: alloy
Windows Front wipers: rain sensing · Power windows · Rear defogger
2 Dr SL600 Turbo Convertible
Average Price:$31,792
2005 marked the last model year that Mercedes-Benz built its SL600 with a 5.0 liter engine, upgrading to a 5.5 liter engine in 2006. But the 2005's engine was nothing to scoff at, pumpi... Read More

2005 marked the last model year that Mercedes-Benz built its SL600 with a 5.0 liter engine, upgrading to a 5.5 liter engine in 2006. But the 2005's engine was nothing to scoff at, pumping out 493 horses and 590 feet of torque.

And that extra power from the V12 engine comes in handy for a classic sports roadster that is nontraditionally heavy. The 2005 SL600 weighs in at two tons. The extra heft has its purpose, however: drivers note that the SL600 offers more comfort and passenger space than most cars in its class.

This isn't the car for moving day, with just 10.2 feet of cubic space for storage -- and significantly less when the top is down and the trunk is being used to store the classic hard top. Other space is sacrificed for safety: one driver counted two normal front air bags, two to protect the thorax and one for the driver's knees. A pop-up rollbar deploys when the vehicle senses a rollover.

Adds to 2 Dr SL500 Convertible:
Enhanced Powertrain: 5.5L 493 hp V12 Engine, 5-Speed Automatic Transmission, MPG: 15
No additional major features.
Air Conditioning Front air conditioning: automatic climate control · Front air conditioning zones: dual
Airbags Front airbags: dual · Knee airbags · Side airbags: front
Audio System CD changer · In-Dash CD: single disc · Premium Brand: Bose · Radio: AM/FM
Brakes ABS: 4-wheel
Comfort Features Center console trim: leather and wood · Dash trim: leather · Door trim: leather and wood · Shift knob trim: leather and wood · Steering wheel trim: leather and wood
Convenience Features Center console: front console with storage · Cruise control · Easy entry: power driver seat · Multi-function remote: trunk release · Power steering · Steering wheel: tilt and telescopic · Steering wheel mounted controls: audio · Universal garage door opener
Driver Seat Power adjustments
Instrumentation Clock · Tachometer · Trip computer
Lights Daytime running lights · Front fog lights · Headlight cleaners · Headlights: Xenon, Auto on/off
Locks Power door locks: remote
Memorized Settings Includes driver seat · Includes passenger seat
Mirrors Exterior mirrors: auto-dimming, integrated turn signals, heated, power · Inside rearview mirror: auto-dimming
Passenger Seat Power adjustments
Roof Convertible roof: power retractable hard top
Safety Rollover Protection System
Seats Front seat type: bucket · Heated: front seats · Upholstery: leather · Ventilated: front
Security Anti-theft alarm system
Stability and Traction Stability control · Traction control
Suspension Driver Adjustable Suspension · Suspension control: electronic
Telematics Navigation system · Phone: cellular phone · Telematics system
Tires and Rims 18 Inch Wheels
Wheels Rim type: alloy
Windows Front wipers: rain sensing, intermittent · Power windows · Rear defogger
2 Dr SL65 AMG Convertible
Average Price:$47,039
Are 604 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque too much power for a two-door, sports roadster? The answer is no for anyone who has ever driven a 2005 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG. That po... Read More

Are 604 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque too much power for a two-door, sports roadster? The answer is no for anyone who has ever driven a 2005 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG.

That power comes from a 6.0-liter V-12 power plant. The AMG emblem adds exclusivity, making the SL65 the premier vehicle in the SL lineup - and making owners of the perfectly acceptable SL500 it is based on wish they had opted to double their purchase price so they could own an SL65 AMG as well.

SL600 owners, will be pleased to know their vehicles go from zero to 60 miles per hour in 0.2 seconds faster than the SL65 AMG's 3.8 second time. The deficiency, according to road testers, is inadequate traction in the more expensive SL65 AMG.

Adds to 2 Dr SL500 Convertible:
Enhanced Powertrain: 6.0L 604 hp V12 Engine, 5-Speed Automatic Transmission, MPG: 15
No additional major features.
Air Conditioning Front air conditioning: automatic climate control · Front air conditioning zones: dual
Airbags Front airbags: dual · Knee airbags · Side airbags: front
Audio System CD changer · In-Dash CD: single disc · Radio: AM/FM
Brakes ABS: 4-wheel
Comfort Features Beverage cooler · Center console trim: alloy and leather · Dash trim: leather · Door trim: alloy and leather · Shift knob trim: leather · Steering wheel trim: leather
Convenience Features Center console: front console with storage · Cruise control · Easy entry: power driver seat · Multi-function remote: trunk release · Power steering · Steering wheel: tilt and telescopic · Steering wheel mounted controls: audio · Universal garage door opener
Driver Seat Power adjustments
Instrumentation Clock · Tachometer · Trip computer
Lights Daytime running lights · Front fog lights · Headlight cleaners · Headlights: Xenon, Auto on/off
Locks Power door locks: remote
Memorized Settings Includes driver seat · Includes passenger seat
Mirrors Exterior mirrors: auto-dimming, integrated turn signals, heated, power · Inside rearview mirror: auto-dimming
Passenger Seat Power adjustments
Roof Convertible roof: power retractable hard top
Safety Rollover Protection System
Seats Front seat type: bucket · Heated: front seats · Upholstery: leather
Security Anti-theft alarm system
Stability and Traction Stability control · Traction control
Suspension Driver Adjustable Suspension · Suspension control: electronic
Telematics Navigation system · Telematics system
Tires and Rims 19 Inch Wheels
Wheels Rim type: composite
Windows Front wipers: rain sensing · Power windows · Rear defogger