Is the sl500 reliable?

Asked by Nov 08, 2014 at 08:57 PM about the 2005 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL 500

Question type: General

7 Answers


Yes. Just expensive to maintain.

3 of 3 people found this helpful.

Heres all the info and owners reviews in one place:

7 of 7 people found this helpful.

SL's from all years are absolutely fun to drive cars. However, they can be very expensive to maintain. You can find 20yr models that the owners just did normal service on and never had a problem. Then there are fairly new models that have just eaten an owners bank account up. The ones that are driven regularly and have been maintained well (oil, brake and transmission fluid changes) seem to be the most trouble free - regardless of age and mileage. The local MB dealer says the most expensive repairs come from SL's that have been driven very little and sit for long periods of time. An MB product is built to be run every day.

7 of 7 people found this helpful.

I have since 2012, no problems yet. Has 141,000 miles, weekend warrior!

2 of 2 people found this helpful.

I have a low mile 94 Sl 500 I've owned car for 7 years and have only done regular maint. Runs great very fun to drive.Has never let me down. Best investment I've made. Love this car.


I have a 1995 SL500 with only 55K miles. Too bad it's only worth less than $10,000.00. Would buy a new one, but they/re not as good a car as mine .MBs Rule!!!!!!!!

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

It is amazing how fast the resale value of these cars drops. You would think a limited production luxury sports car (only a few thousand per year made) could hold its value better. A big percentage of these cars are driven less than 5k miles per year. That being said, get a good one, drive and service it regularly and it will likely provide many years of motoring fun. I've had two of these and will always have an SL if possible.

Your Answer


Looking for a Used SL-Class in your area?

CarGurus has 3,047 nationwide SL-Class listings starting at $4,500.


Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Experts

  • #1
  • #2
  • #3
    Michael Kane
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Mercedes-Benz S-Class
149 Great Deals out of 7,091 listings starting at $2,888
Used Mercedes-Benz E-Class
567 Great Deals out of 20,520 listings starting at $2,495
Used Porsche 911
135 Great Deals out of 4,997 listings starting at $10,850
Used Chevrolet Corvette
179 Great Deals out of 19,693 listings starting at $3,000
Used Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
58 Great Deals out of 1,150 listings starting at $3,400
Used Mercedes-Benz C-Class
699 Great Deals out of 28,203 listings starting at $1,000
Used BMW 6 Series
86 Great Deals out of 2,584 listings starting at $6,990
Used Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
83 Great Deals out of 2,484 listings starting at $5,950
Used Mercedes-Benz CL-Class
25 Great Deals out of 503 listings starting at $3,999
Used Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class
41 Great Deals out of 1,161 listings starting at $2,299
Used Jaguar XK-Series
28 Great Deals out of 615 listings starting at $3,995
Used Porsche Boxster
48 Great Deals out of 1,221 listings starting at $3,900
Used BMW 3 Series
1,096 Great Deals out of 33,530 listings starting at $1,000
Used BMW 7 Series
124 Great Deals out of 5,507 listings starting at $1,995

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class For Sale
148 listings starting at $79,990
2016 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class For Sale
52 listings starting at $63,800
2015 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class For Sale
12 Great Deals out of 134 listings starting at $50,999
2014 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class For Sale
13 Great Deals out of 234 listings starting at $45,254
2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class For Sale
6 Great Deals out of 195 listings starting at $38,990

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.