Is the sl500 reliable?

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

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Yes. Just expensive to maintain.

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Heres all the info and owners reviews in one place:

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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.

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

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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!!!!!!!!

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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.

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