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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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18 reader reviews for Mercedes-Benz SL Open.
  • 500 2dr

    Peter Kuske Date: 07/08/2005
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    At 31,000 miles, the ABC warning light flashed, advising that I visit the workshops and that I do not drive above 50 mph. I visited the workshop which advises that both rear suspension units are leaking fluid and need replacing.

    This cost £ 2700 - as you can imagine, I was not especially happy with this and told them so. The dealer said 'Well, being honest, I agree with you - it's not good. Let's see what Mercedes says', assuming that Mercedes would admit that 30,000 miles to expect the rear suspension fail would be met with 'that's not right - exchange them free of charge'.

    What I got was 'It's out of warranty, and maybe you thrashed it.' It's unbelievable - I am nearly 50 years old - my wheelspin days are long passed. I have advised that I am not impressed with this, and Mercedes after-care is going downhill like the components they no doubt are now using.

    The dealer advised on the QT that Mercedes did a 50% goodwill gesture on a SL500 which had catalytic converter and both rear suspension units replaced at 50,000 miles due to the customer running a few Mecedes cars and vans.

    So this is a common problem which Mercedes are trying to hide and dodge, so SL owners beware, and do what i am doing. That is, to trade this for a BMW M5 soon as possible, as I now find Mercedes' quality and back up is at an all-time low. It's a shame, because I still think the SL is the sexiest car on the road but hell to own.

  • 600 2dr

    Stuart Riley , Derbyshire . Date: 07/07/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Fabulous blend of sports tourer and limousine refinement, truly an S class in sports clothing.

    Only problem is typically hard Mercedes seats although at least they don't give me chronic back ache like every other Merc I've ever had!

    I had the SL55 before I bought this car and have to say the 600 is much nicer. The 600 has more than enough power (although the 55 feels more lively) but with none of the snatchy vices of the 55.

    Not the fastest A to B car you will drive but then it's a heavy car and it isn't built for that. If you want a racer for the open road buy a 911 turbo and put up with the noise and ride quality.

    This is without doubt the most versatile convertible grand tourer money can buy and I will not be changing it (unless it's for a Bentley Continental GT).

    Haven't driven the DB9 Volante yet but wouldn't buy a car that will probably break down twice a week!

  • 55 AMG (02-06) 2dr

    Stuart Riley , Derbyshire . Date: 21/03/2005
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    A magnificent package, quality pace and presence with a staggering engine. Truly not for the faint hearted. I would counsel any but the most committed drivers to consider the SL 500 because this car has too much power for its own good. Wheel spin at 70mph? No problem if it's what turns you on!

    A splendid car but with a nasty temper when roused!

  • 500 2dr

    Richard Hurst Date: 18/02/2005
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    The best Benz I've owned. Looks glorious. Handles wonderfully considering it's not a small car. Air suspension a treat.

    Operating costs so far surprisingly good: Tyres lasted 14k miles, 1st service at 11k miles wasn't too painful. Insurance (via Mercedes) very reasonable, albeit a high excess.

    One small problem with creaking roof - adjusted by dealer and not recurred. I never tire of watching the roof operate.

    I love it.

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