I've run a 280SL for the last two years and 20,000 miles. I chose the somewhat feeble V6 because driven gently it gives 30mpg, but generally 26mpg is the norm . Build, materials and cabin quality are excellent- far better than provided of late. It's a pity that given the overall dimensions that seat travel is so restricted.Anyone over 5.10 will not be comfortable for long.I'd gladly do without the token rear seats in exchange for decent leg room. Boot space will accomodate three or four airline cabin sized bags but this isn't a car designed for everyday use.The seperate hardtop is heavy to fit but once in place provides excellent insulation from noise. Once depreciation( or the lack of it) is factored into the moderate fuel and service costs one can appreciate why it is so popular.Running costs are very modest for this class of vehicle. You won't be first away at the lights, but it's aimed at people with more sense than adrenalin.
I bought my 1994 SL500 in January 2005. I keep it garaged and use it at weekends and for holidays. The comfort, performance and handling are all exemplary. It is really in its element touring in France (quieter roads) and topless. Fuel consumption 24.5 mpg and no bills between annual services. Best summarised by a comment I read elsewhere - "the sports car for grown ups"! I look forward to many happy miles. The agreed value for "cherished car" insurance has remained at the price I paid, and I get the impression hat values for this era are beginning to go up for well kept cars.
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Amazing car, once driven, never forgotton, forget all the pretenders like BMW Z4 and Mercedes SLK, they will never have the passion of a Porsche
I love this car! Handling is great, its fun to drive and even reasonably practical!