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Mercedes-Benz SL Open (02 - 12) review

(2002 - 2012)
Mercedes-Benz SL Open (02 - 12)
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What should I look for in a used Mercedes-Benz SL-Class sports?

One of the key things to look for when buying an SL is not the car itself, but your local Mercedes dealer. You're more than likely to use them for servicing, so make sure their customer service matches your expectations.

The SL is put together with care and attention, and it's a very reliable and easy car to live with. Nevertheless, check the folding roof works smoothly and quickly as the electric motors can seize if it's not used for long periods, such as over winter.

And, if you're looking for an AMG model, have a good look at the alloys - they're prone to kerb damage, and, whether you repair or replace them, it'll be very pricey.

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