What is it like?

Mercedes-Benz SL Open (93 - 02) review

(1993 - 2002)
Mercedes-Benz SL Open (93 - 02)
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What's the used Mercedes-Benz SL-Class sports like?

The Mercedes SL is a massively over-engineered vehicle that was designed to give the best possible ride at high speeds. And, with virtually no shudder in the cabin, even with the top down, it feels bullet-proof. However, you do get a lot of wind noise where the windows meet on the 5.0-litre model.

On the road, the SL is smooth, fast and luxurious, with comfortable seats. Performance is stunning and, if you're feeling adventurous and flush for cash, go for the 5.0-litre V8 or even the 6.0-litre V12. Both are devastatingly quick and will take you to an electronically limited top speed of 155mph.

Even the smaller engines, the 2.8 or the 3.2-litre, are enough to give you an entertaining ride. And the only note of caution is that, while the SL is great for European motorways, it's a bit too wide for British villages. The only other complaint is that the controls seem a little understated for the quality of the cabin. Otherwise, it's well built, and you'll be unlucky if you hear any creaks.