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Mercedes-Benz SL Open (93 - 02) review

(1993 - 2002)
Mercedes-Benz SL Open (93 - 02)
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What used Mercedes-Benz SL-Class sports will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Mercedes-Benz SL-Class sports?

The original list price of a 6.0-litre SL was £80,900 so, thanks to the evils of depreciation, a used SL can be something of a bargain. However, in every other respect, it's anything but cheap.

Running costs are prohibitive, for a start. All SL models are in insurance group 20 and the best fuel economy you can expect is 24mpg from the 3.0-litre version.

To cap it all, Merc's traditional reputation for reliability has waned over the past few years - electrical glitches have caused the shine on the three-pointed star to dull somewhat. So, on top of the regular running costs, there's a strong chance you'll need to shell out for repairs.