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Mercedes-Benz SL Open (93 - 02) review

(1993 - 2002)
Mercedes-Benz SL Open (93 - 02)
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Which used Mercedes-Benz SL-Class sports should I buy?

The SL open-top came with the choice of an electric roof with auto rollover bar or a steel hard top. So, shop round to get whichever you prefer.

As for other kit, you're better off the newer the car you buy. Climate control was introduced on the 5.0-litre as standard in 1996, for instance, and in 1998 the 6.0-litre got a CD multi-changer as standard.

Likewise, from 1998 the 280 came with an electronic stability programme, leather seat trim, heated front seat, rear child seats and an electrically adjustable steering column. At the same time, Mercedes launched the SL320 and SL500 Anniversary Limited Editions which included a blue soft-top, Evo II 17-inch alloy wheels and a special boot-mounted CD changer.

As far as engines are concerned, the most sensible option is the 320, which will get you to 60mph in around 7sec. That's plenty fast enough and has the added benefit that you won't spend your life pulling into petrol stations.

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Which used Mercedes-Benz SL-Class sports should I buy?

The SL open-top came with the choice of an electric roof with auto rollover bar or a steel hard top. So, shop round to get whichever you prefer.

As for other kit, you're better off the newer the car you buy. Climate control was introduced on the 5.0-litre as standard in 1996, for instance, and in 1998 the 6.0-litre got a CD multi-changer as standard.

Likewise, from 1998 the 280 came with an electronic stability programme, leather seat trim, heated front seat, rear child seats and an electrically adjustable steering column. At the same time, Mercedes launched the SL320 and SL500 Anniversary Limited Editions which included a blue soft-top, Evo II 17-inch alloy wheels and a special boot-mounted CD changer.

As far as engines are concerned, the most sensible option is the 320, which will get you to 60mph in around 7sec. That's plenty fast enough and has the added benefit that you won't spend your life pulling into petrol stations.

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