1997 Mercedes-Benz SL500 Reviews and Owner Comments

1997 Mercedes-Benz SL500 owners review and rate their 1997 Mercedes-Benz SL500.

1997 Mercedes-Benz SL500 (3 Reviews)
Body, Interior & Misc.
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Electrical & Lights
Exhaust & Emissions
Heating & Air Conditioning
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I bought this from the first owner who put a whopping 55,000 miles on it in 15 years. The biggest problem showed up after I got it home and removed the hardtop-the pillar cylinders started leaking. [Tow #1]. I had all 12 replaced and so far, so good. This was likely because the owner did not remove the hardtop and exercise the convertible top. I had another incident when the instruments died and the brake lights ceased working. After I replaced fuses twice, MB towed it in [#2], gave me a loaner and repaired the problem-the insulation on some of the wires for the 3rd brake light were worn and causing the short. This car is beautifully styled, handles great and runs like a rocket.
Love it.. Fast, Sleek, Low, Lots of torque and the hardtop/softtop combo is a win in any situation.
1997 SL500 40th Anniversary Roadster.

57K miles runs great. Love the torque 347lbs.
A very safe car to drive, lots of safety features. At 135mph it is as stable as 40mph.

Replaced headlight wiper motor about 45K. Only expenses have been tires, battery, and regular maintenance.

Very economical car to own and drive. I get 27mpg on the highway at 65mph, 18-20 in town.
Maintenance is about the same as my 2003 Lexus IS300, and much less than my Porsch 968.

Would recommend to anyone wanting a safe, quality auto at a low used car price ($12-18K in 2010) considering the quality, reliability and curb appeal of a M-B.