1997 SL-Class

Consumer Reviews

1997 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

$1,427 - $18,435  MSRP Range
1997 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

Review Score

4.4 out of 5 stars

4.4

7 Reviews
100% of drivers recommend this car
Score Breakdown
4.3 out of 5 stars Comfort
4.6 out of 5 stars Value for the Money
4.4 out of 5 stars Interior Design
4.4 out of 5 stars Reliability
4.4 out of 5 stars Performance
4.4 out of 5 stars Exterior Styling

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5 out of 5 stars

Always reliable, powerful, fun to drive, wonderbar

by awa2kygirl from Phoenix, AZ on Wed Oct 06 2010

This car is for a free spirit. Handles most superb. Never out of extreme power in any circumstance. Gets down and races anyone. An engineering feat. Most amazing car I've ever owned.

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

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5 out of 5 stars

1997 Mercedes SL600 - V12 BEAST

by Mercedes Lover from Chicago, IL on Mon Dec 19 2016

This car is a headturner, with 12 cylinders and 400 HP, there's a reason this car is know as the flagship Mercedes Benz. It had options in '97 that no one else offered like self leveling suspension, bi xenon headlights, wood grain steering wheel and much, much more!

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

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5 out of 5 stars

Great buy for someone

by whishigi from Bradenton FL on Mon Oct 30 2017

This is a $100,000 car for a tenth of the price. Mine was in in impeccable condition and most people shouldn't believe everything was original, including the paint. If you can buy one in good condition, it would be a great sports car. After 20 years, the only concern is that the plastics tend to deteriorate and replacement is expensive but the drive train is excellent.

4 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

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5 out of 5 stars

Headed for the wineries

by Aussie from St Louis, MO on Wed Sep 13 2017

This car has been my summer weekend cruiser for about 5 years. It has run faultlessly, aside from the soft-top computer jamming once. (surprisingly, the local import car repair shop charged me only $65 to fix) It looks good, drives well. Definitely a 2 seater - I am not sure what the area behind the front seats can be used for - it is not a seat, but could have been re-designed to be one.

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

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5 out of 5 stars

Excellent automobile - very prestigous !

by M-B convert from St. Paul, MN on Thu Jul 31 2008

1997 Mercedes SL500, 48K miles. I love this SL. I have also owned a M-B E420 and loved it to. After owning 2 M-Bs, I will not purchase another brand of auto. Gas milage at 70MPH is 27 and in-town about 20 (16 in winter). I purchased the SL in 2005 with 33K miles. It now has 48K. The only maintenance (other than required) that has been done is the replacement of a head light wiper motor and a battery. We live in MN and drive the SL year around, (unlike the previous owner which never let it see rain much less snow). Traction is not a problem in ice and snow. This is the 40th Anniv. Roadster edition with a production of only 500 cars worldwide. The SL generates a lot of attention due to its unique color - crimson metallic, EVO II wheels and burled chestnut wood trim. The SL is rock solid at any speed, (over 135 mph) and handles very well. It provides excellent road feedback and is very comfortable on extended trips. With the wind screen and windows up at 70 mph, normal conversation is possible. Also, excellent Bose audio system with subwoofers. I can't think of anything I would improve on the SL other than thicker sway bars to prevent lean in corners. I find the SL more exciting to drive than my Porsche, and less expensive to maintain. Buying a used (pre-owned) M-B is an unbelievable investment. The best engineering and personal safety at the price of a Honda. I have owned 3 Honda's that each cost more to maintain than a M-B. Wife has a much newer Lexus that does not come close to the engineering and quality of a M-B. I have experienced 3 M-B dealerships and can only say that each has provided service beyond my expectations. I would recommend a M-B of any year or model (that has been properly maintained), as preferrable to purchasing a new car of another brand. We feel very safe in this SL. Other cars that I have owned: Chevy (4 - 50's), Honda (3), Lincoln, Triumph, Volvo (3), Toyota (2), Lexus, and Mercedes (2). Hope this helps.

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

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1 out of 5 stars

no contact

by cherry 2 from on Mon Mar 18 2013

the dealer never contact me sent email 2 times i will send a email to them again i gave them my phone number no one called

1 out of 5 starsComfort
2 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
2 out of 5 starsInterior Design
1 out of 5 starsReliability
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1 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

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5 out of 5 stars

Love driving it

by Dandy 1 from Tacoma wa on Sun Oct 08 2017

Fun to drive bullet proof engine and trans Second one I have owned in last 12 years Classics styling

5 out of 5 starsComfort
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