1998 SL-Class

Consumer Reviews

1998 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

$807 - $19,931  MSRP Range

Review Score

4.8 out of 5 stars

4.8

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

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5 out of 5 stars

Great for a weekend toy

by Ftworthguy from Bedford, TX on Wed Oct 07 2009

Kinda hard to get in and out of. Only major problem is the hydraulic cylinders that operate the roof locks go out easily. In my opinion Mercedes should have recalled these because when they bust. It leaks fluid all over those leather seats. Awesome handling and descent power. Cant beat the styling though.

4 out of 5 starsComfort
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4 out of 5 stars

love my 500

by jo jo from North Florida on Fri Apr 01 2011

Have always wanted one of these. It's a great car for cruising. Love the power. Can't wait to take the top off. And the gas mileage is great considering it's a v8. Wouldn't trade it for anything.

4 out of 5 starsComfort
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5 out of 5 stars

Fine grand touring classic

by Neil from Manassas, VA on Wed Jul 27 2011

The 1998 MB SL 500 has style and luxury as well as performance and economy...all in one car. The performance is outstanding with incredible low end torque. This is no light weight at 2 tons plus but accerlation is effortless. Smooth ride with bank vault-like quiet performance. At 315 hp & 347 ft/lbs torque it'll get you where you are going quickly and safely. At less than $20,000 for a flawless example, it's a joy to drive and a pleasure to own. You could buy a new one for about $100K or a pre-Chrysler MB SL 500 for a fraction of the price and enjoy it just about the same.

5 out of 5 starsComfort
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5 out of 5 stars

Hands down one of theee most powerful & dependable

by Grant17 from Newport Beach, Ca on Wed Jun 28 2017

Awesome car with awesome reliability- bulletproof 12 cyl engine. Impeccable sporty and classy looks. Superfast car with unheard of steadiness. Owned Porsches, BMW's and Audi's nothing comes close. the 1998 sl600 the best of the models.

5 out of 5 starsComfort
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5 out of 5 stars

Refinement, power and pleasure

by RJ from Chicago on Wed Mar 26 2008

The SL style will hold up forever. It it elegant and sporting without trying to hard. Beautiful lines are graceful and you can't help but notice it. The 600 was almost $40K more expensive than the 500 when purchased new. But on the used market it can be had for a few thousand dollars more. The reason, is maintenance is a little higher because of the bigger engine. IE. more spark plugs to change. But minor price for 80 more HP. Either car is great, but if you want to feel the torque of the legendary V12, buy one and you will will not regret it. Fantastic car. Exciting to drive. I stare at it still as it sits in my garage.. Beautiful...

4 out of 5 starsComfort
3 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
4 out of 5 starsReliability
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5 out of 5 stars

The last of the real Benz SL

by sjkoller from West Hollywood, CA on Mon Jul 10 2017

A solid tank of luxury with excellent performance. Has all the technology needed without the plastic and cheap add ons of the later models.

5 out of 5 starsComfort
4 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
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5 out of 5 stars

A timeless classic. Quality before Made in China!

by Sanija from Colorado Springs, CO. on Fri Oct 13 2017

Love driving it and listining to instrumental music on the factory Bose music system. It's a beauty to look at and awesome to open up on the road!

5 out of 5 starsComfort
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5 out of 5 stars

Just a fun car

by George from Ocala, FL on Mon Aug 21 2017

Again just a fast,fun realible car. Drove it 15 years without a single problem and a mercedes is always in style.

4 out of 5 starsComfort
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4 out of 5 stars

What a convertible should be!

by Ken from Corpus Christi, Tx. on Mon Jul 30 2018

If you want Mercedes Benz luxury and performance in a convertible package and you want to look good doing it, then this car is for you! The 129 chassis SL500 exudes everything a convertible should be for an affordable price. This model is reliable and a blast to drive! When buying one just make sure the hydraulic cylinders for the convertible top are in good condition.

4 out of 5 starsComfort
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5 out of 5 stars

Awesome cool ride!!!!

by Carmotion from Valatie,NY on Thu Aug 10 2017

This is a super reliable car. Are used to tell people let's go for a ride it's convertible therapy ! Great bose was Soundsystem

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Our Take on the 1998 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

Even though it is not as cheeky as the little SLK, the other Mercedes-Benz roadster, the SL series is an eminently enjoyable two-seater loaded with luxury and panache.

SLs come in three flavors -- 320, 500 and 600 -- and their powerplants range from a six for the 320 to a V12 for the 600. I drove an SL equipped with a 5.0-liter V8 engine and the optional Sport package of 18-inch wheels and more aggressive front and rear spoilers designed by AMA, a German after market tuner with close ties to Mercedes. This package adds $4,900 to the already hefty base price of $89,900, putting the total price on par with a three-bedroom house in suburbia.

While that is out of reach for the majority of... Read More