2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

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20 reviews
Available Price Range $8,159-$24,459 Trims2 Combined MPG 17-18 Seats 2

Our Take on the 2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

Our Take

After 12 years in its previous form, a massively restyled, posh SL500 two-seat convertible went on sale as an early 2003 model. Unlike the prior SL-Class, which had a plastic rear window in its fabric top, the 2003 version gets a retractable hardtop. At the push of a button, the new vario roof t... Read Full Report

Reviews

Our Expert Reviews

Of all the cars, trucks and minivans I have test driven this past year, few vehicles evoked as many envious comments from co-workers as the new Mercedes-Benz SL500. Of course, this is an $86,000 car savored by few - mostly CEOs and entertainers. So its glamorous image is enough to attract a lot of attention. But it's not just image that will turn heads. This couple has stunning good lo... Read full review for the 2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

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Consumer Reviews

3.8

Average based on 20 reviews

2003 model is a money pit

by mathew2000 from new jersey on June 8, 2011

The sl period in 2003 was a money pit. Issues with struts, the active body control pump ,transmission and motor mount problems and the motor for convertable goes. The Navigation is terrible. Yes the c... Read Full Review

2 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.


It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.

Safety

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Recalls

There are currently 3 recalls for this car.

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