(4.4) 18 reviews
MSRP: $7,036$30,980
Body Style: Convertible
Engine: 302-hp, 5.0-liter V-8 (premium)
Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
Transmission: 7-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
Seats: 2
2004 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

Our Take on the 2004 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

Our Take

After 12 years in its previous form, a massively restyled, posh Mercedes-Benz SL500 two-seat convertible went on sale as an early 2003 model. Unlike the prior SL-Class, which had a fabric top, the 2003 version was equipped with a retractable hardtop. At the push of a button, the car can transform... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Navigation-system display
  • Minimal trunk space
  • Control layout
  • Price

Notable Features

  • Retractable roof
  • 493-hp V-8 in SL55 AMG
  • 493-hp, 5.5-liter V-12 in SL600
  • New seven-speed automatic in SL500
  • Active Body Control active suspension


Consumer Reviews


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Great Design, Great look, Horrible Reliability

by Hoopster from Washington DC on January 15, 2011

Let me first say, this was my third mercedes. I got a 2004 SL500 loaded. Very attractive car, always got compliments.. Great for your ego.. However, after two years of ownership, the problems started... Read Full Review

3 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.


Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 3 recalls for this car.

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