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2004 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Consumer Reviews

4.2
Average based on 14 reviews
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Great Design, Great look, Horrible Reliability

by 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...
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. Mind you, the car costs over $90K new. Constant problems included 1. Sensors going bad: crankshaft, Oxygen 2. ABC Pump malfunctioning 3. Check Engine Light 4. Brake Failure (Brake By Wire), horrid technology 5. Trunk Seal leaking causing electrical issues 6. Pnemonic pump replacement In three of years of ownership, the repair costs were $20,400.00. thank God for warranty. Once the warranty expired i got rid of it. Be careful if you buy this car, MAKE sure u get a warranty, get a CarFax and check the Vehicle History report from MB dealer dealing all repairs. Do not buy this car without a Warranty. You have been advised..
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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Now What ?!!

by from Miami, FL on January 16, 2009

I have owned 15 or more cars in my life. Six of which have been various MB models. The SL HAD always BEEN my dream car. But that dream quickly turned into a very expensive nightmare after purchasing o...
I have owned 15 or more cars in my life. Six of which have been various MB models. The SL HAD always BEEN my dream car. But that dream quickly turned into a very expensive nightmare after purchasing one. Within one month of the factory warranty expiring, I spent almost three thousand dollars just to fix the ABC. TWENTY FOUR DAYS later, another $1,700 for a repair on the transmission. And the list goes on and on. Long story short; I have spent more money in repairs for this one car than I have for all of the other vehicles I've ever owned COMBINED! Don't get me wrong, I still have an affection for the MB badge. The car performs extremely well... When it's not in the shop. It looks great. It's an attention getter. It's also mechanically unpredictable. The phrase 'now what?!' continually crosses my mind whenever I hear a new noise or smell a new odor coming from under the hood. Maybe this model is like some wine, just a bad year.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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Repair shop star

by from Portland OR on May 29, 2008

If it can go wrong, it will go wrong. The SL constantly requires dealer service. I bought the car intending to keep it for many years. I ran out of patience after a year and a half of monthly and some...
If it can go wrong, it will go wrong. The SL constantly requires dealer service. I bought the car intending to keep it for many years. I ran out of patience after a year and a half of monthly and sometimes weekly visits to the repair shop. The top froze in mid-air and would neither fully open nor close. The car cannot be driven that way, and the tow truck won't tow it that way..., the trunk would often not seal closed, the central locking system would not unlock, the electric consumers would often go offline..the list goes on and on. Buyer beware.
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Purchased a used car

Does not recommend this car

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Like No Other...

by from Scottsdale, AZ on March 21, 2011

Purchased used with 19K miles; driven 3k trouble-free miles thus far. A second vehicle, not a daily driver. From many friends who own 2003-2007 SLs as well as documented owner reviews, the car is eith...
Purchased used with 19K miles; driven 3k trouble-free miles thus far. A second vehicle, not a daily driver. From many friends who own 2003-2007 SLs as well as documented owner reviews, the car is either a dream or nightmare insofar as reliability is concerned. I'm convinced it all depends on the particular vehicle you purchase; used, multiple-owner cars seem to have the most problems whereas clean, well-maintained one-owner vehicles are relatively problem free. If you're fortunate enough to find and own the latter, it truly is like no other car. A dream to own and drive...
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Having fun

Does recommend this car

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Worst ownership experience ever

by from Tysons Corner VA on October 10, 2006

2004 SL55, purchased new in 4/04. 16k miles before dumping it for $82k. Over 20 dealer warranty overnight repair visits. This is the most unreliable car I've ever owned. Superchargers replaced. P...
2004 SL55, purchased new in 4/04. 16k miles before dumping it for $82k. Over 20 dealer warranty overnight repair visits. This is the most unreliable car I've ever owned. Superchargers replaced. Problems came back. Tough luck, said MB USA Corporate Customer Service. Brake rotor problems, Ventillated seats never ever worked, Parktronic sensors replaced, Interior trim problems. My biggest aggravation was from the super-charger squeaks that came from every slightest acceleration. Oh, but I also loved this car! The sound of the compression and pure adrenaline was so much fun. Still, I love my new Lexus I350...not a problem yet. Good luck
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Purchased a used car

Does not recommend this car

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Worth the Money

by from Birmingham, MI on October 25, 2009

The SL 500 is a gorgeous car inside and out. Rarely do you find a car with both a stunning exterior and a perfectly manicured interior. Overall, I love this car. It's a perfect combination of power an...
The SL 500 is a gorgeous car inside and out. Rarely do you find a car with both a stunning exterior and a perfectly manicured interior. Overall, I love this car. It's a perfect combination of power and luxury. Very impressed with the steering and handle of the vehicle...it's perfect on the highway or on the city streets. If you are looking for a classic, super luxury / high performance 2-seater look no further.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Having fun

Does recommend this car

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Beautiful Car

by from Aragon,Ga. on February 1, 2008

I have owned many cars in my life(over 50), this is the nicest and best overall. I have owned many that were faster, some that rode better, some that handled better, and 1 or 2 that looked better(66 C...
I have owned many cars in my life(over 50), this is the nicest and best overall. I have owned many that were faster, some that rode better, some that handled better, and 1 or 2 that looked better(66 Corvette comes to mind) But none that combine those things into one car like this one. Very luxurious, smooth, quiet, polished and nice.
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Does recommend this car

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Head turner overdrive

by from Minneapolis on May 31, 2013

A great classy car with a sporty image. Handles like a sport car. Tight steering stif shocks corners well. I keep my car real clean and always love getting the heads to turn. Boost male ego. If you do...
A great classy car with a sporty image. Handles like a sport car. Tight steering stif shocks corners well. I keep my car real clean and always love getting the heads to turn. Boost male ego. If you don't drive it everyday the 2md battery will get low. Get a battery charger and resolves this problem.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Having fun

Does recommend this car

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Sexiest car I have, or will ever, own

by from Los Gatos CA on November 14, 2006

2004 SL500: There isn't a time I've walked up to my car, and not thought how gorgeous it is. My commute is a joy now. No matter how good or bad my mood, just driving my car notches it up. It handles l...
2004 SL500: There isn't a time I've walked up to my car, and not thought how gorgeous it is. My commute is a joy now. No matter how good or bad my mood, just driving my car notches it up. It handles like magic, literally. I've pushed the limits on empty mountain roads and have been shocked at how it sticks to the road like it's on rails, and the automatic control features manage and correct the car the few times I've put it into a skid (on purpose to test this feature). I truly adore this car. If I won the lottery tomorrow, I would not even consider an alternate.
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Does recommend this car

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most beautiful car I have ever owned or seen on th

by from savannah,ga on February 2, 2011

Beautiful, sexy , fast ...People just rubber neck when you drive by.....Don't buy this car if you don't want attention because everyone looks at you as you .Glossy black with pale stone interior ,and ...
Beautiful, sexy , fast ...People just rubber neck when you drive by.....Don't buy this car if you don't want attention because everyone looks at you as you .Glossy black with pale stone interior ,and in 15 seconds the top pops with the flick of a switch and folds up in the trunk. Drop dead stunning car.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Having fun

Does recommend this car

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