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  • (4.9) 23 reviews
  • MSRP: $4,534$34,942
  • 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
2005 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

Our Take on the 2005 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

After 12 years in its previous form, a wholly restyled 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 from a r... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

  • Retractable roof
  • 604-hp V-12 in new SL65 AMG
  • 493-hp V-8 in SL55 AMG
  • 493-hp V-12 in SL600
  • Seven-speed automatic in SL500
  • Active Body Control active suspension

2005 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Reviews Expert Reviews

There is something distinctly epochal about the Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG, the twin-turbocharged, 12-cylinder, 604-horsepower version of the company's quantum-luxury roadster. More powerful than the Ford GT and quicker than a Ferrari 360, the SL65 - an SL600 with gene-doping enhancement by AMG, the company's tuner division - feels like a final, conflict-ending fusillade in the decade-lon... Read full review for the 2005 Mercedes Benz SL Class

Consumer Reviews


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Best convertible ever

by BlackSL55AMG from Seattle, WA on August 29, 2011

I started looking for a hard top convertible at the beginning of the year and settled on the Mercedes SL class after driving many others (including the SLK series). From there, it was just a quest to ... Read Full Review

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2005 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Safety Ratings

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There is currently 1 recall for this car.

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Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,800 per year.

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