Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

2008 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

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  • (4.8) 9 reviews
  • MSRP: $14,875$38,575
  • Body Style: Convertible
  • Engine: 510-hp, 5.4-liter V-8 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 5-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
  • Seats: 2
2008 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

Our Take on the 2008 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

Revisions to Mercedes-Benz's SL-Class retractable-hardtop roadster last year included more engine power, slight changes to the exterior and interior styling, and chassis improvements. The sports car competes with the Cadillac XLR and Jaguar XK convertible. Little has changed for 2008.The SL-... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Seven-speed automatic upshifts too fast
  • Nonlinear brake pedal response
  • Wide tires follow ruts in road
  • Rearview mirror in driver's line of vision
  • Troubled reliability record

Notable Features

  • Available seven-speed automatic
  • Active Body Control suspension
  • Retractable-hardtop roadster
  • High-firepower AMG versions

2008 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Reviews Expert Reviews

Editor's note: This review was written in December 2006 about the 2007 Mercedes-Benz SL550. Little of substance has changed with this year's model. To see what details are different this year, check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years. You've seen the ads — the ones where the happy couple runs outside to find a luxury car with a bow on top in their drivew... Read full review for the 2008 Mercedes Benz SL Class

Consumer Reviews


Average based on 9 reviews

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Fast, Fun & Eye catching

by Misty from Beverly Hills on December 13, 2008

I love this car! Responsive sports car, quieter than a Porsche, Lamborghini---and more fun! Top goes into trunk in seconds, sound system perfect, only thing I don't care for is my water bottle is in a... Read Full Review

4 Trim Levels Available

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2008 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports


Great news! There are currently no known recalls on 2008 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class.

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Warranty Coverage





Roadside Assistance Coverage


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.


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