Mercedes SL 1998

This generation of Mercedes SL has been produced from June, 1998 to December, 2001. We can provide information about 7 modifications of this generation. The car has been produced only with classical rear wheel drive.

This Mercedes is available with six petrol engines with displacement from 2.8 to 7.3 litres and power of from 204 to 525 horsepower. All engines feature a timing chain-driven camshaft, which is considered a more reliable and less maintenance-intensive solution (What is an engine chain and belt?).
The car is available with both manual (1 version), as well as automatic (6 versions) gearbox.

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Mercedes SL 1998 average fuel consumption in combined cycle is from 10.7 to 15.9 litres per 100km. The most fuel efficient Mercedes SL 1998 version is Mercedes SL 280 1998, consuming 10.7 litres of petrol per 100km.

Mercedes SL 1998 CO2 emissions are from 251 to 370 grams per kilometer. Mercedes SL version with the lowest CO2 emissions is Mercedes SL 280 1998, which produces 251 grams of CO2 per one kilometer.

The best acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h - 4.8 seconds has Mercedes SL AMG SL 73 V12 version, conversely the tardiest one is Mercedes SL 280 1998 Automatic reaching this speed only in 9.8 seconds. The maximum top speed is 250 km/h for the 5.0 petrol 8-cylinder 306 hp version (Mercedes SL 500 1998) and 3 other versions.

Lenght of Mercedes SL is 450 cm, it is decent size car. For comparison - Mercedes SL is about 2 cm longer than Honda Civic sedan, but 2 cm shorter than BMW 3 series sedan. Mercedes SL gross weight is from 2130 to 2320 kg (depending on modification), this car is about 20 percent heavier than the average for this age and class of vehicles. Mercedes SL trunk space is 265 litres.

This Mercedes is quite costly - it can be purchased (in Latvia) for around 17 500 $. Below you will find more detailed information about Mercedes SL prices and costs.

Mercedes SL modifications

Modification Engine Power Consumption Gearbox
Mercedes SL 2.8 280 1998 Jun 1998 — Nov 2001

Most fuel efficient version
Only version with manual transmission

2.8 Petrol 204 HP 10.7 l/100km Manual (5)
Mercedes SL 2.8 280 1998 Automatic Jun 1998 — Nov 2001 2.8 Petrol 204 HP 10.8 l/100km Automatic (5)
Mercedes SL 3.2 320 1998 Jun 1998 — Nov 2001

Most fuel efficient version by real consumption

3.2 Petrol 224 HP 11.0 l/100km Automatic (5)
Mercedes SL 5.0 500 1998 Jun 1998 — Nov 2001 5.0 Petrol 306 HP 12.5 l/100km Automatic (5)
Mercedes SL 1999 5.4 AMG SL 55 V8 Jan 1999 — Dec 2001 5.4 Petrol 354 HP 12.8 l/100km Automatic (5)
Mercedes SL 6.0 600 1998 Jun 1998 — Nov 2001 6.0 Petrol 394 HP 15.5 l/100km Automatic (5)
Mercedes SL 1999 7.3 AMG SL 73 V12 Jan 1999 — Dec 2001

Most dynamic version - 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds

7.3 Petrol 525 HP 15.9 l/100km Automatic (5)
Mercedes SL service and maintenanceOil change intervals, capacities and specifications, service information for filters, spark plugs, belts etc.

Mercedes SL prices

Mercedes SL 1998 - 2001 cabrio price in Latvia is from 9500 $ to 28000 $.
Comparing to analogical vehicles Mercedes SL price is very high - Mercedes SL is more than two times more expensive then average cabrios of this age (compare cabrios 1998 - 2001 prices). Mercedes SL high price can be explained by its quality above average (see below), therefore this Mercedes could be reasonable purchase in long term perspective.

YearLowestAverageHighestAvailability
Mercedes SL 1999 price 15 000 $ 22 000 $ 28 000 $
Mercedes SL 1998 price 9500 $ 13 000 $ 16 500 $

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Mercedes SL reliability and quality

According to yearly reports of vehicle inspection service Mercedes SL reliability is very high. In the roadworthiness tests in 2008 defects were detected in an average of only 6.1 percent of Mercedes SL of this generation (on average 9 years old at the time of inspection). The average failure rate for a vehicles of the same age was 15.7%.

Mercedes SL reliability and quality

Mercedes SL 1998 features (options)

Percentage of Mercedes SL with corresponding feature (option)

Climate control
78%
Xenon headlights
65%
Rain sensor
51%
Conditioning
49%
Metallic paint
41%
Leather upholstery
35%
Electrically adjustable seats
35%
Heated seats
24%
Cruise control
22%
Adjustable steering wheel
22%
Electrically adjustable steering wheel
14%
Dimming mirrors
11%

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Mercedes SL reviews

At the moment we dont have reviews about Mercedes SL manufactured from 1998 to 2001.
Find below reviews about other generations of Mercedes SL.
Mercedes SL 2002 Petrol 5.0 litres, Automatic gearbox
Purchase year:2005 (age of car 3 years) Owned for:110`000 kilometers (12 years)
Average fuel consumption: 14.0 litres per 100km (80% urban driving)
Total car rating:
10
   male, age 38
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