Mercedes-Benz SL (2012–)

What's good

Incredibly refined and feels well engineered and solidly built.

AMG version deliver great performance and a wonderful sound.

What to watch out for

Bland styling will not be to everyone's taste.

AMG models are thirsty: SL63 will struggle to surpass 18mpg.

26-11-2015: Paint faults in metallic Hyacinth Red reported on new Mercedes-Benz 500SL 3 days after purchase in July 2015. Only driven for 3 weeks in 5 months since purchase. Dealer blamed "fallout". Clayed the lacquer to clean it then coated the paint with a treatment FoC.

Recalls

4-11-2019: Made aware that the German Federal Motor Vehicle Authority has recalled Mercedes SL Class (reader's car SL350) to replace the refrigerant in its a/c system. MB had resisted the EC Directive to fill its a/c systems with expensive, flammable and leak-prone R1234YF instead of more reliable R134A refrigerant.

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