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Mercedes Benz 500sl Parts and Mercedes Benz 500sl Accessories

Fun Facts about the Mercedes Benz 500SL

  • The Mercedes Benz 500SL belongs to the Mercedes Benz SL class, a grand tourer that was manufactured by Mercedes since 1954. The term SL-Class stands for the marketing variations of the vehicle which includes its different engine configurations that lasted for six design generations. The SL designation stands for the German word, Sport Leicht or Sport Lightweight. This designation was first used on the Mercedes Benz 300SL which was called 'Gullwing' because of its gullwing or upward-opening doors.
  • The Mercedes Benz 500SL was built during the 1980 model year based on the R107 platform. In the 1990s, another version of the 500SL's model was built based on the next generation R129 platform. And for the last Mercedes Benz 500SL models that were built between 2003 and 2005, the platform used was the R230 platform.
  • The Mercedes Benz 500SL that was based on the R230 platform is equipped with a 5.0-liter V8 motor engine. This V8 engine that redlines at 6,000 rpm produces 302 hp at 5,600 rpm and 339 ft.-lbs. of torque at 2,700 rpm. This model takes pride for its top gear acceleration of just 3.4 seconds from 30 to 50 mph and 4.0 seconds from 50 to 70 mph. It also has an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph and can run a quarter-mile in just 14.3 seconds at 99 mph.
  • When the SL and SLC models were presented at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1980, the models looked almost impossible to tell apart from the previous ones. The interiors including steering wheel were designed to look like the 126-series S-Class. They also had the same level of engineering.
  • The Mercedes Benz 500 SL made the most headlines among the other SL base models that came out in 1990. The 1990 500 SL powered by a 322 hp 5.0-liter engine has impressed consumers with its high specifications including electric windows, mirrors, seats, and roofs.
  • The sixth generation of the Mercedes Benz 500SL has an optional glass panel in the folding magnesium roof called Magic Sky. The Magic Sky is electrochromic which allows the vehicle occupants to create opacity or transparency whenever they want. The wiper blades of 500SL also have a row of opposing washer jets that were built-in to squirt in switching direction while the blades reverse their motion. This feature called Magic Vision Control prevents the vehicle's passengers from getting soaked when it's screenwashing with the roof down.

Mercedes Benz 500sl Articles

  • Common Problems with the Mercedes Benz 500SL

    Built on the R107 platform during the 1980 model year, the Mercedes 500SL is one of the marketing variations of the Mercedes-Benz SL, a grand tourer manufactured by Mercedes in 1954. Powered by a 5.0-liter V8 motor engine that produces 302 hp at 5,600 rpm and 339 ft.-lbs. of torque at 2,700 rpm, the Mercedes 500SL has impressed consumers with its exceptional performance, handling, and luxury. Unfortunately, some problems were spotted with the car's driving dynamics.

    Service brakes

    Consumers have noticed that the Mercedes Benz 500SL has a tendency to lose sufficient brake power. This happens when the preformed vacuum hose gets misrouted and the check valve in the vacuum hose gets damaged during the removal and installation of the air filter housing. This issue with losing brake power might increase the stopping distance of the vehicle and lead to an accident on the road. To avoid this problem, the preformed vacuum hose should be replaced with a newly designed preformed hose that has a relocated check valve. This will help eliminate the possibility of a damaged check valve.

    Electrical system

    Problems have also been spotted in the electrical system of the 1992 and 1991 models of the Mercedes Benz 500SL. The wiring harness has a tendency to get completely disintegrated when the insulation used on the wiring gets hard and brittle. This problem may cause the car to stall and not restart at all. Aside from the multiple shorts that this damage may cause, it may also be impossible to re-install the wiring harness back in the vehicle. This problem can only be solved by replacing the entire engine harness.

    Other issues

    Some consumers have experienced tire blowouts with their Mercedes Benz 500SL. When the car is driven at highway speeds for approximately two hours, the tread in the tires tend to separate completely from the sidewalls. Other consumers have also noticed that the seat control adjuster has a tendency to engage simultaneously and move forward while the vehicle is moving. This could result to the driver getting pinned against the steering wheel, increasing the risk of accidents and injuries.