Protecting the Engine System of Your Mercedes Benz SL500
Your Mercedes Benz SL500 is nothing without the engine system. So it just goes to saying that if you want to continue having a great driving experience, then keeping your engine system in check is vital. With such complicated machinery, a lot of things could go wrong, which may hamper its performance, or worse, cause it to break down completely. Now, there's no need to fret as there are ways on how you can avoid getting an engine trouble without costing you a lot in the process. Here are things you should do in order to protect the engine system of your SL500.
- Avoid adding tap water to your coolant.
Your engine coolant is vital to your car's performance because it keeps your engine from overheating and your car from breaking down in the middle of the road. Because your engine is continuously working every second you're driving your car, then a rise in temperature would also be constant. And if your radiator doesn't have enough coolant or has the wrong one, then it won't be able to cool off your engine properly, which would eventually lead to engine overheat. So, make sure that if you're going to refill your coolant, use only the exact same one you're already using. And avoid adding tap water to your radiator because the additional water would alter the composition of your coolant, therefore also altering its effectiveness in cooling off your engine.
- Stick to your oil change schedule.
A regular oil change isn't just some ruse to get you to spend a lot of money. Well, if you're going to have your engine oil changed every 3,000 miles, then that would be the rip off. Don't blindly follow the 3,000-mile myth, which says that you should have an oil change every 3,000 miles. Instead, check with your manufacturer for the right schedule of your SL500 oil change and stick to it. If you're going to replenish it ahead of time, then you would be wasting money, and if you're going to delay it, then you'll be risking your engine. So make sure that you have the oil changed on schedule.
- Maintain a clean engine filter.
The engine filter is one of the least noticed parts of a car when it comes to maintenance. But what you should know is that even though it seems like it doesn't have an important job, it should still be looked after because it can also affect how your engine performs. The engine filter is responsible for keeping unwanted debris from getting in contact with your engine, and at the same time it is also the one responsible for controlling the engine air flow, which is crucial to the engine's efficiency. Why? Because there is a specific amount of air that is needed in order to burn the engine oil properly, and if the filter is not kept clean and is full of debris, then the air that could pass through would be limited. So make sure that you check your engine air filter from time to time and have it replaced immediately once it has already degraded.
Power And Elegance: The Mercedes-Benz SL500
The Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is one of the highly respected Mercedes-Benz lineages of the past 5 decades, and one of the most popular in this class is the SL500 grand tourer. A perennial two-seater, the Mercedes-Benz SL500 epitomized performance and class in the grand touring coupe and roadster segments, making it one of the best luxury vehicles produced under the Mercedes-Benz marque.
1980: The 500SL
The Mercedes-Benz SL500 can trace back its roots to the 1980 500SL, a 5.0-liter V8-engine roadster that used the Mercedes-Benz R107 platform. The 500SL was offered in either soft top and hardtop and featured pot brakes, larger brake discs and a suspension system based on the tried-and-tested Mercedes-Benz W124 platform. However, 500SL tourers in the United States were
grey market imports – European versions which were modified in order to comply with US emission and crash standards.
1990: The first true SL500
The 500SL continued production until 1989, where it was replaced by the Mercedes-Benz SL500. The first “true” SL500 was built on the R129 platform, fitted with a powerful 322-horsepower V8 engine and what was then considered luxury features such as electric windows, mirrors, seats and roof. The SL500 saw further changes in 1994 and 1995 with a slightly tweaked taillight and turn signal indicator design and a more efficient 302-horsepower V8 engine, respectively. In 1996, the four-speed automatic transmission was also replaced by a five-speed unit. In its first outing, the SL500 was praised for its spirited performance, superior handling and luxurious designs and features, although critics also noted its steep price compared to other Mercedes-Benz vehicles in the market.
2002: Rise and fall
The SL500 was reintroduced in 2002 as the initial offering under the second generation of the SL-Class. The W124 platform was replaced with the newer, sleeker R129 platform for the 2002 SL500 and powered by a 308-horspower V8 engine. It also featured the
Vario retractable hardtop, which was originally available only on Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class roadsters. In 2004, a seven-speed automatic version was offered, and in 2006 the SL500 had major upgrades with a more powerful 383-horsepower M273 V8, a new aerodynamic bumper design, light allow wheels and revised interior colors and trim elements. By 2007, the SL500 was put out of production in favor of the Mercedes-Benz 5.5-liter V8 SL550.
The SL500 was revived in December 2011 under the all-new R231 SL-Class platform. This latest variant is powered with a 429-horsepower BlueDIRECT V8 engine with 7G-tronic plus automatic transmission. It is also the first SL500 edition to be made almost entirely from aluminum, making it 110 kilograms lighter than its predecessors. Other features include a FrontBass system, MAGIC VISION CONTROL windshield wipe/wash system and the optional Active Body Control active suspension system.