MercedesBenz SL 350 (2004) | CARkeys

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Mercedes-Benz SL 350 review

All is not well at . Quality issues have global sales, and Germany’s car maker is having to look at its product range. I’ve described Mercedes as the purveyor of of the best cars in the world. Now not so sure. There is still for Stuttgarters to be proud of — but is a gnawing reliability problem some of their cars, and quality on others.

The SL has largely criticism. This supercar has a rich past. Created as a to the company’s legendary racing and the fabulous gullwing 300 SL, it is regarded as a example of the automotive engineer’s

The iconic R129 SL was the fifth of the mighty roadster and slipped history in 2001 after 12 of production. Around 200,000 built, and its departure was a body to its fans.

Its R230 replacement, unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show, was as a quantum leap ahead, and in ways it is. In roadster terms it the best in luxury, power and in the grand touring tradition but look closely and it’s to see how Mercedes has built a replacement for the R129 while saving

I was horrified to find my £60,630 SL 350 car had a flimsy plastic grille in of the R129’s crafted fluted bemused to understand why the stainless kick plates of the predecessor had way to tacky plastic trim and aluminium; sickened by the lucky-bag of the wood trim and disappointed to cheap plastics used for the styled and comfortable cabin.

The steel spare of the old R129 has too — replaced by a deflated which needs the electric cradled in its centre to blow it up it can be used. These savings had another effect — the new SL, more power and a better is significantly lighter than the battleship construction. While the old SL 280 tipped the scales at 1.81 the kerb weight of the smallest-engined SL, the 350, is only 1.75 including its graceful power-folding roof.

The sleek new model is 1½ longer before, ¼ taller and 2½ wider the door mirrors. The SL 350 offers headroom than the old car but, the cabin is not as wide. There was an more to play with in the And where the previous model at least some restricted for two small passengers behind the seats, the new SL is designed strictly for

But it’s not all bad news. The SL is still the queen of the luxury grand It drives beautifully and can devour after mile of sinuous single-track with the disinterested of Michael Schumacher on an afternoon in the country. It may be more brash its predecessor, but it towers above the in its ability to cover distance.

The SL 350’s ride quality has criticised as inferior to the heavier SL I don’t agree. The combination of weight, wide 17 alloys, springing and damping suits the 350 The new rack and pinion power is speed-sensitive and beautifully balanced. you are manoeuvring the monster in tight traffic or winding it through the of Torridon, the car communicates incredible and feel for its size.


It was easy to the SL’s bulk. Passing in Applecross sensibly pulled over to give the Teutonic as much room as possible I softly growled through the Pass of the Cattle. High speeds are easy with the SL and despite brisk hill from sea level and cresting more than 2000 above Loch Carron my consumption remained around over 500 glorious miles.

2004 sl 350

The ultimate SL experience is to fold the metal vario-roof. In just 16 you can trade air-conditioned snugness for the of open-top motoring. I traversed the Highlands on a bracing autumn roof down. Mad? Not With the neat one-piece deflector strapped to the roll-over bar a task which takes seconds — and the four windows rolled up, the SL’s remains draft-free and calm to the limit and above. Noise are low, and the climate system and seats so efficient that is never an issue.

The SL 350 is a classic of the grand tourer. It offers grace and pace, with capacity behind the front and under the stowed roof for plenty of luggage. Powerful brakes with ABS and brake meant that, even a demanding mountain road in rain, the SL’s stopping was impressive.

Mercedes has also managed to the characteristic limousine ride body and suspension control makes this large a dream on any road. It’s a joy to drive, exceptionally strong and Give it a motorway or a Highland and the miles simply melt

This car is deceptively quick. grown used to an older SL 280 with 204bhp, and was initially to find the SL 350 felt it was short-changing me a reputed 245bhp. But I was deceived. The times and pulling power substantially better than on the old It’s just that the 350 so relaxed and able it’s to assume your progress is laid-back.

From rest to takes an effortless 7.2 seconds with the old SL 280’s 9.8. Top is a limited 155mph compared 141. Overtaking power is with silky-smooth down on the surprisingly good standard Sequentronic six-speed manual its clever automatic selection

The SL 350’s lack of drama is to torque. A mighty 258lb/ft 3000rpm against the SL 280’s makes all the difference, and turns the 24-valve V6 into a rewarding car.

I found the cost-cutting on trim hard to swallow, but the SL is still Europe’s two-seat class act.

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