Up for sale is a beautiful very low mileage 97 Mercedes SL500 Hardtop convertible with clean carfax report. This car is in exceptionally good condition mechanically as well as cosmetically. 94K miles, $9500
Engine is in excellent condition with extreme amounts of torque throughout the rev band. It purrs like a kitten with no ticks or unwanted sounds etc. No check engine or any other warning lights on the dashboard. Cooling system has many new components such as waterpump and hoses etc. Cars was recently driven from St. Louis to Cleveland. Gets very respectible 26+ mpg on the highway. This car comes with a 5-speed automatic transmission which shifts great without any hesitation throughout all the gears. 97 is one of the best years to own an SL500 because of a rare option of the DOHC 32V engine combined with a very crisp 5-speed auto. Starting in 99, engine was changed to a SOHC with 3 valves per cylinder which is not as much fun as the DOHC engine.
This car comes with a hardtop as well as the retractable soft top. The hydraulic system that operates the soft top of the SL (R129 chasis number for this car) is complicated and is proned to breakdown and leaks. This will not be a concern with this car since almost all of the hydraulic system has been rebuilt with modern 21st century nitrile seals. These seals are much superior to the OEM seals that have a flawed design and usually start to leak after 10 years. From the factory, the total soft top operation should take about 18 secs and that is how long it takes for the soft top to retract on this car. The soft top operation system will not give you any issues for many years to come. The soft top on the vehicle is BRAND NEW and it looks very sharp with crystal clear windows. You don't have to be concerned about cracked or faded windows with this brand new top. The hard top is also in very great shape. With the hard top on the vehicle it is hard to tell if you are traveling in a convertible, this car can be used year around without any concerns because of the hard top. Body does have minor scratches which are to be expected for a used car. This car has XENON HID headlights.
Suspension on the car is in perfect condition. It provides the confortable ride that is expected of the flagship Mercedes model. Even though this car has over 300 horsepower engine, it is so comfortable that you really don't feel like driving fast too often. It is funny that I don't mind driving back home from work on this car at all as it feels like I am already home after getting in the car.
The brake cylinder and the booster have been recently replaced. All the encompassing systems such as ASR and ABS work perfectly.
Tires & Wheels:
Wheels are in excellent shape with no obvious curb rash etc. Of course car comes with brand new shoes. It has a complete set of brand new tires on all corners (less then 1K miles) and a brand new full size tire and the same wheel that you see on the car.
The instrument cluster lights have been upgraded to soft white LED lights which look very nice! The antenna has been rebuilt with a new mast installed. Car has a CD changer. The car has just been fully detailed and interior feels like it belongs in a brand new Mercedes. Did I mention that the soft top roof system has been rebuilt and this is a major cause of concern when purchasing Mercedes convertibles 10 years or older because they often don't work properly and the cost to have it repaired can run upwards of $5,000 at a non-dealer facility. Also included is a Hardtop lifting/storing solution which makes the hard top removal a ONE person 10 minute job and it stores the hardtop up in the air away from being dinged, scratched and damage and doesn't take up a lot of space in your garage.
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Feel free to ask any questions you might have. I have plenty of more pictures of outside, inside, wheels. I can even take more pictures of any part of the body that you might be interested in. The car is priced to move and is right at book value for this car with these low miles. You can schedule to come see and test drive the car if you are in Cleveland or are close by. Phone 937 two 3 two 4983