anybody own a mercedes SL65?

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  1. ross

    ross Three Time F1 World Champ
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    Mar 25, 2002
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    R230 body style - pre face lift ie the 4 headlights.

    thinking of buying one.
    604 bhp and 738 lb/ft of torque. not wimpy.

    2005 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG - Short Take Road Test - Car Reviews - Car and Driver
    2006 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG - Road Test & Review - Automobile Magazine

    basically this monster does 0-60 in about 3.6 (depending on who does the pedaling), and the 1/4 mile in 11.5-11.9 at nearly 120mph.

    this is the same or better, than the f430 i have sitting in the garage here in houston.

    seems adequate to be my daily driver

    pls give me your thoughts

    (for those of you wondering why i am not pulling the trigger on the maserati, i cannot find one without issues. suspension bushings, variators, clutch life, etc etc all issues costing thousands have been discovered in my due diligence across several cars. it just seems that out of warranty, these cars are a time bomb).
  2. Ray G

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    I've actually owned three of them. Fantastic cars. Other people will chime in about repair costs but I never had any problems. Bought all of mine pre-owned and I put real miles on my cars so I think it's a good test. The torque is wonderful. Had my last one tuned by Renntech. Not the best handling car but other than that, they are wonderful!
  3. ross

    ross Three Time F1 World Champ
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    not looking to track it. the brief is to be my daily, or short trip car, that doesnt attract unwanted detection but can run with just about anybody, and doesnt bore me.
  4. Jo Sta7

    Jo Sta7 F1 Rookie
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    My dad had two as I was growing up. First was an s500 I think 2004 and it was low on power although it felt fast to me as a kid. Second was a '08/9 s63 right before they changed the style. In my opinion it's the best looking of the SL's ('03-'09)since the original gullwing. The top makes it wonderfully flexible. The SL class has gotten worse looking since '09. I loved the car.

    Bad story. When I was 24 I took the s63 without him knowing and some girl texting on her phone rammed into the back of it :(.
  5. Luxb1

    Luxb1 Karting

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    Don't do it. It is overweight and handles like a hippo.
  6. Carnut

    Carnut F1 Rookie
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    My only complaint was that the traction control came on so easily that unless you were going in a straight line it would be cutting power too often. Take of the traction control and it is hard to keep it going straight if you like going fast. If you are the type that like cars that car handle the tight curves, it is probably not the car for you, steering is a bit numb and you feel the weight. If you don't pretend it is a sports car (which it is not) and don't push it past 7/10th's it is a nice ride.
  7. gsfent

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    Not so. It has ABC (active body control), the car handles amazingly well for what it is. Now, if you need repairs on the ABC, ouch!!!! Flush the fluid every 3-4 years, just like a tranny or diff and you should be OK.

    CL65 is the bigger brother. No convertible, but back seat and probably flies under the radar even better. Not much slower due to extra weight. Body style for 2005 and 2006.


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