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2003 Mercedes-Benz SL500

For me, right now, there is no better value in the Mercedes-Benz world than the R230 generation SL-Class. A nearly $90,000 car new back when it first launched almost 20 years ago has probably reached its floor for the well-loved models. If you want in on one, now is the time. Thankfully just like the previous generation, the R230 had a long production run with no less than five different engine choices including a V12. Of course, the real value is with the classic M113 5.0-liter V8 with the nearly indestructible 722.6 five-speed automatic. Today’s example, an Amber Red Metallic example up for sale in Nevada, is looking to be a real deal even in today’s thirst for everything cool in the automotive world.

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Year: 2003
Model: SL500
VIN: WDBSK75F63F024103
Engine: 5.0 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 106,200 mi
Location: Reno, Nevada
Price: $15,000

Sierra Classics Imports is proud to present this very nice 2003 Mercedes-Benz SL500. The maroon paint is in excellent condition and goes extremely well with the black leather interior. The 5.0L motor is paired up up with a 5 speed automatic transmission and the car drives and shifts like butter. This SL500 has power hard convertible top, heated seats, power seats, heat, AC, tilt steering, power steering, power brakes. This is a very clean user friendly fun car. If you have any questions feel free to ask.

A perfect example this is not, with the missing front tow hook cover, scratches under the front bumper, and a little bit of wear on the driver’s seat. I’m also curious what is hiding under that dashboard cover as these really don’t have a reputation of cracking given the material, but I’d check to make sure. Just over 106,000 miles seems about average for a 2003 in a warm climate, but I don’t really fear too much on these.

At $15,000, this seems like a deal. If I wanted a cheaper convertible, this is where I’d go given they don’t look all that dated and you have more than enough amenities to be happy. Just stay up on the maintenance and go for the Arnott air struts when one gives up the ghost and you’ll be fine. Just don’t ride around with the roll bar up. You are asking for trouble doing that.

– Andrew