2016 Mercedes-Benz SL400

Today I wanted to look at a 2016 Mercedes-Benz … SL400? Yes, that is a thing. Back in 2015, Mercedes-Benz introduced the SL400 with a 329 horsepower 3.0L twin-turbo V6 paired with a the 722.9 seven-speed automatic. The whole reason for this is that the base price was $85,000, which meant it was $23,000 less than the SL550. For legacy SL buyers, that is a big deal. You still get your SL with all the toys, but save a bunch of money if you don’t ever use 430 horsepower. This was true in a lot of households as these cars are used as Sunday cruisers and rarely get full throttle. A win-win for both Mercedes and buyers as more cars were sold and buyers save a little bit of coin. Now five years later, these could be a bargain, right?

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Year: 2016
VIN: WDDJK6FA7GF038081
Model: SL400
Engine: 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged V6
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Mileage: 17,871 mi
Location: Pelham, Alabama
Price: $54,997 Buy It Now

CLEAN CARFAX, 1 OWNER, 2016 MERCEDES-BENZ SL400 HARDTOP CONVERTIBLE, HEATED COOLED & MASSAGING SEATS, NAVIGATION, BACKUP CAMERA, NECK HEATER, POWER LEATHER SEATING, HARMAN/KARDON PREMIUM SOUND, BOTH KEYS & BOOKS. Visit Exclusive Auto Wholesale online at to see more pictures of this vehicle. You can also type in or call us at 866-276-7488 today to schedule your test drive.PLEASE ASK US ABOUT OUR EXTENDED WARRANTIES WE OFFER. THEY VARY DEPENDING ON THE CAR. WE HAVE SOME GREAT PRODUCTS THAT KEEP YOU COVERED & GIVE YOU PEACE OF MIND. WE ALSO HAVE SOME GREAT FINANCING OPTIONS TO MAKE THINGS EASY FOR OUR CLIENTS. WE NOT ONLY WANT TO SELL YOU A CAR WE WANT TO PROVIDE YOU WITH AN EXPERIENCE LIKE YOU’VE NEVER HAD BEFORE WHEN BUYING A CAR. WE WANT YOU TO NEVER FORGET US & WE WILL WORK VERY HARD TO EARN YOUR BUSINESS & TREAT YOU WITH RESPECT. WE ARE FULL DISCLOSURE & PRIDE OURSELVES IN DESCRIPTIONS AS OUR BUYERS ARE OFTEN OUT OF STATE OR BUYING ONLINE & ARE RELYING ON US TO DESCRIBE THE CARS ACCURATELY TO GIVE THEM THE CONFIDENCE THEY NEED TO BUY CARS FROM US BASED ON THE PICTURES WE PROVIDE & THE DESCRIPTIONS WE WRITE. WE ARE NOT PERFECT WE ARE GONNA MISS SOMETHING MINOR HERE & THERE BUT WE FOCUS ON BEING 100% PRECISE & ACCURATE. WE ARE LOOKING FOR LIFE LONG RELATIONSHIPS TO BE BIRTHED FROM EACH & EVERY SINGLE CAR DEAL. WERE JUST A FEW NORMAL LAID BACK GUYS WHO GET PAID TO DO WHAT WE LOVE BUY & SELL CARS OVER THE INTERNET. AND WE GET TO PLAY WITH SOME REALLY COOL TOYS WHILE DOING IT!! ALL TRANSACTIONS ARE SUBJECT TO A $499.00 DOC FEE PLUS TAX & TITLE TRADE INS ARE WELCOMED. WE LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING YOU & WE ARE BEYOND BLESSED TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY BY HELPING YOU GET THE CAR OF YOU’VE BEEN DREAMING OF!!

To me, these pre-facelift R231s were always a bit odd when it comes to the proportions. It looks like a bloated car with a tiny side profile and wheels that were maybe too small. Inside, I felt like they mailed it in with some of the parts bin stuff, especially the steering wheel from the E-Class that you basically see on everything. If you just want a pure soft cruiser, this is probably not a bad call, but they are still rather expensive.

This example with 18,000 miles still checks-in at $55,000. That seems very much not worth it to me given it is just the twin-turbo V6 and the forgettable styling. The sad thing is, I don’t think these will ever reach “cheap” status like the R230 is currently doing. Yes, these have a bunch more to drop, but I doubt you’ll be able to ever grab one for $15,000. Either way, an interesting example and thanks to Mercedes for even offering it.

– Andrew

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  1. I’ve never been able to warm up to these. I have the same issue with the steering wheel, and I also don’t like how the rear taillights seem to have drooped further down the body than where they should be. The headlights bother me as well. Too bad, because I’ve driven a couple 550’s and they are nice to drive. Even worse, the replacement car is complete and utter heresy IMO. AWD? Four seats? Give me a break.

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