Being able to test drive cars is a double edged sword. We get to test out all the latest technology but we also, in most cases, are teased with what we wont ever be able to own.

The Mercedes SL500 is a great example of the love it but wont ever own it syndrome. At least I feel better knowing that probably more than 95 percent of Americans wont ever even be abl" />

Issue: May 2003


Cars Worth Noting: 2003 Mercedes SL500



2003 Mercedes SL500

by Andrea Wielgat

Being able to test drive cars is a double edged sword. We get to test out all the latest technology but we also, in most cases, are teased with what we wont ever be able to own.

The Mercedes SL500 is a great example of the love it but wont ever own it syndrome. At least I feel better knowing that probably more than 95 percent of Americans wont ever even be able to drive it yet alone sign on the line to take it home.

This is one heck of a vehicle. It looks good and performs wonderfully even though Id tell shoppers in this price range to look elsewhere if they looking for a true sports car. Mercedes made a very good decision to put a retractable hardtop on the SL. It gives this high-end vehicle both versatility and topnotch technology. It also makes for a very quiet and comfortable ride in every condition something everyone expects in a Mercedes. And I liked the ohhs and ahhs from audiences as they watched to top go up and down several times.

Equipped with a smooth and powerful 5.0L V-8 engine, the SL has 302 hp. at 5,600 rpm. It is standard with a 5-speed automatic with electronic touch shift.

Inside it has all the luxuries a $100,000 vehicle should have including an amazing 12-way adjustable heated seats with pneumatic lumbar support.

On the outside, the styling is a head turner and much improved on its predecessor. While I wouldnt call it muscular I would call it elegant, flowing and curvaceous.

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