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2004 Mercedes-Benz SL500 (R230)

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  • Mileage~54,000
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • Engine5.0L
  • LocationIsle of Sheppey

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2004 Mercedes-Benz SL500 (R230)

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Introduction

Dom Ginn
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A new SL shape with the quad headlight design, and that all important electric folding hard-top, the R230 set new benchmarks.

Arguably the ultimate sporting roadster is the Mercedes-Benz SL - this is the fifth generation SL (model code R230) and this example a 5.0L V8 offering 302BHP. The R230 also came with an active body control system which offered automatic control of the suspension via hydraulic systems to regulate the firmness and height of the car, further improving the ride quality and handling.

This 2004 example has just ~54,000 miles on the clock, and being a SL500 features that wonderful 5.0L V8 experience. It comes with a pack of invoices charting its maintenance over time, and presents in excellent condition.

This auction listing was written from information supplied by Dom after meeting Lee the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

An incredible weekend cruiser, we love the comfortable interior and instant power the SL offers.

Lee is the proud owner of this SL500, he got the opportunity to purchase the car last year, but hasn't really had much of a chance to use it with the resulting restrictions on travel and other commitments.

Having covered only ~100 miles taking the total to ~54,000 miles, this example has had 3 previous owners before Lee. He'll be more than happy to answer any of your questions in the comments below.

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Exterior

Gone were the boxy lines of the R129, the R230 introduced curves in the design and a front-end that followed the marques design progression.

Wheels and Tyres

As with the rest of the car, the wheels where a big step forward in design and construction too. Large 5-spoke 18" alloy wheels fitted on this SL500 giving the car a sporty stance.

We noticed a little corrosion around the centre of the alloys and the rear offside has very minor area of curbing. Overall they are great, and paired with a set of grippy tyres with plenty of tread left for the new owner to enjoy straight away.

Bodywork

This is the first SL to feature the retractable "Vario Roof", which gives you the best of both worlds - that wind through your hair rush, and the handling and performance of a coupe with the roof up.

The bodywork on this 2004 SL500 looks in excellent condition all around the car and it nicely matches its mileage. Please take a look at the exterior photos and videos for a detailed look at the bodywork of the car.

Paint

This SL500 is finished in an attractive, classic Mercedes-Benz "Cubanite Silver", it's easy to see how well looked after this car has been over the years.

An excellent and even finish of the paint on this car, with no blemishes, or signs of neglect. Just a few stone chips on the front of the car, as you'd expect. View the exterior video for a full tour of the paint.

Glass and Trim

As you would expect, in excellent condition for a car of this calibre. We did not notice any chips, cracks or scratches in the glass.

The trim matches the condition of the rest of the car, in excellent and extremely well-looked after condition.

Interior

This SL500 has evolved to a new level of luxury, with a full leather interior as standard and a whole host of electric features focused on both performance and comfort.

Seats and Carpets

Inside the cabin, you'll find black leather seats in keeping with the sporty feel of the car, both of which are in really good condition with very little wear.

The rear seats look really good and look almost untouched. The door cards are equally in great condition. Please take a look at the video footage for a full tour of the interior.

Dashboard

The dashboard in the SL500 looks great with no issues to report, the instrument binnacle has a deep surround to ensure you can see the dials clearly with the roof down and in the suns glare.

All the dials, bezels and controls are in great condition and Lee reports everything works as it should.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

The multifunction steering wheel puts you in full control of the vehicle, both from a driving and electric perspective.

The steering wheel and gear knob both reflect the mileage and care of ownership. Very little wear was found on this excellent example.

Mechanics

The 5.0L V8 delivers 302BHP of power through to the rear wheels, via the later 7 speed automatic gearbox.

Engine and Gearbox

302BHP a pedal press away, the 5.0L V8 is fantastic to drive with its silky smooth automatic transmission, an upgrade to a 7 speed unit from the earlier R230's.

Lee reports a great drive in this SL500, his car of choice for weekend drives when possible. Please view our cold start video, to see the car starting from cold with no issues.

Suspension and Brakes

Fitted with ABC (Active Body Control) which offers the balance of comfort and handling; a complex system of accumulators and hydraulic fluids to regulate the firmness and heights of the suspension.

Take a look through the service history to see works carried out over time on this example.

The Drive

You can have a sense of relief when you buy a Mercedes, knowing that every component has probably been over-engineered and built to last. Lee reports an excellent drive, one you’ll need to experience to fully appreciate.

Electrics and Other

A car equipped with a whole host of electric aids, navigation, automatic climate control and multi-adjustable heated electrical seats.

Lee reports all the electrics are working as you would expect.

History and Paperwork

A desirable UK RHD SL500 fully equipped for your next road trip - finished in a beautiful silver, these R230's offer great value for a sporting roadster.

Stacks of clean MOT reports over the previous 17 years and main dealer servicing to confirm this. The car has has various electrical sensors replaced throughout its life, a new CDL pump, reconditioned active body control module in 2015 and a complete gearbox service in 2015.

Lee reports a superb drive and a truly excellent car, perfect for any weekend trip.

We've actioned checks on; Seller ID, V5, HPi clear.

Service History
Date Type Mileage
13.08.2020 MOT 53,904
21.01.2019 MOT 53,497
25.06.2018 MOT 52,475
15.05.2017 MOT 51,180
12.04.2016 MOT 48,624
28.01.2015 Service 44,580
23.04.2015 MOT 45,421
23.04.2014 MOT 42,287
25.04.2013 MOT 38,030
06.04.2012 MOT 35,732
05.04.2012 Service (MD) 35,731
29.02.2012 MOT 35,654
26.04.2011 MOT 33,005
21.04.2010 MOT 29,647
10.06.2009 Service (MD) 25,947
27.04.2009 MOT 25,543
23.04.2008 MOT 20,626
26.04.2007 MOT 17,446
Key Details
  • ModelSL500 (R230)
  • TransmissionAutomatic 7 speed
  • Reg. Date30.04.2004
  • CC4,966
  • Mileage~54,000
  • ColourCubanite Silver (723U)
  • Interior ColourBlack (201A)
  • Interior TrimLeather
  • Chassis #WDB2304752F081092
  • Engine #11396330579309
  • MOTYes. Exp - 12.08.2021
  • MOT ExemptNo
  • Road Tax ExemptNo
  • HPi ClearYes
  • Former Keepers3
  • LHD or RHDRHD
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned<1 year
  • Key Feature5.0L V8







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£10,000 bid by brianwest39gmailco 03.03.2021 @ 19:20:56
Martin
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Martin

Hi Lee, further to Stuart’s query in respect of the suspensions hydraulic pump advisory. Have you looked into the replacement cost of the pump, which is a common fault on these models. Regards Martin

£9,500 bid by StevesSangha1 28.02.2021 @ 09:27:56
£9,100 bid by andybags 28.02.2021 @ 07:56:08
Stuart Williams
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Stuart Williams

Hi Lee. The hydraulic pump advisory on the last MOT. Has this been repaired please?
Many thanks
Stuart (Maidstone)

£8,000 bid by StevesSangha1 27.02.2021 @ 18:46:27
£7,750 bid by Len 27.02.2021 @ 17:36:58
£7,500 bid by StevesSangha1 27.02.2021 @ 17:13:45
£6,995 bid by abtaxis1 27.02.2021 @ 13:50:28
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£5,500 bid by parm74 26.02.2021 @ 08:51:38
£5,000 bid by Micky 25.02.2021 @ 22:08:06
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£4,000 bid by Micky 25.02.2021 @ 17:26:04
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