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Question Running costs sl350/400

Anyone had a sl and slk and know difference in running costs ?

Sl350/ Sl400

Have heard abc / ball joints is around a grand per corner but not sure , my slk eats them but at Ł140 a time not to bad.


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Yes, 2003 SL350. 350 has standard springs not air suspension, but yes, air suspension is about Ł1000 per corner if it fails.....
Ave. 24mpg general running around, otherwise not that different from the SLK until you get into SL55AMG territory.
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Had a SLK350 (R172) 45,000km and had no problems. Currently driving a 2017 SL400 (R231) and no problems yet.

Unfortunately, I don't monitor my fuel costs - I need it regardless of what it is costing me. I used the SLK to commute to work and seem to recall getting 8or9 L/100km with it. Driving my SL around locally it is about 11 and on the open road on long trips about 9.

Based on the cost of a 3 year service package I bought for my car and the cost of a recent service MB quoted (4 year oil change) for my wife's B class- there is not a significant difference in maintenance......YET ...hoping that the more modern ABC is more reliable than the old ones but I will buy an extended warranty if I still have the car when the 3 year warranty expires.
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Just got back from a run to Ireland (1500 miles) and took note of my consumption for this thread. Got just under 31mph with very mixed driving speeds. They only have 95RON in Ireland and I could feel the difference - never thought about it before but the car is happy being back on a diet of BP Ultimate.
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I am also very interested in peoples experience of the SL, especially those who have swapped from an SLK. I will be test driving an SL400 at the weekend. Not sure if it will be a bit too big. Some amazing discounts if you can afford new especially looking at the crazy prices MB Hull want for 2 year old examples.
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Well gone and done it😃 New SL400 on order - selenite grey, red leather, air scarf, wind deflector and ambient lighting.
Picking up mid September. Just need a buyer for the SLK now.

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Well gone and done it😃 New SL400 on order - selenite grey, red leather, air scarf, wind deflector and ambient lighting.
Picking up mid September. Just need a buyer for the SLK now.

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Congrats--- you are going to love it.
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Well gone and done it😃 New SL400 on order - selenite grey, red leather, air scarf, wind deflector and ambient lighting.
Picking up mid September. Just need a buyer for the SLK now.

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Did you get it in the vip sale at listers last week Mark ?

I looked at the gtc ...but got dragged out quickly by her in doors
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Did you get it in the vip sale at listers last week Mark ?

I looked at the gtc ...but got dragged out quickly by her in doors
Yes, had driven an SL500 a couple of weeks ago. Was in contact with their Grimsby branch through Carwow re an iridium silver 400, when the VIP invitation arrived. The only slight downside was that I couldn’t have the new reg. not too worried as I usually keep my cars 10+ Years (as long as they are reliable) and for over Ł22k off list😃
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Just completed a 4 day tour of Scotland. The SL performed faultlessly and averaged over 35mpg according to the trip😃 really impressed.
There were a couple oh hairy moments on the narrow highland roads though.
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