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 2008 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL550 Roadster

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MSRP: $95,300
Invoice: $88,629

Gas Mileage:
CTY: 14    HWY: 21    CMB: 16
Engine/Fuel: 8 Cyl Gas
Transmission: A
Door/Body Style: 2 Door/Convertible/Luxury Coupe,CVT
Drive Type: RWD

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  • General
  • MSRP: $95,300
  • Invoice Price: $88,629
  • Destination Charge: $
  • Warranty
  • Basic (Month): 48
  • Basic (Mileage): 50000
  • Powertrain (Month): 48
  • Powertrain (Mileage): 50000
  • Rust (Month): 48
  • Rust (Mileage): 50000

Engine & Emissions

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  • Engines & Emissions
  • 5.5-Liter, V8, 32-Valve, DOHC, SEFI Engine; Front Mounted With Horsepower Of 382@6000, Torque Of 391@2800, Alloy Block and Alloy Cylinder Heads
  • Extended Service Interval For Spark Plugs
  • Oil Cooler
  • Engine
  • Type of Engine: 5.5L V8
  • Displacement (CC): 5461
  • Fuel System: SEFI
  • Horsepower @ RPM: 382@6000
  • Torque @ RPM: 391@2800
  • Turbo: N
  • Compression ratio: 10.7
  • Cylinders: 8
  • RPM @ Peak Horsepower: 6000
  • Fuel Type: Gas

Dimensions

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  • Exterior Dimensions
  • Track Front: 61.4
  • Track Rear: 60.5
  • Overall Length (in): 178.5
  • Overall Width (in): 71.5
  • Overall Height (in): 51.0
  • Wheelbase (in): 100.8
  • Curb weight (lbs): 4220
  • Interior Dimensions
  • Seating capacity - Standard: 2
  • Seating Capacity - Maximum: 2
  • Headroom front (in): 37.7
  • Hip room front (in): 53.9
  • Leg room front (in): 42.9
  • Shoulder room front (in): 54.0

Features

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  • Exterior Features
  • Bodyside/Cab Step or Running Board: N/A
  • Bumper Step Up: N/A
  • Front Air Dam: Standard
  • Metallic Paint: Standard
  • Power Sliding Side Van Door: N/A
  • Power Trunk Lid: Standard
  • Rear Spoiler: N/A
  • Skid Plate or Underbody Protection: N/A
  • Splash or Mud Guards: Option
  • Wind Deflector or Buffer for Convertibles: Standard
  • Exterior
    • Adaptive Low Beam Xenon High Intensity Discharge Headlights With Automatic Leveling and High Beam Halogen Headlights
    • Automatic Headlights With Automatic On/Off and Dusk Sensor
    • Chrome Located On Exhaust Pipes
    • Front Air Dam
    • Front and Rear Bumpers
    • Front Halogen Foglights and 1 Rear Foglight
    • Heated High Pressure Headlight Washers
    • Metallic Paint (If Selected)
    • Nano-Particle Paint
    • Night Security Illumination Programmable Perimeter Lighting
    • Programmable Daytime Running Lights
    • Titanium Gray Grille
    • Variable Intensity Brake Lights
    • Wind Deflector For Convertibles
    • Windshield Wiper Activated Headlights
  • Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning
  • Air Conditioning: Standard
  • Automatic Climate Control: Standard
  • Interior Pollen/Particle/Dust Air Filter: Standard
  • Rear Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning: N/A
  • Rear HVAC Ducts: N/A
  • Rear Seat HVAC Controls: N/A
  • Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning
    • Automatic Climate Control With Sun Sensor
    • HVAC Rest Mode With 30 Minutes Activation
    • Interior Pollen, Dust and Active Charcoal Air Filter
    • Separate Driver/Front Passenger Climate Controls
  • Entertainment
  • Cassette Player: N/A
  • CD Changer: Standard
  • CD Player: Standard
  • DVD Player: N/A
  • Hands Free or Voice Activated Phone: N/A
  • Navigational Aid: Standard
  • Radio: Standard
  • Second Row Sound Controls/Accessories: N/A
  • Subwoofer: Standard
  • Telematic Systems: Standard
  • Entertainment, Communication & Navigation
    • Bose(R) AM/FM Radio With Speed Sensitive Volume, Cabin Surround(TM) Sound System With 8 Speakers Total; CD Player; 6-Disc CD Changer Located In Cargo Area; MP3 Player; Sirius(R) Satellite Radio (Includes 6 Month Subscription)
    • Equalizer
    • GPS and DVD Navigation Aid With 6.5-In. Screen and Voice Activation
    • Radio Antenna
    • Subwoofer
    • Tele Aid Telematics Includes Automatic Collision Notification, Concierge Services, Emergency Response, Roadside Assistance, Security System Notification, Stolen Vehicle Tracking, Remote Unlocking and Reservations; 12-Months Included At No Charge
    • Tele Aid Vehicle Location System
    • Telephone Antenna
  • Instrumentation
  • Battery Gauge: N/A
  • Clock: Standard
  • Compass: N/A
  • Cruise Control: Standard
  • Electroluminescent Instrumentation: N/A
  • Gauges: Standard
  • Inside Temperature Gauge: N/A
  • Intelligent Cruise Control: N/A
  • Night Vision: N/A
  • Oil Gauge: Standard
  • Outside Temperature Gauge: Standard
  • Service or Maintenance Interval Indicator: Standard
  • Steering Wheel Mounted Controls: Standard
  • Tachometer: Standard
  • Tire Inflation/Pressure Monitor: Standard
  • Trip Computer: Standard
  • Instrumentation
    • 3 Memory Adjustments For Driver Side Include Seat, Exterior Mirrors and Steering Wheel; Passenger Side Include Seat
    • Audible Warnings Include Headlights-On and Key-In-Ignition
    • Comand (Cockpit Management and Data) System Centralized Control Instrumentation For Phone, Audio, and Navigation
    • Cruise Control
    • Digital Clock
    • Exterior Temperature Gauge
    • Maintenance Interval Indicator For Oil Level
    • Oil Pressure Gauge
    • Steering Wheel Mounted Controls For Audio, Phone, and Instrumentation Display
    • Tachometer
    • Tire Pressure Monitor
    • Trip Computer With Average Fuel Consumption, Miles To Empty, Instantaneous Fuel Consumption, and Stop Watch
    • Voice Activated Controls For Navigation
    • Warning Lights Include Door Ajar, Low Fuel, Oil Low, Low Coolant, and Low Washer Fluid
  • Lighting
  • Automatic Headlights: Standard
  • Cornering Lights: Option
  • Daytime Running Lights: Standard
  • Fog Lights: Standard
  • Halogen Headlights: Standard
  • Headlight Washers: Standard
  • High Intensity Discharge Headlights: Standard
  • Windshield Wiper Activated Headlights: Standard
  • Roof
  • Power Sunroof/Moonroof: N/A
  • Removable/Convertible Top: Standard
  • Sunroof/Moonroof: Option
  • Sunroof/Moonroof & Removeable/Convertible Top
    • Power Hard Convertible Top
  • Wheels & Tires
  • Alloy Wheels: Standard
  • Chrome Wheels: N/A
  • Exterior Rear Mounted Tire Carrier: N/A
  • Full Size Spare Tire: N/A
  • Interior Spare Tire for SUVs & Vans: N/A
  • Self Sealing/Run Flat Tires: Option
  • Steel Wheels: N/A
  • Underbody Tire Carrier: N/A
  • Wheels & Tires
    • Alloy Wheels, Front 18-In. X 8.5-In. and Rear 18-In. X 9.5-In.
    • Compact Spare Tire
    • Front SBRP255/40ZR18 and Rear SBRP285/35ZR18, High Performance Tires
    • Inflatable Spare Tire Kit
  • Windows, Mirrors & Wipers
    • Exterior Auto Day/Night/Electrochromic Mirrir
    • Glass Rear Window on Convertible
    • Heated Exterior Mirror
    • Heated Washer System
    • Heated Windshield Glass
    • Interior Auto Day/Night/Electrochromic Mirror
    • Interval Wipers
    • Oversize or Wide Angle Exterior Mirror
    • Power Adjustable Exterior Mirror
    • Power Backlight Window
    • Rain Sensing Wipers
    • Rear Wiper
    • Sliding Rear Pickup Truck Window
    • Tinted Glass
    • Vehicle Speed Sensing Wiper Interval
    • Windshield Wiper De-Icer
  • Windows/Mirrors/Wipers
  • Exterior Auto Day/Night/Electrochromic Mirrir: Standard
  • Glass Rear Window on Convertible: Standard
  • Heated Exterior Mirror: Standard
  • Heated Washer System: Standard
  • Heated Windshield Glass: N/A
  • Interior Auto Day/Night/Electrochromic Mirror: Standard
  • Interval Wipers: Standard
  • Oversize or Wide Angle Exterior Mirror: N/A
  • Power Adjustable Exterior Mirror: Standard
  • Power Backlight Window: N/A
  • Rain Sensing Wipers: Standard
  • Rear Wiper: N/A
  • Sliding Rear Pickup Truck Window: N/A
  • Tinted Glass: Standard
  • Vehicle Speed Sensing Wiper Interval: N/A
  • Windshield Wiper De-Icer: Standard
  • Windows, Mirrors & Wipers
    • Dual Folding Power Adjustable Heated Signaling Exterior Rearview Mirrors With 3-Position Driver Memory and Driver Side Electrochromic
    • Electrochromic Interior Rearview Mirror
    • Front Dual Illuminated Vanity Mirrors
    • Front Dual Sunvisors
    • Glass Rear Window On Convertible
    • Heated Washer System
    • Power Windows With Front Dual One-Touch Up and One-Touch Down
    • Rain Sensing Variable Intermittent Windshield Wipers With Windshield Wiper De-Icer
    • Rear Window Defroster
    • Tinted Glass

Safety Features

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  • Safety Features
  • Concealed Safety Roll Bar
  • Crash Sensor Sends GPS Signal
  • Driver Airbag With Dual Stage Deployment
  • Driver Knee Airbag
  • First Aid Kit
  • Front and Rear Crumple Zones
  • Front Automatic Locking Retractor
  • Front Dual 3-Point Seatbelts
  • Front Passenger Airbag With Dual Stage Deployment
  • Front Pretensioners With Force Limiters
  • Front Side Airbags With Head Protection
  • Passenger Airbag Cutoff Sensor Activated By Weight
  • Rollover Sensor
  • Side Guard Door Beams
  • Trunk Anti-Trap Device
  • Anti-Theft
  • Locking Fuel Filler Door
  • Power Decklid Lock/Unlock Via Multi-Function Remote
  • Programmable Power Door Locks Operated Via Remote With Automatic Locking
  • Selective Unlocking
  • Tele Aid Vehicle Theft Tracking
  • Valet Lockout
  • Vehicle Anti-Lockout
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft Via Alarm and Engine Immobilizer
  • Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • All-Speed Traction Controlled Via ABS and Engine Management
  • Brake Assist Electronic Brake Assistance
  • Brake Drying
  • Electronic Brake Force Distribution
  • Electronic Stability Program (ESP(R)) Vehicle Stability Control System Operated Via Engine Power Reduction, ABS and Traction Control Measures Steering Wheel Angle/Direction, Yaw Rate, Wheel Speed, and Lateral Acceleration
  • Front Power 330-mm Ventilated Disc and Rear Power 300-mm Ventilated Disc Brakes
  • Predictive Brake Priming Brake Optimization System

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    Crash Test Data for 2008 Mercedes-Benz

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    2008 CLK-ClassNot
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    2008 E-Class
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    2008 GL-ClassNot
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    2008 MaybachNot
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    2008 ML-ClassNot Tested
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    2008 SL-ClassNot
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    2008 SLK-ClassNot
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    Service Bulletins for 2008 Mercedes-Benz

    2008 MERCEDES-BENZ E350
    Bulletin Number: 40-P-052794
    MERCEDES BENZ: FRONT OR REAR SEAT BELT DOES NOT ROLL UP CORRECTLY. DIRT DEPOSITS ON THE SEAT BELT GUIDE DUE TO SOILED SEAT BELT. ALSO INCLUDED MODELS 169, F CELL, 246, AND 231. NO MODEL YEARS GIVEN. *JS
    Bulletin Number: 462046
    PLAY IN THE RACK AND PINION STEERING SYSTEM. MODELS 203, 209, 210, 211, 215, 220, 230. MERCEDES BENZ. *KB UPDATED 5/13/09. *PE
    Bulletin Number: LI-05-20-P
    MERCEDES-BENZ: THE MALFUNCTION LIGHT IS ON WITH MULTIPLE POSSIBLE TROUBLE CODES STORED. THERE COULD BE A PROBLEM WITH THE CAMSHAFT AND/OR SCORING OF A PISTON. *RM
    Bulletin Number: LI05 20-P-067123
    Oil in engine wiring harness
    Bulletin Number: LI07.08-P-060993
    Engine diagnosis warning lamp lights up in instrument cluster, fault code U145400: "Implausible data were received from the ethanol sensor"
    Bulletin Number: LI-27-20
    MERCEDES-BENZ: THE VEHICLE JERKS OR HAS HARD SKIPPING SHIFTS. THERE ARE MANY POSSIBLE FAULT CODES. THE TORQUE CONVERTER LOCKUP CLUTCH HAS A CLOGGED FILTER. *RM
    Bulletin Number: LI-27-60
    MERCEDES-BENZ: RATTLING NOISE AT THE SHIFT ROD. *RM
    Bulletin Number: LI32-22-P-048597
    MERCEDES BENZ (XENTRY): VEHICLE DROPS AT REAR AXLE, DISPLAY MESSAGE-AIRMATIC-SERVICE REQUIRED. THE VEHICLE DROPS AT THE REAR AXLE AFTER STANDING FOR A LONG TIME. DAMAGED SEALING RINGS IN AIR SUSPENSION ELEMENT ON REAR AXLE CAN LEAD TO MI
    Bulletin Number: LI32-22-P-051722
    MERCEDES: AIRMATIC MALFUNCTION. LEAKING AIRMATIC SYSTEM AND NOT A FAULTY COMPRESSOR. *KB
    Bulletin Number: LI46-40-P-047549
    MERCEDES: CRACKING/CREAKING NOISES FROM FRONT AXLE WHEN VEHICLE IS SUBJECT TO TORSION OR WHEN STEERING WHEEL IS TURNED. THIS IS MAINLY HEARD WHEN THE VEHICLE IS STATIONARY OR WHEN THE VEHICLE IS MOVING SLOWLY. RELATIVE MOVEMENT BETWEEN TH
    Bulletin Number: LI-54-18
    MERCEDES BENZ (XENTRY): WIRING HARNESS IS DAMAGED IN AREA OF ROOF FRAME. VEHICLE CAN NOT BE STARTED BECAUSE THE CHASSIS CAN BUS AND/OR INTERIOR CAN FAULT CODES STORED IN QUICK TEST. *PE
    Bulletin Number: LI-54-18
    MERCEDES-BENZ: MAIN WIRING HARNESS PART INFORMATION. *RM
    Bulletin Number: LI54 30-P-068430
    Display of suspension setting in head unit implausible
    Bulletin Number: LI72-10P-055044
    MERCEDES (XENTRY): THE INSIDE DOOR HANDLE, ON FRONT DOOR, IS INOPERATIVE DUE TO THE BOWDEN CABLE BECOMING UNHOOKED FROM CLIP AND NEEDS TO BE REPLACED. MODEL 207. NO MODEL YEARS LISTED. *PE
    Bulletin Number: LI72 20-P-068322
    Liftgate intermittently does not open fully
    Bulletin Number: LI-80-57
    MERCEDES-BENZ: DIAGNOSTIC PROCEDURES FOR THE DRIVER AUTHORIZATION SYSTEM. *RM
    Bulletin Number: LI-82-10
    MERCEDES-BENZ: CURVE ILLUMINATION IS INOPERATIVE. *RM
    Bulletin Number: LI82.70-P-060004
    iPhone mobile phone: Various complaints after software update to iOS8
    Bulletin Number: LI-88-70
    MERCEDES BENZ: THE TURN SIGNAL LIGHT ON THE MIRROR FOGS UP DUE TO TEMPERATURE DIFFERENCES. *RM
    Bulletin Number: LI91-40-P-047183
    MERCEDES: SEAT BELTS, EMERGENCY TENSIONING RETRACTORS. MODEL SERIES 204 (WITH CODES 299 AND 800), 207, 212. SEAT BELT CAN ONLY BE PULLED OUT WITH GREAT EFFORT. AT THE SAME TIME A NOISE CAN BE HEARD FROM THE REVERSIBLE REEL TENSIONER GEA
    Bulletin Number: LI91 45-P-066075
    Seat belt extender toothed rack sluggish or makes noises
    Bulletin Number: P-047526
    MERCEDES BENZ: INSTRUMENT CLUSTER-ANALOG POINTERS NONFUNCTIONAL AFTER VEHICLE IS STARTED. ALL ANALOG POINTERS IN THE INSTRUMENT CLUSTER (A1) MAY NOT BE FUNCTIONAL FOR APPROX. ONE TO TWO MINUTES AFTER THE ENGINE IS STARTED. FULL FUNCTION
    Bulletin Number: SB-32-22-78
    MERCEDES: AIR MATIC VISIT WORKSHOP DISPLAYED WITHIN INSTRUMENT CLUSTER. MODELS 164, 211, 219, 221 AND 251. INCLUDED 4MATIC, AMG (COMPRESSOR) AMG, BLUETEC AND WAGON. MODEL YEARS UNKNOWN. *PE UPDATED 9/18/09.
    Bulletin Number: SB-32-25-82
    MERCEDES-BENZ: SHOCK ABSORBER PROCEDURE. *RM
    Bulletin Number: TB-P-047927
    MERCEDES: FOLLOWING FAULT CODES ARE ENTERED IN THE CONTROL UNIT AND DISPLAYED-FC5320 DRAIN VALVE:OPEN CIRCUIT OR INSUFFICIENT VALVE CURRENT IN MODELS SERIES 211, 219; FC5260 DRAIN VALVE OPEN CIRCUIT OR INSUFFICIENT VALVE CURRENT IN MODEL 2
    Bulletin Number: TSB-2009020004
    MERCEDES: IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT THE TELE AID MAY NOT FUNCTION PROPERLY AS A RESULT OF A HARDWARE FAULT IN THE TELE AID CONTROL MODULE. IF THIS CONDITION EXISTS AN INSTRUMENT CLUSTER MESSAGE OF NO SERVICE AND TELE AID INOPERABLE WILL
    Bulletin Number: TSB-82-00-695
    MERCEDES: PART CHANGE TO BANJO BOLT FOR HEADLAMP MOUNT. THE LATCH FOR THE BANJO BOLT FOR THE HEADLAMP MOUNT IS NO LONGER NEEDED; THEREFORE, THE NEW PART IS NOW SCREWED ONTO THE LAMP FRAME USING A THERMOPLASTIC NUT *PE

     

    Recalls for 2008 Mercedes-Benz

    2008 MERCEDES-BENZ E350
    NHTSA Campaign ID:SUSPENSION:REAR
    Manufacturer:MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.
    Manufacture Dates:07/01/2006 - 04/30/2009
    Potential Units Affected:3613

    Defect Description:

    MERCEDES-BENZ IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2007-2009 E350 4MATIC WAGON VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM JULY 1, 2006, THROUGH APRIL 30, 2009. A CONNECTING ROD FOR THE LOAD LEVELING REAR SUSPENSION SYSTEM MAY FAIL.

    Consequence:

    IF THIS OCCURS, THE DRIVER MAY HAVE REDUCED VEHICLE CONTROL, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

    Action:

    MERCEDES-BENZ WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE ALL THE CONNECTING RODS, FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON SEPTEMBER 7, 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT MERCEDES-BENZ AT 1-800-367-6372.

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