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  1. Personal Review When the r129 was launched its iconic sleek shape was truly outstanding when other cars in the era were big and bulky. There is really no other car like an SL on the road. A big smooth cruiser plus being a roadster, the SL comes with a detachable hardtop for rainy days, detaching it is fully electronic and so is the soft roof operation. It has a big boot, nice wide interior and 2 emergency rear seats for smaller sized folk or extra luggage. The suspension soaked up the bumps nicely but also has good body control if you dare push this big cruiser hard round corners. With newer cars having everything electronic to control its steering, throttle, gear-change, suspension etc. it is a nice change to drive something so analog and connected. When I first drove this car back in the early 2000, it felt numb and heavy compared to other cars I drove, however coming back to it now with everything now digital, it feels very refreshing to drive. New cars use electronic tuning to get "comfort" mode or "sports" mode, this car uses a nice revving Inline-6 and a long gearing to produce that effortless pull up the speedo. I loved driving this car on weekend mornings with the roof down with a love one, going to find breakfast and empty roads. And during week, I would put the hardtop on and cruise in total quietness, especially serene after a long days work. Unfortunately I am no longer in Singapore and would love to keep the car as long as i can, but with no one around to love it, it seems like the best thing is to let it go. Vehicle Info. 1990 300sl r129, Silver with black roof and grey leather interior. Has been in the family since new. Asking price 55000 SGD, COE til Oct 2019. Engine has been top overhauled and roof hydraulic system has been overhauled. Gearbox went through a major service. Various other components changed to make it running smoothly. Please PM if interested. Other Info. The car is equipped with a M103 engine which is typically also found on a 300SEL, 300SE, 300CE, 300E models. It is a SOHC inline 6 which pulls really smoothly. Its only issue i have read is to require a top overhaul over 10 years or so, which mine has been done recently. This engine was superseded by the M104 which has DOHC and 24 valves but heard those engines had bigger reliability issues. Overall maintenance and servicing is as per normal vehicle and not expensive at all with most workshops able to do it. The roof was another issue for some owners, yes the oil seals will leak if the roof is not used for a very long time, probably due to the oil being stagnant in the actuators and Singapore' heat not helping. Fix is not too expensive and there are plenty of Mercedes parts specialist that still bring in the parts.
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