1994 Benz 300SL still oozes luxury but is heavy on the gas


The Mercedes-Benz SL is one of the most popular sports cars in the world, thanks to its timeless design.

The car’s engine displacement ranges from 2.8 to six litres, but I would like to recommend the 1994 300SL, which comes with a 3.0-litre, six-cylinder, 24-valve engine, automatic gearbox and ABS-governed disc brakes. The price range of the 300SL is from Bt1.7 million to Bt1.9 million.

The interior of the Mercedes-Benz 300SL is still attractive,

even though it was made 12 years ago. The genuine leather upholstery and walnut trim oozes with a sense of luxury. However, there is little space for the rear passengers, since only “dog seats” are offered.

Acceleration is excellent, thanks to its powerful engine. However, the V6 is thirsty and has a big appetite for unleaded 95 fuel.

Inspection of spare parts – those made from rubber and PVC in particular – should be made because they wear out with age, and Thailand’s hot weather causes a faster wear rate than elsewhere.

Given its rear-wheel-drive system, the car’s suspension should be durable and there shouldn’t be any problems if the car hasn’t been modified.

Used spare parts can easily be purchased, but they are a bit pricey. After all, it’s a luxury car we have here.

A private garage in front of Soi Onnuj 24 and Vikrom’s Garage in Soi Sukhumvit 15 – both in Bangkok – are recommended for 300SL owners who want to get their car repaired or maintain it properly.

Also, set aside at least Bt50,000 for renovation and maintenance once you get the car, and it will serve you for another 10 years.

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