The 2002 Mercedes-Benz SL500 Is the Last Old-School Mercedes
Doug DeMuro
The 2002 Mercedes-Benz SL500 Silver Arrow was the last old-school Mercedes. Today I'm reviewing this SL500 and I'm showing you all around this great example of the R129 Mercedes SL. Then I'm driving this 2002 SL500 to show you what it's like to get it out on the road.
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  • Gordon TheMan
    Gordon TheMan

    I don't get Doug's problem with the 2gen SL

  • ADubTheGrizzy

    Doug why you review the SL500 roof and buttons, and you don't even get it sideways

  • Robert Thomas
    Robert Thomas

    The best looking and rarest Silver Arrow is one with the Panoramic hard top (at $25,000 how many out of the 1,500 made have a pano? Almost Unicorn Status ) I have a Silver Arrow for sale with a pano and 30,000 miles if anyone is interested. Here's what they look like with a Pano: . Silver Arrows are the only ones with polished aluminum trim around the windows. So forget about dropping on a pano from a regular Sl500. As for handling, all you need is a set of the new Michelin pilot sport 4s tires. Totally transforms the car. Talk about grip! The car corners like the tires have glue on them.

  • Антон Рубец
    Антон Рубец

    Looks like Doug cut his nails very aggressive 🤷‍♂️

  • Matthew Kowalski
    Matthew Kowalski

    Isn't that button that operates the top the same button in your G-Wagen?

  • Damian Ball
    Damian Ball

    For someone who reviews cars you don't really know much. The roll bar shoots up automatically when the car detects a roll. Back seats were available as an option.

  • gunnut 77
    gunnut 77

    So this has the same styling score as a viper gts?

  • AS 2212
    AS 2212

    A rare occasion where other humans participate in a review.

  • polar_hutto

    Let’s buy a 50 dollar photo of him! Definitely worth it...

  • Ruslan Sosnin
    Ruslan Sosnin

    In case of an accident, the safety arc is triggered even when it is folded!

  • Voltedge

    How is the sl500 compared to the v6 in term of reliability and simplicity, considering importing one it looks neat for a weekend drive maximum 200 miles a month

  • Bobby Negraia
    Bobby Negraia

    Comments here are proving how much are Mercedeses loved by their owners (I am talking about die-hard Merc owners!)

  • Boris G
    Boris G

    My dad's old Mercedes from 1990 has this lock sound as well and it is gorgeous, it is so authentic and cool. No car does that sound

  • Фолныфко

    what the music in the end?

  • Sam Hassall
    Sam Hassall

    Come on mate. Gotta do the V12?

  • RealPowerHouseSL55

    Doug your a idiot . You think that's a better car than my 03SL55 your stupid I had one of those and it's not near the car that the sl 55 is. I have watched your reviews for a long time and I have agreed with most of them but you've missed it here big time dude moron

  • Maanus Mei
    Maanus Mei

    Putting a hard top on is a two twins job, who will most definitely scratch your unique MB SL500 :D

  • Darkside 91
    Darkside 91

    1:59...How many times has this guy repeated himself, already?? 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️

  • Fernando Barajas
    Fernando Barajas

    I knew a lady who had a 500 and the dealer wanted $25k for a new engine!! Really!

  • Jane Beresford
    Jane Beresford

    Biodegradable wiring loom good luck fixing that

  • Mike Staryk
    Mike Staryk

    Correction: Roll bar will automatically pop up from "down position" if car starts to roll..

  • CRAPO2011

    By 2000 these things were horrribly dated. The aluminum trim just looked tacked on to me. Having driven a few of these they dont feel sporty (to me at least )but they do feel bank vault solid. SL was special back in the day, no longer the case

  • Ashutosh Patil
    Ashutosh Patil

    the car killed 75 peeps lol

  • Fernando Baez
    Fernando Baez

    Last week an SL73 sold on ebay for 150,000

  • Fernando Baez
    Fernando Baez

    The door pockets, rear storage and center console lock with the door lock in case you wanted to leave your car locked with the top down

  • Fernando Baez
    Fernando Baez

    That vehicle never had a glovebox even in the first version

  • Fernando Baez
    Fernando Baez

    The Roll bar goes up automatically in case of a roll over. There are sensores in the rear control arms, if the car lifts from the ground it Deploys and you have to go through a sequence to reset it. Mine had a damaged sensor so it went up always

  • Vasjen Katro
    Vasjen Katro

    Mercedes W123

  • Jens Cristian
    Jens Cristian

    We can thank the great Bruno Sacco for this beautiful masterpiece. The R129 was one of his best designs.

  • sub1legacy1outback

    how many ad's is too many? 3. I just stopped watching once it hit 3 ad's.

  • Pan Damasque
    Pan Damasque

    I'm pretty sure this 4:50 is a Fangio-era Grand Prix car. So '50s, not the '30s.

  • HuneyBastard

    That two-tone color interior was pretty common in AMG models.

  • Abbi Ravindhran
    Abbi Ravindhran

    Doug is the type of guy to get 2 teens to put the roof on the car

  • Aluv5

    I remember this car from the movie liar liar and fell in love.

  • Rui Cameira
    Rui Cameira

    about the smog detector it´s in case that you drive through a city with high levels of monoxid carbone it warns you so you can close the top and and exaust the air inside, it as filters,but today in europe it´s rare to happen but in the 80´s was comon to happen in some big cities

  • Rui Cameira
    Rui Cameira

    so stupid the protection that was talked in the 80´s is what conects the headrest to the seat ,the other is just for american standarts in europe they didn´t had the 60´s rollbar, and where i live during the day you roast driving without top so every sl i owned just took the top a few days in summer at night ,i live in portugal, and when it came out was very forward car in the 80´s not the 90´s as he says the car his so bad that was sold for more than 20 years ,i saw one in perfect shape with a engine problem that could be fixed being sold for 5 cent´s and it was the top of the line ,the car looked perfect,but it was old 87 one,and before this model came out there was a AMG version of the 500SEC with 6.3L V12 and he says by this time amg didn´t change that much cars AMG stands for the name of 2 mercedes engeniers that were resposable to create a SE from the 60´s the fastest car in the world,how dumb this iliterated guy can be, dougscore?oh,no cup older , the interior that was unique in the world he gives 3 from 10 ,to give a 10 the car must drive to the moon by his standarts and he talks like it´s a 2002 car but as i said it´s an mid 80´s car and there was an AMG version of it in the 80´s the V12 6,3L, so dumb ,is this what in the U.S. you call trailor park looks like he´s one,regards

  • Rui Cameira
    Rui Cameira

    a friend of mine in late 80´s took a flight out of the highway at 180km/h and roll several times but only broke a bone next to his arm ,mercedes engeniers bought the car to study in germany because they didn´t expect to be so safe in any other car ,with no top he would have died because of only one pilar to the head rest , this doug talks in another video about the new sl and says after the slr and the gullwing that he didn´t remenber the name they do this to the sl ,well he does not know that the sl r is an sl as the mclaren mercedes is also a sl but he´s so dumb that he thinks it´s another model ,the sl500 is like the slr but with less power and no top, this guy don´t have a clue about cars

  • Buzz Pedrotti
    Buzz Pedrotti

    Did the dash crap out? Did the window lifts fail? Does the transmission smoke when driving over 70 mph? Two good things. The paint is amazing. When it ran, it drove very well for a big chassis.

  • Buzz Pedrotti
    Buzz Pedrotti

    Completely dispute the assertion that 90s Mercedes S were designed for durability. They are crap. Do not buy an old one. You will soon hate it, and will want revenge on a random German.

  • Buzz Pedrotti
    Buzz Pedrotti

    I'll dispute the performance assertion. Jump on a 2015 sl500 at 70., you will be at over 100 mph before you complete passing the car in front of you.

  • Buzz Pedrotti
    Buzz Pedrotti

    The 1995 S500 was Hitler's revenge.

  • Buzz Pedrotti
    Buzz Pedrotti

    How many times have the air suspension compensators and the carbon vane pump been replaced?

  • Buzz Pedrotti
    Buzz Pedrotti

    Did the copper oil pipe that supplies oil to the lifters come loose in the head, so that it needed to be reattached for 15 hours of labor?

  • Buzz Pedrotti
    Buzz Pedrotti

    Does the battery discharge after 3 days?

  • Buzz Pedrotti
    Buzz Pedrotti

    How many times has the AC system been repaired? Is the refrigerant still available?

  • Buzz Pedrotti
    Buzz Pedrotti

    What is the repair cost per mile?

  • C Morris
    C Morris

    This reposted?

  • Mateusz m.
    Mateusz m.

    New Miata nd or Mercedes sl500 2001?

  • Aspiring Aspie
    Aspiring Aspie

    My sisters 1995 budget BMW has keyless entry. My budget 2000 Corolla has keyless entry

  • Tony Wellington
    Tony Wellington

    VERY good review doug

  • Walter Crim
    Walter Crim

    Wait a sec! I just saw your review of the 2002 Thunderbird. This is damn near the same car. Just for the other brand's 70 year olds.


    Doug, if you happen to be in northwest Germany at some point, you may review my early 2005 Fiesta ST150, 1st gen full leather edition, as i see that one isn't yet on your channel. It has quirks and features you would surely enjoy.

  • J Mendola
    J Mendola

    My dad has a ‘98 SL500 - it feels and drives like its almost brand new.

  • John Leeper
    John Leeper

    I love the frameless look of the windshields top edge

  • Rama Nrusimhadevara
    Rama Nrusimhadevara

    Doug the type of guy to say that people love to watch him lower the roofs of cars and climb into rear bucket seats when all they want is for him to show us the engine sound.

  • bob bob
    bob bob

    Doug is rich and retarded . this car is ok but not as godly he makes it sound . this does not look good for 2000s car. 90s yes . the 2003 SL is good looking car , not this . retarded Doug .

  • Luis Preciado
    Luis Preciado

    The litle glovebox over the vents was also in the previous models,and the door compartmens had locks too.

  • Blu_Melon

    Didn't TuPac own one?

  • Wyhop

    If it says smog, maybe it’s suggesting you put the top up and turn or the AC so that the cabin filter(s) can scrub the air that you’re breathing. Duh!

  • javir611

    Silver arrow was the name of the Formula 1 car in the 50's...the car eas made of aluminun without painting (silver) and it was tge fastest car on track (it wan an arrow). J. M. Fangio won a F1 champioship in one of these cars