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Mabel
Posted on: 2010/1/10 1:46
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From: Shah Alam, Cyber Jaya, Sunway
Posts: 20052
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R129 SL Class Members
Welcome to R129 SL Class Forum

This Forum is dedicated to all members who have found time contributing and sharing their knowledge and experience with us in the community.



R129 SL

The Mercedes-Benz R129 automobiles were produced from 1989 through 2001. They were sold under the SL-Class model names. The R129 replaced the R107 SL-Class in 1989 and was in its turn replaced by the R230 in 2001.

Models
Model Chassis Engine Year From Year To
SL280 129.058 104.943 1993 1997
SL280 129.059 112.925 1998 2002
300SL 129.060 103.984 1990 1993
300SL-24 129.061 104.981 1990 1993
SL320 129.063 104.991 1994 1998
SL320 129.064 112.943 1998 2002
500SL 129.066 119.960 1990 1992
500SL 129.067 119.972 1993 1993
SL500 129.067 119.972 1994 1995
SL500 129.067 119.982 1996 1998
SL500 129.068 113.961 1999 2002
600SL 129.076 120.981 1993 1993
SL600 129.076 120.981 1994 1995
SL600 129.076 120.983 1996 2002

Model history

The R129 was based on the shortened floorpan of the Mercedes-Benz W124[2] and featured many innovative details for the time, for instance electronically controlled damping (optional) and a hidden, automatically extending roll-over bar. The R107's rather dated rear diagonal swing axle gave way to a modern multi-link axle. The number of standard features was high, with electric action for the windows, mirrors, seats and hood.

1994 cars were the first to have the new designation. For example, 500 SL is now SL 500. Also starting in 1994, Mercedes-Benz offered special SL models from time to time, such as the Mille Miglia edition cars of 1994 or the SL edition of 2000.

1995 had minor updates for the car

* Odometer switched from mechanical to LED
* Option for portable cell phone with voice activated dialing
* Clear front turn signal indicators for US SPEC models
* Bose stereo now standard, rear speakers and subwoofer

1996+ models featured minor facelifts for the car:

* Front fender vents updated; only 2 rounded slots, rather than 3 squared slots
* Bumpers are now body color
* V8 and V12 upgraded to 5 speed electronic transmission; previous transmission was hydraulic 4-speed
* Xenon HID headlamps standard on SL600, optional on SL500
* Addition of side airbags

1997 cars were the first year to have an option of the panoramic roof. Also newly available:

* A new front-seat occupant-detection sensor could deactivate the right-side airbag when it determined that the passenger seat held less than 26 pounds
* "Sport" package became an option
* Automatic rain-sensing windshield wipers standard
* Three-way programmable garage door opener "HomeLink" transmitters built into the rear-view mirror
* Replaced the earlier climate control panel with one with a much larger LCD
* Remote control uses dual infrared (IR) and radio (RF) control

A second facelift occurred for models 1999+ which featured:

* V8 engine switch from M119 to M113
* Soft Nappa leather seats replace the perforated leather seats
* Body color door handles
* Tail lights with curved faces replacing the classic square stepped lights
* 17-inch wheels standard: Wheels are now 8.25 x 17" with 245/45ZR17 tires. Sport package is 8" (front) or 9" (rear) x 18" with 245/40 (f) and 275/35 (r) tires.
* Fiber-Optic digital audio links to the CD player instead of analog copper
* One-touch starter- just turn key, it starts
* Instrument cluster now has silver rings around each gauge
* Oil pressure gauge replaced with oil temperature
* Different engine vanity cover
* Removed the automatic lock on the left rear storage compartment which houses the

Engine history
1999 Mercedes-Benz R129 SL500
1999 Mercedes-Benz SL600

Initially, there were three different engines available,

300 SL with a M103 3.0L 12-valve SOHC L6 (190 PS (140 kW; 190 hp) at 5700 rpm),
300 SL-24 with a M104 3.0L 24-valve DOHC L6 (231 PS (170 kW; 228 hp) at 6300 rpm),
500 SL with a M119 5.0L 32-valve DOHC V8 (326 PS (240 kW; 322 hp) at 5500 rpm),
600 SL with a M120 6.0L 48-valve DOHC V12 (389 hp/290 kW) @ 5200 rpm)

There was a choice of 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic for the six-cylinder cars , the V8 and V12 could only be ordered with an automatic gearbox.

In Autumn 1993 Mercedes-Benz rearranged names and models. Also, the 300 SL was replaced by:

* SL 280 with a M104 2.8L 24-valve DOHC L6 (197 hp(145 kW) at 5500 rpm)
* SL 320 with a M104 3.2L 24-valve DOHC L6 (220 hp (161 kW) at 5500 rpm)

Only the 280 was available with a manual gearbox. SL 500 and 600 continued with their respective engines.

A second facelift, introduced in late 1998, comprised new external mirrors, 17" wheels and new bumpers. Also new were the engines,

SL 280 with a M112 2.8L 18-valve SOHC V6 (204 PS (150 kW; 201 hp) at 5700 rpm),
SL 320 with a M112 3.2L 18-valve SOHC V6 (224 PS (165 kW; 221 hp) at 5600 rpm)
SL 500 ((306 PS (225 kW; 302 hp) at 5600 rpm) - full throttle enrichment removed.

AMG had already offered an SL version while still independent, the AMG 500 SL 6.0 of 1991. After being taken over by Daimler-Benz, there were several AMG SL-models available through D-B dealers.

The SL60 AMG was the most numerous of these rare cars. Sold from 1993 to 1998, it used a 6.0 litre V8 engine producing 381 PS (280 kW; 376 hp) at 5500 rpm[4]. AMG claimed a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) speed of 5.6 seconds. Its top speed was limited to 250 km/h (155 mph), but with the limiter removed, it was capable of approximately 185 mph (298 km/h). AMG later unofficially conceded that 0-60 mph was more like 5.0 seconds and the engine produced between 405-410 bhp.[citation needed]

Extremely rare was the SL73 AMG, sold through Mercedes-AMG in 1995, and offering the most powerful V12 engine ever put into an SL up to that time. After a brief hiatus, the SL73 was offered again from 1998 to 2001. The same 7.3 L V12 was later used by Pagani in the Zonda.

Even rarer is the SL70 AMG. Presumably for those with pockets deep enough to finance the extensive changes wrought by AMG to the M120 V12, stopping at 7.0 litres was penny-pinching when for just a little more they could have 7.3.

The SL55 AMG was sold in the R129 bodystyle from 1998 to 2001 in limited numbers (5.4L V8, 354 PS (260 kW; 349 hp) at 5500 rpm). It was the predecessor of the production R230 SL55 AMG sold later, albeit was normally aspirated in the R129 and not supercharged as in its R230 successor. Only about 300 cars in the SL-class were customized by AMG prior to the 2003 model year.

Princess Diana ownership

The R129 came into public attention in 1991 when Diana, Princess of Wales sold her Jaguar XJS to lease a J-reg metallic-red 500SL, she became the first member of the royal family to use a foreign car. This was not without controversy as it sparked a media storm as it questioned whether a member of a British royalty should drive foreign cars.Media pressure eventually forced her to return the car to Mercedes-Benz in 1992, with whom it now resides in the Mercedes-Benz Museum.

Appendixes compliments from our benzers.

1. Details: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercedes-Benz_R129

2. Mercedes-Benz Fascination R129 SL-Class Roadster Documentary



3. mdameerís SL refreshed.

http://www.mybenz.org/zoopp/html/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?topic_id=6844&forum=31

4. If you are interested to know more, please find time browsing into the enclosed link.

http://www.mybenz.org/zoopp/html/modules/newbb/viewforum.php?sortname=p.post_time&sortorder=DESC&sortsince=1000&forum=31&refresh=Go&forum=31

5. R129 SL Class Members

Below you will find a list of members who have the pleasure of driving this car.

Enjoy your stay and happy reading!


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Cheers/Mabel

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm
Take time to read. It is the fountain of wisdom
Membership Number: One Nine Seven Seven

mdameer
Posted on: 2010/1/11 1:00
Penghulu
Joined: 2006/10/19
From: TTDI
Posts: 2223
Benz Model: W210W212W221
Message:
Re: R129 SL Class Members

R129 SL Class Members
Just like to know how many active R129 SL Class members we have here in Mybenz. Please list down your name here and be active ya..

1. Mdameer(Its still mine until the buyer pays in full no?)
2.
3.


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ConMan
Posted on: 2010/1/11 11:51
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Joined: 2007/10/18
From: Ampang, Kuala Lumpur
Posts: 233
Benz Model: W208, R171 200K
Message:
Re: R129 SL Class Members
ait.. group ni redundant lah.. it is catogerized in 'top/without top' already..


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mdameer
Posted on: 2010/1/11 12:34
Penghulu
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From: TTDI
Posts: 2223
Benz Model: W210W212W221
Message:
Re: R129 SL Class Members
Quote:

ConMan wrote:
ait.. group ni redundant lah.. it is catogerized in 'top/without top' already..


Mentang2 ada org tuh dah pakai topless.. Hehehehe...


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mdameer
Posted on: 2010/1/11 12:34
Penghulu
Joined: 2006/10/19
From: TTDI
Posts: 2223
Benz Model: W210W212W221
Message:
Re: R129 SL Class Members
double posting..


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Mabel
Posted on: 2010/1/11 21:14
Benzo mania
Joined: 2007/8/7
From: Shah Alam, Cyber Jaya, Sunway
Posts: 20052
Benz Model: S320L, E240, C200
Message:
Re: R129 SL Class Members
Quote:

mdameer wrote:

R129 SL Class Members
Just like to know how many active R129 SL Class members we have here in Mybenz. Please list down your name here and be active ya..

1. Mdameer(Its still mine until the buyer pays in full no?)
2.
3.


Yes. Beside at least we all know that you are the person we can consult should anyone of us want to get this model in the future..


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Cheers/Mabel

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm
Take time to read. It is the fountain of wisdom
Membership Number: One Nine Seven Seven

Mabel
Posted on: 2010/1/11 21:17
Benzo mania
Joined: 2007/8/7
From: Shah Alam, Cyber Jaya, Sunway
Posts: 20052
Benz Model: S320L, E240, C200
Message:
Re: R129 SL Class Members
Quote:

ConMan wrote:
ait.. group ni redundant lah.. it is catogerized in 'top/without top' already..


In away you are correct as this model also belong to the exotic category like yours.

However, since this thread exists on it's own in the Forum, I think we can still have this list for members' references.


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Cheers/Mabel

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm
Take time to read. It is the fountain of wisdom
Membership Number: One Nine Seven Seven

Mabel
Posted on: 2010/1/11 21:19
Benzo mania
Joined: 2007/8/7
From: Shah Alam, Cyber Jaya, Sunway
Posts: 20052
Benz Model: S320L, E240, C200
Message:
Re: R129 SL Class Members
Duplicated posting..


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Cheers/Mabel

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm
Take time to read. It is the fountain of wisdom
Membership Number: One Nine Seven Seven

Mabel
Posted on: 2010/1/12 0:01
Benzo mania
Joined: 2007/8/7
From: Shah Alam, Cyber Jaya, Sunway
Posts: 20052
Benz Model: S320L, E240, C200
Message:
Re: R129 SL Class Members
R129 SL Class Members

1. Mdameer
2.
3.


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Cheers/Mabel

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm
Take time to read. It is the fountain of wisdom
Membership Number: One Nine Seven Seven

mrlee
Posted on: 2010/5/2 12:19
Quite a regular
Joined: 2010/2/28
From: Bangsar
Posts: 46
Benz Model: R129, W140
Message:
Re: R129 SL Class Members
R129 SL Class Members

1. Mdameer
2. mrlee
3.


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