Here's Why the Mercedes-Benz SL Is Failing

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The Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is failing. Today, I'm reviewing a 2018 Mercedes-Benz SL450 and I'm going to explain why the Mercedes SL is failing -- and I'm going to show you the ins and outs of the 2018 Mercedes SL.
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  1. op3l

    op3l10 цагийн өмнө

    Basically a parts bin car in a world of bespoke exotics.

  2. ilia cyrus

    ilia cyrusӨдрийн өмнө

    folding seats are there because of cleaning purposes.

  3. Troy Lattimer

    Troy LattimerӨдрийн өмнө

    27 and getting an SLK soon. Engineer. No kids.

  4. Bill M

    Bill M2 өдрийн өмнө

    It’s ugly.

  5. William Stivelman

    William Stivelman3 өдрийн өмнө

    The next SL will likely be ragtop only, and MB has already announced when it will likely appear. I don't think it's going anywhere. As it is, we already have the GT and GT Convertible, so what's the big issue?

  6. JAGUAR

    JAGUAR3 өдрийн өмнө

    Jaguars

  7. Stanley Fields

    Stanley Fields3 өдрийн өмнө

    I love this car, but then again I’m a huge fan of luxury sports convertibles!

  8. Ken M

    Ken M4 өдрийн өмнө

    When mercedes benz added the hydraulic suspension from 03 and on was a mistake, I myself had many problems with the suspension, I never had a problem with years before 03... I had an 07 and many problems with pump and misc suspension parts... just saying.

  9. Life Is Good

    Life Is Good4 өдрийн өмнө

    Convertibles are for people that just enjoy life with minimal effort, suv people shop till they drop ....go figure

  10. JarbasMurilo

    JarbasMurilo4 өдрийн өмнө

    !!! Mercedes. Brasil.

  11. Fa Ab

    Fa Ab5 өдрийн өмнө

    I hate this car and every old grumpy man who drives one.

  12. Blei1986

    Blei19866 өдрийн өмнө

    someone could give me the most expensive SUV in the world and i would sell it to buy a car like this. SUVs are ugly giant shoeboxes on wheels.... VERY few exceptions. *this is an absolutely beautiful car*

  13. bird718

    bird7186 өдрийн өмнө

    these use to be everywhere, now i see more mclarens then SL mercedes... scratch that, i see more ferries then SL mercedes..... scratch that as well. i see more Lamborghini then SL mercedez benzes

  14. Jumbomuffin13

    Jumbomuffin136 өдрийн өмнө

    No one honestly cares about convertibles aside from old people who have finally paid off their debt... the roof just looks disgusting. <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="224">3:44</a> he said it 🤣

  15. timtimzi ni

    timtimzi ni8 өдрийн өмнө

    I'm a Mercedes model noob. I'm actually looking at the SLC 300 and AMG CLA 45. Not sure if they're worse than the one reviewed in this video .

  16. Mike J.

    Mike J.8 өдрийн өмнө

    Jeez, that's not complicated at all. What could go wrong? I had a Mercedes once and one little plastic bit in the interior broke--it held down the shifter cowl--and Mercedes wanted $563 to fix it. I can only imagine what it would cost of some of that machinery that moves the top and all the trunk stuff broke. It would probably break ME. I remember in the '70s I saw a beautiful young MILF at the country club driving a Pagoda and I thought it was impossible to imagine more desirable luxury. Doug's right, it's been a looooong time since then.

  17. Jean Deaux

    Jean Deaux10 өдрийн өмнө

    Don't invent _Air Scarf_ if you don't want the model associated with elderly men. Nice idea, but...

  18. Marco Deo

    Marco Deo10 өдрийн өмнө

    Sales are down because it doesnt look better than a Toyota

  19. Marco Deo

    Marco Deo10 өдрийн өмнө

    If I spend 100k I better have the best looking car on the road. Frankly a Lincoln Continental looks better in red

  20. Tharun Kumar A R

    Tharun Kumar A R10 өдрийн өмнө

    Who else comes here to just see the quirks and features.

  21. John

    John16 өдрийн өмнө

    his voice is so annoying

  22. Marco Deo

    Marco Deo10 өдрийн өмнө

    check out Bill from Auto Europa Naples -great voice

  23. Mark

    Mark16 өдрийн өмнө

    are u talking total sales? explain

  24. herranton1979

    herranton197916 өдрийн өмнө

    Mercedes probably went and asked all the SL owners what they wanted more of, and they all complained it wasn't comfy enough. So mb made it more comfy, and now they don't actually want it because it is too comfy and for 75 year old men that just sold their dental practice. The reason it's dying is because people are dumb. Not because mb did anything wrong. When you are a "luxury" brand, you need to tell people what is cool. The people that buy this shit don't actually know what is cool, so you never ever ask them their opinion. Just go ask Apple. Market research only works on people who don't shop with their.. ahem, private parts.

  25. Peichen Fang

    Peichen Fang16 өдрийн өмнө

    I live in the Miami area and here the sl is like boomer’s miata.

  26. jerzyfam

    jerzyfam18 өдрийн өмнө

    no one thought of removing the crust on the head rest before showing off the air scarf?

  27. Henry Zhang

    Henry Zhang18 өдрийн өмнө

    What happened to people? all SUVs and no convertibles? boring mathafuckers.

  28. Chefm4477

    Chefm447718 өдрийн өмнө

    I would like to see your review of the MB SLK 250.

  29. Michel Maurer

    Michel Maurer19 өдрийн өмнө

    Not sure what type of drugs is this guy using lolololololol, you can't compare an old SL to the new SL!!! and Mercedes sells this SLs worldwide so your numbers are wrong, and this days there is more competition

  30. Janelle Kaya

    Janelle Kaya19 өдрийн өмнө

    Well yeah because everyone wants a super car now, Kylie Jenner, Jeffrey star and celebs are flexing there super cars not convertibles.

  31. Martin Sabol

    Martin Sabol19 өдрийн өмнө

    I used to have SL55 btw 2005-2010, occasionally I miss mine

  32. Bruno Zagorac

    Bruno Zagorac20 өдрийн өмнө

    I love The SL! Even tho i’m not 70 years old

  33. H.C. Chen

    H.C. Chen20 өдрийн өмнө

    this car didnt have the ABC suspension which will actually make a big difference for the ride.

  34. Bathroom Sign

    Bathroom Sign20 өдрийн өмнө

    My grandma has one

  35. Shane Conta

    Shane Conta20 өдрийн өмнө

    its for old guys who want something nicer than their current corvette, and for house wives who dont want a G wagon

  36. Spencer Sasse

    Spencer Sasse21 өдрийн өмнө

    I've got a 2006 slk55 and the air scarf is incredible. I trip people out sometimes when I turn it on without them knowing. It's amazing how warm it keeps you on cold nights.

  37. Shane Conta

    Shane Conta21 өдрийн өмнө

    2 years later and youre oh so right! as an R107 owner though, it bums me out :[

  38. Jake Griffin

    Jake Griffin21 өдрийн өмнө

    Love this car....but then I am 18 years old !! My dream car is a Lexus LC500 and a Lexus LS500....but then I drive a Lincoln Town Car !!

  39. Hayden Hodgson

    Hayden Hodgson21 өдрийн өмнө

    I’m 17 and this is one of my favourite cars that is possible for me to get eventually,

  40. MrMferg240

    MrMferg24022 өдрийн өмнө

    i stole one of these. best joyride i ever had robbing a bank.

  41. Tech4All

    Tech4All23 өдрийн өмнө

    They need to bring the starting price down about 20 to 25,000 if they want more sales.

  42. Max's Raving Music Production's 123469

    Max's Raving Music Production's 12346924 өдрийн өмнө

    Don't want a POS suv, truck or ugly crossover gas guzzling, ugly design. They all look the same, especially younger generation we don't want Fuckin SUVs an trucks maybe some not all!! We want cars still!!! It's BULLSHIT

  43. OG1USA

    OG1USA24 өдрийн өмнө

    I turn 53 this summer. I just might upgrade from older Benz coupe.

  44. Mark Knight

    Mark Knight25 өдрийн өмнө

    Got that wrong Doug,, new SL due in the next 9 months???😫

  45. HondaPro Zayne

    HondaPro Zayne28 өдрийн өмнө

    This review probably just made the SL’s sales go up😂

  46. AQUAHOLIC

    AQUAHOLIC28 өдрийн өмнө

    'I just don't know who's buying it?' I did Doug! Just bought one so I can answer your questions. Why not an M4 and get two extra seats? Because the M4 is ultimately a 3 Series. A very fast one - but a 3 Series. The SL is in a completely different league. Why not a 911? Great car, but it's a sportscar. I wanted a GT, a long legged cruiser that monsters distances. Earlier in the video you said why not an AMG GT? Well, because they're substantially dearer and have a tent on top instead of a proper roof. Same applies to the S Class convertible you mentioned, fine until you want to leave it parked on the street. What the SL does brilliantly, is be a top end high performance solid roof GT coupe, but with the unique party trick of turning into a proper convertible. For me, it is the very best car in the world. YMMV. PS. I'm the Doug DeMuro of superyachts apparently! I keep getting told that - I think it's meant as a complement!

  47. z mega

    z mega28 өдрийн өмнө

    More correctly, the car does not suit Doug. It suits a lot of other people, like Aquaholic and me, who want a comfortable, luxurious, sporty, high quality, high performance ride. It is not a sports car. It is a great looking, high quality cruiser. The demographics for this car are older than for a 911. They are expensive, though, and sales will never be that high. Just because it is not perfect for Doug's needs does not mean that no one wants one. How self-absorbed can someone be?

  48. Victoro 00

    Victoro 0029 өдрийн өмнө

    One of the reasons is that you have for almost the same price a amg gt, sportier and more beautifull

  49. Les Moore

    Les Moore29 өдрийн өмнө

    I hope one day to stand next to Doug DeMuro at the urinal and have him give me a Doug Score.

  50. Goody

    Goody29 өдрийн өмнө

    Doug actually predicted this one 100%...

  51. HSV Commodore

    HSV Commodore29 өдрийн өмнө

    It's not cancelled, a next generation is confirmed

  52. Samuel M

    Samuel MСарын өмнө

    I like my 2016 SL400, I got it a year ago just off of lease with 4,400 miles. I have no regrets purchasing it, though it is entry level in this class. It's a great car.

  53. Jim Aguilar

    Jim AguilarСарын өмнө

    Doug-I’d suggest the one thing you get with this versus the other cars is the hard top, which I definitely preferred when I bought this car (SL550) over the soft tops with the GT and the S-Class.

  54. Cary Coller

    Cary CollerСарын өмнө

    Dougs next dental exam will be done by a retired dentist in this very car.

  55. Oliver Lathe

    Oliver LatheСарын өмнө

    I wish you would review the 550....the difference is obviously negligible.... Here is what is odd to me. The AMG GT..445 hp 490 trq...a little FYI....if you tune the ECU on the 550 . You go from 429hp/516trq to 545hp/714trq. it is truly a masterpiece of German engineering .jmpo Doug. The other aspect is the color/AMG sport package - what your showing is the least of what it truly can be. Please review the 550 in comparison....with the proper color and package,,,,totally different from what your showing Doug. Thank you, B,

  56. Daniel Reyes

    Daniel ReyesСарын өмнө

    Damn I wanted to get it, until I saw this 🤕

  57. Jonathan Squires

    Jonathan SquiresСарын өмнө

    Doug is very entertaining and helpful in assessing the virtues (or not) of all the cars he reviews. (Just wish he had some of the same in dress sense!!!!)

  58. KJ Patterson

    KJ PattersonСарын өмнө

    Most anything benz offers that is sporty doesnt have the sexy curves a Jag has. Boring germanic designs. No wow factor.

  59. Multi Family Investing

    Multi Family InvestingСарын өмнө

    I owned a sl 500. The car crap. Had a ton of issues with the convertible mechanism. The depreciation was really bad.

  60. Mr. Mike

    Mr. MikeСарын өмнө

    I've owned two MBs and sold them back in my tainted youth. I currently own an '89 560SL. It's funny because late model MB owners sneer at the owners of old MBs and old MB owners sneer at owners of the newer cars. What you see here is a gadget platform for rich girls. It's gadget over kill and in 15 years all that crap is going to start breaking. The phony side air scoops defines this tank.

  61. bobbyoty

    bobbyotyСарын өмнө

    i've had the 2013 slk 55 by carlsson. the prettiest merc at the time.

  62. Steven Wilkins

    Steven WilkinsСарын өмнө

    Why is the Mercedes Benz sl failing? Too many poor people would be my guess.

  63. DS Rai

    DS RaiСарын өмнө

    Most owners don’t really need to worry about messing their hair up with the sunroof open as most don’t have any. Go with the M4 as Doug says.

  64. Island Knight

    Island KnightСарын өмнө

    A Porsche 911 cabriolet, similarly equipped, would cost about $50k more. ... if that fits into your equation at all.

  65. Bryan Baker

    Bryan BakerСарын өмнө

    Love the SL. But I'd still buy the S-560 Cabriolet instead. I need a backseat.

  66. Edysin Simon

    Edysin SimonСарын өмнө

    I like the SL. However the last M.Y. that I cared to actually own/buy was the 2007 model year. Today? Not so much. It's too bad to. The idea of a hard top convertable is still a compelling argument in my view. Why? IDK... I guess that hard top is the real selling point. I'd probably go for the BMW 4series over the SL though.

  67. jackson chapman

    jackson chapmanСарын өмнө

    Low sales? How many people have $125,000 for a car you only drive occasionally?

  68. Robert Fox

    Robert FoxСарын өмнө

    I have to agree on this. I haven’t liked the SL since the 2004 model style. They’ve softened the design and it just isn’t worth the price when you have the 911 in the same price range

  69. Atomicpasi

    AtomicpasiСарын өмнө

    Please clean the Car´s before Reviewing. Looks better.

  70. Verum

    VerumСарын өмнө

    Probably the only one coupe-cabrio, that looks good in both aspects.

  71. zerocapacitance1

    zerocapacitance1Сарын өмнө

    Allot of mechanics to break?

  72. E M

    E MСарын өмнө

    The old school SL still look miles ahead of the modern one. The newer one looks generic, too much plastic and unnecessary tech. Vintage one is ahead of time

  73. scorpven

    scorpvenСарын өмнө

    Old rich men buy them for their mistresses or for their wives when they find out about the mistresses.

  74. John Strauch

    John StrauchСарын өмнө

    Doug comes for yet another Mercedes. 🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️

  75. BarryObaminable

    BarryObaminableСарын өмнө

    Meh. I can just buy a Tesla roadster

  76. Wall Cutter

    Wall CutterСарын өмнө

    I hear that the most common thing left in turo rentals is meth.... Turo fleet owners say that people leave all kinds of things behind but drugs are the most common thing.....and meth is at the top. I thought I should add that

  77. LAWRENCE MORELLO

    LAWRENCE MORELLOСарын өмнө

    It USED to be special. Now, not so much. Just $$$$$$

  78. MyOpinionsMatter

    MyOpinionsMatterСарын өмнө

    toro user: *gives doug hes car* doug: Here's why the Mercedes benz SL is dog shit

  79. Tyler V. Miller

    Tyler V. MillerСарын өмнө

    Hardtop Doug, Hardtop. Show me any other relatively affordable hardtop convertible that isn't tiny. [Waits] Exactly.

  80. Jason MB999

    Jason MB999Сарын өмнө

    The sl is failing cause it looks like nothing. Its design doesn't make sense

  81. Composimple

    ComposimpleСарын өмнө

    You are so mean about only old man driving this. So mean. I love it and I am not old yet.

  82. MickyP4

    MickyP4Сарын өмнө

    What A Silly Voice. Also. Most people who purchase this car are Old you silly silly Cock. Most people can’t afford this Car & it takes them to get to 70 to save up for it. Let’s hope you get to 70 & even you had to rent it & Got $25 Off. What A ridiculous Video you’ve Made. You know Nothing. Maybe go talk about toy cars. & by the way I’m 36 & Have A New one.

  83. Floopy McFloopy-Pants

    Floopy McFloopy-PantsСарын өмнө

    obamas recession killed convertibles. they will be back