Here's Why the Mercedes-Benz SL Is Failing


Josh
Josh

SL is for older success stories kicking back that are not looking to attract as much attention as a younger hot rod, who may opt for Porche, AMGs, M cars, even dodge chargers. There is still a market for this car, just 1/4 of what it was.

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John Roddy
John Roddy

Some thing wrong with the Design ,where the gull wing had whoooo factor 60 years ago today ,that thing is boring.

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Eugene Ivanov
Eugene Ivanov

THHHHHHHHHHIS....

Vor 4 Stunden
Stuart Britton
Stuart Britton

You don't like old men?

Vor 8 Stunden
Derivative of Carnot Titanium
Derivative of Carnot Titanium

15:43 you should've said overclocked

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A-Vids Car Channel
A-Vids Car Channel

the mecedes sl is just a hell of a boring car...

Vor 14 Stunden
Cosford Roberts
Cosford Roberts

I watched his reviews a few times on Youtube.com. Saturday night Dec. 15, 2018 at about 9.00 or 9.15 p.m Doug MeMuro's review of this car suddenly appeared on my Samsung Smart TV on which I was watching HBO on channel 400. I was alarmed. I checked my computer...it was off. I checked my Samsung Smart phone...it was not running a Youtube video. I tried to switch the channel on the TV...no response but the show continued. The TV was now not appearing to be on any authorized cable channel. I turned of the TV and got Doug DeMuro's show out of my family room. I believe it is an invasion of privacy and it is a matter that I will most likely report to the FCC. Why would a guy who was doing so well resort to this kind of behavior? I am done with watching his reviews.

Vor 18 Stunden
FamCliqueEnterprises
FamCliqueEnterprises

s550 cabrio over this ALL DAY!!

Vor 21 Stunde
Cris Signori
Cris Signori

Doug .... I lasted almost 5 minutes watching this video .... Horrible presentation .... Ease off on the sugar or caffeine or cheap drugs or whatever it is.

Vor 21 Stunde
tfs2O3
tfs2O3

Hes also testing the SL450 which most SL customers will pass on. Most are SL550s or SL63 models here. Both are great depending on how much u wish to spend. $99K for a 6cyl SL......Nope. Its like the same ppl that buy 6cyl Mustangs and Camaros which I do not understand?

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ptm374
ptm374

Does anyone actually click on his link to autotrader?

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Zahemi AZUL ISLAMI
Zahemi AZUL ISLAMI

I dont know why, but i always find the vintage SL350@ Bobby Ewing Merc from Dallas never lose its appealing touch

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Howell Stevens
Howell Stevens

Lexus LC500!

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Andrew Michaelson
Andrew Michaelson

You could have said all this in two minutes. Instead, I sat through the first 5 minutes thinking "If this video was a spear carried by a Bengal Lancer, would it ever come to a point?!" Then I stopped watching. Learn to be succinct, dude

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Jy Jym
Jy Jym

Probably something to do with the fact that if you're a male and you drive one of these you are telling the world you are gay as a lord...or over 55 balding and overweight and can't get a stiffy. Apart from that they're ok.

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Cortez
Cortez

Maybe, it's because people's salaries isn't keeping up with the high cost of these types of cars. People are becoming more smarter with their money. People know that cars are a waste of money. People see it as a means to get them from Point A to B.

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E. M. Torres
E. M. Torres

Perhaps, lower the price, then people will buy more. I'll buy a mb any time, I always love the sl.

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Wilhelm Taylor
Wilhelm Taylor

My wife has wanted one of these since we got married 30 years ago. We can finally afford one so I showed her this video and she's now convinced that an M4 is probably a better option. Thanks, Doug. You probably saved us some $$$.

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William W
William W

the scales of Justice. HAHAHA

Vor 2 Tage
Dan Pritchett
Dan Pritchett

The AMG cars cost a lot more, as does the S class cardio. Benz says that the SL isn't going away. A neighbor just got a 2018. She loves it. I've had a 2006 and now have a 2007 with 10,000 miles. Folks who want this not a Porsche. People still like 2 seaters. And this is still sportier than the 4 seaters. MB has stopped making the SLK/SLC model already. Hopefully that will bring a couple more sales to the SL. This is a car unique in the market place.

Vor 2 Tage
WolfhunterRS
WolfhunterRS

pAgoda

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CSMedia
CSMedia

always thought it was too big for a two seater. SLC or SLK is of more interest.

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busessuck1
busessuck1

they've made it ugly

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ELLIPSIS
ELLIPSIS

Don't the windows go up automatically if you keep holding the roof button? They do in BMW's. Pretty sure Mercedes would be the same.

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James Collins
James Collins

Mercedes is the most expensive brand to repair, and people would rather have that money for stuff. With more stuff to carry around, that means they’re needing a SUV. Simple to understand. Right?

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mena seven
mena seven

The Mercedes Benz SL is one of the most beautiful, practicle and reliable sport and convertible car in the world. I will choose the SL over the Porshe 911, the Jaguar sport car, Ferrari, Lamborghini and Audi RS. the operation of the hard convertible roof is smooth, fast and high tech. I remember when convertible roof were made of fabrics and leather and people have to operate them by hand. the Mercedes SL was the glamorous car of businessmen, movie stars, singers in the 1990s and early 2000s. I think the SL is not selling because Mercedes Benz is not advertising the cars with celebrities and are not putting the SL in movies. If the public are not buying convertible in large number anymore, Mercedes should create a comfortable coupe and sport version of the SL. I don't think that beautiful classic car should not disappear in Mercedes lineup.

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Vincent T.
Vincent T.

The problem is Mercedes is making too many models. C, E, S, SL, SLK, SLS, GLK, GTS, C63, on and on.. They need to stop adding more models to their lineup and make them more exclusive.

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nature10879
nature10879

I have always felt this way about this car. Its not a bad car but there are other better choices especially from Mercedes itself.

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grigori yevimovich rasputin
grigori yevimovich rasputin

That car would look way better with a black exterior.

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TheCountUp.com/
TheCountUp.com/

It look decent with the top up.

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AM D
AM D

I like how on the one hand Doug unabashedly proclaims this car is failing, while on the other hand he shills for the Mercedes SL with a Ferrari badge (California/Portofino)...

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Joe Shmoe
Joe Shmoe

The AMG GT-S and GT-R exist, I cannot imagine buying an SL while the GT exists.

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VoyT
VoyT

Just this TRUNK contraption must cost over $30k - insane German over-engineering ...what could go wrong with that.

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John Beeler
John Beeler

Whoever told the MB designers that thicker, wider rear ends are a good idea needs to be fired and flogged. WHAT IS WITH THE BACK END ON THIS CAR? Everyone adores the R107 and R129 because they're SLEEK. Bruno Sacco has immaculate taste. Even the R129's successor looked sleek. Then they dropped this abortion on the product line looking like a block of wood all around.

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2wheelpiracy
2wheelpiracy

I almost bought one of those. I'm glad that I didnt.WAY too underpowered

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Luk K
Luk K

Most mercedes models do have a button for all window operation, if you hold down the air circulation button it opens or closes all the windows.

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richiemiami
richiemiami

this idiot has not a clue what he's talking about. Yeah, mercedes is going to cancel their convertible! LOL

Vor 3 Tage
Jorg Schroeder
Jorg Schroeder

Not Every one agrees with your version !! ITS NOT JUST A BEAUTIFULL CAR , ITS TIMELESS and HOTTER THAN THALIA OR A MEXICAN CHILLI . WE CANT ALL AGREE WITH YOU !!

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peter peters
peter peters

Merc all round are unreliable and really bad service. Unfortunately for the consumer, it's all about getting them out of the showroom quick smart basically like your GM'S and Fords. We have so many Merc customers coming in with horror stories of charges related to things on the cars that are not even worn. The price you pay to drive a merc and that's how they get you on service.

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Karr Knutt
Karr Knutt

Doug, I have a 2004 SL600 Twin Turbo RennTech with 650HP and it is incredible, it's a hardtop coupe that's fast as a lamborghini and comfortable as any mercedes and beautiful, and "Mercedes Benz"safer than other cars, and the neighbors all know it cost $130,000 but don't know the killer deal I got on it and why would I drive any other car. Except for my maserati or my S Class or my mercedes SUV. But the SL600 is the car that does everything better than any other car. I've owner porsche, jaguar, R107s, R129, W140, Northstar STS, Lincoln LSC, and many more. The R230 is designed to be the pinnacle and they got it right. My SL600 weighs 4400LBS and still does 0-60 in 3.5 and a few moments to well over 150

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tokyo1469
tokyo1469

It's easy.....the R230 SL500, or (of course if you have the budget) the amazingly beautiful 1950's SL300 Gulwing, these are the two most elegant & beautifully designed SL's without question.... 2011'ish-2018 models are just not different enough to stand out.... stick any badge on the front of the new batch of SL's & you have any high end aggressive looking sports car.... boring !!.... what's interesting though, Mercedes designers know they nailed it with the R230 design, so have safely almost kept the side profile & rear......but it's not worked.....the new front from 2011 on !! no no no !!! They should have just gone for a completely new SL design instead of f@ck1ng up the shape of the perfectly designed R230, so stop trying to design another variant of it & go for something out of the box !

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Oran McGrane
Oran McGrane

17:12

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Mr Annomoymous1
Mr Annomoymous1

I love my convertible and im in my 20s! Also no,I'm noy gay. Love the video,but makes me sad no oe is buying convertibles. 😭

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raymond cancel
raymond cancel

The Problenm is this car is too dam expensive!I'll buy the Ford Bullet!

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David M
David M

Savagegeese > demuro

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Skøut
Skøut

Over the years it got wiser, but also fatter and slower. Yeah, time to die, SL.

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The Man
The Man

The SL is a great car. The problem for Mercedes, as well as the problem for AMG, is that they have TOO many models. Everything has a “coupe” spinoff, ever car deserves an AMG badge. Too many cars are too similar to each other. That is why lots of their models are failing. S class convertible, SL, AMG GT... CLS, AMG GT-4 etc. Plus the stupid SUV craze is also to blame.

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dylan willyams
dylan willyams

the rear end looks terrible.

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Michael C.
Michael C.

The E Cabriolet is an Amazing car, power, sporty, luxurious, etc... No need for anything more. My friend had a '99 500SL.... His dream was a Continental GT. Go figure.

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jose almeralla
jose almeralla

every one that has something drives a car, screw them they can follow you on their cruddy and say damn i want something like that, people are just getting stupid and don't know what they want, keep this in mind; i am a millennial saying this. As for me; a technician and i have all ways like hanging out with older kids since i was a kid and been staying on top. Always been asked "why am i so cool" me= cause your a dumb ass, get hard money fuck bitches

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Vincent Tooles
Vincent Tooles

The sl class is roomy af for a 2 seater roadster... Compared to a corvette at least

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claire M
claire M

Doug is the type of guy to give his parents permission to go out.

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claire M
claire M

Doug is the type of guy to know Victoria’s Secret.

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Barath Vedant
Barath Vedant

20:51 probably one of the most depressing endings to a doug video

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zagadka 3141
zagadka 3141

Yeah, but it isn't electric, so…

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Mr. Mioto
Mr. Mioto

If they want to keep the SL popular they need to up the power of it. C63 AMGs start 20k lower and have 145hp more than the SL.

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Noperfect World
Noperfect World

The Mercedes SL lost it's classic romanticism, that it once had. And not every one wants to rive a "just another one of the herd" rounded up looking space ship. (Remember the Lexus convertibles of the early 2000's? Eww!) Jaguar and Aston Martin have not sold out to convention, to the point Mercedes has, But aside from all this, people are more concerned about sun exposure and skin cancer, This is big money to dole out, for just night-time, top down driving.

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palebeachbum
palebeachbum

One of my all-time favorite Mercedes models. It's a beautiful car, but there are so many features and gadgets that will and do break. Truly a car for the wealthy. My neighbor bought a mint condition, one owner 1994 600SL (the V12 version) with 52k original miles a few years ago. Gorgeous car, but 4mos after purchase, the transmission went out. I guess the failure scared him because he got the transmission rebuilt and immediately sold the car.

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rscosworthfan
rscosworthfan

even though it is badged as an sl think of it as more of a open top gt car which is essentially what it really is and it does it well. all of todays car comfort now is compramised by runflat tyres

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Robert Cummings London
Robert Cummings London

They will drop the SL soon! Bruno Sacco no longer designs for them.

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Mark Moses
Mark Moses

mercedes must have hired the idiots that fucked up general motors n ford

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BrokenGrunt86
BrokenGrunt86

I bet when global warming kicks off, everyone will be wanting a convertible.

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R Myrie
R Myrie

2020 they wont even sell 500

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Sam Winston James
Sam Winston James

Doug I purchased a mustang convertible. I bet the sales have not slowed in my car. One of the beauties with my car is I do not lose any trunk space with the roof down, unlike the Mercedes.

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Rat Lives Matter
Rat Lives Matter

Looks like a Kia.

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The FPV Life
The FPV Life

Brutal review on a classic.

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TheMilpitasguy
TheMilpitasguy

This car is very common in Beverly Hills, CA with the top down usually.

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Ficon
Ficon

The number after SL is how many pointless electric motors there are to break a month out of warranty.

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Chris C
Chris C

$25k to fix a broken motor on the convertible Retired dentist as you mentioned, in Boca Raton, with just a spouse.

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justin linnane
justin linnane

the american obsession with trucks and SUVs is a sign of a society in deep deep crisis .

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Hakeem Sd70M
Hakeem Sd70M

+justin linnane So true! Lol

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justin linnane
justin linnane

Hakeem Sd70M lol. It's the sign of a very imature simplistic society !!

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Hakeem Sd70M
Hakeem Sd70M

I find this to be hilarious, not only because what you said is true but because here in the USA, that mindset is so foreign. Screwed up isn't it? About 95% of the trucks on these roads are driving around with empty beds and trailer hitches, but riding with fully loaded with leather, chrome, and a $60K price tag.

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justin linnane
justin linnane

also its the death of style and taste. in europe the idea of driving an open pick up truck wold be laughed at unless you were working on a construction site

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Hakeem Sd70M
Hakeem Sd70M

Very well said. And it's a crisis that won't last. One gas shoots back up, the automakers are going to be doomed. Their shortsighted visions and anti-station wagon propaganda will surely be the death of them. And that's just the beginning...

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mo Tibortina
mo Tibortina

Wtf are bobbing

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james walker
james walker

My last SL550 was a 2008. I asked why the front end in 2009 + was so blunted. I was told that EU safety regs required the dramatic (ugly) change.

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cavaleer
cavaleer

Doug, Ferrari and Aston Martin aren't having any trouble selling convertibles. The SL's problems are that the super luxury, super performance market has change radically since the 90s even. Elite sports cars like Ferrari are now everyday drives and just as practical as the SL. So why buy an SL, especially with the new models from MB themselves, as you point out? There's no reason. Throw in it's extremely "vanilla" styling and two previous generations that were average or cheap and the model has been left in the dust.

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J.
J.

This guy is so good, I watched an entire review of a mini van.

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dutch dettweiler
dutch dettweiler

I dont want to live in a world where SUV's are more sought after than SL's fucking bubble people. bubble people what do you want in a car? "i want to go anywhere and everywhere even though il never use 4 wheel drive, i want to be higher than other people, i want all the comforts and lots of usb chargers to charge my social media bullshit"

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Jason Tan
Jason Tan

Doug, when are you going to do a review of the S-Class Cabriolet?

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Manfred Pfeiffer
Manfred Pfeiffer

he has not found one that's fitly enough

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richboy900
richboy900

Doug the type of guy to introduce himself after the date

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LandMaster
LandMaster

*Doug. The 49 year old 30 year old.!*

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igbinosa igbinedion
igbinosa igbinedion

Dam you talk too much!

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Young Alwyn
Young Alwyn

Doug does the perfect *Jay Leno* voice.

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Stephen Parr
Stephen Parr

Great looking car...

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Windy Run
Windy Run

I think it was at its best in the '50s and '60s. but since then its always been a doctor/dentist's car. Classy and luxurious but not very useful-hence the ultimate status symbol.

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Jean Ferret
Jean Ferret

It looks average from a lot of angles. And a lot of younger buyers only want a massive car to boost their egos. Speed and class are no longer as popular.

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rscosworthfan
rscosworthfan

coupe pronounced (coopay) not coop a chickens home

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rscosworthfan
rscosworthfan

+Wilhelm Taylor I Really would recommend you read back on what you have just typed and correct all those mistakes .

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Wilhelm Taylor
Wilhelm Taylor

+rscosworthfan - as a professional engineer who just retired I recognize you: you are pretending to be an engineer and your language skills are non existent. So esad you moron. Next time you take time out of your busy day to criticize before doing your research, remember this little exchange. Now go suck your thumb or whatever it is you SUCK. (Do you know what punctuation marks even ARE? An engineer would.) fyi: both pronunciations are valid as you can so easily verify if you were not jumping the gun trying to look intelligent (fancy THAT). So broaden your horizon a bit - you'll be a better engineer (if you are one).

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rscosworthfan
rscosworthfan

+Wilhelm Taylor what homework im totally right and im an engineer so stfu

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Wilhelm Taylor
Wilhelm Taylor

http://www.macmillandictionary.com/us/pronunciation/american/coupe says you're a pretentious FKA who doesn't do his homework before you spout off.

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Hagan
Hagan

Doug DeMuro - Like TopGear - with a lot more explicit detail about the car. Nothing fancy, yet better. IMO.

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Sam Sonn
Sam Sonn

the amg gt is killing the SL

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Sam Sonn
Sam Sonn

The last great SL was 2005 with Lindsey Lohan and her SL65

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Sam Sonn
Sam Sonn

the nose is hideous

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Michael Collins
Michael Collins

Quality auto-journalism. Thanks for the new perspective Doug

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Jon Stanger Jazz
Jon Stanger Jazz

Doug, will Mercedes-Benz be introducing a GSL70 SUV Roadster for the 2020 model year? If so... will that be an old family's type of car?

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Greg Wilczynski
Greg Wilczynski

I really dislike the Walmart wheels

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Melvin Ray Spence III
Melvin Ray Spence III

can you imagine the repair bill to the trunk in 10 years?

Vor 8 Tage
zero
zero

Gotta disagree about calling that car beautiful. It reminds me of a Chrysler Sebring Convertible.

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Keybraker
Keybraker

*The park assistance implementation in this car, is the best I have seen ever. It should become a standard !*

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Keybraker
Keybraker

This is bound to fail.

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Sarmen PM
Sarmen PM

Hey Doug,I watched all the ads.

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stephenmwyatt2
stephenmwyatt2

please stop the dipshit enunciation thing

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stephenmwyatt2
stephenmwyatt2

the gullwing you showed was a rag top

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Colin Barnes
Colin Barnes

15:37 So would you say Mercedes _overclocked_ this model?

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5h4k35p34r3
5h4k35p34r3

Strange review. Here's an idea on the "problem" of having three clocks: when the infotainment screen is switched off then you can't see the clock on that. The passenger can't see the driver's clock in the gauges cluster and neither can the driver when the ignition is switched off, so you need the clock on the dashboard as the only constant. So, not a problem.

Vor 8 Tage
Der Boser
Der Boser

Im wearing a watch, my phone has a clock, there’s a clock on my wall. So what? Ones always easy accessible (wrist). Your explanation was pinpoint accurate.

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