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Old 08-26-2003, 02:41 AM
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List of changes to the 500SL from '89 -> '02

Has anyone a definitive list of cosmetic changes made to these great cars? Perhaps if not, I'll make a start by listing the ones I know of - but alas I'm not sure of some dates:

First release. Chassis No:129.066 Engine: 119.960

Chassis: 129:067 Engine 119.972

Front repeaters changed to clear/orange
Maybe rear clusters changed too - softened?
Side repeaters went clear
Engine: 119.982

Front repeaters changed to completely clear
Two tone bumpers and side panels changed to
colour match the car

A poor start I know but a start at least!

Looking forward to other additions

'93 R129 500SL-32
'89 190E 2.6 - sold in 2002
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Old 08-26-2003, 09:56 PM
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Don't think the rear clusters were changed till '96.
Digital odometer, new radio.

Side grille changed from 3 slots to 2. Steering wheel, inside door panels, seats, a/c control panel, front grille and wheels all got updated.

Side mirrors and front air damp got rounded off.

Further front air damp update, with fog light sitting higher than previous models. 5 spoke wheels. Map net on passenger side firewall.

I am sure I miss some and mistaken on the others.
95 R129
04 Infiniti G35.5 BS
10 X204
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Old 08-27-2003, 02:16 AM
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Thanks for your comments elau. I didn't know about half of those - very interesting.

Now all I need is some photos to compare. JJ - couldn't post a couple of shots (or email me them) could you, as I think your car is the age I would like to update to.

Much appreciated as always


Had a quick comparison to JJ's car and wow, those changes are quite obvious when you look! The wing mirrors have been rounded quite heavilly and so to the front bumper grill - never spotted that before and just always thought there was something different - couldn't quite put my finger on it!
'93 R129 500SL-32
'89 190E 2.6 - sold in 2002

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Old 08-27-2003, 12:34 PM
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Found a link to this site...

... re: year-to-year changes for the SL line on another MB forum.
Enjoy -

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sport pkg 1
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