Parts Catalog Accessories Catalog How To Articles Tech Forums
Call Pelican Parts at 888-280-7799
Shopping Cart Cart | Project List | Order Status | Help

Go Back   PeachParts Mercedes ShopForum > Technical Information and Support > Tech Help

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-02-2003, 07:04 PM
I told you so!
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Motor City, MI
Posts: 2,804
79 SL Horsepower Figures

I was cruising eBay looking at older SL models for sale. Somebody is selling a 79 280SL, saying that the 280SL has 185hp and gets 20mpg, compared with the 450SL that has 160hp and gets only 12-14mpg.... and the 380SL has even less power. So...... if this is true, why did MB even make a 450 or 380 for the 79 SL?... or is this guy blowing smoke?
95 E320 Cabriolet, 140K
Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2003, 09:34 PM
Registered User
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Posts: 766
The answer can be expressed in three letters: EPA. The only SL officially imported by MB into the US in 1979 was the 450, with the numbers given (actually I think the '79 was slightly better, but the numbers are correct for 1980). The 380SL in US trim, dating 1981-85, was indeed lower-powered than even the 1980 450SL. The 280SL's secret? It was made for the European market and wasn't limited by US emissions standards, and it did indeed have both more power and better mileage. Gray-market importers did bring in some 280SL's and add catalytic converters to meet emissions regs, but they much more commonly brought in the Euro 500SL.

US and US-legal autos in general suffered through the '70's and earlier '80's, until they developed the computerization and FI technology we started seeing in the late '80's and since.
Craig Bethune

'97 SL500, 40th anniversary edition

'04 Olds Bravada (SWMBO's)
'06 Lexus ES330
'89 560SL (sold)

SL--Anything else is just a Mercedes.
(Kudos to whoever said it first)
Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:26 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2018 Pelican Parts LLC - Posts may be archived for display on the Peach Parts or Pelican Parts Website -    DMCA Registered Agent Contact Page