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Mercedes R129 Service Repair ManualsThe Mercedes-Benz SL-Class R129 Roadster

The Mercedes Benz R129 model SL-Class was a vehicle line manufactured from 1988–2001. The R129 SL is a roadster style automobile that replaced the Mercedes R107, C107 line in 1989. The R129 was later replaced by the R230 SL-Class in 2002 for the 2003 model year.

The R129 was produced as a two-seat two-door roadster, with an automated (electro-hydraulic), collapsible textile roof, that included th a shell-like, color-matched, tonneau cover. The R129 models came standard with an aluminum manually fitted and detachable hardtop.

R129 models included: 300SL, 300SL-24, SL280, SL320, SL320 V6, 500SL, SL 500, 600SL, SL 600, SL60 AMG

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Mercedes Benz R129 Series Workshop Manuals

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Market Production – Index of Series R129 Mercedes Benz Vehicles
R129 Roadsters
Model Years Built Chassis Engine Produced
300SL 1988-93 129.060 103-984 12,020
300SL-24 1988-93 129.061 104.981 26,898
SL280 1993-98 129.058 104.943 10,319
SL320 1993-98 129.063 104.991 32,223
SL320 V6 1997-01 129.064 112.943 7,070
500SL 1989-93 129.066 119.969 70,344
500SL SL 500 1992-98 129.067 119.972 w/above
SL500 1991-01 129.068 113-961 23,704
600SL SL 600 1975-79 129.076 120.981/983 11,089
SL60 AMG 1993 129. M119 E60 AMG  

Designations Example (500SL) for years: 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993

Designation Example (SL 500) for years: 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001

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Mercedes R129 Chronology of Changes

1994 models...

Were the first to have the new designation. For example, 500 SL is now SL 500.

1996+ models upgrades...

  • V8 and V12 upgraded to 5 speed electronic transmission; previous transmission was hydraulic 4-speed
  • Bumper and side panels are now body color
  • Grill now only has 6 slats instead of 7
  • Front fender vents updated; only 2 rounded slots, rather than 3 squared slots
  • Panoramic roof is now an option
  • Xenon HID headlamps standard on SL600, optional on SL500
  • Clear front turn signal indicators
  • Addition of side airbags

1997+ models upgrades...

  • 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

1999+ models upgrades...

  • V8 engine switch from M119 to M113
  • Body color door handles
  • Side mirrors in the SLK style
  • Soft Nappa leather seats replace the perforated leather seats
  • Tail lights with curved faces replacing the classic square stepped lights
  • New engine vanity cover
  • Instrument cluster now has chrome rings around each gauge
  • Fiber-Optic digital audio links to the CD player instead of analog copper
  • 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.

Mercedes Benz R129 Production

Model Motor Cylinders / Valves Performance Chassis Production # Made
SL 280 M104 E28 I6 / 24 193 hp 129.058 7/1993 - 6/1998 10,319
SL 280 M112 E28 V6 / 18 204 hp 129.059 6/1998 - 6/2001 1,704
300 SL M103 E30 I6 / 12 190 hp 129.060 3/1989 – 6/1993 12,020
300 SL-24 M104 E30/2 I6 / 24 231 hp 129.061 3/1989 - 6/1993 26,984
SL 320 M104 E32 I6 / 24 231 hp 129.063 6/1993 – 6/1998 32,223
SL 320 M112 E32 V6 / 18 224 hp 129.064 6/1998 – 7/2001 7,070
500 SL
SL 500
M119 E50 V8 / 32 326 hp 129.066 3/1989 – 6/1998 79,827
SL 500 M113 E50 V8 / 24 306 hp 129.068 6/1998 - 7/2001 23,704
600 SL
SL 600
M120 E60 V12 / 48 394 hp 129.076 7/1992 – 5/2001 11,089
Total 204,940

Mercedes R129 AMG Production

Model Motor Cylinders / Valves Performance Chassis Production # Made
SL 55 AMG M113 E55 V8 / 24 354 hp 129.068 5/1999 - 7/2001 65
SL 60 AMG M119 E60 V8 / 32 381 hp 129.067 9/1993 - 12/1995 164
SL 60 AMG M119 E60 V8 / 32 381 hp 129.067 4/1996 - 5/1998 469
SL 70 AMG M120 E70 V12 / 48 496 hp 129.076 1997 – 2000 150
SL 73 AMG M297 E73 V12 / 48 525 hp 129.076 4/1999 - 5/2001 42
Total 890

Transmission Details

For the inline 6 engines

  • 300SL/300SL-24/SL280: 5-speed manual gearbox, 4-speed automatic optional
  • 300SL-24/SL280: 5-speed automatic optional from 1989
  • SL320: 5-speed automatic standard

For the V6 engines

  • SL280: 5-speed manual gearbox, 5-speed automatic optional
  • SL320: 5-speed automatic standard

For the V8 / V12 engines

  • 4-speed automatic standard, 5-speed automatic standard from 1996.

All of the cars listed above were available in the U.S. other than the SL280 and the 12 valve 300 SL.


Mercedes Benz R129 Service Videos

These videos are part of the R129 Infoaccess Course (part number: TT-2806-CD). This course was released to the public by Mercedes-Benz USA..

R129 removable hard top

Roll bar and hydraulics

R120 seating

R129 dash removal

R129 door adjustment and removal

R129 soft top disassembly

Other information

Mercedes R129 Cutaway