Is my SL55 a facelift or not ?

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My SL55 is a MY 2006 (according to spec check-( 806 - YEAR OF MODIFICATION)) and it has the wider rectangular shaped command screen when compared with the earlier models smaller and squarer version. I therefore assumed that my SL was the "2006 facelift" model that were showing up from Late 2004 onwards...However, my car only has a 5 speed transmission. , I recently read that facelift cars have a 7 speed box.

So, I am confused, is mine some kind of facelift version or the same as the earliest year models but with a freak command system upgrade?

PS. My car has 4 slats in the front grill which I would also associate with pre-facelift cars. I did try and research online but couldn't find a definitive answer

Thanks if you can help clarify this for me.
 

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It depends on what you class a facelift. Sounds like your SL just had the updated COMAND which appeared on 2005 cars.
 
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Hmm. Thanks.

Actually I am coming at it from , "I hope mine has some of the common problems ironed out" which I read may have been done on the 2005-06 "facelift" cars.
 

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Wonder if we can tell from the vin number/data card?
 

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However, my car only has a 5 speed transmission. , I recently read that facelift cars have a 7 speed box.

SL55's only came with 5 speed auto.

SL63s (when the headlights changed) came with 7 speed auto
 
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Only came in 5 speed eh ?, hmmm I didn't know that either. I saw the data card. Are there any other codes on there which will clarify other than the model year 806 which I already noted ?

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Mine is a 54 plate and has the bigger COMAND screen, so I think yours is the same as mine.

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Post #5 is correct. The 7 speed auto cannot handle the torque the 55k engine can produce.
 
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OK thanks guys,

So my car is not a facelift (at least cosmetically) . I guess the real question then is,.. Other than cosmetic differences (revised front grill, bumper, rear lights etc) are there any mechanical/ electrical differences in the face-lift that addressed previous SL reliability/ issues, which hadn't already been addressed in my MY 2006 SL55 ?

Thanks guys :)


Here is the spec Datacard in case there is anything else interesting for me to learn


197U OBSIDIAN BLACK
205 OWNERS MANUAL AND SERVICE RECORD - ENGLISH
219 PROXIMITY-CONTROLLED CRUISE CONTROL
220 PARKTRONIC SYSTEM (PTS)
222B INFO PLATE COOLANT/REFUELING - FRENCH
250B MOBILO LIFE/EUROPE SERVICE PACKAGE
265B AIRBAGLABLE - DUTCH/ENGLISH
280A LEATHER
288A LEATHER - GRAY
388 PHONE MOBILE, MTUS-SYSTEM
390 LINGUATRONIC-ENGLICH(BRITISH)
401 FRONT SEAT CLIMATE CONTROL
404 MULTI-CONTOUR SEAT, FRONT LEFT
405 MULTI-CONTOUR SEAT, FRONT RIGHT
415 GLASS ROOF (ROADSTER)
423 5-SPEED AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
461 INSTRUMENT WITH MILES IND. AND ENGLISH LEGEND
481 UNDERSHIELDS
487 ABC SUSPENSION (ACTIVE BODY CONTROL)
500 OUTSIDE REAR VIEW MIRROR LH AND RH FOLDING
527 COMAND DVD APS WITH NAVIGATION
581 AUTOMATIC CLIMATE CONTROL
5XXL EUROPE
618 BI-XENON HEADLAMPS FOR LEFT-HAND TRAFFIC
673 HIGH-CAPACITY BATTERY
682 FIRE EXTINGUISHER
772 AMG STYLING PACKAGE-FRONT SPOILER, SIDE SKIRT
790 18" AMG SPOKED WHEELS WITH MIXED TIRES
806 YEAR OF MODIFICATION
810 PREMIUM SOUND SYSTEM
819 CD CHANGER
860 TV-TUNER ANALOG
875 HEATED SCREEN WASH SYSTEM
882 INTERIOR SAFEGUARD
889 KEYLESS - GO
983 COC PAPER EURO 4 TECHNOLOGY W/O REG. CERT. PART II
F230 SERIES PRODUCTION 230
GA AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
H70 TRIM PIECES - "AMG" ALUMINUM
HA REAR AXLE
K11 ADAPTIVE STOP LIGHT FLASHING
M001 ENGINES WITH SUPERCHARGER
M113 V8-GASOLINE ENGINE M113
M55 CAPACITY 5,5 LITRE
N99 CONTROL CODE BREMEN PLANT
NQ7 CONTROL CODE BREMEN PLANT
NS1 CONTROL CODE BREMEN PLANT
R RIGHT-HAND STEERING
U12 FLOOR MATS - VELOUR
U72 DVD PLAYER WITH REGIONAL CODE 2, EUROPE, JAPAN
VL FRONT AXLE HALF, LEFT
VR FRONT AXLE HALF, RIGHT
 
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I thought the what is classed as the 'facelift' was at the end of 2006 ?

Different front bumper being the most obvious change. As this one...

MERCEDES SL55 AMG | eBay
 

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..... I recently read that facelift cars have a 7 speed box.

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I think it was only the SL350 that gained the 7G box at the 'facelift' and power output went from 245 to 272bhp.
....and road tax increased.
 

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