Is my SL55 a facelift or not ?

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  1. Mavster

    Mavster Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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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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    SL55's only came with 5 speed auto.

    SL63s (when the headlights changed) came with 7 speed auto
     
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    Mavster

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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 ?

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

    cheers
     
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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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  10. Cubase

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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 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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