Picked this car up for $1500 with a blown head gasket, I am the third owner. Came from a 95 SLS.
I love the styling of this car, much better than the pre 98 imo. Very european in design, almost looks like a cross between a Mercedes and a Bimmer.
Interior styling is impressive. More gadets than you can possibly imagine. The gauges are gorgeous better than even the Contiental and the radio/climate controls are easy to reach. The seat comfort is also MUCH better than the 95. The bose 4.0 system is great, the best stock stereo I have ever heard.
It handles quite well, feeling very agile in curves. The suspension is stiff, yet not harsh, it recovers well from dips and major bumps.
The 275 horse motor does very well power wise and the tranny is silky smooth.
All in all, I give this car a 9.5 out of ten. It was a pain in the ass to change the HG, but it was WORTH it. Very impressed.
Also need to add, the interior build quality is much better than my old 95. Everything inside is solid, not flimsy.
My dad likes to slide and wallow into and out of cars, which normally isn't a problem except that he is over 200lbs. That posed a problem for the cheap interior of the 95, he wound up breaking the center console and ripping the "oh shit handle" off the back passenger door.
Doesn't happen here due to the quality (Plus I yell at him when he pushes down on the console )
Those cars look much better in SLS form IMO, mainly because of the wheels.
What else differentiated the SLS from the STS as far as styling goes? IIRC, they both have body colored grilles and neither have the hood ornament.
No wood on the steering wheel, plastic trim strips mostly on the doors instead of wood, interior color shifter instead of wood, pre '02 SLS had quad oval exhaust tips while the STS had dual rectangular exhaust tips, pre '02 SLS had grey grille with chrome lining while the STS had a body colored grille with no chrome, pre '02 SLS had grey body molding while the STS had body matched molding, also the STS had perforated leather while the SLS didn't. That's all I can think of now.