I bought my car for a weekend convertible from the original owner who used it the same way. It has always been kept in an environmentally controlled garage and dealer maintained in its 41,000 miles . It is good looking, drives well and lots of fun.... when it works.
I've owned 60s Alfa Romeos and Ferraris, but none that broke or needed constant servicing like this Mercedes. The transmission module, convertible top computer module, trunk lock, radio, oxygen sensor and dashboard have all died. Did I mention the constant fault lights on the dash? Mercedes says this is typical. I love mine and my wife's Acuras. Each has twice the mileage of the Mercedes and they NEVER break. The ultimate luxury is dependability. If I wanted a beautiful but poor quality car I would have bought a Jaguar.
44000 mile update. I had to replace the A/C compressor and the plastic slot in the dash where I put my sunglasses has cracked in multiple places. The rubber stops for the trunk lid are disintegrating. Rust has showed up on the bottom of the passenger door around the rubber seal, which is really strange since the only time the car gets wet is when I wash it. Two hydraulic valves for the convertible top leaked fluid inside the car and had to be replaced as well as the stainless cables that hold tension on the top. I was advised it is normal for these to fail. Wow, more built in obsolescence.
To be fair, the car has never left me on the side of the road, but that's the nicest thing I can say about the reliability.
I bought this car with 2500 miles on
it back in summer of 2000. I put on
another 26000 miles the past two
summers. The car is a classic. Mine
came loaded with nav, orthopoedic
seats, xenons and cd changer. It rides
like a dream. The brakes are the best
of any car I have ever owned. Stopping
from 60-0 seems to take place in about
105 feet. It eats front tires in about
16k miles. Gas mileage comes in about
18-21. Its pretty peppy, 0-60 in 7.4+.
Engine has a nice growl when
accelerating. Taking down the top is
easy but not one touch. Sound system
could be better, but is adequate.
Doesn't matter when you're doing
triple digits with the top down.
Speed, convertible, nice computer,
great nav system, comfortable seats,
short turning radius and incredible
Better sound system, get rid of cheap
vinyl in interior.
Still gets praise for its beauty
whenever its getting gas or valet
parked. Only complaint is the
occasional over bumps' squeaks, coming
from I suspect the convertible top and
how it locks onto the frame (my wife
insists the noise is from the
dashboard). The car is still a dream
and even my most obese non front seat
passenger doesn't complain about room
in the back . In fact it can take two
not so big people fairly comfortably in
the rear seat.
Its up to date beauty and ability to
leave like a rocket when it has to be
If only the top would go up and down
more quickly and there was more trunk
room when the top is down. Also, need
better and bigger cup holders
(recommend imitating the front dash cup
holders on my wife'a 2002 Mercedes ML