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2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

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Oh damn its broke again.
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By jagboi1967
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2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL500 2dr Convertible (5.0L 8cyl 5A)


Review

Seems like this car has been in the shop more than it has been on the road the last 2 years I bought the car 2.5 years ago with 80,000 miles on it. It now has 100,590 It has a ton of service records on it. If its not the ABC going down its the SRS system or this week its the SOS flashing and then the trunk will not open and now the AC has quit and the shop says its going to be expensive to fix. Its just one thing after another. Thinking about parking it in the front yard and filling it with dirt and making it a very expensive planter.


Favorite Features

Drives nice when its not going up and down because of the ABC.


Suggested Improvements

Let the Japanese build it. At least it would run and be able to drive past the dealership instead of being towed to it all the time.


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Electrical Gremlins Abound
25 of 26 people found this review helpful
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By Nero
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2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL55 AMG 2dr Convertible (5.5L 8cyl S/C 5A)


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Car has left me stranded and in need of towing 5 times now in 3 years. It has so many electrical problems that no one can figure out, the last time I took it to the dealer for the same thing and spent $3,000 with no real fix. Looks good, is very fast but too heavy to be a real sports car, it drinks gas, and is very unreliable and expensive to own. Another thumbs down for Mercedes' recent product offerings, do you research and you'll find many reports of their shoddy quality in their modern cars.


Favorite Features

Power, Looks, Comfort, Amenities


Suggested Improvements

Nav system needs improvement, electrical and electronic systems are absolutely terrible and need to be redesigned from scratch. Hire Lexus to figure out your reliability problems Mercedes.


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Amazing to drive & horrific to own
6 of 11 people found this review helpful
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By Richard Hill
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2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL55 AMG 2dr Convertible (5.5L 8cyl S/C 5A)


Review

I have owned over twenty Mercedes and this has been the most exciting to drive and yet the worst for reliability. The quality of the cabin components are cheap and tacky and a disgrace to the badge and the electronics are a complete nightmare. I cannot trust any of the onboard warning systems and my repair bills to try and get them sorted is like paying off the national debt. The depreciation on this vehicle has been alarming and I am so disappointed that this will probably be the last Mercedes Benz I will purchase.


Favorite Features

Wonderful concept and design and the adrenalin burst from the performance is intoxicating.


Suggested Improvements

Mercedes should go to Japan and learn about electronics and internal finish.


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Never Had Better....BUT
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By AL
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2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL55 AMG 2dr Convertible (5.5L 8cyl S/C 5A)


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I have had many cars but this car has to be the best all around car ever.It is the ultimate GT car,sports,coupe convertible,luxury and hot rod.I don't believe there is a car in the world that works better in a combined package.I can't wait to get my four year old 2009 SL65 at a $100,000.00 + discount. I'm pretty sure I got mine for about the cost of a new loaded mini van...


Favorite Features

ALL OF IT


Suggested Improvements

This car is fabulous but....It just doesn't run consistently.It seems like sometimes the compressor is working and sometimes it isn't.Sometimes it's a rocket ship and other times it runs like an sl500.I can't get help anywhere.Please help...anyone..Someone has to know how to fix it.


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It's all about appearances.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By berwanger1
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2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL500 2dr Convertible (5.0L 8cyl 5A)


Review

This is the most beautiful car I have owned...really turns heads. Interior would score equally high but for the use of too much hard, cheap plastic. Handling and power are just okay, hampered by the excessive weight of the car. Problem is, such a striking exterior design and the high price raise expectations of super performance and quality materials. Not the case. Leather is cracking and discoloring. Paint seems thin; chips easily Also, lots of noise coming from under the car, like gears whining, bearings grinding, yet everything is okay. Noise level is unacceptable in car of this rank. Dealer service has been great, but parts are ridiculously expensive. Not a great drive.


Favorite Features

Exterior design. Exceptional "Stare factor". Retractable hard top. Standard wheels. Car handles well in Michigan snow when fitted with Dunlop winter tires. Electric spare tire pump. Interior ambient lighting.


Suggested Improvements

Less road, tire and drivetrain noise. Better interior materials. More power. Better paint. Better sounding stereo w 6 disc IN DASH. Improve poor leather & wood trim quality. Navigation system is awful. Get real about cost of replacement parts; e.g. rear center brake lens-$300! More features.


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