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2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class - Consumer Reviews

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Michael altman
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2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL500 2dr Convertible (5.0L 8cyl 5A)


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If you have the 18 sport wheels with performance tires they will only last about 10,000 miles in the tears. Every where I go with this car it's still a head turner for a 2003 with a style that will always look new.


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I love my car
5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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By ken greenfield
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2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL500 2dr Convertible (5.0L 8cyl 5A)


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But, after 3 years and the extended warranty about to expire, I'm thinking it's time to sell it. With the bumper to bumper used car warranty I had many things fixed for the $50 deductible. But this car has a horrible reputation for reliability, so??? But I love my car, so I am really torn!


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Please, stay away!
16 of 17 people found this review helpful
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By Chris
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2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL55 AMG 2dr Convertible (5.5L 8cyl S/C 5A)


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Seeing the price of these cars on the used market is a tempting purchase. When everything is working it is overall a fantastic car, fast, good looking, comfortable, etc.

HOWEVER: REGARDLESS of what anyone tells you, I doubt there is a more complicated and unreliable car on the market. In under one year, I have spent over $8,000 on unplanned repairs. This is not because the car wasn't maintained, they are just chronically unreliable. Suspension issues, getting stuck in park, trunk leaks, rattles, motor/transmission mounts, supercharger intercooler pump, alarm siren, trunk struts, this is a partial list of the problems that I've had.

Most of the reviews on here are overwhelmingly positive, but you need to see the dates - many 10+ years ago when the car was newer. Most recent reviews will attest to my warning: DO NOT LET THE LOOK/DRIVE OF THE CAR TEMPT YOU.

The car moved from a "love/hate" relationship to a "mostly hate" relationship after being in the shop at least once a month.

Oh, and as a daily driver over 14k miles it has averaged 13.5mpg in the suburbs, but you should know that going in - it costs to go fast.

In summary, there is no such thing as a cheap MB SL, you're paying in depreciation or you're paying in maintenance, pick your poison.


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Known Lemon. Every One of Them. Stay Far Away!
8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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By Scott Espenshade
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2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL500 2dr Convertible (5.0L 8cyl 5A)


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Mercedes is well aware of all the ABC failures on their SL500s & SL550s, but are still allowed to sell them in the United States. There is a VERY dangerous problem if you are driving at the time of the failure. Imagine a shock suddenly coming off a vehicle at 65 MPH?!? Not imagine that EACH AND EVERYONE of the vehicle sold that year fail. 100% FAIL.

Sound like a class action lawsuit? You would think so, but some how Mercedes Benz is able to still push lemons out the door. This is not just plain greed, it is a complete lack of value for human life! I have completely lost all respect for Mercedes Benz.


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POORLY BUILT CAR
14 of 15 people found this review helpful
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By HERB
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2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL500 2dr Convertible (5.0L 8cyl 5A)


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Just sold my 2003 SL 500 Designo had it for 7 years too many trips to the dealer for repairs a car with only 3300 miles had more problems than it should have had for a supposed quality car.Dealer told me don't keep this car without a warrantee at cost of $6800.00 The car lost to much value when sold.This car is a money pit needs expensive repairs every month. Great looking but not reliable stay away.


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