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By Harry R. Culp on 07/19/04 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible SL500 2dr Convertible (5.0L 8cyl 5A)

Review

I love my SL, but the one thing I miss is room in the trunk.
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Beautiful but unreliable
By CPRCPR on 05/11/04 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible SL500 2dr Convertible (5.0L 8cyl 5A)

Review

I bought my SL500 in Jul-03. But ownership is blighted by consistent unreliability and visits to Mercedes service. SL parts are often not available, so your car sits, un- drivable, in the repair shop waiting for parts. In 10 mths I spent a month in loan cars, whilst waiting for parts & repairs. Mercedes paid for everything, but that does not take away the irritation. This week’s fault is the seat-belt (unsafe to drive, 10 day for parts); previous failures were hydraulics (undrivable), exhaust (illegal to drive) and electric seat adjustment stuck in fully forward (couldn’t enter seat). So buy an SL500 as a third car, but not if you want something reliable.
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SL500
By kmke on 05/07/04 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible SL500 2dr Convertible (5.0L 8cyl 5A)

Review

Love this car - but for the GPS and Audio which are archaic.
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FALLING APART
By MIKEXXX2 on 12/13/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible SL500 2dr Convertible (5.0L 8cyl 5A)

Review

THE CAR HAS HAD MANY PROBLEMS. HERE ARE A FEW, BRAKES, TRUNK NOISES, SMELLS, ROOF NOISE AND MANY OTHERS.
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Wow, but it stinks
By jcj001 on 12/08/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible SL500 2dr Convertible (5.0L 8cyl 5A)

Review

This is the latest in my car habit. Before this I had an 02 Carrerra, an 02 M3 convertible, an 01 Vette Coupe, a 99 430E, and a 97 540i. This is by far the best car that I have owned. The interior is great, and the command system is quite useful. The exterior is simply marvelous. I have the smell problem as mentioned in other reviews. MB of Annapolis sold it to me knowing it, then promised to fix it (had the car three weeks after I only had it a week), and it needs to go back in. They refused to give me my money back. MB of Annapolis has seen its last dollar from me, and I would recommend anybody else staying away from them too.
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Looks good. But thats it.
By WritrguyLA on 11/26/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible SL500 2dr Convertible (5.0L 8cyl 5A)

Review

In the shop every month since I bought it. Too many electronic features I guess, because something is ALWAYS breaking. And speaking of brakes, be ready to replace them within the first year. And its not covered. And the ride is not sporty, its more luxury.
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My Review
By Brandonw1566 on 11/11/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible SL500 2dr Convertible (5.0L 8cyl 5A)

Review

I love it!!! Its the best car ever!
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looks only
By relfamily on 11/08/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible SL500 2dr Convertible (5.0L 8cyl 5A)

Review

reliability's very disappointing. on a monthly basis there is some small problem, which so far the excellent service dept. of this dealership was able to correct. but then there are some problems they cannot handle since it relates to the mechanical design of this car. we all know the low profile tires allow the rims to get nicked very easily ( there is a pending classaction suit ) the body flexes and there are noises from the roof latches and other parts of the car which MB have no idea how to correct. all in all this was a poor investments and u can get a better car for half this price. sorry MB but no wonder u are nbr 29 on the list of JDP..
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KEEP REACHING TILL YOU GET THIS FAR.
By BOBBY RISHTY on 11/07/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible SL500 2dr Convertible (5.0L 8cyl 5A)

Review

I AM A CAR NUT. I ALWAYS HAVE BEEN. I STARTED DRIVING CELICA'S,SUPRA'S.JEEPS,CORVETTES,PORSCHE S,AND THEN A CONVERTIBLE CLK430,.I STILL WASNT SATISFIED. NOW I HAVE THE 2003 SL500. I AM VERY HAPPY. IT HAS LUXURY AND SPORTS CAR ALL IN ONE,.EVEN BETTER NOW WITH THE RETRACTABLE MOON ROOF. DONT BUY THIS CAR WITHOUT IT.THE ONLY THING THIS CAR IS LACKING FOR ME,.IS THE THRUST OF POWER I HAD WITH THE CORVETTE,.BUT IT IS A HEAVIER CAR AND WILL LAST LONGER.
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Dealers and Corp should listen to custom
By ac crenshaw on 10/24/03 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible SL500 2dr Convertible (5.0L 8cyl 5A)

Review

The overall performance of the car is excellent. The issue that I have is one of service. I had a problem with service at an Atlanta Dealer, wrote the corporate customer service folks and copied Mr. Halata of MBUSA and got a response which in essence just "blew me off." After owning at least 5 MB over the last 10 years I find that the dealers have become extremely proud of these cars to the extent that they are becoming arrogant. Sales without the necessary support staff means that this will be my last MB for a while. People do business with people who show them that they care. MBUSA has shown me that they "NO LONGER CARE."
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