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
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
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
So buy an SL500 as a third car, but not
if you want something reliable.
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