2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Consumer Review: Beautiful but unreliable
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2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible - Consumer Review

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

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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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