I purchased a pre-owned SL600 in spring 2013, and problems occurred almost immediately after leaving the lot. Dash displayed a TPMS issue, so I brought it back to find out that sensors for this were never installed but I could add them for $200 per tire. Less than 3 mo/3,000 miles later a hydraulic suspension hose burst lowering the car to the ground, and replacement for this was nearly $3,000. Even after repair the mechanics were not able to clear the suspension error in the system.
Jump ahead another couple of months and I am roadside again, with a tire blowout due to an improperly mended cracked wheel. The Dealer was kind enough to cover replacement of this however. The water pump also failed shortly thereafter.
Over the next couple of years of ownership, I racked up quite a service history. Brake assist system failure and replacement, more suspension parts, interior and exterior door handles, folding roof mechanism, wheel bearings, battery, differential replacement, several other issues, and regular but expensive maintenance. Repairs and service exceeded 70% of the original purchase price (which was not cheap) and the warranty barely covered half of this.
With a total of 35 days in the shop and 5 roadside breakdowns over 3 years I did get pretty familiar with the new models and the loaner program, which was nice. But for the price I had to pay to keep this car drivable I could have hired a car service. Operating cost was over $2.50/mile for less than 17,000 miles, not including gas, tires and other consumables.
The car was a humiliating laughing stock at the office, and I actually feared driving it not only for my own safety but anticipating the next catastrophic repair. When I returned the car it was explained to me that it still needed at least $5,000 of work, but I had enough. The way I see it, either the dealer was aware of the many issues with this car and didn’t disclose them, or did not thoroughly inspect and sort them out before purchase (maybe both). Neither explanation is acceptable. I will never again purchase a Mercedes-Benz product.
Great car. Great finishes. This car will certainly grab the attention of others, especially if it's the V12.
Electric retractable roof. Wood accents. Sound system, gauges, multi-function computer, comfy ride for a roadster.
Navigation system needs some serious upgrades, including a touch screen. When dropping $140k, this navi system is absolutely unacceptable. It's more form than function and takes entirely too long to enter a destination. Transmission could use some improvements too.
i have not yet put on 1000mi., but this is simply the most wonderful car I have ever driven. This car is an "iron fist in a velvet glove". It is smooth, silky, solid, and fast to drive. This black beauty is beautiful to behold, top up or down. This happens very quickly. The seats are comfortable, yet firm. Whether it's a trip to the store, or a cruise up north for a 100 miles, I can't wait to drive it.
Folding hardtop, looks, luxury feel, solid safe feel. Unlimited power and speed at the tip of your toes. Wind turbulence almost non-existant with top down. Makes me feel like a kid again!
I wish it were available for $20 grand instead of over $100. Then everyone could share in this joyful experience
Unbeatable combination of luxury, performance and practicality. Beautiful but does not attract unwanted attention. Comfortable,quiet and smooth, totally reliable (so far). Easy access to local dealer service (nearest Ferrari, Aston, or Bentley dealer is 100 miles away). Was considering Porsche Turbo but dealer wanted me to make an appointment to drive owner's used turbo, rather than the new one I wanted on the lot.
Retractable hardtop provides topless enjoyment with coupe security. Effortless rocket sled accelleration. Outstanding brakes and excellent handling, although not as agile as Porsche 911.
COMMAND is useless. Go all aluminum and lose 500 lbs.