I bought this 4 years old from mercedes dealer in reno.
The car looks turn heads EVERYWHERE, Such a pleasure to drive, the 7 speed tranny shifts so smooth that its hard to tell how fast u are going because the power band is so smooth.
The suspension creates such a smooth ride that you will notice how different it is then other cars.
This has been my absolute fav car to drive, but what a nightmare to own.
Battery in the trunk went and cost 300$ for new.
you have to go to the dealer for everything because they need to reset the computer or else the car will constantly shut off as a gimmick to get you to the dealer.
also suspension valve went and cost $3000 to fix, very common problem
better valves on the suspension, that hydraulic suspension makes the ride unbelieveabley smooth and nice, but the reliability of the system for maintancen is aweful, shame on mercedes for the crappy valves they used and for the extreme price their consumers have to pay to fix it, this is a very common problem in the SL and S class.
Well, here we go. I bought my SL500 in
March of '04 and immediately the top
failed. It was recalled for brakes in
June. Its transmission failed and had to be
replaced in October. Rains came in
November and the trunk/top leaked. The
dealer assured me that this was an
"isolated" incident. Unfortunately it
happened to me. They had to replace the trunk
hinges. I have never owned a car that had
trunk hinges fail, have you? Also, its brakes are
really wierd, no feel. I thought I was
buying Germany's best, but alas I
bought a Plymouth with a three pointed
star on the hood. What a shame. That
star use to mean something.
Styling. Interior design. Performance.
Take charge and become the auto
manufacturer you once were. The car is
so technologically advanced that
unfortunately Murphy has fun with this
one. I am very dissapointed with the
quality of this car.
This car is an absolute dream to drive
but the quality of the interior is not
what a 100K should be. Very cheap feel
wnd sounding. Ride is MUCH noisier than
I thought it should be. Gas milage
@15mi/gal around town. New back body
design makes it look like a cheap car
and not identifiable as an expensive
Mercedes SL. Although I always buy SL
Mercedes, this will be my last unless
they make the car LOOK like 100K
The choice to change suspension for the
road, retractable top, automatic
everything possible, the car almost
drives itself and "reads" the outside (
see Review--- also do something about
big blind spot behind passenger seat
and make wind protector lighter so
traffic can be seen in rearview mirror.
Least reliable vehicle I have ever experienced. Needs frequent, unscheduled visits to repair shop. A car's first priority should be quality and reliability. This car fails in that regard. 500 hp is irrelevant if the car is sitting once again in the dealer's repair shop.
I waited and waited for my Red 2003
Sl500 to come in. The car had problems
for the beginning....from break
problems, knocking noises, radio going
off, roof noise bulbs going
out...should i go on?
The last time it was in for
service...the dealership got into an
accident with it. I have not seen the
car for 2 months b/c they are still
working on it. They just want to fix it
and give it back!! I wish I sent my
$104,000 on something else.
Do yourself a favor buy a Corvette and
pocket the money you save...best bang
for the buck and headache free!
If you do decide to buy one GOOD LUCK!
302 HP....IT IS A DOG! ITS NOT A SPORTS
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