Beautiful car with great engine and sex appeal-no doubt. I can say nothing bad about the outside appearance.
My biggest problem is that it was a maintenance nightmare. I had the car for 7 months and had it in the shop about 9 times. For every payment I made, I paid 20% more in maintenance that month. The car only had 48,000 miles at purchase.
Within a day of having it, the hydraulic hose/system burst costing $5K. Apparently a common and recurring issue. Within a day of having that repaired, the undercarriage fell out as the factory bolts were installed incorrectly $200
Within a month, front tires had to be replaced---one might think that's expected with a used car but all tires were replaced a day before buying the car. Within 2 months, the rear tires went out. Total of $1,800 to replace (front and back)
So additional repairs include two batteries having to be replaced, an alternator, computer module, window washing pump (total of another $1,000), these last numbers exclude labor as I had a deal with the mechanic on these repairs
Mainly a size thing but feels a little clostophobic with the top closed. I'm 6'0.
I was a big fan of Mercedes prior to owning my 2009 SL-63. After having it in the shop for now the 4th time in 5 months, they still can't fix the transmission and excessive oil burn. The new transmission slips like you've lost gears until the car is completely warmed up. Try pulling out into traffic, stepping on the gas and the engine revs, but the car goes nowhere. Then out of no-where, 3-5 sec later the car catapults you into traffic. I was finally told that this is a race- car. You can't expect it to drive like a luxury car. How about that? In addition to having to add a quart of oil every 100 miles Mercedes has some work to do before I would ever recommend this car. Spend elsewhere!
The sound of the engine is inspiring. The engine is well tuned. With the exception of excessive oil burning the engine runs strong and sounds great. The suspension is well tuned and the vehicle handles like a charm. Get pas the transmission issues and the car performs as promised.
Get rid of the wet-clutch transmission. You can't sell a $150k+ vehicle and tell your buyers the rough transmission and stalling at start should be acceptable because this is a race-car. In addition figure out why the engines burn so much oil, one quart every 1000 miles. Come on Mercedes. Really