2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster Long-Term Road Test


2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roaster: Broken Convertible Top

April 4, 2013

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roaster

Our 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster is thrilling, exquisitely trimmed and sticks out like Clifford the Big Red Dog. No matter where you drive the SLS, it gets serious amounts of attention. But when I arrived for lunch at Neptune's Net in Malibu (famous for its seafood and its cameo in The Fast and The Furious), something embarrassing happened.

With the convertible top down on Pacific Coast Highway, the 30 miles from our office in Santa Monica to Neptune's practically melted away. The exhaust on this fire-breathing-6.3-liter-V8 monster is so brutish and evocative that I didn't even bother with the stereo. As I parked for lunch, I pulled the lever for the convertible top only to be met by a loud clicking noise.

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roaster

A tiny piece of wire that folds the plastic covers for the soft top had snapped out of place and bent the bracket it was attached to. After lunch, I drove back to the office with the top up and consulted with Editor Brent Romans and Vehicle Testing Manager Mike Schmidt.

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roaster

How the plastic cover should look at this point in the process (passenger side):

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roaster

The driver's side at the same point in the roof-folding process:

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roaster

Brent found the broken piece of wire, but we haven't figured out what caused the malfunction. For now, we're leaving the top up and scheduling a service appointment.

Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 21,010 miles

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