Convertible Top Failure (Redux) - 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster Long-Term Road Test

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

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster: Convertible Top Failure (Redux)

May 16, 2013

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

While driving our beloved 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG with the top up, I noticed a really annoying buzz/rattle over my left shoulder that sounds like a piece of plastic vibrating freely around. I could reach up and vaguely support something and make the buzz stop.

The next day, I lowered the top and I noticed in the rear-view mirror the infamous flap was not where it was supposed to be. I motored the top up slightly and tried to manually tuck it where it wants to go on the way back down. It refused to move into place.

When I put the top back up, it made a pop/crack sound in that same area, as if it broke something. That icky, uh-oh feeling rushed over me. This sounds like the first go around with the broken top.

We'll leave the top in the upright position until we can get it back in for Round 2 with a technician.

Chris Walton, Chief Road Test Editor @ 24,034 miles

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