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

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster: Loose Driver Seat

August 29, 2013

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

We've now driven our beloved Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster about 15,000 miles since December and a small problem has come up. Its driver seat has become a bit loose in its mounts. It isn't a big deal, but you can feel it when you're driving the car.

Accelerate and the seat rocks back. Brake and it rocks forward. Not much, the play is maybe a quarter of an inch or less, but it's certainly something we'll have addressed when we take the Benz in for its 30,000-mile scheduled maintenance.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief


Comments

  • typical GM quality problems. this is the reason they will never be considered among the true luxury brands. --------- oh, wait wrong car, sorry.

  • mercedesfan mercedesfan Posts:

    Now that is unusual for MBs. If your rain-sensing wiper sensor or auto-climate control sensors went on the fritz I wouldn't be that surprised. However, in all my years of owning Germans cars I have never had a single one develop a loose seat.

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    I still think you got a Monday car

  • wdrauch wdrauch Posts:

    just curious, what plant builds the SLS AMG? Is it even built in a regular MB plant?

  • s197gt s197gt Posts:

    "in all my years of owning Germans cars I have never had a single one develop a loose seat." Google BMW Z3 seat bushings... maybe it is a German convertible thing.

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    I'm sorry but this SLS has been like owning a badly assembled shed.

  • wcollegenj wcollegenj Posts:

    If this were a 20k American car, you guys would be all over it....way too many problems for a car that costs this much.

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    I agree with @wcollegenj. I suppose the more advanced technology and mechanics in a vehicle, the more there is to go wrong. But this car has had all manner of basic fit and finish issues totally unrelated to what I would consider high tech parts.

  • exnevadan_ exnevadan_ Posts:

    in an Italian or British car this would be called character in an American or Korean car this would be attributed to lack of build quality in a German or Japanese car this kind of problem is simply ignored or explained away as an anomaly so much for fair reporting (I'm still an Edmunds fan)

  • unionbuster: "See, this is what happens when two incompetent automakers try to build a meaningless car using a broken platform, assembled by disgusting UNION workers -- wait, what? It's from outside the US? Oh, never mind then."

  • cjasis cjasis Posts:

    Sorry but a loose seat is a big deal. Airbags, etc. are all designed to work with a fixed seat and god forbid you get in an accident, 1/4 inch of play could be HUGE. I'm not one to bash a brand but honestly... all the problems with this flagship car are a bit unsettling and perhaps revealing as to why top end MB cars depreciate like rocks.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    30k, huh? You got it with 14k and change...so that means that you only have to keep the wheels from falling off for another four thousand miles before you flatbed it back to MBUSA and can put your battery minder back up on the shelf where it belongs. Maybe the two AMG techs who signed the engine-assembly plaque can put you in touch with whomever was supposedly responsible for screwing together the rest of the car. Hey - for that matter, you guys have done enough work on it to get your own plaque.

  • adantium adantium Posts:

    what a piece of trash car...Like all mercs. Quality is kaput. plan on buying two so when one is in the shop you still have a spare. Or better yet buy three. You never know when two will die at the same time. :p

  • mercedesfan mercedesfan Posts:

    @cjasis, MB's residual value at the top end is no worse than any other German car. No car in the top price bracket has particularly good residuals, but the German cars always struggle when compared to bespoke vehicles like Bentleys, Rollers, Astons, etc.

  • @mercedesfan "The fact is that MB is amongst the most dependable brands out there." Mercedes Benz is dependable? Maybe 30 years ago. Luxury cars are generally not dependable. Especially over-engineered German ones made from plastic with comple

  • ckuers_ ckuers_ Posts:

    Why wait another 15,000 miles? A loose seat can be a safety hazard. I"d take it to the dealer ASAP, or most likely, tighten the bolts myself...

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    @mercedesfan: I don't doubt that there are many desirable MBs out there, and reliability for some models are not bad. But I think this particular SLS is a lost cause.

  • mercedesfan mercedesfan Posts:

    @camrydriver69, Actually, MB is consistently ranked top 10 for overall dependability industry wide and has the second lowest probability of a mechanical issue in the industry (second only to Honda). There is no question that generally their electrical sys

  • mercedesfan mercedesfan Posts:

    @camrydriver69, Actually, MB is consistently ranked top 10 for overall dependability industry wide and has the second lowest probability of a mechanical issue in the industry (second only to Honda). There is no question that generally their electrical sys

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