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


2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster: Top Repair Pick Up

April 11, 2013

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

By now we all know that a couple of little cables let go on the convertible top mechanism and we had them repaired at no cost. That was a first. It just so happened that when I went to pick it up, there was a slight problem: Dead battery, but this was not a first.

Way back here, we found out what happens when you leave the map light on. So what happened this time?

The technician who brought this big, yellow jump-starter over said somebody had left the ignition on, perhaps in the accessory position. After he cleared the codes, he told me I should drive the car for at least 15 minutes before shutting it off. Tough job, but somebody had to do it.

Chris Walton, Chief Road Test Editor

Comments

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    So this is the second battery...the first one was killed by a map light in a little over an hour and the second was killed by the ignition being left on? There is a low-level short somewhere in there or the starter is on its way out and drawing too much power.

  • greenpony greenpony Posts:

    These new cars with all their fancy battery-draining electronics... My wife's Optima sternly warns her not to use accessory mode because it apparently drains the battery quickly.

  • bankerdanny bankerdanny Posts:

    And as before I am amazed that a $100k+ 2012 luxury car lacks the battery rundown protection feature found in my $16k 1996 Pontiac Sunfire.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    Should it have battery rundown protection? Sure. But the car is not failing to start after a map light is left on for an hour and change due to not having battery rundown protection.

  • exnevadan_ exnevadan_ Posts:

    cost for the fix?

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