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

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS: The Perils of Hand-Washing an SLS

September 19, 2013

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS

While hand-washing our 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS I found this defect. Take the jump to see what I'm talking about.

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS

My trusted helper and I dried off the whole car before I popped the trunk to get back there. That's when water stored along the trunk lip dripped down onto the clean quarter-panel. Isn't that horrible?

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS

If this were my personal car, this would just get added to the list of SLS idiosyncrasies. You know, the kind of quirks that fellow SLS owners joke about when they're standing around, talking SLS. They'd say, "No, you didn't." And I'd say, "Yes, I did." We would hold our bellies laughing. Then we would be reminded that we own quarter-million dollar supercars and wash them ourselves. And then, we would laugh some more.

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 30,159 miles

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By fordson1
on 09/19/13
1:20 PM PST

Yeah - that's why you open the trunk, hatch, doors, etc. and let them finish dripping before you dry the rest of the car. Any trunk or hatch will have a different "low point" when you open it and will start dripping from that low point. The vast majority of car doors are triple-sealed, will retain water within the jambs if you leave them closed, and will drip over the rocker panels when you open them. Not rocket science.

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