The Perils of Hand-Washing an SLS - 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster Long-Term Road Test

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


  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    I never noticed the chrome fuel filler door before now--looks kind of silly to me, in an aftermarket kind of way. Would you say your kid did a Schmidty job washing the car?

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    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.

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    Yeah, you guys sure love your quirks. Dead batteries, broken convertible tops, peeling wheels, loose driver seat, dash misalignment... just all minor issues.

  • hybris hybris Posts:

    Your helper looks like he is fairly gung ho about cleaning the SLS. Great memories for him.

  • dunning15 dunning15 Posts:

    Fordson you should write for Edmunds. You always know everything and the proper way things with cars should be done. The only problem I see is that you actually do a little research on the cars and as a well-informed author they probably wouldn't know what to do with you.

  • When are you going to drive the CR-V again? Oops... I meant SLS. It's a $200k Mercedes convertible! There's no way that it hasn't moved since the middle of September!!! Pretty Please?

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