Wheel Finish Issues - 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: Wheel Finish Issues

July 23, 2013

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

After more than 27,000 miles of driving, the black finish on two of the SLS's wheels is beginning to peel. The wheels on the driver side are perfect, but the two on the passenger side are looking worn.

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

Curb rash surely started this process, but the deterioration of the black finish is accelerating. Now that it has vacated the entire edge of the rims, it has begun to flake away from the spokes. The situation has gotten bad enough that we're investigating a fix.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 27,444


  • sharpend sharpend Posts:

    worn passenger side = curb damage

  • jederino jederino Posts:

    The more exotic the car, the more imperfections you notice, unfortunately.

  • ahightower ahightower Posts:

    Totally unacceptable. Looks like you'll need a new can of Krylon.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    "The situation has gotten bad enough that we're investigating a fix." I have a fix for you - don't let staffers who park using the Braille method drive this car.

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    Is this a result of curb damage, or maybe some kind of cleaning solvent or detergent that did this? If it really is just PEELING off the wheel, it's completely unacceptable. While cool when you guys first got it, all of these issues is not really giving me the warm-fuzzies about the long term prospects of this car!!

  • cjasis cjasis Posts:

    It's probably the combination of two things: (1) bad parking which results in curbing the wheels coupled with (2) poor cleaning habits. Carbon brakes usually give off less brake dust than steel rotors but I'm guessing that based on how poorly you guys take care of the cars in your fleet, your letting the black paint on these wheels extend the time period between cleaing the wheels. Brake dust is HIGHLY corrosive so if you've started screwing up the wheel by curbing it, poor habits are only going to make it worse. I'm not MB fan, and I think the other faults of this highly expensive road car are a joke, but this isn't likely to be the cars fault.

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