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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.

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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG: Supercar Lumbar

August 6, 2013

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

When you pay $240,000 for a supercar, it's reasonable to expect that it be pretty much free of fault. I do anyway, on the occasions when I spend $240,000 on a supercar. But the 2012 Mercedes SLS has some flaws, our well-documented fabric-top troubles among them. Then there are these lumbar/bolster controls, placed unhelpfully right next to and under the knee.

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2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster: It's Practical

July 5, 2013

2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

I've lucked into our long-term 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG roadster several times over the last month, when every other car in our fleet had been signed out. I imagine the other editors passed on driving the two-seater because they needed "more practical" options.

Perhaps the SLS is up for grabs because it's hard to park, or because entry and exit from the seats aren't the most graceful activities. Maybe it's because most of them have families to ferry around or teak lumber to bring home, while I'm sans kids and without any cool construction projects. For me, our 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster is extremely sensible.

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2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster: Keyless Go Is Missing Something

June 19, 2013

2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

Our long-term 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster is equipped with Keyless Go. What this means is that there's no need to remove the key from your pocket in order to start the engine.

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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG: San Francisco and Back in 32 Hours

June 10, 2013

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

"The FR-S has to go to the track, so you can't take it on your trip. The only car available is the SLS."

So read the e-mail, and I can't exactly say it's the most crushing news I've ever received. True, I did declare that the SLS wasn't the ideal road trip car for me, and my journey to San Francisco and back within 32 hours would be a significantly longer haul than the relatively paltry hop, skip and jump down to San Diego that inspired that declaration. But hey, when would I ever again be able to take such a journey in a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster? "Never" is most likely the answer, and away I went.

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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster: Running up the Coast Highway in the SLS

May 17, 2013

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

It was a beautiful weekend for a convertible and as luck would have it, I had the key to our 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster. Here you'll see it receiving a well-earned bath for its unfailing service.

Click through for a few impressions and photos from lovely Big Sur.

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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster: Inconvenient Seat Bolster Controls

May 8, 2013

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

When my friend and fellow Edmunds co-worker Don got in to the passenger seat of our 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster, he was impressed. Not so impressed however, that he didn't complain. "My only problem is the controls for the seat, they stick you in the back of the leg," he said. To shut him up, I gave him a bit of loud-pedal-sponsored AMG soundtrack. An ear-to-ear grin quickly replaced his judgmental sneer, but I soon realized Don was painfully right.

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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS Roadster: I'd Choose the Gullwing...Or a Bentley

April 24, 2013

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS Roadster

I adore the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. I adore it so much, there's a scale model of one sitting on my desk here at Edmunds alongside a Z8 and 22 other model cars of various sizes. OK, so I have a toy-collecting problem, but that's not the point here.

After a weekend spent in the SLS Roadster, including a brief road trip down to San Diego, I came to the realization that despite my adoration for the SLS, I most definitely wouldn't get the Roadster. For one, I would never lower the top enough to warrant it. Second, there's less headroom than in the Gullwing and at 6-foot-3, my hair annoyingly grazes the fabric roof. Third, no convertible can avoid the rattles and creaks associated with a removable roof. Fourth, visibility is even worse and it can feel quite claustrophobic in the cabin with the roof up.

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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster: Top Down in Montana

March 20, 2013

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

We awoke the morning of day 3 to a blue sky, a warm sun and a thermometer reading 25 degrees Fahrenheit. We were in Rapid City, South Dakota, just a Black Hill or two from Mount Rushmore, and we were feeling brave. The top of our long-term Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster went down.

And it stayed down for nearly 400 miles as we blazed a trail from Rapid City to Billings, Montana. When we arrived at Billings and unloaded into the busiest Olive Garden on the face of the earth, we weren't frozen, we were sunburnt.

Impossible? I would have thought so too. But with the side windows up and the wind blocker in place and the heater cranking and the seat heaters on and the Mercedes Airscarf System huffing and puffing on the back of our necks we were downright toasty.

And it was on this stretch, just inside Montana, under the biggest blue sky anyone has ever seen with the SLS carving its way through Old Man Winter at speeds I would never admit to, that the greatness of this machine became absurdly clear.

I turned to John and yelled over the roar of the winter tires, and the hum of the Mercedes V8, and the howling of the wind, "Man, this is one of the best cars in the world."

Without even looking up from his iPad he responded with a poetic, "Duh."

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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG: Showing Seat Wear

February 22, 2013

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

In my last SLS AMG post, I noted how it's not terribly easy to squeeze between the steering wheel and the aggressive seat bolsters. The photo above is proof. With only about 16,000 miles on the clock, that bolster is taking a beating.

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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG: Entry and Egress

February 19, 2013

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

I'm pretty much average when it comes to build in terms of height and weight (5'10" and around 165 lbs.). Despite this, I have a tough time getting in and out of our long-term SLS AMG Roadster.

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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster: Seat Adjustment for Short People

February 5, 2013

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

I'm 5'6" and I'm just barely tall enough to drive our 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster. Its power seat adjustment only allows me to slide it forward to the point where I have to stretch a bit to push the brake pedal down all the way. Fortunately, I can adjust the lumbar to push me forward just a bit, too, and then it's fine.

But, it makes me wonder how rich people shorter than 5'4" deal with the SLS's limited seat adjustment.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster: Winter Top-Down Driving

February 1, 2013

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

L.A. has been suffering a cold spell lately. I think the rest of the country calls it winter. So even though it was 50 degrees and sunny, I just had to put the top of our 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster down. It was Friday and I felt like driving the long way in to work. No freeway. This uber-luxurious car inspires that sort of crazy behavior. The concerns of tangling up my long hair or it being too cold were quickly silenced during the drive.

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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster: Go Fast Tire Pressure

January 28, 2013

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

Last week we explored the myriad tire pressure settings of our 2013 Porsche 911 Cabriolet.

Curious as to whether or not our high-powered Mercedes had a similar tire-pressure issue, I dove into the owner's manual to find out.

The answer? Yes. And no.

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