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Beautiful but unreliable
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By CPRCPR
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2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL500 2dr Convertible (5.0L 8cyl 5A)


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I bought my SL500 in Jul-03.
But ownership is blighted by consistent
unreliability and visits to Mercedes
service. SL parts are often not
available, so your car sits, un-
drivable, in the repair shop waiting
for parts.
In 10 mths I spent a month in loan
cars, whilst waiting for parts &
repairs. Mercedes paid for everything,
but that does not take away the
irritation.
This week’s fault is the seat-belt
(unsafe to drive, 10 day for parts);
previous failures were hydraulics
(undrivable), exhaust (illegal to
drive) and electric seat adjustment
stuck in fully forward (couldn’t enter
seat).
So buy an SL500 as a third car, but not
if you want something reliable.


Best Features

Roof, style, seats


Worst Features

Reliability


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SL500
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By kmke
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2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL500 2dr Convertible (5.0L 8cyl 5A)


Review

Love this car - but for the GPS and
Audio which are archaic.


Best Features

Active Suspension on hard corners - hard top convertible


Worst Features

Lexus Like GPS - improved audio, a dipstick for the oil level on the engine


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AMG 2003 SL55
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By Bill Dritz
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2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL55 AMG 2dr Convertible (5.5L 8cyl S/C 5A)


Review

An absolute riot to drive, but with
all of the solidness we have all come
to know in every Mercedes Benz car.


Best Features

Puching the throttle at any speed.


Worst Features

Hard to think of any real faults..... Lower price? Not for all of that fantastic, specialized engineering by MB and AMG......


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FALLING APART
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By MIKEXXX2
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2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL500 2dr Convertible (5.0L 8cyl 5A)


Review

THE CAR HAS HAD MANY PROBLEMS. HERE ARE
A FEW, BRAKES, TRUNK NOISES, SMELLS,
ROOF NOISE AND MANY OTHERS.


Best Features

TOP EASY TO USE


Worst Features

NEEDS MORE HP AND TORQUE


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Its true, its true
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By buckspine
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2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL55 AMG 2dr Convertible (5.5L 8cyl S/C 5A)


Review

The most exciting aspect of this car is
the sound. Most sports cars are smooth
and kittenlike with a turbo whine. This
dog barks, like something out of a
gutter. And the best thing is that is
approximately 500 horsepower and a
convertible.


Best Features

convertible and the power to blow doors off most pretenders.


Worst Features

Change limiter to 190mph


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