20,000-Mile Service Estimate - 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster Long-Term Road Test

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

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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS: 20,000-Mile Service Estimate

March 11, 2013

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS

We dropped our 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS off at W.I. Simonson Mercedes-Benz. On the agenda was satisfying its 20,000-mile request for routine service. At 20k the SLS requires an extensive list of maintenance items, known here as "Service B."

Required Service (per the manual):

  • Engine - oil and filter change
  • Check catch, safety catch and hinges on engine hood for proper operation
  • Check condition of poly-V-belt
  • Clean visible area of water deflector
  • Reset maintenance service indicator in instrument cluster
  • Replace brake fluid
  • Replace combination filter
  • Check thickness of brake pads, front and rear
  • Correct tire inflation pressure
  • Check underbody protection. In the event of damage, refinish underbody protection with separate work order.
  • Leakage - Major Components: Check for unsafe marks, line routing, damaged components. In the event of leakage, determine cause and perform repair with separate work order
  • Visually inspect condition of front ball joints, rubber boots
  • Visually inspect condition of rear axle ball joints, rubber boots
  • Visually inspect condition of steering mechanical components, rubber boots
  • Check coolant level
  • Check brake fluid level
  • Check power steering fluid level
  • Check windshield washer fluid level
  • Check parking brake (function test only)

Recommended Service (per the manual):

  • Replace wiper blades
  • Check horn, high beam flasher, hazard warning lamps, turn signals
  • Check warning indicator lamps, illumination and interior/exterior lighting
  • Check trunk lighting
  • Check and correct headlamp setting
  • Check battery condition (starter battery) using Midtronics EXP 717 tester
  • Check seatbelts and buckles for signs of external damage and proper function
  • Check windshield washer and headlamp cleaning system
  • Clean and lubricate soft top seals
  • Check bodywork for paint damage
  • Tire rotation (where applicable)
  • Inspect tires for damage, measure tread depth
  • Check TIREFIT sealant for expiration date
  • Activate tire pressure monitoring system
  • Visually check brake system components, lines, hoses, calipers
  • Check thickness of brake pads and disks, front and rear wheels removed
  • Check chassis and load-bearing body components for damage and corrosion

"Are you ready to sign your life away?" That's what our advisor asked me before passing the $800 estimate across the table. I initialed the page with the understanding that he'd call me before anything major was performed so I could okay the cost. Our first SLS service experience was under way.

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 20,170 miles

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