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Mercedes-Benz SL-Class, Convertible
#698 of 786 thoughts on SL500 Designo trim (2003)
Jul 25, 2006 (10:39 am)
I'm thinking of buying the above, but have read in the past that there are problems with this model. Specifically, I've heard that there are problems with odors coming from the glue Mercedes used for the side panels. Any truth to this? what are your thoughts about the 2003 sl500? i love the car, and i love the trim, but i'm not about to drop $70K on a car that smells bad! Also, any thoughts on reliability? thanks!
#699 of 786 Re: I seem to remember [marsha7]
by Claire@Edmunds HOST
Jul 25, 2006 (8:45 pm)
marsha7, clicking on the year at Edmunds.com Mercedes Benz will bring you to a list of Mercedes-Benz models offered for that year. If you click on the SL Class link and choose the SL500, you'll see a menu on the left side that shows the available colors, specs, and other data for that year's model.
Jul 26, 2006 (6:36 am)
#701 of 786 SL with (small) back seat?
Sep 01, 2006 (1:03 pm)
In Europe, the previous SL model was available with children-sized back seats. Was this an option on US cars? If so, I'd like to find one.
#702 of 786 2003 sl500 A maintenanace required indicator
Sep 06, 2006 (9:22 am)
How do you reset the indictor if you change your own oil or have it serviced by other than MBZ?
#703 of 786 "Exclusivity and Prestige"
Sep 15, 2006 (7:57 am)
I am the proud owner of a 93 500SL and its desireability, dependability and phenomenal performance, gives me the ultimate driving experience every time out. I really
appreciate this car. My only small complaint is a slight
fluttering or flapping noise from the dash on the passenger
side. Can anyone tell me what this is?
#704 of 786 Re: 2007 SL 550 [thedonclk]
Sep 28, 2006 (8:53 pm)
24 months 10K 76% or 12K 75%
36 months 10K 64% or 12K 63%
Money factors for lease through MBF are:
24 months 0.00415
36 months 0.00390
I have just returned my CLK and got a SL550. One new thing I have learned is the GAS GUZZLER TAX ($1700), and is not part of the MSRP where can be rolled in to the lease but is not counted as the MSRP of the vehicle. So calculate your payments accordingly.
I got my deal at $795 A.Fee, No Doc Fee, and $1100 over invoice. Make sure you verify all the numbers yourself (there is an Excel spreadsheet in these forums) as dealers seems to make a lot of mistakes to their favors. After going through a lot of Mass and then NH dealers, I have found one dealer in NH that I felt comfortable working with. If you are in MA, I would not go to Chambers.
#705 of 786 Re: I have similar thoughts [marsha7]
Oct 07, 2006 (8:42 am)
My experience is with a 1999 SL500 with 60,000 miles which is my wife's daily ride the past 6+ years. It has the 7 year Starmark warranty (about to expire) which may not be available for the SL you are looking for. Some problems I recall are: 1) Driver's side "door hinge stop" creaked and cracked upon opening the door....not covered by Starmark
2) No seal leaks from top but noisy inside the car....never fixed 3) rear drive train replaced recently due to noise 4) rough noisy ride with all four sets of tires (Michelin, Dunlap & Goodyear) 5) lousy trade-in value ($24M) recently offered by dealer for mint garaged car which means you will probably find or have found an acceptable car at a fraction of original MSRP.
#707 of 786 1992 Limited Edition 500SL?
Oct 25, 2006 (7:22 am)
I'm hoping someone will know where I could get info on the subject vehicle (or even if it exists!).
Can't find anything on the net. I'll see the car this weekend to be sure it fits the description. I'm going to sell it for someone.