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Mercedes-Benz SL-Class, Convertible
#763 of 786 Unable to Diagnose Noise Which Occurs at about 45 MPH
Jul 04, 2009 (6:39 pm)
On a 2002 SL 500, there is a noise near 45 MPH that sounds like the brakes dragging. Mercedes and a tire dealer said it was caused by tire noise. The car has the one directional, non-rotatable tires, rear larger dia than front. Put on new set of Dunlop tires and the noise did not change.
Doesn't seem this could be tire noise, especially since new tires did not change the noise. Could be a wheel bearing or what else?
#764 of 786 Re: oil leak in the strangest place [92benzo]
Jul 13, 2009 (4:27 am)
There is one on each side - hydraulic fluid reservoirs for the retactable hard top. If one is leaking, it is best to replace both side at the same time. Cost ~ $400 each.
#765 of 786 Re: windscreens [guilty]
Oct 25, 2009 (3:23 pm)
No, you cannot get a Mercedes wind deflector fixed at any hardware store, as it's a factory stamped process. Many clams they had done this but never supplied any pix of there achievement. I like any to post pix if they did replaced or know anyone that did.
#766 of 786 Re: oil leak in the strangest place [sl55_driver]
Oct 26, 2009 (3:12 am)
Droplets of oil from the front of the top near the windshield leaked on both sides of my wife's previous 1999 SL500 on the leather seats. The cylinders were replaced by an independent repair shop for a fraction of what Mercedes dealers charge.
#767 of 786 Is 2009 SL-550 reliable?
Aug 31, 2010 (1:27 pm)
I am looking to buy a pre-owned 2009 Sl-550. After checking latest Consumer Reports Auto Issue, most MB late models listed in the magazine are rated below average. Due to insufficient data, 2009 SL-550 does not show any reliability info. Would current 2009 SL-550 owners post your experience with its reliability problem, if there is any?
#768 of 786 Re: Is 2009 SL-550 reliable? [dhsieh9]
Sep 28, 2010 (9:57 am)
Don't, car is a constant problem, own exact model, if you want to spend most of your days with your mechanic then only buy it.
#769 of 786 Re: Is 2009 SL-550 reliable? [tsiamas]
Oct 29, 2010 (8:57 am)
Wow! I know that in recent years, MB cars are not known for their reliability. I have no idea 2009 SL-550 is that bad. Would you care to share them with the forum? Your SL should still be in warranty period, shouldn't it?
#770 of 786 2006 sl500
Nov 07, 2010 (9:47 am)
I want to buy a 2006 sl500 with 90000 miles without the warrantly , $30000 / how's that ?
#771 of 786 Re: 2006 sl500 [ctang]
Nov 07, 2010 (9:53 pm)
I bought my wife a 2006 SL for roughly $90,000 in 2006. It is great looking (red), driving, fast, powerful and handling car. The problems experienced so far at 21,000 miles are: original equipment Michelin tires worn on inside edges to cords by 20,000 and were very noisy starting around 12,000. New tires at dealer installed and balanced cost about $2100. Tire pressure monitor indicator now stays lit all the time. Front of the car kneels downward if it sits a couple days but rises after a couple minutes at idle. This was fixed under warranty but has re-occurred within a year of the repair. Other than that it is a great car and would seem to be a bargain based on the new price four years ago....Terrible depreciation for original owners at $30,000 today price.
#772 of 786 2005 SL500 poor reliability
Mar 15, 2011 (10:09 pm)
Know what you are getting into if you buy a MB. I bought a great looking 2005 SL500 in 2008, with 9,800 miles, for $53K (sticker price = $97K
first clue). I figured low miles were acceptable in Chicago because the previous owner was a rich veterinarian, and only drove it in the summer. Checking with the local MB dealership, they did not flag any problems except for replacing the trunk battery because the car sat so much in the winter. So in the three years I have had it:
It's on its 3rd trunk battery, second front battery;
The car ABC hydraulics have been repaired (otherwise the car sticks cockeyed);
The electronic ignition module has been replaced;
The roof relays replaced (otherwise the roof wouldnt close);
The tires replaced at 27,000 miles (I am at 29000 miles now)
Currently the SAM is bad
The left rear shock is bad (dealership price is $1,350 for ONE shock, plus $1,000 to install it).
I have not pulled all the bills out to be precise in my wording, but my intent is to not quote exact part numbers, my point is to educate anyone thinking of buying a MB to know the poor quality of their products.
I also see some members discussing extended service contracts. I too bought a 3rd party contract and while it takes the edge off some of my bills, it has a $500 deductible, and the shop rate is $90/hour. Try getting a MB dealership to work on your car for that rate! You end up paying the difference. As an example my local MB charges $125/hour, so for replacing the shock I pay $1,350 for the shock and 8 hours of the difference between $125 and $90.
All I can say is never again!