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Mercedes-Benz SL-Class, Convertible
#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!
#773 of 786 Re: 2005 SL500 poor reliability [izzyinchicago]
Mar 16, 2011 (8:36 am)
My wife made several stops yesterday and after the last one the car would not start.....That evening it started and was driven home and will be parked there for a while until I can attend to it. This is a 2006 SL500 with 24000 original miles parked in the warm climate of the Southeast where its life began five years ago! Maybe it needs a new trunk or under the hood battery like izzy's! Ridiculous! She also advised me the trunk does not lock.
Any thoughts from the other MB faithful out there relative to their experiences and any suggestions for fixes to the above or other problems?
#774 of 786 SL 500 poor reliability
Mar 30, 2011 (6:52 am)
In 2006 I bought an '05 SL 500 with low miles. After thousands spent at the dealer for service "A" and "B" the engine blew at 20k miles. I was assured that it was warranty as the dealer picked up the car for repair. A few days later the regional supervisor stated that MBZ wanted 40k for a new engine. Nope, NOT covered by warranty. What happened to my 4 year 50k guarantee?.............Numerous other issues, A/C controls, steering wheel motor, ABC and so on.
My Corvair was more reliable
After many years of driving MBZ, I'm finished.
#776 of 786 Re: SL500 disappointment [ziliox]
Apr 22, 2011 (5:43 pm)
hi, i just purchased an 03 sl500 and it has the same problem as you described ( not getting out of first gear ) also (abc esp)lights are going crazy... i was wondering if you could tell me how you fixed those problems .. thank you