I am new to this forum and this is my first post.
I am interested in purchasing a 2003 SL500 and was wondering if anyone had comments about the reliability of this car. I have trawlled through this website and have read quite a few comments.
I have a particular car in mind, this is the link to the carfax report.
CARFAX Vehicle History Report on WDBSK75F43F035181
This car was a rental and had undergone numerous servicings and had multiple items replaced, like seats, rear view mirror, a/c, computer... and the list goes on. Is it common for so many items to be replaced, and is it good news that it has already been carried out, or is it an indication that the vehicle was abused and even with so many items changed, the likelihood that something else is going to break is high?
Also, this item "engine/powertrain computer/module" was checked on almost every visit. Is it common or is there something wrong?
This car has fairly low miles for an 03 model, but is that a good indication, given that it was a rental? I figured 50,000 miles at 3K RPM by a private owner is better than 23,000 miles at 8K RPM because all the people that leased it wanted to see how fast this thing would go.
I had also noticed that the car was taken in for servicing 3 times in 4 months. This certainly is not normal. Is this a concern?
Are there any major upgrades that were made in later versions of the SL that would warrant giving this car a miss? I read that the 05 versions had most of the defects of the 03 rectified, but if the 03 had already been done by during servicing, is this still a concern?
Thanks so much for your comments and opinions.