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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-21-2008, 01:20 PM Thread Starter
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Is the 2003-2008 SL class a quality vehicle

I have had my 2005 SL500 for 8 days now and I LOVE IT.

Having said that I do not have the confidence in it that I have had in past mercedes I have owned or the 6 Corvettes I have had in tha last 7 years.

Corvettes Have always been my "toy" car. The SL500 is now that. We also have a 2003 E320 which we have had for 4 years and I have never had to make one repair on it outside of regular maintenance, Oil, Brake Pads, Etc. Same with our 1998 E320 which we have had for 6 years and the only thing outside of regular maintenance has been a brake stop switch a few years ago

I never worried about my corvettes all of them have been literally bulletproof from bumper to bumper.

The SL500 i bought literally looks like no one ever even sat in it let alone drove it it is mint with a capital M. I have a Platinum Plus ext warranty thru Mercury Insurance for 3 more years up to 100k miles. This week the dealer replaced at their expense the motor mounts (One had collapsed) and the tranny mount and one of the convertiable top pieces (One of the flaps that fold into the inside of the trunk lid when the top is down)

The car drives great although the dealer mentioned to me that one of the struts (The right front) is starting to leak, He said it would last a few years (I don't belive this) before needing replacement and i saw the cost on this and it is rediculous. Also that is one of 12 items not covered by my bumper to bumper exlusionary warranty. The dealer said the car looks perfect outside of that. I bought it in FL and this is the Dealer in NC that gave it a comphrehensive inspection

I would take either our 99 or 03 E class anywhere in the country without thinking twice. I know it is probably becase i jsut got it but i do not have a lot of confidence in my SL. Why are motor mounts failing in 3 years and why is a strut already starting to fail.

I love this car. Please tell me something good about the vehicles. The dealer here said the SL is one of the most troble free cars they sell. They said the E was the worst but that is not my experience so far.

Don't get me wrong this car is phenomenal I just want to be able to enjoy it without haveing a worrying vice int he back of my mind.

What kind of luck have you had with these cars?????


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Hey Robert,
Well i dont have many posts here but the info from the boards are great. I purchased a used SL 500 (2003) in March last year and just had a similar issue. The dealer checked out the ride and gave it a okay with the same leaking strut comment shouldnt be a issue and it wasnt for about 15k more miles then the ABC pump failed. 3gs later the car is running great i purchased as a toy as well i sold my street bike and BMW to upgrade to this car. We also have a 07 ml that is great

Overall my vote would be in great regard. I didnt expect any issue with the car that sever but even with the cost i love the car and would purchase it again knowing it would need a ABC pump next month!!!

great car and fun

Bought it with 68k one lease owner before me 3yrs
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You are truly lucky if you have an 03 E320 that hasn't had any major issues. That is an a anomaly that goes all the statistical evidence. I'm sure it will not continue to be trouble free as time progresses and the mileage increases. How many miles does it have on it now?

The 05 SL500 is not a wildly unreliable vehicle, but it isn't that reliable either. Between 2003-06, the vehicles were not built to $90k standards and the electronics were trouble. In 2007, the vehicle received a face lift, which corrected many of the existing issues and increased the build quality. I would hold onto the vehicle no longer than the existing warranty period, unless you like spending lots out of pocket.
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