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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-20-2013, 08:48 AM Thread Starter
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Looking at purchasing a 2003, 2004 or 2005 SL500. Any advice out there? I see the 2003 has the 5 speed transmission and the 04 and 05 have the 7 speed, it's the only differences I see out there?? Also the 03 was the first year for the model change. Does anyone have any advice, it would be much appreciated,

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I personally would stay away from any early 230 car. they had too many issues with some very expensive systems....mostly abc systems...pump, valve blocks, control units, struts...not to mention the 10 warranty on the sbc system is already or soon to be gone. sbc on a 230 ran from 2003-2007.just my .02
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My 03 Sl500's only problem has been the battery dying when sitting for long periods of time. Mine feels slow though, the 7 speed might help with that.
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