BenzWorld Senior Member
Date registered: Nov 2009
Vehicle: 2010 SL63 AMG, 2001 SL500, 2012 Corvette Z06, 2013 Lexus RX350, 2012 Cadillac CTS Coupe, 2015 Ram
Location: Calgary, AB, Canada
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My 01 SL500 has about 92,000 (miles). The interior, exterior and mechanical are all like new. Everything works perfectly, except in the last year I have noticed a little bit of oil at the bottom of the bell housing. I think it is coming from the rear seal. It is not enough to have ever dripped on the floor of the garage, but when I have it up on the parking lift, I will wipe it off if I see it. (maybe it has been occurring longer than I know, because I only noticed it after I installed parking lifts in my garage and could see underneath the car.)
I have replaced the soft top, brake pads and rotors, strut mounts, valve cover gaskets, and fixed other minor things. An expensive repair that I outsourced was the A/C, but that is expensive no matter what make of car. I love how easy this car is to work on. The technicians must have had a say in the design, not just the engineers and accountants.
It was originally sold new somewhere in California, and since I have owned it, it usually only comes out in nice weather, and hibernates in the garage over winter. So it is only getting 3-4k new miles per year. Driving a car occasionally is better for it than storing it for months at a time, but not compared to road salt, sand (more like gravel) and increased chance of collisions that come with icy city roads.