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[?]I made the "Leap to Lexus" last spring in order to enjoy "The Ultimate Pursuit of Perfection" and purchased an SC 430. Beautiful workmanship, absolutely gorgeous interior and the worst service I have ever had in all the years of owning a car. I get more surveys than one would ever want, nice letters from the salesman and General Manager and service from Larry, Curly and Moe. I wont go into all of the details but the driver seat is literally crumbling under the weight of my 170 pound ass and the car has been exposed to horrible weather conditions (it has been in the rain 3 times and has acid rain spots). I am truly dissapointed and am going to get rid of the car after 1,850 miles.[V]

I own a number of other new and old collectible Mercedes and know that each model has its own set of problems. I also know that posting a question on this Forum is like asking the foxes to guard the hen house but here goes. How reliable have your SL's been and what are the problem areas. I have had more than my share of the electronic gremlins on the newer models (CL, S and CLK)that have ultimately been repaired and besides the inconvenience have not been a big issue.

I am looking at a run of the mill SL 500 fairly well equipped about $110,000 or an SL 55. Honest opinions and feedback please.

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Lets see, a leaking trunk, spots on wheels, stress crack on windshield, holes in the headrest, center console replaced, glove box would not open, and dealer cause damage.

Things break and I would not have mind these minor break downs, but because the way one dealer handle the problem made my experience very unpleasant. The Memphis dealer has been very good in taking responsibility in fixing things. I wont comment on the other dealer.

My 2004 SL500 has 13,000 miles and drives great.
 

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tiggerfink - 2/9/2005 10:50 PM

Lets see, a leaking trunk, spots on wheels, stress crack on windshield, holes in the headrest, center console replaced, glove box would not open, and dealer cause damage.

Things break and I would not have mind these minor break downs, but because the way one dealer handle the problem made my experience very unpleasant. The Memphis dealer has been very good in taking responsibility in fixing things. I wont comment on the other dealer.

My 2004 SL500 has 13,000 miles and drives great.
[:0]What a confidence builder. The Cavalier is looking better all the time[:eek:)]
 

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lkirchner - 2/9/2005 9:02 PM

tiggerfink - 2/9/2005 10:50 PM

Lets see, a leaking trunk, spots on wheels, stress crack on windshield, holes in the headrest, center console replaced, glove box would not open, and dealer cause damage.

Things break and I would not have mind these minor break downs, but because the way one dealer handle the problem made my experience very unpleasant. The Memphis dealer has been very good in taking responsibility in fixing things. I wont comment on the other dealer.

My 2004 SL500 has 13,000 miles and drives great.
[:0]What a confidence builder. The Cavalier is looking better all the time[:eek:)]
If you think that is a confidence builder you should hear my story. [:D][:D][:D]
 

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Lol, it's funny you should mention the Lexus SC 430. I was watching a review of it on TV the other day where they were going on about how really bad the car is. Anyway, I have the SL55 and have not had one problem to date. It has been one of the most reliable cars I have owned, and also the most enjoyable. [:)]
 

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cxt32 - 2/10/2005 4:55 AM

Lol, it's funny you should mention the Lexus SC 430. I was watching a review of it on TV the other day where they were going on about how really bad the car is. Anyway, I have the SL55 and have not had one problem to date. It has been one of the most reliable cars I have owned, and also the most enjoyable. [:)]
Dod ypu has the review of the sc430 or know where can I find info of it?
 

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No, i don't have it, I just saw it on TV. But basically, the conclusion was definately stay well away from it!
 

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RE: SL experience

LovinSL600 - 2/10/2005 12:06 AM

lkirchner - 2/9/2005 9:02 PM

tiggerfink - 2/9/2005 10:50 PM

Lets see, a leaking trunk, spots on wheels, stress crack on windshield, holes in the headrest, center console replaced, glove box would not open, and dealer cause damage.

Things break and I would not have mind these minor break downs, but because the way one dealer handle the problem made my experience very unpleasant. The Memphis dealer has been very good in taking responsibility in fixing things. I wont comment on the other dealer.

My 2004 SL500 has 13,000 miles and drives great.
[:0]What a confidence builder. The Cavalier is looking better all the time[:eek:)]
If you think that is a confidence builder you should hear my story. [:D][:D][:D]
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[:0]Please don't hold back.

Thnaks, Lou K
 

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Well now, you want feed back? You need to look around and read some of my posts! Although my gripes seem to be confined mostly to the stereo. I am otherwise quite happy with everything else about the vehicle. I am also very happy with my dealer. I am absolutely disgusted with MB!!!
 
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