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1997 Mercedes-Benz SL500

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1997 Mercedes-Benz SL500 Problems

Miscellaneous -- Verified

As vehicles age, various problems may develop with the hard and soft tops. If problems are encountered, it would be recommended to have a technician familiar with these tops perform the diagnoses.

Drive Train -- Verified

Leaks may develop from the differential cover and/or seals on high mileage or older vehicles. Our technicians recommend a complete reseal of the differential unit if these leaks are addressed.

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

The lower control arm bushings can wear and crack, resulting excessive movement at the control arm pivot point, leading to irregular and premature tire wear. Worn Ball joints can also cause similar tire wear symptoms. I some cases it may be necessary to replace the lower control arm, including bushings & ball joint to correct this concern.

Brakes -- Verified

As brake fluid becomes dirty over time, it can cause a failure of the anti-lock brake system (ABS) modulator assembly. Our technicians recommend a complete brake system flush every two years to help prevent this issue.

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

One or more of the following steering linkage components may wear prematurely;  tie rod ends, drag link, or idler arm. Our technicians remind us the wheel alignment should be checked and adjusted if any of these items are replaced.

1997 Mercedes-Benz SL500 Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., January 18, 2000


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1997 Mercedes-Benz SL500 Questions and Answers

eddennis, 1997 Mercedes-Benz SL500, Saint Simons Island, GA

Why doesn't this review deal with common problems for a model year instead a listing every possible problem that has occurred in the series history. This review is useless as systems are chan...

eddennis, 1997 Mercedes-Benz SL500, Saint Simons Island, GA

Why do you recommend replacement of 16 spark plugs?

Visitor, 1997 Mercedes-Benz SL500, Canon City, CO

Recently I had to have the heater core replaced. They took the whole dash apart to do this. When they put it back together, the whole instrument cluster failed. I get blinking light or no readings ...

fruchtman1, 1997 Mercedes-Benz SL500, Long Branch, NJ

bat went dead, top was down, now top only goes 1/2 way up

Bubbajames, 1997 Mercedes-Benz SL500, Atlanta, GA

reverse works and first gear but wont shift to other gears

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1997 Mercedes-Benz SL500 Reviews

I bought this from the first owner who put a whopping 55,000 miles on it in 15 years. The biggest problem showed up after I got it home and removed the hardtop-the pillar cylinders started leaking. [Tow #1]. I had all 12 replaced and so far, so good. This was likely because the owner did not remove the hardtop and exercise the convertible top. I had another incident when the instruments died and the brake lights ceased working. After I replaced fuses twice, MB towed it in [#2], gave me a loaner and repaired the problem-the insulation on some of the wires for the 3rd brake light were worn and causing the short. This car is beautifully styled, handles great and runs like a rocket.

Love it.. Fast, Sleek, Low, Lots of torque and the hardtop/softtop combo is a win in any situation.

1997 SL500 40th Anniversary Roadster.

57K miles runs great. Love the torque 347lbs.
A very safe car to drive, lots of safety features. At 135mph it is as stable as 40mph.

Replaced headlight wiper motor about 45K. Only expenses have been tires, battery, and regular maintenance.

Very economical car to own and drive. I get 27mpg on the highway at 65mph, 18-20 in town.
Maintenance is about the same as my 2003 Lexus IS300, and much less than my Porsch 968.

Would recommend to anyone wanting a safe, quality auto at a low used car price ($12-18K in 2010) considering the quality, reliability and curb appeal of a M-B.


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