Front thrust arm and control arm bushings can crack and sometimes tear completely. If this is not repaired quickly, damage to the front subframe unit will occur, which is very expensive to repair. Updated control arms (that prevent damage to the subframe when the bushings wear out) are available.
Front Thrust Arm and Control Arm Bushing Can Crack or Tear on Mercedes-Benz SL500
Average mileage: 57,000 (57,000–57,000)
6 people reported this problem
2003 Mercedes-Benz SL500 57,000 mi, Visitor
Both front bushings ripped. They are integrated into a larger component, thereby requiring the replacement of the component rather than just the bushing. Another major design flaw in the car. Further, soft, liquid filled bushing to soften the rid is a ridiculous concept for an 8 cylinder sports car. Merc design engineers are out to lunch.