Hard/soft Tops May Develop Problems Due to Age on Mercedes-Benz SL320

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.

RepairPal Verified
Average mileage: 87,000 (87,000–87,000)
4 model years affected: 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997
7 people reported this problem
Get Your Car Fixed at a RepairPal Certified Shop.
We certify shops based on expertise, quality work, and verified customer reviews
Viewing 1 - 2 of 2 problem details
I had to replace all 12 of the hydraulic cylinders on the soft top. Last fall (2013) I had a massive failure when one of the cylinders seals burst and shot hydraulic fluid all over the soft top well. This froze the top in an up position. Needless to say the repairs were expensive, the refurbished cylinders were $100 each and the labor was $1,000. OUCH
1994 Mercedes-Benz SL320 87,000 mi,
fluid leak from convertible strut cylinder