Hard/Soft Tops May Develop Problems Due to Age on Mercedes-Benz SL500

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.

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Average mileage: 96,363 (7,880–220,000)
12 model years affected: 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, more1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006
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top and windows do not operate. top light button flashes but nothing happens. car was stored, battery dead
1995 Mercedes-Benz SL500 110,000 mi,
Soft Top stopped in mid-cycle (while trying to put up) now the top is out but wont latch down, and windows won't roll up (which I wouldnt figure they would since it's in the middle of a cycle)
hyd oil leaking on drivers side dripping down sunvisor arm-not fixed- to fix replace hyraulic cylinder located in upper windshield frame that locks the tops down
Fluid leaks from visor area when activating top. FIXED!
2000 Mercedes-Benz SL500 84,000 mi,
CONVERTIBLE WILL NOT GO UP OR DOWN WINDOWS TOO
1999 Mercedes-Benz SL500 150,000 mi,
top and windows do not operate. top light button flashes but nothing happens.
my hard top soft top light an chimes stay on all the time with the hard on with the soft on ok light an chimes go out that ok.i have not fixed it i want answer george. georgedickson18@yahoo.com
2000 Mercedes-Benz SL500 32,000 mi,
soft top will not go up.
1999 Mercedes-Benz SL500 150,830 mi,
The soft top has problems going down and up.
1997 Mercedes-Benz SL500 100,000 mi,
top will not unlock lt side ( unlock manually) top will go down --- on way up top stops half way up
1995 Mercedes-Benz SL500 55,500 mi,
Had hydraulic leak in trunk from top actuators. Took it to the dealer, who wanted $7500 (!!!) to fix 5 of the 12 cylinders. Uh, no! I paid $6300 for the car. So, what to do... Did some investigation and found a place online (mbseals.com) that will provide you with the appropriate polyeurathane seals and nitrile o-rings to replace within the actuator cylinders. They are $275 plus shipping for all 12 cylinder kits. There is also a place in Oregon (Top Hydraulics) that will refurbish your cylinders for up to $550 for all 12. You have to remove all of them and ship them to Oregon (not sure what that costs. So, after some thinking, I have decided to do them myself. It will be a long job to replace all 12 but I am going to give it a shot. I'll let you know how it goes. If anyone else has any info, it would be greatly appreciated.
2005 Mercedes-Benz SL500 50,400 mi,
Car has been in dealership currently & NUMEROUS times before with roof alignment issues consequently breaking off cover flaps &/or stuck during roof open/closure cycle
willow and alarm,hard top willn't work no power for the hard top to come off.
Soft Top stopped in mid-cycle (while trying to put up) now the top is out but wont latch down, and windows won't roll up (which I wouldnt figure they would since it's in the middle of a cycle)
1999 Mercedes-Benz SL500 115,000 mi,
Went to take off hard top and fluid started to leak from driver side at the visor. Went to put top back on and will lock completly at rear
2004 Mercedes-Benz SL500 138,500 mi,
Leaking hydraulic cylinder, passender side.
2000 Mercedes-Benz SL500 85,000 mi,
Wont latch or unlatch light flashes
2001 Mercedes-Benz SL500 7,880 mi,
The convertible top will unlatch but not go down, and the auto locks do not work
Having problem getting the hard top to come off.
1999 Mercedes-Benz SL500 144,000 mi,
Power soft top won't retract