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: 92,842 (22,000–201,000)
11 model years affected: 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, more1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006
40 people reported this problem
27 people shared problem details
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
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Fluid leaks from visor area when activating top. FIXED!
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top and windows do not operate. top light button flashes but nothing happens. car was stored, battery dead
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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)
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top and windows do not operate. top light button flashes but nothing happens.
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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
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willow and alarm,hard top willn't work no power for the hard top to come off.
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soft top will not go up.
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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.
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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
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Wont latch or unlatch light flashes
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top will not unlock lt side ( unlock manually) top will go down --- on way up top stops half way up
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Hydraulic cylinder for top leaking Left elbow top cylinder What is labor cost to relace If I furnished replacement cylinder
Top will only go so far down, had the same drip of hydrolic fluid at the visor.
top sticks half way up and will not close
Had a mechanic rebuild the rams
Soft top came up half way as usual and stopped. I got it to go back down by activating the down direction enough times (it only moved a couple of inches at a time) to get back to full down.
almost all of the seals started leaking
soft top goes uu, to close about 33 45 % stops have to force it the rest balance toc close and leck etc...
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