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2003 Mercedes-Benz SL500 Reviews and Owner Comments

 
2003 Mercedes-Benz SL500
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2003 Mercedes-Benz SL500 Owner Reviews (11 reviews)
  • 2003 Mercedes-Benz SL500
    Visitor, Kingsport, TN, November 21, 2013 17:32
    this car is a problem to the extent I would NEVER consider another Mercedes, at any price. they are junk. Batteries, top, Brake light, you name it. JUNK
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  • 2003 Mercedes-Benz SL500
    solo6, Rocky Mount, NC, April 19, 2013 14:43
     Rookie
    JUST PURCHASED MY 2003 SL-500 W/49,000 MILES JULY 2012....SINCE HAVE REPLACED A ABS/SBC/AND NOW THE ABC NEEDS REPLACED ..THEY DIDN'T TELL ME THAT MY WALLET HAD A PUMP IN IT ..LOVE THE CAR BUT TOTALLY DISSAPOINTED IN THE CUSTOMER SATISFACTION....MERCEDES YOU HAVE LET ME DOWN ! IF YOU BUY A MERCEDES YOUR REPAIR BILLS IS MORE THAN YOUR PAYMENTS!
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  • 2003 Mercedes-Benz SL500
    Chris Leger, North Richland Hills, TX, January 29, 2013 17:19
     Enthusiast
    Bought this 2003 Mercedes SL500 from Earth Motors in Addison Texas in June of 2010 with 44000 miles on it. After spending over 7000K in lest than 18 months I finally " threw in the towel" and traded it in for another car ( a Passat) . This car had numerous expensive issues and I would not recommend anyone else subjecting themselves to this type of experience. Should have bought it from a Mercedes dealership with an extended warrantly.
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  • 2003 Mercedes-Benz SL500
    Visitor, Fullerton, CA, January 24, 2013 17:06
    Bought this car one year old in 2004 with 7k miles on it. Has been a fairly good ride. Lots of fun when it isn't cost you at every turn. If you buy this car, set up a saving account to cover all the consistent costs. Good luck
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  • 2003 Mercedes-Benz SL500
    Visitor, Littleton, CO, November 16, 2012 10:16
    Worse car I have ever owned. Something on it breaks at least once a month sometimes more. I've owned it almost a year and have put maybe 6k miles on it and have spent about 12k on maintenance. She's like a hot super model, beautiful to look at, fun to ride but every time I get in her she cost me money.
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  • 2003 Mercedes-Benz SL500
    Visitor, Lubbock, TX, November 02, 2012 16:42
    Well, I purchased my SL500 new in 2003 and it has not had any issues. I just have it periodically serviced with the A and B schedules. You guys must have purchased vehicles that had a hard life.
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  • 2003 Mercedes-Benz SL500
    Visitor, Ada, MI, October 17, 2012 18:34
    I bought this car with 55000 miles, by the time it hit 61000 ils,I have to replace the transmission gear box. It won't shift from Park to R-N-D any one of this positions,it costs $650 to put a new gear-shift box in. NOW,on Oct 1 2012, with 67000 ils; you know what!!! It blew the hydraulic line under the car,all the hydraulic fluid leaking out,it cost $1700 to get it fixed. In order to keep this car under good driving condition,you might have to put $10000 on the side in case something happens. If you thinking to get one DON'T,take my word
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  • 2003 Mercedes-Benz SL500
    Visitor, Ellenwood, GA, July 27, 2012 11:46
    Bought this car from dealer, Car Checks was clear, no major problem. This car is a money pit, $6,000.00 for suspension system rebuild, $3,000.00 for vaule clatter and oil leaks from vavle covers,$4,000.00 to replace Catalitic converter system witch caused leaks of the main seal and oil pan. $ 500.00 to replace belt tensioner which desentigrated one week after receiving car from shop.All of this whitin one year and 6,000 miles, I,m afaid to drive this car out of town and feel I have been gouged by the dealer simply be cause I have insurance.
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  • 2003 Mercedes-Benz SL500
    Visitor, Buford, GA, August 04, 2011 11:22
    Nothing but problems. I own that car for 8 months. It has 65000 miles and I had to put 8000.00$ in repairs in. Now it has to go back to fix the sbc system cost 1600.00$. Who knows what comes next, Its not funny any more. I can't bring it to a reg. mechanic only Merc.dealer can fix it.
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  • 2003 Mercedes-Benz SL500
    Visitor, Madison, AL, March 02, 2011 14:11
    Car is very fun to drive - handling, acceleration, and braking are all superior. Mercedes styling is second to none. Bought the car 9 months ago with 55,000 miles. No mechanical problems to date. Brakes have occasional squeak which dealer attributes to metallic pads. Bought a full warranty for peace of mind.
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  • 2003 Mercedes-Benz SL500
    Visitor, East Northport, NY, August 22, 2010 16:26
    THIS CAR BLOWS!! and i dont mean like a supercharger....nothing but problems on an 03 with 44k miles from private dealer: 1)battery control module = replaced 2)200amp "pre-fuse" = replaced 3)gas tank = needs to be replaced (spot weld baffle breaks and starts making clanging noise) 4)motor mount BROKEN = needs to be replaced 5)brakes wore down in 5000 iles = replaced 6) moisture causes ESP, ABS & BAS lights to illuminate for afew minutes..when its humid out (twice already) 7)roadster top failed to operate = fixed by pushing in micro-switch on both sides of roof from inside trunk ALL THIS IN LESS THAN 2 MONTHS!!!!!!!!! mercedes service SUCKS and wont stand behind any manufacturers defect
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