2003 Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG Reviews
2003 Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG Reviews and Owner Comments
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The most unreliable car I've ever owned. Here is the abbreviated version of my car's failure list since I purchased it with 42K miles about 2 years ago (now about 60K miles): Supercharger pulley bearings broke, idler pulley bearings broke, closure panel for folding hardtop failed (other roof closure trim broke and came off), ABC suspension has failed and required major work twice, shifter has failed and required replacement, transmission fluid leaks from sensor connection,engine temperature sensor failed, washer fluid leaks from fluid level sensor, shroud inside rear wheel well has broken twice(never in an accident), roof lifting button inside trunk (when roof is stowed) has failed and required replacement, various trim pieces have cracked and or rattle regularly. All this and much more in a car with less than 60K miles. INSANELY UNRELIABLE AND THE MANUFACTURER COULDN'T CARE LESS. Stick with japanese vehicles. They seem to take more pride in the quality and reliability of their vehicles.
We loved ours, until it spontaneosly set itself on fire two weeks ago-July 2012. It had not been driven in a week and was parked in a garage when an electrical fire occurred behind the passenger side and smoldered the interior. Luckily, someone happened to be in the garage and noticed it at 2AM and called the fire department. No one was injured and only our car was severely damaged. Still waiting to find out more!
Very strong drivetrain. Issues are with electronics and accessories, particularly Active Body Control. Shame the rest of the car isn't a great as the engine and transmission, but it still is a wonderful beast! It's a completely different car from the standard SL with the non-supercharged engine.
Car is amazing in every way power Handling looks , however its like maintaining a high performance race car which i guess it some what is. Just disappointing thought Mercedes made a more reliable vehicle In a period of 6 months my hydrolic suspension puked all over my driveway and the car dropped to the floor then the motor mounts went and the car felt like it was going to break apart. then the constant ever raging battle with the check engine light. just be prepared to write extremely large checks on a consistent basis.