I bought a 92 300 SL last August. So far, I've driven it about 1800 miles,
and I've spent $3000 fixing stuff, and I'm not done yet. Watch the
transmission...especially reverse. I don't know if the 500SL has the same
tranny as the 300, but my transmission guy says the reverse bands
deteriorate about every 100K miles on this year and model. Make sure the
A/C blows cold. Mine is in the shop for troubleshooting the A/C system
(leaking freon). I hope to God it isn't the evaporator ($3000 repair job).
Right now, I'm pretty frustrated with the car. Every time I want to drive
it, something new is broke. Definitely have a MB professional look it over
closely. Nothing is cheap to repair.
On the bright side, I love my car. I love driving it, I love looking at it.
I love the complements. I just don't love the reliability. Frankly, I
think MB should be ashamed of themselves for producing such unreliable cars.
I know because I had a 90 300E for 10 years, purchased brand new. Loved the
care, hated the repair bills.
Good Luck, Steve
Considering all MB cars are supposed to run about 10 years at a time for
each part you replace... it is no surprise that you need to replace alot of
The good news is once you replace that part... you are good for another 10
years... for all mechanical parts that are common replacement... common
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