Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,838 miles

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1998 Mercedes-Benz SL500 accessories - exterior problems

accessories - exterior problem

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1998 Mercedes-Benz SL500 Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 272016


  • 18,677 miles


Car was in motion on highway when thick dark black smoke became visible from the interior rear view mirror and dome light housing.

- Coto Laurel, PR, USA

problem #1

Dec 012014


  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Mercedes Benz SL500. The contact stated that the passenger headlamp wiper arm was misaligned. The contact noticed that the washer pump would run continuously expelling all available fluid. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 96V175000 (visibility). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 35,000.

- Belmont, CA, USA

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