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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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,000 miles

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2003 Mercedes-Benz SL500 body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2003 Mercedes-Benz SL500 Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 212013


  • 74,000 miles


I own a 2003 Mercedes Benz SL500. Like most owners of this vehicle, the baffle moves freely within the gas tank which causes a noise and is potential dangerous if a spark is created from the baffle hitting the inside walls of the gas tank. From my research it is a manufacture issue with the welding of the baffle to the internal wall of the gas tank. There is a tremendous amount of complaints and threads on Mercedes forums. Please follow link to see all complaints. It is poor customer service and accountability from Mercedes Benz usa to not recall the issue. There is over 20 pages of complaints regarding this issue at this link:

- Berkeley, CA, USA

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