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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,636 miles

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2003 Mercedes-Benz SL500 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2003 Mercedes-Benz SL500 Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 072015


  • 55,000 miles


Abc system failure.

- Plymouth, CA, USA

problem #2

Aug 032011

SL500 8-cyl

  • 49,909 miles
Gear shift mechanism stuck in park. Can not shift gears or can not move car creating a dangerous possibility of an accident.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #1

Apr 022011

SL500 8-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Our 2003 Mercedes-Benz SL500 became stuck in park and could not get out of park despite a variety of recommended attempts (turning key to on but not starting and pumping brakes, etc.). it was towed to the dealership and is currently being repaired for about $1300. From researching on the internet I see this is a common problem with this model car and may be due to a single plastic part in the shifter which is associated with the vehicle anti-theft system (interlock?). apparently the replacement part is heavier duty - may be aluminum not plastic (?). not sure why the whole shifter needs replacing vs. The single plastic part.

- Bel Air, MD, USA

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