hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,333 miles

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2003 Mercedes-Benz SL500 steering problems

steering problem

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2003 Mercedes-Benz SL500 Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 132015


  • 66,000 miles


Driving along the freeway at 65 mph when the whole front left side drops to within inches off the ground!! Mercedes is well aware of this lemon feature on there vehicle and is some how still allowed to sell them in the us, much less not do a damn thing about the lemons they have sold.

- Marina Del Rey, CA, USA

problem #2

Oct 032014

SL500 8-cyl

  • 69,998 miles
There is an epidemic of this power steering / hydraulic tandem pump and possibly other models at approximately 70,000 miles malfunctions and starts to leak and spread up to three quarts of hydraulic fluid on the engine that could cause a fire potential, slipping of belts, loss of steering / suspension on hydraulic balanced cars, and then drip toxic fluids on the highway causing other potential safety issues.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #1

Mar 242012

SL500 8-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
I was driving on the freeway when the idler pulley simply fell off the front of the engine. Obviously, the belt came off too. The vehicle was hard to control since the power steering stopped working. Additionally, breaking effort increased, stability control malfunctioned, and a few other non-essential systems became inoperable.

- Houston, TX, USA

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