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5.4

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,800 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2004 Mercedes-Benz SL500 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2004 Mercedes-Benz SL500 Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 042012

SL500

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Something called an abc pump and block has failed and car drops down on frame. Spent $3200 on the pump to drive 2 months before they want $3800 to repair the valve block. Both times the vehicle drops and is dangerous to drive. This is in addition to a baffle coming loose in the gas tank that has metal bashing metal inside the gas cell.

- Conroe, TX, USA

problem #3

Apr 022011

SL500

  • 64,000 miles
I received a bas/esp malfunction on my steering wheel. This is the second tire monitor that has failed on this car. I have contacted Mercedes and notified them of the problem. They have offered no assistance in repairing this safety/mechanical failure. This car should not have these sensors going bad this quickly.

- Dumfries, VA, USA

problem #2

Jan 072008

SL500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,200 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Mercedes Benz SL500. While driving approximately 10 mph, the brakes failed. The contact drove the vehicle up a hill in order to stop and then pulled into his driveway. The dealer was notified. The current and failure mileages were 3,200.

- Columbus, GA, USA

problem #1

Dec 012004

SL500

  • miles
Recall campaign: Recall 2004 050014 notice received for defective sensotronic brake. The service dealer computers disengaged the consumers braking system, therefore the vehicle was inoperable. 2004 Mercedes Benz SL500 roadster.

- Mitchellville, MD, USA

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