pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,333 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 #3

Jun 102008


  • 25,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Mercedes Benz SL500. Whenever the contact attempts to use the trunk, the trunk lid falls immediately back down. This prevents him from being able to use the trunk at all. Prior to the failure, the contact noticed that the trunk lid would slightly fall when placed in the upright position. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealer. The current mileage was 35,300 and failure mileage was 25,000.

- Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

problem #2

Dec 202003


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The trunk lid on my new 2003 Mercedes Benz S-430 opens at a high rate of speed and knocked a package from my wife's hands missing her face by a second.

- Palm Beach Gardens, FL, USA

problem #1

Jan 072003


  • miles
I was recently looking at the purchase of a 2003 Mercedes-Benz S class sedan and was reviewing the features to order. One of the options was a "trunk closer". the dealer had a unit in stock which had this option and I had its operation demonstrated. Much to my surpise, it did not have an automatic reverse nor shutoff for obstructions. The salesman was unable to address my concerns over this dangerous and flawed design. As a physician and father of a four year old child, I feel an obligation to draft this complaint in an attempt to prevent a serious injury or death. I will also forward this to Mercedes-Benz as well. Thank you.

- Columbus, OH, USA

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