hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,499 miles

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2003 Mercedes-Benz SL500 engine problems

engine problem

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2003 Mercedes-Benz SL500 Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 182015


  • 86,998 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Mercedes Benz SL500. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph, she smelled smoke coming from the engine. The contact stated that the abc and stop vehicle too low warning lights illuminated. The contact mentioned that while driving, the front end of the vehicle started to scrape the ground. The contact was able to pull the vehicle over and noticed that it was leaking fluid. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. It was unknown if the vehicle was diagnosed but the vehicle has not been repaired. The contact stated that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 07V263000 (engine and engine cooling, suspension). The dealer informed the contact that the vehicle also showed failure signs of NHTSA campaign: 05V133000 (service brakes, hydraulic). The failure mileage was 86,998.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 012013


  • 64,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Mercedes Benz sl 500. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled while driving over a water puddle. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic who replaced the oil pan, valve cover, and engine. The VIN was not available. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 64,000.

- Denver , CO, USA

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