definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,032 miles

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2004 Mercedes-Benz SL500 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2004 Mercedes-Benz SL500 Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 242010


  • 72,568 miles


2 weeks ago the shifter on the car started to get harder and harder to get out of park. Last week the car's shifter was stuck in park position and does not move. I had to tow the car to a mechanic and they have to replace the whole shifter.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #3

Jun 182008


  • 39,000 miles
The automatic transmission failed to upshift beyond third gear while driving down highway. Could only go 30mph as revs high. Had to take vehicle to dealer to repair transmission. Only 39,000 miles on car. Not abused.

- Harrisburg, PA, USA

problem #2

Apr 082005

SL500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,482 miles
On a major thoroughfare proceeding to accelerate and vehicle cut off while driving remaining hesitant when accelerating. Drove vehicle to dealership, test performed. It was determine that there was problem with the transmission. Parts ordered and vehicle repaired.

- Galloway Township, NJ, USA

problem #1

Mar 212005

SL500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,080 miles
Vehicle cut off while driving. Proceeded into an intersection, upon acceleration vehicle cut off, no breaks, no power steering. Vehicle was pushed across the road, eventually the vehicle started again and I drove it directly to the dealership. Service manager indicated after a test no problem at this time.

- Galloway Township, NJ, USA

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