sl500 anything to look out for?

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  1. Dazzler

    Dazzler Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Thinking of buying the above, 2003 model. Anything to be aware of?
     
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    Yup.

    In no particular order:

    Check service history - services should be 1 year to 18 months apart (typically)
    Make sure all electrics work including comforts seat if fitted
    Check all four struts for leaks / misting
    Check roof works (at least twice)
    The longer the MOT the better - front lower balljoints at that age are a possible - check advisories
    Check boot floor (right at bottom) for dampness.
    Check foam housing for PSE is dry
    Check (as best you can) carpets are dry including behind seats
    Raise/lower ABS several times
    Check rear wheel arches (very inside edges) for rust.

    Struts are £1300+ per corner
    PSE pump £800
    Leaks to boot are easy fix
    Wheel arches assuming not severe (mild rust is the norm) easy fix
     
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    Yup....avoid 230's :eek: get a 129:D
     
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    Keep it all in perspective though - most posts here about R230s are the same as most posts about any other model - they are from people with problems. For every one of them, there will be hundreds, probably thousands with no problems!

    If the R230 goes wrong it can be expensive as I mentioned above. They are not anything like as bad as their reputation would have you believe. I'm on my third. I've been driving them for a total of 7 years and I'm not a masochist!
     
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    Hm...I'm guessing that there are more and older 129's on the road; and just from memory on this board there seem to be more posts about dodgy 230's than their elegant elder counterparts. Given the volumes, I think 230's are over-represented. Still as in most things, people have different views.
     
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    I wouldn't argue with that although a couple of observations (which may be quite wrong): 129s are indeed lovely but round here, 230s are not uncommon whereas 129s are quite rare. Add to that the fact (again I may be wrong) that owners of 129s are less likely to need technical advice from a forum like this as they are not as complicated to work on as the over-engineered, over-complicated (and over-priced for parts) R230.
     
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    I owned a 2003 SL 500. Obviously no labour costs involved in repairs. Still managed to swipe me for thousands in 1 year to 18 months.
     
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    Sounds like you've convinced yourself ....................that 129 is the way to go

    :D:D:D
     
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    In which case I've worded my responses badly :rolleyes:
     
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    You worded it...:D
     
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    I also answered the OPs specific question
     
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    Pull your horns in. It was banter. God this place is soooooo bloody scratchy these days.:mad:
     
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    Thanks for all the replies. Im going to have to have a rethink, maybe another ç32 then!
     
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    C32..... with all their problems...... :p
     
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    Don't be silly. All cars have their problems.
    The SL is packed with features and technologies so by its nature something will go wrong on a percentage of products. It's the same with anything you buy. If you buy a lotus Elise then you wont ever have problem with electric windows because it doesn't have them so you won't read bad reviews on that topic - just for example.
    You like the SL I assume for the looks, so it's just a case of if your heart rules your head.
    The good thing is all problems can pretty much be diagnosed by searching the net and most indies have a huge amount of knowledge on these cars.
    The SL350 doesn't have hydraulic struts. The struts are an expensive part so the sl350 could be a compromise.
     
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