Is the sl500 reliable?

Asked by Nov 08, 2014 at 08:57 PM about the 2005 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL500

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Yes. Just expensive to maintain.

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Michael Kane

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SL's from all years are absolutely fun to drive cars. However, they can be very expensive to maintain. You can find 20yr models that the owners just did normal service on and never had a problem. Then there are fairly new models that have just eaten an owners bank account up. The ones that are driven regularly and have been maintained well (oil, brake and transmission fluid changes) seem to be the most trouble free - regardless of age and mileage. The local MB dealer says the most expensive repairs come from SL's that have been driven very little and sit for long periods of time. An MB product is built to be run every day.

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I have since 2012, no problems yet. Has 141,000 miles, weekend warrior!

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