2003 Mercedes-Benz SL 500 5.0 V8


Fantastically beautiful, but don't buy one unless you have deep pockets


Glove box failure - adjustment required.

Torque converter failed along with the entire transmission - complete rebuild required from specialist at a cost of Euro 2700 (after paying Mercedes dealer 800 euros for gearbox oil change and valve plate.

Rear wheel arch rust bubbles - done by Mercedes independent specialist.

SBC module "expired" - replaced by Mercedes dealer at a cost of 2000 euros.

Roof misalignment broke black plastic strips either side of the rear screen - cost 400 euros from an indie.

General Comments:

Beautiful. Not overly powerful. Looks a million dollars. However it's massively expensive to run - I have spent thousands and thousands of euros on this car - probably something like 7000 euros since I bought it.

The SBC pump thing, which cost me 2k, is a joke - it basically "expires" - doesn't break down, just NEEDS replacing due to the number of brake applications - dash says it's unsafe to drive the car. Yes I know you can buy a module from eBay which cancels it, but sorry I am not risking my life and others too driving a 2 ton car which just might have complete brake failure.

Despite all of the above, I love it dearly though!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 28th February, 2016