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Old 01-21-2008, 11:10 AM
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Need advice on 2003 SL55

I'm seriously considering buying an 03 SL55, 14k miles, almost every possible option (keyless, park- and distronic, pano roof, etc) .. near flawless condition in/out

... BUT ...

when I looked at the Carfax report I saw it was in the shop 5 times in the first 6 months (2600 miles) "service", a couple of which mentioned the electrical system. Then 5 more times in the next year (up to 8000 miles).

The 2nd/3rd owner(s) kept the car up to 13.5K miles and Carfax is not reporting any service history.

I've heard the SL's have had reliability problems and there were many dealer buybacks (particularly in 03 for both SL and E classes) and lots of electrical issues. I've also heard that if you get a good one it's a really great car, but if you get a bad one you're in for headaches and a very close relationship with your mechanic.

If you had a "bad one", which this seemed to be the first 1.5 years, can it be "fixed" and made into a "good one"???

Any thoughts, advice, personal experiences would be greatly appreciated!

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