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07-07-2019, 02:21 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,461
Posted By Utopia Texas

Enjoy while you can. I believe a day is coming...

Enjoy while you can. I believe a day is coming soon where 8 cylinder engines will not be offered on any vehicles......
07-04-2019, 06:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 704
Posted By Utopia Texas

Thought the current SL is a wonderful niche car...

Thought the current SL is a wonderful niche car for some of us it is not considered anything special by the general public. Were not the recent sales figures for 2018 less than 1500 units sold in the...
07-03-2019, 04:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 704
Posted By Utopia Texas

I am more curious as to how many of the new model...

I am more curious as to how many of the new model SL’s sell in the U.S. with the 4 seat configuration and a soft top. So glad I bought my ‘17 when I did because from my standpoint it will be my last....
07-02-2019, 06:17 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 986
Posted By Utopia Texas

Ok, Does this qualify?...

Ok, Does this qualify? https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbworld.org-vbulletin/490x337/684b7c3e_83e8_423c_9d6e_16afbf0ca690_ac95fecfc83388c474b6f01bcd5035da6ecbab04.jpeg...
06-12-2019, 11:02 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 589
Posted By Utopia Texas

Second Skin Design.....

Started by Porsche but will be available to anyone. Price should come down as competition enters the market. Any color and any design can be created and added to any car. Stripes to full color...
05-29-2019, 08:39 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,139
Posted By Utopia Texas

I went from a SL550 to the SL450 because I...

I went from a SL550 to the SL450 because I personally thought the SL450 handled better on the curve prone back roads I like to drive. Price makes no difference to me. I pay cash for my vehicles and...
05-27-2019, 03:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,199
Posted By Utopia Texas

In my opinion Mercedes dropped the ball so to...

In my opinion Mercedes dropped the ball so to speak on original mileage recommendations for flushing out the ABC systems. I bought my 2008 SL550 used in 2013 with 35k on the odometer and the supposed...
05-23-2019, 12:21 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 10,072
Posted By Utopia Texas

Is AOC driving a S Class yet!? LOL

Is AOC driving a S Class yet!? LOL
05-23-2019, 12:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 767
Posted By Utopia Texas

That was probably my post, happened on my 2017. ...

That was probably my post, happened on my 2017. Under warranty MB replaced the whole top of the center unit including both long doors. Service guy said springs were impossible to replace so it...
05-21-2019, 11:12 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,649
Posted By Utopia Texas

That is hilarious! The unit is $25 but the...

That is hilarious! The unit is $25 but the “expert” installation option is $250 !!!
05-08-2019, 04:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,510
Posted By Utopia Texas

LOL, Have you priced OEM windshield wiper blades?

LOL, Have you priced OEM windshield wiper blades?
04-26-2019, 07:29 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 10,072
Posted By Utopia Texas

I assume how much a S Class is noticed is also...

I assume how much a S Class is noticed is also determined by where you live. Here in the Metropolitan Houston, Texas area we have 5 Mercedes Dealerships and seeing them on the road is quite common....
04-25-2019, 09:53 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 10,072
Posted By Utopia Texas

No, Just my opinion gleened from others I discuss...

No, Just my opinion gleened from others I discuss automobiles with on a regular basis. Others may disagree but I believe the similarity in Mercedes current designs makes the line up look pretty...
04-25-2019, 12:16 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 5,438
Posted By Utopia Texas

Possibly some of the Silicon Valley Corporations...

Possibly some of the Silicon Valley Corporations that have safe spaces for employees, Segways to ride up and down the halls and bring your puppy to work days can give away SL’s as Friday door...
04-17-2019, 08:17 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,124
Posted By Utopia Texas

When I wash my SL and water runs over the door...

When I wash my SL and water runs over the door handles the doors lock and unlock multiple times and the horn honks. :)
04-15-2019, 07:56 AM
Replies: 181
Views: 35,368
Posted By Utopia Texas

But, but, but it’s a Mercedes! It is like...

But, but, but it’s a Mercedes! It is like anything else in life and at least we have choices. You can buy a 10k Rolex at a jewelry store or a $8 watch at Walmart and they both keep accurate time.
04-10-2019, 04:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,259
Posted By Utopia Texas

Be sure you find someone that has a excellent...

Be sure you find someone that has a excellent track record to install as it is more of a art to apply. Also be sure they perfectly clean the paint before installation. Imperfections underneath will...
04-10-2019, 08:34 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,259
Posted By Utopia Texas

Like you I drive some graveled back roads that I...

Like you I drive some graveled back roads that I hate but am forced to drive due to location and I have had three low sitting cars Xpel applied. The reason I do this is that my first “extra” car was...
03-25-2019, 11:55 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,449
Posted By Utopia Texas

The newer “Stop/Start” systems do not use the...

The newer “Stop/Start” systems do not use the starter after intermittent stops. The fuel charge and compression on the next two cylinders ready to fire Is set by the computer. When you take your foot...
03-23-2019, 05:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,449
Posted By Utopia Texas

I agree. Your car stopping for thirty seconds at...

I agree. Your car stopping for thirty seconds at a red light will not give you discernible better gas mileage. 10 million vehicles all over the planet 24 hours a day stopping for 30 second red lights...
03-18-2019, 05:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 430
Posted By Utopia Texas

In my experience most vehicles that old are sold...

In my experience most vehicles that old are sold “as is.”
03-18-2019, 05:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 430
Posted By Utopia Texas

Your choice. Return it or pay out the 5k to have...

Your choice. Return it or pay out the 5k to have it put in proper order. I don’t think this is something someone else can answer for you.
I take all used cars to my Indy to check out before I buy so...
03-16-2019, 06:28 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 11,919
Posted By Utopia Texas

You do realize you are posting to a 7 year old...

You do realize you are posting to a 7 year old thread?
03-12-2019, 10:25 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 568
Posted By Utopia Texas

Folks on the Dole don’t appreciate the pleasures...

Folks on the Dole don’t appreciate the pleasures that hard working people can buy!
02-25-2019, 02:13 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 816
Posted By Utopia Texas

I chuckle at the phrase “zero emission range” as...

I chuckle at the phrase “zero emission range” as if charging the batteries on these cars causes no emissions back at the electrical generation plants..:)
PS- This article confirms that I now own my...
02-14-2019, 07:33 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,271
Posted By Utopia Texas

My 1919 Ford Model T is 100 years old this year...

My 1919 Ford Model T is 100 years old this year and plain air in the tires works just fine! :)
...
02-04-2019, 07:58 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,947
Posted By Utopia Texas

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbworld.org-vbull...

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbworld.org-vbulletin/640x533/8ad567ab_31bb_4319_a230_6bc50a735c09_3d28516f866908fd748a8d99a74efff34716fd55.jpeg
02-02-2019, 10:49 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,921
Posted By Utopia Texas

This is the very first time anyone has mentioned...

This is the very first time anyone has mentioned this......
01-22-2019, 09:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,992
Posted By Utopia Texas

Well, When Amazon can birth us and bury us there...

Well, When Amazon can birth us and bury us there will be no need to go anywhere else.....:)
01-18-2019, 07:35 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,431
Posted By Utopia Texas

Cannot wait for the 2025’s........ ...

Cannot wait for the 2025’s........
https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbworld.org-vbulletin/800x800/dd587d1e_444c_4be2_8975_c8b7fc79e801_8dc7ee90072d6c783f96f5e3cf4dbaaf1b4c6f86.jpeg
01-17-2019, 11:22 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,424
Posted By Utopia Texas

When you read the discussions on different car...

When you read the discussions on different car forums with owners wishing their exhaust note sounded louder or at a certain tone and the thousands of dollars some spend to change out pipes,...
01-17-2019, 08:36 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,424
Posted By Utopia Texas

I seriously doubt you will find any new car made...

I seriously doubt you will find any new car made today that does not have some type of exhaust sound manipulation done either by physically changing the note or piping in fake sounds to the interior....
01-15-2019, 02:34 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,519
Posted By Utopia Texas

You are in for a big surprise in the future.....

You are in for a big surprise in the future.....
01-14-2019, 07:37 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 9,839
Posted By Utopia Texas

I have also been waiting to see how the updated...

I have also been waiting to see how the updated SL turns out but I am not holding my breath in the mean time. If the new SL has a soft top I’ll keep my 2017 indefinitely. Congratulations on your...
01-12-2019, 08:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 745
Posted By Utopia Texas

Those are the braces on the inside of the trunk....

Those are the braces on the inside of the trunk. Because they heat and cool at different rates than the outer thinner metal skin humidity from the air condensates less there and the pattern is formed.
11-25-2018, 11:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,860
Posted By Utopia Texas

Pictures or it did not happen.....

Pictures or it did not happen.....
11-19-2018, 01:27 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 978
Posted By Utopia Texas

On both of my Mercedes the oil level is a bit...

On both of my Mercedes the oil level is a bit high after a MB service when the engines are cold. As long as the crankcase is not so full the moving parts on the crankshaft are whipping through the...
11-07-2018, 05:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,540
Posted By Utopia Texas

You and the salesman sat on the same side of the...

You and the salesman sat on the same side of the center console?
11-04-2018, 07:47 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,990
Posted By Utopia Texas

This would be a great opportunity for MB to...

This would be a great opportunity for MB to market their own branded trunk tape price determined by type of Mercedes. C Class tape starting at $200 per roll up to S Class tape at $500 per roll....
11-03-2018, 08:59 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,990
Posted By Utopia Texas

At least MB had the foresight not to include a...

At least MB had the foresight not to include a spare tire that could be stolen out of a open trunk....
11-03-2018, 02:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,373
Posted By Utopia Texas

My portfolio is doing better than their return...

My portfolio is doing better than their return but looks interesting. Maybe if you invested enough you would get some political pull with MB for a larger trunk and a real spare tire! :)...
11-01-2018, 12:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,203
Posted By Utopia Texas

The resistance could be due to something as...

The resistance could be due to something as simple as someone not cleaning the terminals properly when the battery was installed.
10-26-2018, 09:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,701
Posted By Utopia Texas

I Bluetooth everything through my hearing aids...

I Bluetooth everything through my hearing aids when I am driving so I could care less how many speakers are in the car. Unfortunately $6400.00. Sound quality for me is superior to external speakers...
10-25-2018, 08:08 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,678
Posted By Utopia Texas

On my last two regular annual A and B service...

On my last two regular annual A and B service appointments on my SL I was given C series 4 doors as loaners. Though “OK” to drive I commented to myself both times that if there was not the MB star on...
10-01-2018, 09:09 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,912
Posted By Utopia Texas

https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbworld.org-vbull...

https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbworld.org-vbulletin/1200x900/3fe3c619_304e_485b_8670_a2ac8a64f4ee_a10eeabd9d04d48e94973ce1f7dff89add3f8fb4.jpeg


Thank you. They are a labor of love and take...
10-01-2018, 06:26 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,912
Posted By Utopia Texas

I have never understood all the hype over 0-60...

I have never understood all the hype over 0-60 times when 99% of us have no where to drive cars to their full potential. Here is the oldest car in my stable. 0-60 in............well AT 22 HP it won’t...
09-24-2018, 10:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,085
Posted By Utopia Texas

Park the car at night about 10 feet from a white...

Park the car at night about 10 feet from a white wall or garage door when you make the adjustment to balance both sides out.
08-29-2018, 08:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,171
Posted By Utopia Texas

My Daddy’s car has more batteries than you...

My Daddy’s car has more batteries than you Daddy’s car!
08-20-2018, 07:17 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 8,964
Posted By Utopia Texas

A couple of things I have noticed in the recent...

A couple of things I have noticed in the recent past that may cause the lack of interest in the SL line.
(1) The whole S Class used to have innovative items that the lower priced E and C Class did...
08-18-2018, 07:24 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,301
Posted By Utopia Texas

That amount of condensate under a vehicle is...

That amount of condensate under a vehicle is normal in areas with heat and high humidity.
The AC system pulls the water out of the air at the condenser and is channeled to the ground by ducts or...
08-17-2018, 07:37 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,959
Posted By Utopia Texas

It’s just a piece of machinery. If you enjoy...

It’s just a piece of machinery. If you enjoy driving it, even with the flaws, go for it. If the minuses out weigh the pluses go elsewhere.
Having cancer is a problem. Driving a S Class is not.....:)
08-12-2018, 01:12 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,989
Posted By Utopia Texas

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbworld.org-vbull...

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbworld.org-vbulletin/2000x1504/65541d08_a9fa_4e14_9691_55786b198372_1be4a30abb851dee073d676418b08462c886b93d.jpeg...
08-11-2018, 04:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,230
Posted By Utopia Texas

Well, The stylish way to protect the steering...

Well, The stylish way to protect the steering wheel used many years ago was to wear leather driving gloves! :)
08-09-2018, 09:10 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,811
Posted By Utopia Texas

I have never found massage seats in cars to be...

I have never found massage seats in cars to be very effective, with MB I have only had it on my SL’s and like you I have terrible lower back problems. On longer trips I find changing adjustments on...
06-06-2018, 02:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,525
Posted By Utopia Texas

If you want to impress folks into thinking you...

If you want to impress folks into thinking you are driving a nicer car just do what I did to my SL450....:)...
06-03-2018, 09:09 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 756
Posted By Utopia Texas

Here is a tip I learned as a pre-teen in the...

Here is a tip I learned as a pre-teen in the 1960’s from a neighbor concerning a hard to read dip stick. The newer oils stay so clean it is hard to see them on the stick. Wipe all oil off the end of...
03-16-2018, 12:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,327
Posted By Utopia Texas

In your shoes I would buy the extended especially...

In your shoes I would buy the extended especially if you are keeping the car for 4-5 years or more. Unfortunately the MB brand is really expensive for repairs.
03-10-2018, 08:31 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 7,002
Posted By Utopia Texas

It amazes me that folks are driving around 100k+...

It amazes me that folks are driving around 100k+ Automobiles yet they whine about the cost to install a CD player.
Does anyone else see the irony in this?
03-04-2018, 09:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,711
Posted By Utopia Texas

But when the Pano roof explodes into a thousand...

But when the Pano roof explodes into a thousand pieces you can strap the spare in the space left.....
03-02-2018, 09:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 986
Posted By Utopia Texas

Does your SL550 have the ABC suspension system?...

Does your SL550 have the ABC suspension system? If so go to the R230 section of this forum and ask there.
02-25-2018, 09:04 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 539
Posted By Utopia Texas

When you get the SL Fever the only cure is a...

When you get the SL Fever the only cure is a long, long driver!
02-02-2018, 02:06 PM
Replies: 175
Views: 13,118
Posted By Utopia Texas

Do both cars have the exact same brand and style...

Do both cars have the exact same brand and style of tires installed?
01-15-2018, 02:54 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 451
Posted By Utopia Texas

No one gets to touch anything in my cars unless...

No one gets to touch anything in my cars unless they want their fingers cut off! :)
12-25-2017, 08:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,699
Posted By Utopia Texas

Great picture Wolfman. The ambient lights on the...

Great picture Wolfman. The ambient lights on the SL are not across the dash and in direct contact with your eyes as in the picture above. They are hidden under ledges at the sides of the center...
12-17-2017, 05:46 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,240
Posted By Utopia Texas

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbworld.org-vbull...

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbworld.org-vbulletin/2000x1504-1/image_2f9b6131677c3e57317000f9864152cbf70f6ce8.jpeg
PS- My 1919 Model T is 98 years old and I have never had any suspension...
12-17-2017, 08:29 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,240
Posted By Utopia Texas

It's not always the mileage that counts it could...

It's not always the mileage that counts it could be the condition of the fluid. Is the color of the fluid a light green or has it started turning darker? Go to the R230 forum for lots of information...
12-08-2017, 09:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 980
Posted By Utopia Texas

Do not have a 2018 so can't answer that question....

Do not have a 2018 so can't answer that question. On my '2008 the button only raised the body 1/2" with two pushes. I measured at the wheel wells and under the front bumper area. Had a discussion...
12-08-2017, 07:44 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 929
Posted By Utopia Texas

If it gets to freezing here I warm up my tractors...

If it gets to freezing here I warm up my tractors for a few minutes, my largest tractor has 28 gallons of hydraulic fluid in the sump,but for cars do not wait after start. Modern oil pumps supply the...
11-29-2017, 06:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 9,139
Posted By Utopia Texas

"Accessory/Roof" battery in the '2008 is in the...

"Accessory/Roof" battery in the '2008 is in the trunk and behind the passenger seat in the '2017.
I have all batteries on all my vehicles changed out at the five year mark to avoid problems on the...
08-26-2017, 07:30 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 528
Posted By Utopia Texas

In the current political climate I would be...

In the current political climate I would be hesitant to take any "General Lee" type vehicle out in public for safety reasons. Those a**hole antifa would baseball bat that car to a lump of metal and...
08-13-2017, 06:20 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,884
Posted By Utopia Texas

I occasionally take my other vehicles through a...

I occasionally take my other vehicles through a car wash but not my SL.
We have two local places and neither one does a good job and seeing all the PU trucks they run through covered in mud I...
07-10-2017, 01:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,178
Posted By Utopia Texas

There is a manual stored in your car you can...

There is a manual stored in your car you can bring up on the screen and find control functions by alphabetical order or by pictures. The "clear" button is shown and described under "controls".
07-09-2017, 06:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 440
Posted By Utopia Texas

Depending what shape and what type of rock might...

Depending what shape and what type of rock might be stuck in the rotor the sound made could be described as hissing sometimes. I've had this happen twice on my pickup truck over the years but was...
07-09-2017, 04:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 440
Posted By Utopia Texas

If the hissing sound was from a brake line you...

If the hissing sound was from a brake line you would see brake fluid on the ground and the brakes would soon not work as the reservioir emptied. If you have the ABC suspension system that would leak...
05-29-2017, 03:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,442
Posted By Utopia Texas

This touch up paint site lists Mars Red and Fire...

This touch up paint site lists Mars Red and Fire Opal as the same paint.....
http://www.expresspaint.com/automotivetouchup/pc/Mercedes-Benz-Mars-Red-Feueropal-Fire-Opal-B-C-36p3926.htm
04-30-2017, 10:48 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,201
Posted By Utopia Texas

Roll Call....Any Problems With Your 2017 SL?

I've had my 2017 SL450 for 6 months now and have 6k on the odometer as of today. So far no problems, even minor, what so ever. Anyone else doing this well? Don't know how many on the forum have...
03-10-2017, 02:10 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,981
Posted By Utopia Texas

Yes, but it's going to cost a huge amount for any...

Yes, but it's going to cost a huge amount for any type of DVD-A collection at $50 per DVD.
I Already have over 1200 songs on one memory stick in my SL and won't spend any money on DVD-A disc just to...
02-23-2017, 07:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 855
Posted By Utopia Texas

The theory is that if you have 10 million engines...

The theory is that if you have 10 million engines turn off, for example, 30 seconds at each stop light you save 5 million minutes of engine run time at each of those stop lights millions of times a...
10-28-2016, 11:30 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,651
Posted By Utopia Texas

Discussed this with a neighbor who is in the car...

Discussed this with a neighbor who is in the car business last night that uses the Xpel service. He said the installers who use the pre-cut kits from Xpel are good to go and if there is any damage to...
10-25-2016, 09:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,093
Posted By Utopia Texas

There is not one of us on this forum that has not...

There is not one of us on this forum that has not done something stupid in the past!
Here on the farm I have 35-40 pieces of machinery from weed eaters to huge diesel tractors some using diesel...
03-27-2016, 10:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,935
Posted By Utopia Texas

Have you changed out the fluid and the filter? If...

Have you changed out the fluid and the filter? If not what is the color of the fluid?
03-20-2016, 07:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,118
Posted By Utopia Texas

Someone experienced with alignment should be able...

Someone experienced with alignment should be able to look at the wear pattern on the tires and tell if there is a alignment issue. Outer edge wear, inner edge wear and feathering in certain areas...
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