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Old 03-20-2013, 11:57 PM
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Old 03-21-2013, 12:24 AM
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On my 3rd coupe!
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Just FYI...I just bought this 2003 SL with 7800 miles on it. And I bought it only 2 months ago. I couldn't resist it although I'm used to buying only brand new cars. I found out that a very wealthy grocery chain owner in my town had bought it for his wife, but she preferred driving an Audi all wheel drive auto. It wasn't used and sat in a thermostatically controlled garage along with 9 other cars. I was able to use one of my friends in the car business to approach the owner and convince him to sell it to me. It had only 2 service visits for oil changes, and it's absolutely "cherry". I bought it for $53,000 and it had a sticker of over $106,000. I even have his bill of sale, and he didn't negotiate at all. He paid the full price.
My dealer sold me a 5 year 36,000 mile bumper to bumper, Zero deductible warranty for $1620.00.
I love driving and I will put on some miles....but that's the story behind my very low miles.
I'm absolutely in Heaven over this deal.

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Just curious as to why you didn't go with an 09 model with the facelift if you're spending that kind of money?!
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Old 03-21-2013, 08:26 AM
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Just curious as to why you didn't go with an 09 model with the facelift if you're spending that kind of money?!
uhhh probably because he posted that in 2008
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Old 03-21-2013, 07:30 PM
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75,000 on my 2003. Lots of good times! a few costly repairs but running well now (knock on wood). Will be selling soon.
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Old 03-22-2013, 12:06 AM
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20k on my 2004, bought in May of 2012 with 14k miles. So I've put about 1k per month on it. No major issues. Replaced the trunk struts ($70 shipped for the pair), and a passenger plastic floor/door moulding that got booted and snapped the little tabs that hold it on by my buddy's big feet. ($40 shipped off ebay Used but perfect cond). Replaced both batteries starter and consumer electrics. ($150 + $130)

AC is giving me fits tho the "AC OFF" light won't go off so AC won't work - but that's another post. And my front low beam sometimes gives a malfunction, but it's intermittent.

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Old 03-22-2013, 07:03 PM
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Bought car in July 2011 with 42k.....have put almost 50k more on it since (have 91k now). Still looks new and drives great....ABC problem here and there, though. Probably getting rid of it in next 3-4 months....should be able to get $20k at least still (SL55).
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Old 03-23-2013, 03:06 PM
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95k for me and I am just about to have to replace the front control arms, they are getting noisy as all hell.
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Old 03-25-2013, 04:04 PM
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Service costs ...

I don't have an exact figure, but it hasn't been much compared to the "horror stories" that some folks post. I have purchased a new crank position sensor, a new gas pedal (throttle body sensor), a remanufactured ABC Pump, a new PSE, and have flushed/put a new filter on the ABC system every 40,000 miles. Considering the mileage, this is "practically" nothing!

These are not Honda Civics, one should "expect" of course to pay for SOME maintenance. I mean, it is a machine after all, it's not gonna be free as some people seem to think when they complain about every little thing. Car enthusiasts KNOW that these cars aren't gonna be cheap, but it is a passion for great engineering, and a labor of love.


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Would really be interesting to know what you spent on service and repairs over these last years?
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Old 03-25-2013, 04:09 PM
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An object in motion tends to stay in motion ...

Of course, these are DRIVER cars, not intended to be garage queens. Too many people are afraid to DRIVE the car. An object in motion tends to stay in motion ...

I drive all up and down the east coast in my car for the past couple of years.


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Glad you are enjoying it,
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Old 03-26-2013, 10:40 PM
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2004 sl600
122K "04 SL600
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Old 03-29-2013, 12:16 AM
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2004 sl600
122,000 purrrsssssss sooooooooooooooo nice!
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Old 05-16-2013, 12:18 PM
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Old 06-03-2013, 12:24 AM
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Old 06-06-2013, 04:55 PM
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My 03, has 103,000 miles and I love it.
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Old 10-10-2013, 10:57 PM
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My 03, has 103,000 miles and I love it.
Whats the biggest repair you have done? I recently worked on one and flushed the suspension and power steering pump system and changed the filter which was "tit" and seems to be the biggest problem w/ the suspension system because people don't service it enough and dirty fluid screws it up, the only expense is that fluid which is like $20 a quart my cost, $40-60 through MB and i used like 6 quarts to get through to new fresh fluid and the filter was like $35 my cost and dirty fluid causes them the take a poop and go down, so if you keep it clean and change every 25k you should be golden and if it comes to you having to replace one of those big $$$ struts, they are rebuildable if you have the aptitude or know a competent mechanic that won't shove a broomstick up your ***.
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Old 10-12-2013, 07:01 PM
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2005 SL55 AMG
2005 SL55 with 97,000 here. She looks and runs like new.

Recently replaced brake rotors and pads, aluminum shifter pawl update, all 4 ABC Accumulators (preventive maintenance), rebuilt both ABC Valve Blocks (again preventive maintenance), flush ABC fluid and new filter, and new tires.

I have no worries at all about high miles with this car. Like other German cars I've owned with religious maintenance they will likely go a long, long time.

I can understand there were concerns with high miles on the R230 SL series cars as the 03's had some early issues. Any car this complex is going to have some teething issues early on but those have long been rectified and updates applied to newer models.

I would not hesitate to rack up the miles on a R230. Other than the few well known issues they are proving to be very reliable.
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Old 10-29-2013, 06:25 PM
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171,000+

171,000+ (almost 172,000 now!) Just drove from Florida up to nearly New York and back, making many diversions ans zig-zagged across many state lines for an epic 2-1/2 week road trip, barely staying on one place more than three days. AWESOME RIDE!


Anyone higher?
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Old 10-30-2013, 05:28 PM
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I have an 06 with 16,456 Got the car with 14k ive had it 2 months drives great.
I think i may have a right front strut going bad it seems to leak down about a 1/4 inch in about a day.when i open the door i hear the air pump kick on for 3 seconds sometimes and it looks like it comes back to hight..
This could be due to the original owner not driving the car like you guys say,but thats all i see at this point..
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Old 10-31-2013, 12:26 PM
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On my 3rd coupe!
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171,000+ (almost 172,000 now!) Just drove from Florida up to nearly New York and back, making many diversions ans zig-zagged across many state lines for an epic 2-1/2 week road trip, barely staying on one place more than three days. AWESOME RIDE!
Anyone higher?
and how is she running?
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Old 12-25-2013, 11:56 PM
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2003 SL500 Sport Package
Up to 196,800 miles now on a 2003 SL500 Sport Package (am the original owner of the car). Car has actually been quite good to me so far -- though recently I purchased (mistake) a set of Conti DWS All season tires -- the rears went bald basically under 8000 miles (4 months) ... and I've gone back to getting Michelin A/S 3 Pilot Sport. The one thing I'm going to take the car in for soon is to get the diagnostic codes checked to see if any of the sensors for the ESP system are failing (failed) as I get a weird shimmy on the rear tires that I never remember feeling previously (when change lanes on the highways as I pass over the white painted stripes if it is slightly damp or if I go over a metal grate that is flush / even with the road surface ... etc..
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Old 12-26-2013, 12:15 AM
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I'm thinking you have some issues in the rearend that caused your tires to wear out prematurely.
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Old 07-31-2014, 10:57 PM
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180000 kms on mine and it still runs without error
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2003 - 169000 KM, almost 103,000 Miles.

I had to rebuild the engine, and transmission. Replaced the differential, and had to change a lot of the the ABC hoses.
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On The Other End Of Mileage...

I bought a new 2005 SL500 ten years ago this month. It has been treated very, very gently and has never seen rain, snow or salt. I have 7600 miles on it. The annual wax job is quite apparent....water "dances" off the hood when I wash it.

I'm looking forward to own my toy car for a long time (based on the type of miles reported on your cars)....
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