SL-Class (R230) 2003 -- 2012: Discussion on the SL500, SL550, SL600

Know you Benz (hood opening)

Old 07-11-2019, 02:08 PM
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Know you Benz (hood opening)

Do you know, that hood on SL can be raised almost vertically, using latch on the left hinge? I did not, discovered this feature by accident while reading WIS on how to remove the hood (planning for spark plugs and valve cover gaskets replacement).
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It's one of the MB features where they have been (almost) consistent for 100+ years. Ease of access and repair is (was) high on their priorities.
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Another nice feature I did not know about.
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NIce feature for second, third and any subsequent owners I don't think any of those who bought these cars brand new really used this feature for DIY

It's just like heated 8 liter windshield washer tank for a car that is mostly used only in summer
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It's one of the MB features where they have been (almost) consistent for 100+ years. Ease of access and repair is (was) high on their priorities.

Big emphasis on WAS, my V12 benz is awful to work on
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A great deal of cars/trucks have the ability to position the hood at 90 degrees.
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I've worked on many makes and models, and MBZ is the first one where I have found the ability to open the hood to a "service position" without having to physically disconnect things.
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