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About Mercedes-Benz 500SL

Belonging to the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class, which is one of the most recognizable automotive icons of the last half-century and successor to the Mercedes-Benz SSK and Mercedes-Benz 540K, Mercedes-Benz 500SL was built by the Daimler-Benz from 1986 to 1993 as a sports car. Originally introduced as a model of the third-generation SL-Class, the North American version of 500SL was only available between 1990 to 1993. After being built for about four model years, the 500SL was renamed as SL500 after the 1993 model year until the SL500 was replaced by the SL550 for the 2007 model year.
Mercedes-Benz 500SL (R129) made its debut for the North American market as a 1990 model when the SL-Class was in its fourth generation. It was offered in only one body style, 2-door roadster and came in only one trim level. As the first roadster to offer the automatic roll bar deployment in the event of a roll over, Mercedes-Benz 500SL was also equipped with a navigation system and many of the luxury and safety features such as dual-zone climate control, integrated cell phone, HID headlights, stability control. In 1994, 500SL received a facelift and changes were made to the taillamps and white turn signal indicators in the front. During its whole lifetime, Mercedes-Benz 500SL had been powered by a 5.0 L V8 rated at 315 horsepower and 347 pound-feet of torque and this engine sent power through a 5-speed automatic transmission to the rear wheels.

Mercedes-Benz 500SL Common Problems & Maintenance Tips

Offering spirited performance, decent handling and plenty of luxury, Mercedes-Benz 500SL has been always a favorite among car enthusiasts. But now, the youngest 500SL is at least twenty-four years old, you have every reason to learn about these common problems on it just in case:
First, poor idle quality and poor fuel economy are what Mercedes-Benz 500SL drivers suffer most during their driving. If you are a driver with some knowledge of working principles of the automobiles, you may realize that it is the engine that has something wrong. In fact, engine failure is often seen as the omen of the vehicle breaking down, you have to be too careful about it. According to professional 500SL drivers, when the engine starts to make strange sounds such as whining, squealing or rattling, you need to keep alert as the engine will soon perform worse so that it will misfire, stall and even suffer from starting issues including hard starting and inability to start. Finally, the vehicle will lose power when accelerating and consume excessive oil. The illuminated Check Engine Light is the last sign for you to inspect the 500SL oil filter, spark plug, engine control module, oxygen sensor, air filter, fuel pump, exhaust manifold gasket and valve cover gasket thoroughly.
Second, for Mercedes-Benz 500SL drivers, the transmission failure is another tricky problem to handle with. Because this problem could result in drivability problem and even make your vehicle impotent and most 500SL owners have no idea about diagnosing and solving it, some experienced drivers offered these. This problem often starts with clunking or grinding noises from underneath the vehicle and leaking transmission fluids; then you may notice the indicator does not match the gear; finally, you will find hard to shift gear and the vehicle starts in another gear or refuses to go into any gear or transmission slippage and surging. All these symptoms could be attributed to the 500SL transmission assembly, shift cable, automatic transmission filter, automatic transmission shifter, transfer case seal and clutch fork.
Another fact you should never ignore is that depending on simply solving above-mentioned is not enough to guarantee a perfect ride. Performing routine maintenance on vulnerable parts of Mercedes-Benz 500SL could be a useful way. And you are advised to maintain the 500SL seat belt, windshield wiper, wiper blade, antenna, cabin air filter, fog light and headlight routinely for a safe and comfortable driving experience.
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