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I started doing research on MB SLs used, and was horrified by the reviews regarding reliability, especially but not exclusively the Hydraulic suspension. 2003 MB SL500, ABC Active Suspension was the reference, but not an isolated Lemon, model or manufacturer..... Apparently ABC, fails randomly, frequently, expensively, repetitively and is difficult to diagnose and is never really "fixed". The MB also has electrical gremlins, Convertible top Hydraulic gremlins, transmission plastic critical component gremlins, AC Gremlins, Defective Glue Gremlins that omit a strong skunk like odor in the car etc. Is this an industry wide problem, and are the aftermarket old school spring loaded strut replacements kits, some with roll and sway bars, the answer, not cheap, but at least won't cause the suspension to collapse on the Highway ??? Seductive looks, with substantial misery and financial outlays to follow......
1982 300SD MERC..... also the plateau of Analog tech in general In the way of pure analog autos This was my favorite car that I owned In line 5 Diesel, solid mechanical injectors, mechanical transmission vacuum actuated accessories, heated doors Would run away from gas cars on the highway Rock solid at 100 mph The seats and radio sucked, both ripped out seats replaced with Ricarros