I acquired this one in no small part because my wife thought we needed a convertible for a Sunday car. If I wanted a beautiful but poor quality car I would have bought a Jaguar. People can't believe it's 16 years old. I've been able to hop in the car on nice days and enjoy it with no issues. It still drives smoothly, and quietly like a regular coupe, when the top is up.
Not worth fixing, but worth noting. The thing had less than 70K on it and other than the usual rock chips in the usual places looked almost new! Wow, more built in obsolescence. It's a head turner everywhere I go. Parts are expensive and they are not easily fixed by the Saturday morning mechanic. I've owned 60s Alfa Romeos and Ferraris, but none that broke or needed constant servicing like this Mercedes. However all non Mercedes parts originally so cost is surprisingly low,like any American car. Free maintenance for the duration of the warranty is now included.
At lower speeds mileage drops. I am the envy of all my friends. But, be forewarned that it a Mercedes, and that means a couple of things. My blessing is I am a mechanic and after owning more than a 120 cars I am used to frustrating myself into a mess. Free maintenance for the duration of the warranty is now included. .
The transmission module, convertible top computer module, trunk lock, radio, oxygen sensor and dashboard have all died. It has always been kept in an environmentally controlled garage and dealer maintained in its 41,000 miles. Did change trans filter and fluid to Amsoil synthetic. As well as engine oil. I love mine and my wife's Acuras.
The ultimate luxury is dependability. To be fair, the car has never left me on the side of the road, but that's the nicest thing I can say about the reliability. Two hydraulic valves for the convertible top leaked fluid inside the car and had to be replaced as well as the stainless cables that hold tension on the top. Cruises at 100+ with ease , handles well for an old unit. Did I mention the constant fault lights on the dash? Look for the hidden signs that it was not well maintained mechanically and if possible pull a CarFax.
Highway mileage has been 25 mpg at high speed ,80+ amazingly! As others have stated, the steering is heavy, the brakes also and it is no rocket moving from a stop, but it can easily exceed the highway speeds with ample in reserve and handles very well. It is good looking, drives well and lots of fun. Rust has showed up on the bottom of the passenger door around the rubber seal, which is really strange since the only time the car gets wet is when I wash it. I told them that when I turned 50 I was going to get a Mercedes convertible. Found this one at a local car lot and said might as well check it out.
Mercedes says this is typical. Will need complete ac overhaul. Turn-signal indicators have been added to exterior mirrors, stability control is standard on all models, automatics get TouchShift manual gear selection and TeleAid emergency cellular service is standard. If you are inclined to buy one, check it well! I was advised it is normal for these to fail. The rubber stops for the trunk lid are disintegrating.
Turn-signal indicators have been added to exterior mirrors, stability control is standard on all models, automatics get TouchShift manual gear selection and TeleAid emergency cellular service is standard. The styling and finish have held up well over the years. . . . .