How reliable has your R172 been and at how many miles?
Any major repairs or things breaking during ownership?
I am thinking of buying one, most of them have about 70 to 90k miles and I'm wondering why they are all selling sort of at the same mileage.
What is up with the solid roof that you want to avoid it for ?Reliability as in frequency of unscheduled service requirements I would say above average for MB standard.
As far as high cost items there are a few things to look out for:
1. Solid roof - avoid at all costs
2. Early red cars - also avoid unless already repainted
The mentioned adjuster noise is only on early M271 EVOs.
All R172 with solid roof will suffer "delamination" which requires partial replacement of roof (to a glass version). This was determined to be a material issue and not a manufacturing problem and as such all solid roofs will be affected (this is why the solid roof was discontinued).
55! r171! Bullet proof!Wow! Thanks everyone for the quick replies. This is very informative and makes me comfortable with getting one knowing there is a community that is still alive unlike many other older cars.
I currently drive a G37, extremely reliable but less sexy. The community there has died so looking for parts and information has been pretty much the dealership.
It doesn't sound like the typical mercedes that breaks a lot (although i think they are still probably better than BMW and audi?)
A couple of cars I am looking into:
WAS - SLK250 before this thread, SLK350 or SLK55 AMG now
Z4 - very ugly compared to SLK
Miata - I kind of want to be able to get up to freeway speeds and survive if someone were to hit me
S2000 - over priced for what it is
Porsche boxster - soft top
Nissan GT-R - too expensive for just regular maintenance
F-type - too unreliable
At the risk of raising the ire of you-know-who, not that I would consider one but 2019 'stang 'vert is available. Don't know what you're referring to.Give me a Ford any day except they don't do a convertible anymore.