The Mercedes Benz SL Class Fifth Generation (R230), 2001-2012, is a German import roadster offered with V6, V8, and V12 engines, and it was built to follow the Mercedes Benz R129. Although this SL Class underwent a few stylistic changes throughout its production years, including new wheels and interior colors as well as the addition of large cooling air intakes, each of the model years were welcomed by critics and drivers as sophisticated yet sporty. Despite the praise this German import has received, like any automobile, it has demonstrated some common issues including the trunk leaking.
Some drivers of the R230 have complained of a leaky trunk, stating that their belongings have gotten quite wet during heavy storms. There are a variety of locations that could be at fault, including the upper seals. Alternately, a brake light seal might be dry and cracked due to age, or the issue could be a loose trunk lock. The joints where the seals meet are common problem areas, as well.
While some owners of this German import have attempted to remedy the situation on their own, the repair is not typically a successful do-it-yourself project. The location of the leak can be difficult to pinpoint. Some drivers have gone so far as to spray their roadster with a hose, but oftentimes they can’t seem to replicate the issue.
We recommend consulting an independent German import mechanic. These experts will have experience, knowledge, and resources specifically relevant to your SL Class, and they will have the tools to accurately yet efficiently troubleshoot your Benz. Finally, these garages will be familiar with your vehicle’s warranties, which can result in further savings.
Search for a local, independent Mercedes-Benz repair shop with Mercedes-Benz mechanics that have dealer-level expertise at a fraction of the expense.