Thinking of purchasing a 2003 SL 500 r230 looking for some advice
My neighbor is selling a 2003 SL 500 cheap ($3500). It's his 5th car. he is the 2nd owner and has had it since 2007. Right now it needs new batteries (both) and a new alternator. The top also has some issues (hydraulic fluid leaking somewhere). I'm planning on buying it for my parents as a 40th-anniversary gift. He has a ton of service records with it.
I owned a w210 e55 amg so am familiar with these cars. I also currently own several e46 BMW's so am familiar and tooled to work on German cars.
The Car: 2003 SL500 103k miles needs both batteries and an alternator The top needs work, a micro switch is bad (I know which on) and is leaking fluid.
Heres my question: I have never owned an r230, what are some big common issues with these cars to look out for Day 1 I planned on doing plugs, oil change, brakes, all fluids (diff, tranny brake etc) and putting in a modern android head unit.
Any other advice would be great!