Mercedes-Benz CL500 Problem Report
Mercedes-Benz CL500 Active Body Control System Can Leak Hydraulic Fluid
The active body control system can leak fluid from numerous areas, including the tandem pump, hydraulic lines, struts, and/or seals. If it is not repaired, the vehicle ride height could drop too low and cause damage to the undercarriage.
The airmarmatic message light contiues to come on stating stop car too low, don't drive; car is dropping very low with loud noises. The hydraulics drop from left to right. This is ridiculous. $95,000 vehicle and all of the CL's, SL 500's are having This same problem.The is truly a safety issue.The manufacture is continuing to make the defected Tandem pump and Mercedes is continuing to rip people off and charge $5200! I would not recommend anyone buying a Mercedes and their customer service is very poor.I think everyone that owns a mercedes and having this problem should report it to the Department Highway Administration. - sm52
I have a 2003 500SL with the same problem. ABC light is on when I start the car and then goes off while I'm driving. The front left of the car lowers when not being in use. I have replaced every thing on the suspension except the Hydraulic suspension valve. I have spent over $5,000 trying to fix the problem. Now the Mercedes dealer tells me that I need a new Hydraulic suspension valve at a cost of $2600. I have leaks all over my garage floor and I always am filling the ABC reservoir with hydraulic fluid. One mechanic said that I was overfilling the tank and that was causing the leakage. I'm at a loss on what to do and exactly what the problem is. - justin BB
MY ABC LIGHT CAME THEN MY CAR BEGAN TO DROP TOO LOW - Visitor
Tandem Pump Failing. Fluid Leaks. Power Steering gone and ABC system is out. Car dropping - kerav Shimon
The hydraulic fluid leaked out from under the driver side and the whole car is too low to the ground. what are the possible causes and average cost to repair? - Visitor
purchased with the ABC light on. Had a pump put (because of hyrdolic leak) on and ABC went away for a day and returned. Took car back to Mercedes repair shop and they said that the computer says some framework need to be repaired or replace, costing an additional 2400.00. Any one heard of this before and what was your solution? - mother2b
Hydralic fluid leaking. ABC light in read stating dont drive, car too low. - Visitor
Active body control light in red (drive careful) on the left side I see an oil leak. Afraid to go to dealer as they overcharges for everything. Best to buy the parts your self ad hire a mechanic to do aside job. - Visitor
2004 L|CL500 ABC warning lights came on. Independent shop charging me $2,700. ($1,700 part + $1,000. filters, fluids, labor) Mechanic said he wouldn't drive it as is. He said he does at least one of these a month. - Visitor
Hello from England - I have had my CL for 8 years and it is now becoming a real problem - all the hydro lines have corroded!! - Visitor
I notice alot of smoke coming out of the rear as i open the hood, uderneath the engine, i notice some hydrolic fluid trapped underneath cover...i replaced the o-ring that was damage and the problem was fixed now it is happening again..i hope there is a recall on this cause it can cause fire and it is not safe to drive...i need afeed back from anyone especially from mercedes benz maker.... - Visitor
DID NOT KNOW THERE WAS A RECALL ON THIS PROBLEM. LOCAL MERCEDES INDEPENDENT REPAIR SHOP REPLACED THE HOSE ASSEMBLY ($118), RE-FILLED SYSTEM ($45 FLUID) AND RECALIBRATED PROPER BODY HEIGHT SETTINGS ($340 TOTAL LABOR) - Visitor
I took my CL500 in for the repair and 7 yrs and at 2000,oo miles it still caught on fire and MB denied and told me I had to prove it. I'd like to sue them I I had the money and time, over $8,000 in damage, If y - Visitor
my front end lowers when i turn the car off - troy sims
ABC LIGHT ON, I DONT EVEN FREAKIN DRIVE THE CAR, MAYBE ONCE A WEEK... ANOTHER EXPENSIVE FIX, UGGGHHH HAD ONE SHOCK GO OUT,$3600 PARTS AND LABOR, VERY VERY EXPENSIVE MISTAKE( THE CAR ) - Visitor
ABC system is broke and my car is too low to drive - Visitor
I had the pressure hose replaced and after about 40,00 miles it still licked hydraulic Fluid on the exhaust along with the power steering line which caused a fire doing over $8,000. in damage. But Mercedes told me I had to prove the high pressure line caused the fire and not power steering line. While I’m thankful for the 200,000 miles. They should have taken some reasonability for some of the damage. And this was corporate dining any reasonability. Bottom line the car is not worth the $125,00. Price tag. - Visitor
Same problem as everyone else. Sensor came in and a few weeks later fluid everywhere. In addition the tire sensor has been on for 3 years. Any my component system went out 3 years ago. I hate Mercedes - Visitor
Car dropped low and had to have repaired cost $1000 only had the car for 3 weeks dealer would not take responsibility - Visitor
Pump is leaking, ABC light is on. Bought the car 4 months ago. $1760.00 for the pump, $32 per quart for the hydraulic fluid.....no idea what the labor is gonna be on this VERY COMMON malfunction...Thanks Mercedes Benz...no vacation for me this year. - Visitor
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