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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 2000 Mercedes-Benz S500

2000 Mercedes-Benz S500

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2000 Mercedes-Benz S500 Problems

Miscellaneous -- Verified

The door for the vanity mirror (or the frame for the door) can break; due to a redesign, the mirror "cassette" will need replacement.

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

CD changers, command units, voice control units, PSE units, and Tele Aid units are prone to failure, especially in early models.

Brakes -- Verified

The brakes may begin to squeak at about the 50 percent wear point. This is due to the size and material used for the brake pads and rotors.  The brake rotor surfaces become uneven, causing a lip to form at the outer edge. This will generally require replacement of the rotors when the pads are worn (pad life varies depending on driving style and terrain).

Engine -- Verified

The crankshaft position sensor may fail. Symptoms of this are: The engine will crank—but not start—especially when the engine is warm. The car may start again if it is left to cool off, but it may run roughly or have poor performance.

Drive Train -- Verified

Leaks may develop from the differential cover and/or seals on high mileage or older vehicles. Our technicians recommend a complete reseal of the differential unit if these leaks are addressed.

2000 Mercedes-Benz S500 Recalls (Recent)

Electrical & Lights, February 14, 2003


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Electrical & Lights, October 18, 2004

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The HVAC blower motor may lose power because the fuse for the circuit may lose contact. This is due to a flaw in the plastic holder that secures the fuse that protects this circuit. If the fan stops working, you may not be able to clear fog and frost off of your windshield. If visibility is reduced, you could be at risk of getting into an accident. Dealers will install new blower motor fuse holders. This recall began during October 2004. The Mercedes-Benz recall number is 2004 070010.

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Electrical & Lights, September 29, 2006

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The instrument cluster illumination may fail. This may result in difficulty reading the gauges, indicators, and speedometer. Not being able to see the cluster may lead to an accident. Dealers will replace the instrument cluster modules. This recall started on September 29, 2006. 

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Heating & Air Conditioning, May 22, 2000

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The blower motor regulator may overheat and may cause damage to the surrounding plastic, insulation and wiring. Dealers will replace the blower motor regulator.

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Suspension & Steering, July 2, 2007

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The hose may corrode due to extensive exposure to humidity. This may cause fluid leakage onto the catalytic converter. This would present a fire hazard. Dealers will a new high pressure distrution hose.

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2000 Mercedes-Benz S500 Questions and Answers

bhugh9, 2000 Mercedes-Benz S500, Oceanside, CA

I recently had the kit installed for my front struts now the right side does not stay up as soon as the car is turned off it goes down could it be a line or bad kit?

estebanalanmax, 2000 Mercedes-Benz S500, Spring Valley, CA

where do i put the oil for trasmision

tcluca, 2000 Mercedes-Benz S500, Oyster Bay, NY

we replaced the rear pads and sensors but the light is still on..how do you reset it? I hit the reset button for the mileage and it stays off but comes on when u start the car again thanks

humayon3, 2000 Mercedes-Benz S500, Westwood, MA

car has been to two mechanics( Non mercedes dealers) . they recharged and did the leak test, but can not find the problem.the car just came back from the second mechanic and has a strange smell ins...

tre, 2000 Mercedes-Benz S500, San Diego, CA

A/C was not blowing cold air. used the A/C booster and now A/C BLOWS HOT air, and fan starts when i turn on the A/C. Could i have leaked out all of the refrigerant?

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2000 Mercedes-Benz S500 Reviews

Mercedes Benz automobiles are a real joke. I have two of them and they are always in the shop. Great for the mechanics but not the owners. For what these overpriced vehicles cost, they should easily last 250k miles. Yet, they fall apart starting at about 80k. If you add up the covered and uncovered costs for repairs on my 2000, S-500, it would be well over $25,000. IMH, Mercedes Benz over engineer's there vehicles without proper reliability testing. Just like Microsoft, they let the consumer work out all of the bugs at the consumers expense. I am a qualified,six figure income earner that will be purchasing additional automobiles and feel that all of the hype surrounding these "fine automobiles" is all marketing and sales propaganda. Save yourself a lot of grief and money and buy a Lexus or Acura. I am.

P.S. My Silverado Truck is much more reliable and its a Chevrolet.

I discover that my 2000 mercedes s 500 is overheating but the guage never go high and we notice coolant droppings under the car , someone said its the heater hose, can that cause overheating?

anti thelf alarm has car lock down.

I have a 2000 S 500 with 91,000 miles. I am the second owner and have owned it for 3 years and about half it's mileage. It has been a great car. This body style, built from 2000-2006, gets an unfair bad rap in many online forums. The early models especially 2000-2002) are cited as being unreliable. Mine is very early, being built in May 1999 and sold new in July 1999. It has not been without repairs at all, but they are consistent with what I would expect from a car now almost 12 years off the production line, and it has been less troublesome than the 1997 S Class I had before it. The key to this body style is to find one with the fewest owners and the most maintenance records you can afford. I have the records since new and the car still looks new, despite the abuse three kids and no garage can inflict. If you like to do your own routine maintenance like I do, fluids, oil, fuel & air filters, spark plugs, cabin filters, crank and cam position sensors, and the serpentine belt are all very easy to access. If you don't want to do this, find a GOOD independent shop if you have one locally that will probably charge half as much per hour of labor over the dealer, but still use MB parts. Stay away from independent shops that claim to work on Mercedes but don't have any satisfied customers you can talk to. Change the coolant every three years and the brake fluid every two. Use only synthetic oil and ignore the dash indicator saying you can go 10-12,000 miles, change it every 7,500. Replace the transmission fluid every 40,000 miles or so, do not leave it it permanently like Mercedes initially claimed you could.

This car runs strong and looks great! handles like a dream...... Brakes are a little to my dislike but overall the car is excellent.

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