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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 2001 Mercedes-Benz S500

2001 Mercedes-Benz S500

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2001 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.

Miscellaneous -- Verified

Problems with the pneumatic system can cause closing assist and door lock issues.

2001 Mercedes-Benz S500 Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., January 29, 2001


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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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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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2001 Mercedes-Benz S500 Questions and Answers

mlk, 2001 Mercedes-Benz S500, Los Angeles, CA

Intermittently, my car will not turn on or start with the first turn of the key. I have replaced the battery in the key and then got a new key($200.00+)...still happens. any ideas?

helpful1, 2001 Mercedes-Benz S500, Columbus, OH

Front top of struts sensor faulty cost of repair independent shop Columbus, Ohio?

richg1, 2001 Mercedes-Benz S500, Homer Glen, IL

the front suspension drops on the car on occasion when it is below freezing and the compressor doesnt kick on all the time or you have to sit and wait for it to. it has a new compressor already,

Visitor, 2001 Mercedes-Benz S500, Wheaton, IL

when trunk lid closes, some time the right side pops up and motor runs. If you push on trunk when closing it usually will close. Fix???

vondafox1, 2001 Mercedes-Benz S500, Pleasant Lake, MI

It has a new battery. But every 2 or so months it has a dead battery. I have driven it every month or so in the winter and every week or so in the summer. No lights or anything even on in the car w...

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2001 Mercedes-Benz S500 Reviews

Just got this car week ago from engineer that told me he has own this car for 10years, i check everything (so i tough) i forgot to check if cd was working. I notice that when I press cd (radio) keeps giving me no cartridge? I check and was in, I tried to eject and will not. How do I fix this? I read some info in web, allot of comment about cd cartridge worn out, its known trouble, one suggested removing battery and system should re-boot and will recognize cd? This I am hesitant to do. Any suggestion. OR SHOULD I JUST GO FOR AFTER MARKET BLUETOOTH AND CONNECT TO RADIO?

I’ve owned my S500 2001 model 78000 5 years now. I purchased it from a Doctor; he owned it 6 years FMBSH. I had a few issues with the car but was sorted without too much cost. The Airmatic pump was the highest replacement cost around $1000. But it did last 12 years in all weather. The interior is as new as is most of the bodywork. Couple of area’s starting to show bubbling paint, not covered by MB as is up to 9 years for under paint rust. Have to wait for a hole in the body before warrantee will repair under the 30 years. I have own three S500 V8’s and would highly recommend them from SE500 1986 to 2001 as reliable as anything on the road today (2013) Most of the issues with the car’s model have been resolved. Go for MBFSH and check to see the previous work carried-out.

Bought the car two years ago. Very comfortable. Active suspension shocks failed in first year. Car drives and looks great. Adjustable suspension offers great range of performances. Spirited drive-train. Sound system leaves opportunity for improvement, GPS and environmental controls clumsy and poorly defined. Not my favorite Benz, but true to the brand.

having to many problems to list, just bought a 2001 s500 and Im angry! It drove good for a week and then everything went bad.

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