2002 Mercedes-Benz S500 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2002 Mercedes-Benz S500

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

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

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

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I would like to know how much is labour on brake job with or with rotors

2002 500s, 141k, purchased a week ago. suspension drops on one side when parked, ABC Visit Workshop comes on and off. Where do I check fluid level, and the procedure to drain and fill with new fluid.
And just so I get it, could you explain how to do this as if you were telling a 10 year old.

I have a 2002 S500, [132K miles]the Air Matic has been acting up for months. Particularly when it is cold [below 30] the car would lower all the way around. As soon as the car turned on it would elevate to proper level. Next observation was that I would hear hissing every time I turned car off. F...

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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.

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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my steering wheel became very hard to turn. but when i press on the gas its easy agian. what might be the problem ?

Only problems since buying new 202 S-500 during Oct 2001, have been ball joint replacement, oil pan seals, failure of driver side door closer, replacement of flex joints, whatever they were, and now a battery that discharges overnight, just repaired by MB agency for $90. Not bad at all for 136000 miles. I love the car, and hope to keep it another 2 years. yes I would like a new generation S-55...

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