2003 Mercedes-Benz S55 AMG Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2003 Mercedes-Benz S55 AMG

2003 Mercedes-Benz S55 AMG Problems

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.

Engine Performance Problems Due to Crankshaft Position Sensor Failure

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.

Vanity Mirror Door May Break

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

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2003 Mercedes-Benz S55 AMG Questions

Active Body Control light. Repair shop says no leaks. Can module be replaced? (1 answer)

Not having any driving or pneumatic height issues

Abs ESP and bas lights came on same time what could this be? (2 answers)

Car threw all 3 codes at the same time. Don't have a clue what it could be . I had just left dealer getting oil leak fixed. Car only has 46,000 on it. Is it going to break me to find problem?

I am thinking of buying 2003 Mercedes S 55 AMG. (2 answers)

I understand that ABC on it is a nightmare. Perhaps I should stay away from it?

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2003 Mercedes-Benz S55 AMG Recalls

Mercedes Recalls Multiple 2000-2004 Vehicles Due to Leaking Active Body Control Hose

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 Trunk Lid May Not Stay Open

The trunk lid springs could fail in the closed position. If the trunk lid is manually lifted, it may not remain in the open position and could cause injury if it comes down unexpectedly. Dealers will replace both trunk lid springs to correct this concern. The Mercedes-Benz recall number is 2004 050015.

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2003 Mercedes-Benz S55 AMG Reviews

I have 2003 S55 65000 miles. I love the look, power and everrything about this car but I had same issue. ABC light came on and dealer told me the pump was broken. I paid $3300 to repair. Also, I had SRS lamp came up. So total was almost $5000. I am surprised that it is their flagship model but it starts to fall apart after only 64K miles. German cars have great engines but they constantly have...
These cars are a piece of crap, I have problems with mine all the time, especially the abc. Mercedes really sucks for me now. Stay away from mercedes with abc.

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