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.
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2001 Mercedes-Benz S600
2001 Mercedes-Benz S600 Problems
Engine misfires (rough running) and lack of power are commonly caused by ignition coil pack or ignition module faults. Proper diagnoses should isolate the cause and prevent unnecessary replacement of good parts.
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).
As brake fluid becomes dirty over time, it can cause a failure of the anti-lock brake system (ABS) modulator assembly. Our technicians recommend a complete brake system flush every two years to help prevent this issue.
The electrical connector at the automatic transmission may leak fluid into the wiring harness. If not repaired, the oil will migrate through the wiring harness and damage the transmission control module. At that point, a new harness and control module may be necessary to correct this problem.
2001 Mercedes-Benz S600 Recalls (Recent)
Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES. THE SHEATHING MATERIAL ON THE ELECTRICAL CONNECTION OF THE HEATED WINDSHIELD WASHER BOTTLE HOSE COULD OVERHEAT.Learn more »
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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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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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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.
Summary: ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, CORROSION MAY OCCUR IN THE INNER STEEL PORTIONS OF THE ACTIVE BODY CONTROL¿S (ABC) HIGH-PRESSURE DISTRIBUTION HOSE DUE TO EXTENSIVE EXPOSURE TO HEAT AND HUMIDITY. OVER TIME, CORROSION MAY DETERIORATE THE INNER STEEL PORTIONS OF THE HOSE.Learn more »
2001 Mercedes-Benz S600 Questions and Answers
Dealer diagnosed problem latch vacuum actuator split and leaking.
Does anyone have repair solution and how it can be done.
Every morning when I trun the car on the ABS warning message comes on. I have turn the car off then turn it back on and the message will go away. What could be the problem?
As I'm driving the car, the SOS take to workshop message comes on and goes off. It does this randomly, what could be the cause?
The car is very slow to get to speed. does not seem to misfire but lost of power. could the converters be stopped up?
all the is coming up actve body control (abc)
2001 Mercedes-Benz S600 Reviews
This is a high quality automobile. It is a rocket of a sedan and a lot of fun to drive. It runs dead silent and so smooth and quiet I am constantly checking the tach at stoplights, to see if engine is running.
Very comfortable and driver friendly for long trips or dailey driver.
The car has issues with the ABS suspension and I am of the opinion the Factory should volunteer a complete recall with R&R on these cars. Manfacturer design id FLAWED. It works, but is overly fragile. HOWEVER, it is worth overlooking for the rest of this cars positive features.
If you want to $urvive this car financially, stay AWAY from the dealers. Most all of the issues have become known, and "remanufacturers" have stepped in with quality rebuilds and 30% - 50% of list. Used parts are OK in my book as well, if they are pre-tested. USE ONLY TOP PREMIUM FUEL and ALL SYNTHETIC OILS and FLUIDS. Change all often. DO NOT "horse" the transmission or rearend with burnouts. The car WILL self destruct in minutes... do not buy a used one from a "younger person" for this reason... If it doesn't have factory wheel on it... PASS.
its a piece of junk
MB should be ashame or robbing people without a gun, this car has been the worse of the worse, two coil packs, and then a engine, and then alternator, and the abc system is down know which was recall i do not have any more money to put in this lemon i am retired i have to live also all new plugs and new computer and new starter, fuel pump i could go on and on this is the worse benz i ever own i hhave a 1983 500 sel not a problem at all what the hect is wrong with these i wish i had never bought this cancer i will start a campaign to discredit allthese cars not quality made as the older ones i will see if i can get some help on this abc system and wii get rid of it wright away, and just drive my 1983. it is so sad they rob you when you buy and the dealers continue to blood suck you as long as you let them, i would love to tell the world about this car only buy to burn or you will be broke if you are rich, burn the car and keep your cash i paid for my lesson and you can not get any help at all from the car maker its a damn shame blood suckers i am very disapointed whith this car like the whole economy do not buy this junk they are putting out i will buy american, not a benz thanks for letting me tell you like it is
This car was great until the warranty ran out! We only have 51k on our 02, and it has cost me 10k in the past few months. For the money we spent on this car we are disgusted with the repair cost. The dome light is $1,100, the coil packs, and module just cost $5,200!!!
I think Mercedes should give us a SERIOUS credit for trade in on a Benz that isn't a complete JOKE!! They built a car with their brand name that is a failure. If it didn't say Benz none of us suckers would have spent well over $100k. They really need to do something for the original purchasers.
Absolutely stunning vehicle! I do have empathy for those who abuse or fail to properly maintain such an amazing vehicle but the only problem i've ever had with her is the Wiring Harnesses. All of which have been replaced recently at an expense of almost 10k. Once they work out that problem the car will be absolutely amazing!