Problem Description and Possible Solution
High mileage or older vehicles commonly develop leaks from the differential seals and/or cover. Our technicians recommend a complete reseal of the differential unit whenever these leaks are repaired.
Average mileage: 85,780 (45,800–131,000)
17 people reported this problem
Louder than normal rear end noise. At first thought it was tires. Mercedes dealer quoted me $ 3,200 plus tax to replace rear differential. Is this a common problem for Mercedes at this mileage point? My old Buick went 160k miles w no problems.
Just had a mechanic talk about the possible high cost to repair, two weeks in the shop...recommend to get a used differential. He said it is uncommon for this to happen and that most issues are at the 300000 mile point. I really enjoy this car but the last thing I would expect is this type of problem.
Rear end noise. Went to the folks that normally do my oil changes and service work and was told right off the bat $6000 for the work and a used differential. 92000 miles on the car. At first I thought it was the tires but was able to eliminate that. A certified mechanic is estimating $2000 which is still a lot but at least it's saving my Christmas. Just waiting for the final cost for the MB parts.
I just have to spent $2300.00 to fix the differential noise.
At such low mileage this problem should not arise.
Mercedes Benz subside the retail cost of the part by 50% and I have to pay to dealer full labor charges and 50% cost of the parts.
Mercedes Benz should fix this at no cost to consumer as this is mfg. defect.