Mercedes-Benz S500 Repair and Maintenance

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

Mercedes-Benz S500 Problems

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

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

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).

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Mercedes-Benz S500 Questions

its so low its not drivable the back it fine could it be becaue the switch is not grounded ?? or what other problems could there be? air height arm? pump leak ? struts? air compressor? control arm ?

This problem started when my engine fan refused to stop after turning off my ignition. I later discovered that the fan controller module was bad and i replaced it. After then the car has drain 3 new 12volt batteries and the problem still persist.

I need to know what to do to test it

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Mercedes-Benz S500 Recalls

There is a faulty software calibration that affects several areas including shutting off the fuel supply in a collision. This could cause a fire hazard during an accident. Dealers will reprogram this software. The Mercedes-Benz recall number is 2008 070001. This recall began during August, 2008.

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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Mercedes-Benz S500 Reviews

I have a 95 s500, were does power steering fluid go, were do I add it. What type is used.

My 96 S500 Mercedes Benz Sedan out ranks any Mercedes on the road. There will never b a car like this that comes off the assembly line. I really can understand why this was a special edition, people want to catch me on the road or pass me by just to admire the big body Benz.

I have a 2000 S 500 with 91,000 miles. I am the second owner and have owned it for 3 years and about half it's mileage. It has been a great car. This body style, built from 2000-2006, gets an unfair bad rap in many online forums. The early models especially 2000-2002) are cited as being unreliable. Mine is very early, being built in May 1999 and sold new in July 1999. It has not been without re...

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