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Mercedes-Benz S550 Problems

Heating & Air Conditioning -- Verified

The HVAC blower motor may fail. This is commonly caused by water entry through the cabin air filter areas during heavy rain or snow. Failed blower motors should be replaced. Our technicians tell us there is no special fix for this issue at this time.

Engine -- Verified

The engine may develop a stalling and/or no start condition due to a failed crankshaft position sensor.

Engine -- Verified

The camshaft adjuster solenoid (which is related to the variable valve timing system) may fail or timing chain/balance shaft components may wear, resulting in illumination of the Check Engine Light and various drivability issues. Mercedes-Benz has released a service bulletin outlining specific repair instructions depending on fault codes stored.

Drive Train -- Verified

A vibration felt through the center floor of the vehicle can be caused by driveshaft flex discs, which crack and shred, causing excessive driveshaft movement. Not repairing these can cause damage to the driveshaft center support bearing, or, in the worst case scenario, damage to the transmission or differential.

Brakes -- Verified

As a way to increase braking performance, the brake pads and rotors are make of a softer material and may be in need of replacement after approximately 20,000 miles; owners should be vigilant about getting their brakes checked.

Mercedes-Benz S550 Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., March 27, 2009

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During production, on fifty-four Mercedes S-Class models, the front and rear door locks may have been mistakenly interchanged. This means that a rear passenger could open the rear door with a simple pull of the interior door handle, and the front passenger could not open by pulling on the interior handle. This situation could affect the safe exiting of the vehicle in a crash or protection against the accidental opening of the rear door by a child. Dealers will inspect the part numbers on all door locks and replace any that are incorrect. The recall began on March 27, 2009. The Mercedes-Benz recall number is 2009030001.

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Body, Interior & Misc., May 2, 2008

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Transistors used in the front signal acquisition and actuation module (SAM-F) may have been damaged during module assembly. As a result, the module could fail without warning, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect and replace the affected modules as necessary. This recall is scheduled to begin on May 2, 2008. The Mercedes-Benz recall number is 2008 030005.

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Electrical & Lights, August 1, 2008

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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.

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Engine, December 3, 2012

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Due to a manufacturing defect, a crack can develop on the fuel filter when the vehicle is operated in high temperatures. This crack can result in a fuel leak, increasing the risk of a fire. Dealers will replace the fuel filter to correct this concern.

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Suspension & Steering, February 18, 2009

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One or both front suspension ball joints may fail. Vehicles with significant mileage are more prone to this type of failure. Dealers will inspect and replace the ball joints as necessary. The recall is scheduled to begin during February 2009.

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Mercedes-Benz S550 Questions and Answers

arcadia, 2007 Mercedes-Benz S550, Jamison, PA

do i need change transmission oil

toon, 2007 Mercedes-Benz S550, Clearwater, KS

my email toonted@hotmail.com

KAmunikoro, 2007 Mercedes-Benz S550, Staten Island, NY

To check level of trasmission

mercedes2, 2007 Mercedes-Benz S550, Nashville, TN

passenger seat frame bent.

briang, 2007 Mercedes-Benz S550, Duarte, CA

My navigation display randomly oscillates +/- 10 degrees as if it is attempting to find the HOME position. Is this a sensor problem, software bug, or??

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Mercedes-Benz S550 Reviews

My first Mercedes. a 2012 S550. cars pulls bad to the right. Thought is would be a tire or alignment problem. Was told they all did that, and there was no adjustment to correct it. I did search the internet and found out Mercedes does make a factory repair kit called a caster bolt kits that does allow the caster adjustment. It was installed on my car and did help some, but had to replace both front tires in 10k miles due to wash out on the tread. The dealer had me sign a form that stated i was aware the vehicle was not within specifications. I could go on about other things, but you get to point.

I really enjoy my 2007 s550 Benz.I have only had it for three months,but I dont sdrive it everyday only three times a week.I really hope people understand this isnt the kind of vehical u drive everyday.

I bought my 2012 S550 on Oct 2012 and noticed the car was pulling to the right while driving on a flat road. I took the car to dealership to fix this alignment problem three times and the problem was not completely fixed. Last time when I brought the car back to dealership, the shop foreman told me that all S550s have the same problem that pull to the right. He even let me test drive another new S550 in which I experienced it pull to the right worse than my S550. I am wondering are other 2012 S550 owners experience the same problem.

When I purchased my 2008 S550, I understood that repairs and parts were most expensive than Japanese or American vehicles. What surprised me was the number of parts that failed. At 45K my front tie rod bushings failed (upper and lower). Although it wasn't a ton of money it was cause for concern. Rear tires require replacing every 10K miles (this was expected) but the cost of the tires hurt. HV/AC problems plague this vehicle and it's constantly in the shop getting looked at. Sometimes it works, most times it doesn't. Flex joints went out at about 70K miles and ultimately destroyed the transmission (German ingenuity at work). Headlights that rotate in the direction you turn, never worked. Center console buttons broke requiring a complete replacement of it. Arm rests were falling apart after 75K miles (re-upholstered). Bluetooth "ready" vehicle required an 180.00 adapter to make the Bluetooth work. Two front shocks replaced at 60K (purchased OEM Bosch air struts at 900.00 each - 600 to put them on). If you're looking at such a vehicle I suggest you look at options. The Audi A8 is rock solid and has a fraction of the issues this car has. The BMW 745/750's are about on par with the S550 in terms of reliability.

500 miles into the new benz and now the engine light comes on -__- i thought european cars were good

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