Engine Misfire and/or Lack of Power on Mercedes-Benz S600

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.

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Average mileage: 98,223 (29,600–179,800)
12 model years affected: 1996, 1998, 2001, 2002, more2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
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2006 Mercedes-Benz S600 60,000 mi,
Same issue with the rough running. Three differnet dealerships, three different repairs suggested. control bank (1800), ignition coil (1800) and new spark plugs (1400). None guaranteed to stop the problem so I waited. Figured if I wait long enough, it will be constant and easier to diagnose. Runs fine when first starts, then starts trembling, enginge light comes on, misfiring, low power. Then I noticed the temperature. Always well within operating temperature of the guage, but, while it runs fine at 80C. When I hit traffic, hot days, it goes up near 100C. If it stays there, I can count on the misfire issues. When it's cold, I have the heater on and am doing 80 mph, it stays at 80 and can run fine for hours. Soon as I hit traffic, temp goes up and I misfire. Thermostat? Stay tuned...
When I start the car every morning and start out from a stop , the car misfires and looses power and also smells heavy of fuel odor..
2001 Mercedes-Benz S600 93,000 mi,
When car is idling and gas pedal is pressed RPM does not go past 3000 and car starts vibrating like it wants to shut off. Took car on highway press gas and car's RPM goes pass 3000. On a cold day have to let car warn up for a minute or two if not car misfires and check engine light comes on. Whenever this happens right side mirror indicator light does not work. This has been being going on for a long time.
1998 Mercedes-Benz S600 125,000 mi,
Losing power at 4000 rpm, and then check engine comes on.
yes, yes car engine shakes and not much drving power when driving the car, cost $1800
check engine light on, running very rough, low rpms, not much power, shifting hard and sounded different... was afraid it was transmission, but my mechanic diagnosed one bank of ignition coil pack bad, part $1,200, labor $350, diagnosis $100.
2007 Mercedes-Benz S600 93,000 mi,
left coil pack is needed to repair my S600 V12 Mercedes, its about a $2500-$3000 repair. Car stutters aggressively when pressing the gas pedal to accelerate. You may also hear the engine misfiring if you pay close attention.
2001 Mercedes-Benz S600 110,000 mi,
Same problem, lack of power and car shakes as it's about to cut off.
1996 Mercedes-Benz S600 179,800 mi,
Multiple Coil packs and six spark plug boot connectors failed. Used code scanner to diagnose the coils and manually inspected all 12 cylinders to verify the boots. Runs smoothly now.
2005 Mercedes-Benz S600 65,000 mi,
Rough running, hard shifting, delayed acceleration. Mechanic diagnosed failure of both coil packs for a whopping $4,000 repair bill. Unconscionable at this mileage...
2003 Mercedes-Benz S600 29,600 mi,
Engine light comes on after starting. Diagnostics indicates "misfire" on several cylinders. Car runs great but has a slightly rough idle. Don't have a solution.
2003 Mercedes-Benz S600 110,000 mi,
Started missing and went to limp mode, I purchased an aftermarket part and that lasted about 6 months so I hade to purchase OEM part from Mercedes ($$$$). Regards, Iskender Kutlucinar
2004 Mercedes-Benz S600 143,000 mi,
Same problem.
2005 Mercedes-Benz S600 54,000 mi,
Engine miss fire and lack of power resulted in replacement of left coil pack and ignition module.
After 4000 RPM's goes to limp mode, re-starting solves the limping problem. Left bank number 8 spark plug is miss firing.
2008 Mercedes-Benz S600 88,500 mi,
I was diagnosed with a plug (only 20k on 60k Platinum plugs) on both banks being bad; traced to coli. $4200 later the check engine light is off for a change. Car was running fine but I will not pay 4k again to get an 88k auto to run. poor value for the money.