Mercedes-Benz E320 Problems

Check brakes if sensotronic brake control (SBC) light comes on on Mercedes-Benz E320

Problem Description and Possible Solution

This vehicle has sensotronic brake control (SBC). If the SBC light on the dash illuminates, have the brakes checked. If the SBC is not working, limited brake pressure is delivered to the front brakes, increasing the distance it takes to stop. The SBC hydraulic unit has a specific service life programmed into the control module; follow the manufacturer's recommended service procedure for proper maintenance of the SBC.

(15 people reported this problem)

Mercedes-Benz E320 Vehicles With This Problem

RepairPal Verified
Average mileage: 102,233 (50,000–150,000)
3 model years affected: 2003, 2004, 2005
Not Your Mercedes-Benz E320 Problem?
Brake problem? Or maybe a faulty head gasket cylinder?
Learn About Your Car Problems
Search For a Specific Car Problem
Viewing 1-7 of 7 comments
Dashboard RED BRAKE Light comes on. Need to take to shop. Was told by Mercedes that there was a warranty for 10 years. However when we took it up there in February we were not told and the Brake light was on.
The ESP indicator comes on, the brake light is on, reduced braking power and increased distance in on
brake light came on pedal sunk and had partial braking,light and message cleared itself and brakes work now.mercedes claims that they cannot change the sbc or can,t find the problem until a code is stored.have to wit till brakes fail again.terrific
MB Dealer diagnosed leak in brake line at right rear SBC unit. Estimated cost of replacing SBC unit and brake line, and performing brake fluid flush, is $2,200+, which seems exorbitant and should not be required in such a low mileage Mercedes.
Lots of noise from the front end before alarms went off. Dash warning lights stating braking was compromised. The car is being towed to the dealership today.