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Mercedes-Benz ML500 Engine Performance Problems Due to Crankshaft Position Sensor Failure

Mercedes-Benz ML500 Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007

Average Mileage: 95,488 mi (16,500 mi - 172,000 mi)


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

  • , , 85,000 mi

    I had same issue with engine stalling after driving fine for a few minutes, up to an hour. I'd park the car, start again to drive, and engine stalls as soon as I am stopped at a light or stop sign. It will only crank but not start after this happens. I called for a tow, and before tow arrived, it restarts (only to stall again after driving about 2 miles) After researching issue, I had my crankshaft position sensor replaced. Happy as can be, drove towards home, only to have car stall AGAIN. However, this time it will restart, but as soon as I try to put it into drive or rev the engine in park, it stalls. Called a mechanic to help pull codes off computer (both times check engine light is illuminated), it says bad crankshaft position sensor. WHAT? So my mechanic drives it to his shop, but before arriving it stalls on him. Sitting at the side of road, he decides to check his work on crankshaft position sensor replacement from yesterday. With engine running he tries to feel for wire/sensor. It stalls as soon as he touches the wire. He restarts car and wiggles the wire again, and low and behold it stalls. Conclusion is that the sensor is probably ok, but the wire connector is bad. He is in the process of repairing wire now because MB wants $900 (yes with eyes wide open and jaw dropping) for the entire engine wire harness since they don't sell just the connector. Will update after repair to verify that was the issue.

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  •  Rookie

    Car stalls frequently, usually at intersections of heavy traffic, hard to start. Starts sometimes after 20 to 45 minute cool down. Was diagnosed by Mercedes Road service person, and myself since I had one replaced in my 2002 S450, as a crankshaft sensor. The Mercedes dealer charged $120 to diagnose the problem even though I informed them of the situation. It appears the Crank Shaft Sensor is an ongoing problem across some years and models. The ML also needs a Power Steering Pump, quite expensive. I read on the Web that, for some reason, Mercedes uses "Cheap" motors. I feel a prestigious company like Mercedes, recognize chronic problems and subsidize the repairs in some fair fashion.

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  • , , 157,000 mi

    replaced crankshaft position a few months ago and now it is happening again.

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  • , , 98,045 mi

    Crankshaft Position Sensor Failure, $380.00 to repair at dealership

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  • , , 74,000 mi

    Had to replace crank sensor and fuel pump after vehicle died at intersection. Cost to repair $1250!

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  •  Rookie

    I am in the UK and I have a CLS 500
    It only has 70,000 miles and has been routinely serviced
    I had trouble restarting the car on a few occasions recently and one day and noticed a warning symbol. I called my garage who said it sounded like a sensor problem and to bring it in for a test.

    Before I could get to the garage the car failed again in Central London and I had to have it towed by the AA .The AA man new immediately what it was; a failed crankshaft sensor . Similarly my garage, who replaced the sensor, had seen repeated similar problems.
    What was evident was that failure of this particular sensor is an apparently regular occurrence and what is more annoying is that it is failure of a device meant to protect one from more significant engine problems.
    I have two issues with Mercedes:
    1. as this particular device has no function other than to warn of other potential problems and had never previously been activated why did it suddenly fail and cause me to be stranded in what could have been a dangerous situation

    2. As the AA and my garage were aware of the problem with this particular sensor Why had no recall been issued by Mercedes or at least an advisory , They seem to be able to send out plenty of marketing collateral

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  • , , 40,000 mi

    Typical symptoms- car stalling.

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  • , , 149,677 mi

    Cranks but no start replaced cps. 10 days later same thing

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  • , , 95,000 mi

    Engine stalled without any warning while coming to a stop in rush hour traffic on the highway. Amidst honking and people angry that I was sitting in the middle of the road unable to restart my ML500. I was lucky - After about 3 minutes my vehicle was able to start but was hesitant and the 'Check Engine Light' was illuminated. I drove straight to an O'Reilly Auto parts, left the vehicle running in Park and had them read the codes while the engine was running. The code was failure "CrankShaft Position Sensor". Installation of a new CPS fixed the issue and check engine light went off.

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