Close

2003 Mercedes-Benz E500 Problems

Find the most common issues based on 2003 Mercedes-Benz E500 owner complaints.
Tap theto learn more about the most common 2003 Mercedes-Benz E500 problems.

Most Common 2003 Mercedes-Benz E500 Problems

Rear air springs (bellows) may develop leaks, which causes the air pump to run more often to maintain ride height. Our technicians recommend that leaking air springs be replaced.
The cup holder in the center console may break.
The release tab for the center console can fall off unexpectedly.
Get a Repair Estimate
Guaranteed by certified locations nationwide. Learn more
RepairPal estimates are guaranteed at over 1,700 quality certified locations nationwide. Learn more
Looking for a particular 2003 Mercedes-Benz E500 problem?

2 Known 2003 Mercedes-Benz E500 Brakes Problems

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 brak...
The anti-lock brake system (ABS) modulator assembly may fail due to dirty brake fluid. Our technicians recommend a complete brake system flush every two years in order to help prevent this problem.

3 Known 2003 Mercedes-Benz E500 Drive Train Problems

The electrical connector at the automatic transmission may leak fluid into the wiring harness. If not repaired, the oil will migrate through the wiring harness and damage the transmission contr...
A vibration felt through the center floor of the vehicle can be caused by cracked and/or shredded driveshaft flex discs, resulting in excessive driveshaft movement. If not repaired, damage to the...
High mileage or older vehicles commonly develop leaks from the differential seals and/or cover. Our technicians recommend a complete reseal of the differential unit whenever these leaks are repaired.

5 Known 2003 Mercedes-Benz E500 Electrical & Lights Problems

Lack of audio or cell phone functionality may be related to the failure of the audio gateway module.
The early versions of the central gateway module (which allows different systems to communicate with each other) have software problems.
Water can damage the weight sensor in the front, passenger seat, causing the SRS (airbag) light to illuminate. There is an electrical component in the seat cushion susceptible to fluid damage. Any...

4 Known 2003 Mercedes-Benz E500 Engine Problems

The crankshaft position sensor may fail. Symptoms of this are: The engine will crank—but not start—especially when the engine is warm. The car may start again if it is left to cool of...
An engine oil leak may develop from the oil level sensor. Replacement of the leaking sensor will commonly correct this concern.
An engine Oil leak may develop from the PCV vent housing on the valve cover and/or the inspection plate on the front of the engine.

3 Known 2003 Mercedes-Benz E500 Exhaust & Emissions Problems

Catalytic converter failure is common and may cause a Check Engine Light to illuminate.
Failed spark plug wires and/or ignition coils can cause intermittent misfires (rough running); the Check Engine Light may also illuminate. Diagnoses of the ignition system will be necessary to dete...
The mass air flow sensor tends to fail causing poor fuel economy and Check Engine light illumination. The engine air filter should be replaced when the mass air flow sensor is replaced; a dirty fil...

1 Known 2003 Mercedes-Benz E500 Heating & Air Conditioning Problem

A failed digital heater control valve can cause a lack of heat output from the climate control system.

0 Known 2003 Mercedes-Benz E500 Maintenance Problems

3 Known 2003 Mercedes-Benz E500 Miscellaneous Problems

The cup holder in the center console may break.
The release tab for the center console can fall off unexpectedly.
Due to exposure to the sun, lenses for head lights may become opaque (cloudy or hazy). This reduces the effectiveness of the lights. Our technicians tell us plastic polishes can improve the clari...

3 Known 2003 Mercedes-Benz E500 Suspension & Steering Problems

Rear air springs (bellows) may develop leaks, which causes the air pump to run more often to maintain ride height. Our technicians recommend that leaking air springs be replaced.
The relay which turns the airmatic suspension pump on may fail causing the pump to run continuously. This can result in failure of the pump motor or a dead battery as the pump motor will continue...
Irregular and premature tire wear can be caused by the front thrust link bushings cracking and causing excessive movement in the suspension. The thrust link bushings are fluid-filled (to help reduc...

24
Known 2003 Mercedes-Benz E500 Problems & Complaints

The crankshaft position sensor may fail. Symptoms of this are: The engine will crank—but not start—especially when the engine is warm. The car may start again if it is left to cool of...
A failed digital heater control valve can cause a lack of heat output from the climate control system.
Rear air springs (bellows) may develop leaks, which causes the air pump to run more often to maintain ride height. Our technicians recommend that leaking air springs be replaced.
Lack of audio or cell phone functionality may be related to the failure of the audio gateway module.
Catalytic converter failure is common and may cause a Check Engine Light to illuminate.
Many software updates are available for the different computer systems, but if the vehicle is out of warranty, it may cost money to receive the updates (unless it is a recall). Some updates may be ...
The cup holder in the center console may break.
The early versions of the central gateway module (which allows different systems to communicate with each other) have software problems.
The relay which turns the airmatic suspension pump on may fail causing the pump to run continuously. This can result in failure of the pump motor or a dead battery as the pump motor will continue...
Failed spark plug wires and/or ignition coils can cause intermittent misfires (rough running); the Check Engine Light may also illuminate. Diagnoses of the ignition system will be necessary to dete...
The mass air flow sensor tends to fail causing poor fuel economy and Check Engine light illumination. The engine air filter should be replaced when the mass air flow sensor is replaced; a dirty fil...
Due to exposure to the sun, lenses for head lights may become opaque (cloudy or hazy). This reduces the effectiveness of the lights. Our technicians tell us plastic polishes can improve the clari...
The rubber bond in the harmonic balancer can decay, which causes the balancer to move and work its way toward the timing cover. If the balancer comes into contact with the timing cover while the ...
An engine Oil leak may develop from the PCV vent housing on the valve cover and/or the inspection plate on the front of the engine.
The electrical connector at the automatic transmission may leak fluid into the wiring harness. If not repaired, the oil will migrate through the wiring harness and damage the transmission contr...
Get a Repair Estimate
Guaranteed by certified locations nationwide. Learn more
RepairPal estimates are guaranteed at over 1,700 quality certified locations nationwide. Learn more
Researching a 2003 Mercedes-Benz E500?
Get maintenance costs, reviews, recalls and more.