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2003 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG Problems

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Most Common 2003 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG 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 ...
An engine oil leak may develop from the oil level sensor. Replacement of the leaking sensor will commonly correct this concern.
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...
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2 Known 2003 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG Brakes Problems

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.
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...

3 Known 2003 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG Drive Train Problems

Leaks may develop from the differential cover and/or seals on high mileage or older vehicles. Our technicians recommend a complete reseal of the differential unit if these leaks are addressed.
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...
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...

5 Known 2003 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG Electrical & Lights Problems

The ESP and BAS warning lights may illuminate due to a failed brake light switch. Replacement of the failed switch should correct this concern.
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...
The early versions of the central gateway module (which allows different systems to communicate with each other) have software problems.

4 Known 2003 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG 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 ...
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 E55 AMG Exhaust & Emissions Problems

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...
Catalytic converter failure is common and may cause a Check Engine Light to illuminate.

1 Known 2003 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG 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 E55 AMG Maintenance Problems

2 Known 2003 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG Miscellaneous Problems

The cup holder in the center console may break.
The release tab for the center console can fall off unexpectedly.

3 Known 2003 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG 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...

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Known 2003 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG Problems & Complaints

Catalytic converter failure is common and may cause a Check Engine Light to illuminate.
Lack of audio or cell phone functionality may be related to the failure of the audio gateway module.
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 ...
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 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...
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 ...
An engine oil leak may develop from the oil level sensor. Replacement of the leaking sensor will commonly correct this concern.
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...
The ESP and BAS warning lights may illuminate due to a failed brake light switch. Replacement of the failed switch should correct this concern.
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