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    Default Mercedes Problems!

    This thread serves at a database of all problems experienced by Mercedes owners. This will give potential buyers or owners of this specific make a database they can go through to see what problems their vehicle could possibly develop.

    To ensure this thread contains only information related to vehicle problems and to keep it easy to read and understand, there are a few very specific rules:
    -Copy the list below in bold into your thread and only provide the information asked for, no more, no less.
    -One list per problem. More than one problem can be posted in the same post, but use seperate lists.
    -No discussions will be allowed in this thread. If you want to discuss a specific problem, contact the poster directly or start a new thread in the relevant section. Copy the post across to the new thread if need be.
    -ANY comments, or posts not conforming to the list below, will be deleted.
    -Only post problems you personally experienced, please no friends' stories or hearsay's.
    Please help to keep this neat and factual.

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    Problem:
    Cause of problem(if known):
    Specifics of repair work carried out:
    Cost of repair:
    Who did the repair:
    Vehicle under warranty, Y/N:
    Was damage covered by warranty:

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    Model: 2000Year:
    Mileage: 170000
    Problem:Loses power under load, towing and uphill, if restartef, resets and has full power for a while
    Cause of problem(if known): Tried replacing air mass sensor, vacuum transducer, cat converter
    Specifics of repair work carried out:
    Cost of repair: many 1000's
    Who did the repair: merc
    Vehicle under warranty, Y/N:n
    Was damage covered by warranty:n
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    Model: W163 ML55 AMG
    Year: 2004
    Mileage: 104 000
    Problem: Sudden loss of power, random missfires on 1 bank
    Cause of problem(if known): Primary Catalytic Converter on right bank broke off and blocked the exhaust pipe thus choking right bank
    Specifics of repair work carried out: ALL 4 CATALYTIC CONVERTERS CUT OUT!
    Cost of repair: R500(Noiseboys redid the stuff up from Hi-Q) (R1200 for Merc reprogramming ECU and other minor repairs)
    Who did the repair: Hi-Q(Redone by noiseboys) and Merc Centurion
    Vehicle under warranty, Y/N: Y
    Was damage covered by warranty: Y Except for the Hi-Q part
    Last edited by Ne3M; 2010/04/15 at 04:11 PM.

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    Model:c200kompressor
    Year:2010

    Mileage:8000
    Problem:delay in 1ste wanneer jy wegtrek of bv. vinnig 'n 3punt draai maak (tiptronic)
    Cause of problem(if known):ratkas
    Specifics of repair work carried out:volgens handelaar is dit 100% standaard want sy maatskappymotor (c200k) doen dieselfde
    werktuigkundige reken daar is fout en nuwe sagteware word tans ontwikkel in Duitsland
    Cost of repair:geen herstelwerk kan gedoen word nie want volgens die "printout" is alles in orde
    Who did the repair:mercedes-benz cetury city
    Vehicle under warranty, Y/N:y
    Was damage covered by warranty?

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    Model: W163 ML270CDI
    Year: 2004
    Mileage: 104 000
    Problem: Aircon Pump failure
    Cause of problem(if known): Bearing on swash plate got out somehow and caused the pump to fail.
    Specifics of repair work carried out: New pump (Denso), condensor and expansion valve
    Cost of repair: R12,700
    Who did the repair: OE Airconditioning
    Vehicle under warranty, Y/N: N
    Was damage covered by warranty: Y N
    --Kar

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    Model: W163 ML270CDI
    Year: 2004
    Mileage: 85 000
    Problem: Right front door locking solenoid
    Cause of problem(if known): Random failure.
    Specifics of repair work carried out: Replaced solenoid
    Cost of repair: R2 000
    Who did the repair: Mercedes Stucky
    Vehicle under warranty, Y/N: Y
    Was damage covered by warranty: Y Y
    --Kar

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    Model: W163 ML270CDI
    Year: 2004
    Mileage: 90 000
    Problem: Right front pressure switch on seat causing SRS light to come on
    Cause of problem(if known): Random failure.
    Specifics of repair work carried out: Replaced Control unit
    Cost of repair: R6 000
    Who did the repair: Mercedes Stucky
    Vehicle under warranty, Y/N: Y
    Was damage covered by warranty: Y Y
    Last edited by Ne3M; 2010/12/16 at 07:39 AM.
    --Kar

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    Model: W163 ML55 AMG
    Year: 2004
    Mileage: 86 000
    Problem: Baby seat recognition unit failure.
    Cause of problem(if known): Faulty unit
    Specifics of repair work carried out: Replaced unit
    Cost of repair: R2500
    Who did the repair: Merc Centurion
    Vehicle under warranty, Y/N: Y
    Was damage covered by warranty: Y
    --Kar

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    Model: W163 ML350
    Year: 2003
    Mileage: 154 000
    Problem: ABS , BAS & ESP lights on
    Cause of problem(if known):
    Specifics of repair work carried out: Replaced Rear Speed sensor, fixed wiring ?
    Cost of repair: 2200.00
    Who did the repair: Merc Konstansia Kloof
    Vehicle under warranty, Y/N: N
    Was damage covered by warranty: N

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    Model: W163 ML55 AMG
    Year: 2004
    Mileage: 119 000
    Problem: Engine light on, engine would idle rough, reduced power.
    Cause of problem(if known): Faulty MAF(Mass Airflow) Sensor
    Specifics of repair work carried out: Replaced MAF Sensor
    Cost of repair: R1590
    Who did the repair: Me, bought MAF @ Merc Centurion (Merc was cheapest comparing to Midas and Bosch service centre)
    Vehicle under warranty, Y/N: N
    Was damage covered by warranty: N
    --Kar

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    Model: W163 ML55 AMG
    Year: 2004
    Mileage: 122 500
    Problem: Saw a drop of water at the expansion tank. After Further investigation it turned out that the expansion tank nipple was cracked due deteriorated plastic.
    Cause of problem(if known): Age?! (Note that the car is only 7 years old)
    Specifics of repair work carried out: Replaced exapnsion tank
    Cost of repair: R200 (Bought pirate tank from Amazon, Merc Quoted R1600)
    Who did the repair: Me
    Vehicle under warranty, Y/N: N
    Was damage covered by warranty: N
    --Kar

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    Model: W164 (ML 500 5.5L)
    Year: 2007

    Mileage: 56 000KM
    Problem: Engine Warning Light
    Cause of problem(if known): Faulty solenoids on variable valve timing system for intake camshafts
    Specifics of repair work carried out: Replaced faulty solenoids
    Cost of repair: R6 000.00
    Who did the repair: MB Union Motors Port Shepstone
    Vehicle under warranty, Y/N: Y
    Was damage covered by warranty: Y

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    Model: R171 (SLK 350)
    Year: 2005

    Mileage: 36 000KM
    Problem: Noisy powersteering
    Cause of problem(if known): Unknown fault inside sealed powersteering pump unit
    Specifics of repair work carried out: Replacement of faulty powersteering pump
    Cost of repair: R13 000.00
    Who did the repair: MB Bryanston
    Vehicle under warranty, Y/N: Y
    Was damage covered by warranty: Not entirely, 20% of total bill had to be contributed by me.

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    Year: 2004
    Mileage: 139 500
    Problem: Car was not responding to remote at all. Thought the remote was faulty at first.
    Cause of problem(if known): AAM (All Activity Module) was suspect
    Specifics of repair work carried out: Reset computer by removing the battery terminal for about 1 min.
    Cost of repair: R0
    Who did the repair: Me
    Vehicle under warranty, Y/N: N
    Was damage covered by warranty: N[/QUOTE]
    --Kar

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    Model:W163 ML 500
    Year:2003

    Mileage:142 358
    Problem:Info computer failed
    Cause of problem(if known):loose connection
    Specifics of repair work carried out:Putted new conector on
    Cost of repair:0
    Who did the repair:Me,myself and I
    Vehicle under warranty, Y/N:no
    Was damage covered by warranty:N/a
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    Thumbs down Ml270 cdi fl

    Model: W163 ML 270 CDI
    Year: 2002

    Mileage: 220 000 km
    Problem: Loss of power, sump compression
    Cause of problem(if known): Overfuel, injectors
    Specifics of repair work carried out: Totally overhauled engine
    Cost of repair: R65000
    Who did the repair: Adri van Niekerk Lambertsbaai werkswinkel
    Vehicle under warranty, Y/N: no
    Was damage covered by warranty: no

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    Model: W163 270CDI
    Year: 2002
    Mileage: 124 500
    Problem: Gradual loss of power over a peroid of about 3hours/300 km travelling to the coast
    Cause of problem(if known): When blocking the EGR here on the reef (1600m above sea level) the computer does not know that you have blocked the EGR. Driving down to the coast, the computer notices this and puts the engine in limp mode.
    Cost of repair: R0
    Who did the repair: Me
    Vehicle under warranty, Y/N: N
    Was damage covered by warranty: N[/QUOTE]
    Last edited by Ne3M; 2015/01/16 at 10:34 AM.
    --Kar

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    Year: 2004
    Mileage: 195 000
    Problem: Head light lamp blown
    Cause of problem(if known): Age? 10 years old car
    Cost of repair: R1299
    Who did the repair: Me
    Vehicle under warranty, Y/N: N
    Was damage covered by warranty: N

    Bought xenon HID light from Goldwagen, Merc wanted R1800 for the light. So now my car has a Golf 6 GTI headlamp
    --Kar

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    May I use this opportunity to all MB owners to PM me if they cannot sort out their Merc issues.Pretoria based but thats not a problem as such.

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    Model: W163 ML270 AMG
    Year: 2002
    Mileage: 170k
    Problem: Aromatic smell of diesel in the cabin at traffic lights, escalating to a complete shut-down maneuver while overtaking at speed on the Mabopane highway - engine off, lights off (I was on auto lights). Having found the emergency lane and stopped, started again, but had to keep the revs low.
    Cause of problem(if known): Injector seal (which it seems the engine management system did not like)
    Specifics of repair work carried out: Bought copper seal set from northern diesel. Removed guilty injector. Polished seats, replaced seal and injector. Bought new stretch bolt from MB. Clean screw hole and screw down. Torque using a kitchen scale - torque is way too low for my wrench! Fine since then.
    Cost of repair: About R150 for seals, I think R90 for the Torx screw (I think it was Torx) - (+-2 yrs ago)
    Who did the repair: Myself
    Vehicle under warranty, Y/N: N
    Was damage covered by warranty: N
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    2006 Pajero 3.2did GLX (Ironman - fitted by previous owner) swopped shocks for Bilstein ... GLX - The fewer the buttons the better methinks!
    2002 ML270 AMG - Playing dead currently ... far too many buttons! Heading for Lexus V8...
    2006 Ford KA (Run-around); 1995 Opel Kadett 140S (good "old technology") ; 1993 Opel Rekord 200i (Maroon...it has to be maroon) ; 1997 Mazda Midge 160i (One of my favourites! - Just sold though )

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