Mercedes Benz - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Compare Mercedes Benz models

The following chart shows the Mercedes Benz models that have had the most problems reported. Note that a model on the top of the list may simply indicate that it is a popular model rather than a problematic car. For example, over the years, Mercedes Benz has sold far more C300 model cars than the SL230 model.

Table 1. Compare Mercedes Benz models

Mercedes Benz Model Number of Problems
  C300
2,746
  E350
1,178
  E320
1,086
  ML320
996
  ML350
880
  C230
792
  GLK350
626
  C250
531
  E500
472
  320
422
  C350
395
  GL450
391
  E Class
368
  E55
367
  S Class
295
  C320
270
  S430
262
  R350
261
  SL500
227
  C Class
217
  E550
195
  SLK230
184
  ML430
179
  C280
172
  S500
168
  CLA250
165
  CLK320
145
  S550
139
  500
128
  ML500
114
  M Class
114
  240
110
  C240
106
  CLK350
102
  SLK
95
  S600
90
  300
89
  E430
89
  CLS550
76
  CLS500
73
  Clk Class
69
  E300
69
  C220
64
  E63
59
  Sl Class
56
  CL500
55
  SLK350
54
  Cl Class
53
  SL550
53
  SLK280
51
  GL550
50
  CLK430
50
  SLK320
50
  280
40
  Metris
39
  CLK500
37
  430
37
  230
36
  420
36
  CLS55
34
  GL320
32
  R500
30
  CL-600
27
  CL550
22
  SL320
21
  600
21
  SL55
20
  SL600
20
  220
18
  S350
17
  Cls Class
17
  S420
16
  GL
16
  ML55
15
  R Class
15
  CL55
13
  GLK
13
  S320
13
  CL600
12
  G500
11
  E250
10
  CLS63
10
  C55
9
  SLK55
9
  G55
8
  400
8
  202
7
  ML
7
  208
7
  190
7
  ML63
6
  CL63
6
  CLK550
5
  124
4
  CLK55
4
  203
4
  170
4
  210
4
  215
4
  G Class
3
  129
3
  S65
3
  SL65
2
  163
2
  C203
1
  463
1
  CL215
1
  SL230
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Number of problems reported for all models of Mercedes Benz built from year 1996 to 2019.

Owners of Mercedes Benz cars have reported a total of 16,816 problems across all Mercedes Benz models built from year 1996 to 2019. The average number of problems per model year in this period, reported across all Mercedes Benz models, is 692.4. Cars from Mercedes Benz's 2008 model year have the most problems reported (1,529 problems).

Table 2. Number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service

Model Year Number of Problems
  1996 Mercedes Benz
235
  1997 Mercedes Benz
271
  1998 Mercedes Benz
534
  1999 Mercedes Benz
771
  2000 Mercedes Benz
919
  2001 Mercedes Benz
1,036
  2002 Mercedes Benz
776
  2003 Mercedes Benz
1,093
  2004 Mercedes Benz
890
  2005 Mercedes Benz
902
  2006 Mercedes Benz
1,361
  2007 Mercedes Benz
1,264
  2008 Mercedes Benz
1,529
  2009 Mercedes Benz
1,038
  2010 Mercedes Benz
997
  2011 Mercedes Benz
753
  2012 Mercedes Benz
663
  2013 Mercedes Benz
582
  2014 Mercedes Benz
507
  2015 Mercedes Benz
259
  2016 Mercedes Benz
103
  2017 Mercedes Benz
101
  2018 Mercedes Benz
30
  2019 Mercedes Benz
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Common problems of Mercedes Benz Vehicles

The following chart shows the most common problems reported across all models of Mercedes Benz cars. The number one most common problem of Mercedes Benz cars is related to the vehicle's air bags, with 3,016 problems reported. The second most common Mercedes Benz car problem is related to the vehicle's electrical system (2,128 problems).

Table 3. Common problems of Mercedes Benz vehicles



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