Mercedes Benz E320 owners have reported 27 problems related to service brakes (under the service brakes category).
The w211 mercedes (e-class) have sensotronic brake control (sbc) units for the brakes. When, not if, but when they go out, there is no prior warning or anything at all. All braking ability just stops out of nowhere. This is obviously a huge safety concern because all brakes in the car stop working. This issue is well known and mercedes needs to change out the sbc pumps on these cars because the consequences can, and will, be disastrous.
See all problems of the 2003 Mercedes Benz E320.
This vehicle is equipped with sensotronic brake control that has a service threshold. When this threshold is reached the brake system defaults to non power assisted hydraulic mode to the front wheels only. This occurs without any prior warning and results in increased stopping distance. Mercedes has a service bulletin s142. 46-p-0012a which addresses this issue. Mercedes stopped installing this system in 2006. At the very least, mercedes should issue a mandatory recall to interrogate these vehicles with star das to determine how close to the service threshold the sbc unit is and replace them at the dealer's expense. This is a major safety issue that needs to be addressed.
See all problems of the 2006 Mercedes Benz E320.
This vehicle is equipped with sensotronic brake control that has a service threshold. When this threshold is reached the brake system defaults to non power assisted hydraulic mode to the front wheels only. This occurs without any prior warning and results in increased stopping distance. I have sent a copy of the mercedes service bulletin s142. 46-p-0012a to nathaniel hayes at dot. Gov which addresses this issue. Mercedes stopped installing this system in 2006. At the very least, mercedes should issue a mandatory recall to interrogate these vehicles with star das to determine how close to the service threshold the sbc unit is and replace them at the dealer's expense. This is a major safety issue that needs to be addressed.
This vehicle is equipped with sensotronic brake control that has a service threshold. When this threshold is reached the brake system defaults to non power assisted hydraulic mode to the front wheels only. This occurs without any prior warning and results in increased stopping distance. Mercedes stopped installing this system in 2006. At the very least, mercedes should issue a mandatory recall to interrogate these vehicles with star das to determine how close to the service threshold the sbc unit is and replace them at the dealer's expense. This is a major safety issue that needs to be addressed.
Mercedes-benz has diagnosed my sbc pump unit, in writing, as "faulty. " they have then gone on to deny and refuse to acknowledge the recall published on this website: NHTSA campaign number: 05v133000. According to 2 mercedes dealerships, and mbusa customer care and claim department, there is no such thing as a recall on the sbc unit, or have they ever heard of NHTSA campaign number: 05v133000 -- there is, however, a limited warranty for the sbc pump. After doing some independent research, it is clear that after recall: NHTSA campaign number: 05v133000, had been submitted to the NHTSA, it has gone completely unacknowledged from that point on. Mercedes has instead "rebranded" it as a warranty-recall, under internal campaign #2005110001, which no longer covers the sbc pump itself, only the wiring around it. There is clearly a conflict/contradiction here, as the mbusa. Com website refers to the service on my car (by VIN) as 05v-311, but the invoice I received from mercedes-benz refers to it as 2005110001.
I was slowing down to exit the highway and when I stepped on the brakes, I felt no pressure on the pedal brakes. I pressed harder on the brakes and still the car didn't slow until I got to a slight incline at the end of the ramp. Then a red warning light on the dashboard appeared reading "reduced brake power". I turned off the engine and waited a couple of minutes. I managed to get home safely. I called a certified mechanic and he told me to call the mercedez benz dealer because of a possible recall. As per the mechanic, this are the faulting codes: c2131 - pressure reservoir faulty c249f - operating time of component a7/3 (sbc left hydraulic unit) is exceeded c25d5 - hydraulic fault malfunction in pressure supply as of this writing, my brakes have not been repaired.
See all problems of the 2005 Mercedes Benz E320.
Tl-the contact owns a 2003 Mercedes Benz E320. The contact stated that the brakes visit workshop! warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. The independent mechanic diagnosed that the sbc pump failed. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The approximate 139,000. Ne.
My car skidded of the road after I tried to brake in order to slow down because two right wheels of the car were in a puddle. I completely lost control of the car, and did not understand what was happening. I was on a ramp approaching highway 101, and I was not speeding. It was a really scary moment. I took the car to the mercedes dealership, and their conclusion was that there is nothing wrong with the car, which is hard to believe.
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I was driving ewa bound on beretania street at about 7:45pm at speed 25mph. The car had a red warning and beeps said brake malfuntion, stop vehicle! at this time my car can not brake at all because the brake was completely not working when my car is driving. I have to put in neutral and use the assistance brake to stop the car. Luckily I was not on highway with fast speed! I found out this is common happen to this model due to the fault of sbc abs brake pump. Parts is breaking down but not on brake pump happen when the car is driving. It is totally dangerous! mercedes should have recall to correct the problem. Please investigate and enforcing mercedes to improve. Thanks.
The contact owns a 2003 Mercedes Benz E320. The contact stated while driving approximately 40 mph, the brake pedal was depressed with a delayed response from the vehicle. The failure was recurring. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, who stated that the sensotronic brake control would need to be replaced. There was a recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 04v296000 (service brakes, hydraulic), however the contact's VIN was not included. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 86,000.
First incident, brakes! visit workshop! message was illuminated on the information system. Took the vehicle to the dealer and vehicle was diagnosed with sbc pump failure. Dealer replaced part under extended warranty for this part because it has a known defect. Second incident, on April 25, 2013, one day after I took my car from the dealer, stop!, reduced brake power, esp malfunction message appeared. I stopped the car and had it towed to the dealer. Dealer replaced the part again stating that they only have re-manufactured ones and the one I had got was a bad re-manufactured part. Dealer replaced part again. Third incident, on may 1 2013, 5 days after I picked up my car stop!, reduced brake power and esp malfunction light came on again when I was pulling into a garage at a hotel. I came close to hitting the car in front of me that was taking a ticket to get into the garage. I don't know what could have happened if I was going faster than I was. The brake will not work at all once these messages appear.
After refueling, the car has a strong gasoline odor inside and outside the car. The air brakes make a roaring noise when pressed. The air bag is deactivated.
See all problems of the 2004 Mercedes Benz E320.
Vehicle suddenly showed brake reduce "require longer braking distance". I had the same issue before but I did not pay special attention of it because I thought it would just be a brake pad replacement indicator. Until I sent the car in at the dealer for service, they told me that it was an issue related to the sbc unit. Later, I found it online that it was a common known issue for 2003-2005 model. This could be very dangerous for people who was driving the vehicle on freeway if something like this happened. I called the manufacture and all they said was the unit would only be covered within a 10 year period and they did not have any other solution provided.
A little less than 2 years ago, vehicle's sensotronic brake control (sbc) system failed. It was replaced by mercedes dealer with a re-manufactured unit under the ten year warranty for that brake system. That system is very well known to break down without warning which renders car a moving hazard to occupants and other motorists. On mb forums, it is stated by commentators/owners that unit has a life span of 300,000 actuations; brake pushes. This is not anywhere in the mb literature or owner's manual. Car electronics have no meter to measure or gauge those actuations, so a catastrophic failure could occur without me the driver being prepared for it. Mercedes benz needs to warranty this safety related defect for the life of the car.
While driving at 45mph to go to work my car lost the brakes. The display showed brakes defective. Luckily I had plenty of space to stop the car with emergency brakes. I did diagnostic on the car and the sensotronic brake control sbc unit as mercedes-benz calls it (the brake unit) was defective. This is unacceptable defect and could be life threatening to others if they loose the brakes like I did while driving. Dealer diagnosed the car as well and replaced the sbc pump.
It started with a esp warning on the cluster, with increased brake distance, after restart the warning was gone, after many months the warning came back on in Nov of 2013, went back off and came back on Jan 14 2014, called the mercedes dealer in nashville TN, was advised that the auto did have a recall on the sbc unit, which is the abs brake system, but the recall ended on 11-12, which I do not understand how a saftey recall can exprire with mileage or date. The repair will cost about $2000. 00 with no manufacture support or help. Merecedes has know about the bosch system have only so many brake cycles, I purchased this vehicle used in 2009 and have never received any infomation on the recall. This is not the way a recall is supposed to work. . Mercedes said sorry, thats not good enough, this is the saftey of my family and others that own these vehciles.
The "idiot" light messages came on as follows: brake assist, esp, visit workshop followed elect. Stabil. Prog. , esp, visit workshop. These messages then went away, but returned several days later. No issues could be determined as to what could be wrong. This pattern re-occurred over a couple of days. Is there a recall or a service bulletin related to this make, year, and model, related to the message that comes up periodically?.
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On several occasions when starting my vehicle, the dashboard would go completely red, followed by beeping and an esp warning, saying limited breaking. The pedal would go to the floor at that point. Sometimes I would already have the shift engaged before the lights went off and would have to use the emergency brake to stop the car. We researched and found the recall regarding the hydraulic braking system and took the car to a mercedes dealer for repair. We were advised by the repair shop that if the recalled part was the problem, then the dashboard would light up and we'd have no brakes. We explained that that is exactly what happens, but they would not repair the vehicle until they saw that happen themselves. After keeping the car for 3 days, they returned it saying it was the reservoir which would cost appox. $1800 to replace. We called mercedes corporate about this also, but they have yet to call us back. Looking into the recalled unit, it appears this is all one system and therefore should have been replaced under the recall. I had the car for a couple weeks without another incident until this weekend when I had been driving the car for approximately one hour and after about a half hour of not braking the dashboard lit up red while I was doing approximately 45-50 mph. I tried to brake, but there were no brakes. Fortunately it was very early in the morning and very few people on the road. I was able to pull to the side and use my emergency brake to stop the car. After turning the car off and on about five times, it finally stopped warning me and I was able to drive and park the car safely. If this braking system is known as faulty and was part of a massive recall, why can't I get my car fixed?.
Driving east on us 30 in slow moving traffic on wet pavement (due to previous rain) between toronito street and loucks mill road in york, PA, I attempted to slow down to stay with the traffic and realized the brakes were not working, I applied full pressure expecting the abs to activate and nothing happened. I ran into the back of the car ahead which went into the car in front of him. The impact did not activate the airbags. My seat belt held me but I did receive whip-lash. The insurance company has totaled my car. The consumer received a letter from Mercedes Benz stating the impact damage was below air bag deployment thresholds and the examination of the vehicle, revealed no defect in the braking system. Updated ivoq 01/06/12.
The contact owns a 2005 Mercedes Benz E320. The contact was driving approximately 25-30 mph when a beeping noise sounded inside of the vehicle with the illumination of the brake warning indicator on the instrument panel. When force was applied to the brakes there was minimal response. The contact pulled over to the side of the road and the vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who stated that the vehicle be repaired by the dealer. The vehicle was then towed to the dealer where the sbc hydraulic unit was replaced under the service warranty. The failure mileage was 99,264.
The contact owns a 2003 Mercedes Benz E320. When the contact exited the interstate, an alarm began to sound, indicating that there were no brakes. The following day, the brakes were working properly. The dealer replaced the sbc controller for free. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number 05v133000 (service brakes, hydraulic). The VIN and speed were unknown. The failure mileage was 35,000.
I was driving my 2003 Mercedes Benz e 320 and all of a sudden a sign appeared on the dash board that brake was disabled and I was unable to control the vehicle without a brake and still it was running. Some how I managed to drive the vehicle to a parking lot on left and stopped it by changing the gear to parking. If it was happening after 10 second it would have collided with other vehicles in high speed in a major intersection and I wouldn't be in the face of the earth today. Later I found out that the brake system of 2003 e 320 was in recall. When I checked with the dealer they said it was replaced before and there is no more warranty. I had to pay $2500 to fix the problem from my pocket. I am so upset about this incident - more than the money - the negligence of Mercedes Benz can risk the life of many people like me driving mercedes 2003 E320 model with faulty brake which break down without any warning while going in high speed. What shall I do in this matter?.
Traveling down steep hill at 45 mph. Attempted to apply brakes as I approached a stop sign at bottom of hill. Braking system totally failed as a warning light read "braking system failure - service immediately" attempted to apply brake manually but did not have to strength to push the pedal hard enough to stop the car at that speed. I manually downshifted the car and it slowed to about 10 mph and I coasted it onto the shoulder of the main road and was then able to stop the car with the brake pedal manually. After turning the car off and restarting, the brake system worked again for a few minutes and again failed. Apparently a computer malfunction.
Contact stated when stepping on the accelerator pedal the vehicle will not accelerate. This caused a safety concern because while merging into traffic the vehicle failed to accelerate. This only occurred when the vehicle is stopped or was close to stopping. The majority of the time it happened when the vehicle was started up. There was no indication as to when this will occur. It happened approximately 30 times. The service dealer attempted to repair the vehicle once, but because it happened periodically they could not duplicate the problem. The manufacturer refused to service the vehicle. Consumer felt the problem with the vehicle could be the drive- by -wire or computer system. The right rear brake locked up while the consumer was making a right turn. This occurred after the brake had been reprogrammed. On cold morning the gps did not work properly. The leather on the driver's side air bag was peeling. The tire pressure monitoring system had to be reprogrammed. The front wheel bearing had play in it. The rear alignment was off slightly which caused the vehicle to shimmy while driving above 62 mph. On August 22, 2005 while driving a loaner Mercedes Benz e350 from the dealer the consumer experienced the same intermittent hesitation on acceleration as he had with his own 2004 e350. The consumer believes this hesitation problem is not isolated to vehicle.
Side airbag deployment: contact states while driving vehicle he ran over a piece of rubber in the road, all three side air bags deployed. The service dealer states the passengers in the rear of the car were jolted because of hitting the rubber in the road. Contact states while decelerating the transmission down shifts, the brake system slows down too much and vehicle lurches forward. In stop and go traffic has no brake control.
Brakes grind when put in drive, park and at stop lights. Seat belt indicator had to be fixed after 5 times at the shop, brakes were identified with a problem by mbz after 6 visits to the shop (fletcher jones mbz las vegas), tech stated on the invoice he identified the problem and ordered the parts. When I took the car back in to get the parts, the service manager stated there was a mistake and there was nothing wrong with the brakes and mbz would not fix the problem. Currently none of the seat belts work (when slamming on the brakes they do not lock). Control panel reads "srs malfunction drive to shop", "airbags off", "check engine". Fletcher jones mbz las vegas refuses to comply with the lemon law, repair for one malfunction more than 3 times, out of service (in the shop) for more than 30 days in one calendar year.
Electrical problems out of service 18 days, srs/airbag failures out of service 18 days, ac/defrost blower motor failures out of service 12 days, brakes out of service 9 days, transmission (idle surge/up shifting/stalling) out of service 10 days, front end/tires out of service 10 days. During the lemon law final repair attempt, the dealer wrote on work order that they had installed new brakes because they found "after market brakes" on car. The only place the car has ever been serviced was the dealership where we purchased it. We asked the service advisor and assistant service manager (first they said the brakes were thrown out and then they said the parts were shipped to mb) and wrote two certified letters to Mercedes Benz for the removed parts so we could track the serial numbers. We were ignored. The regional representative who initiated the "brake replacement" was conveniently "promoted out of the area" just before the lemon law hearing so he could not be questioned. We had been complaining about the brakes, especially the stopping distance, from the beginning and they kept saying no problem found. The dealer would not document it on the work orders.
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|Service Brakes problems||
|Brakes Failed problems||
|Brake Light On problems||
|Brake Electric Antilock problems||
|Brake Sensor problems||
|Brake Abs Warning Light problems||
|Brake Disc Rotor problems||
|Brake Antilock Wheel Speed Sensor problems||
|Power Assist Brake problems||
|Abs Brake Fail problems||