Suspension Problems of Mercedes Benz GL450

Mercedes Benz GL450 owners have reported 25 problems related to suspension (under the suspension category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Mercedes Benz GL450 based on all problems reported for the GL450.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2012 Mercedes Benz GL450 1
Failure Date: 07/25/2018

Car just reached 90k miles with limited driving. The airmatic suspension has been acting oddly for the past month - I would find it low in the rear in the morning after being parked in a flat garage. The next day the entire car would be lowered. Whe is turn off the car, you would hear air being released. Today, when parked, there was a loud explosion, the car shook for a few minutes and then the entire thing sank to the wheel wells. Assume the compressor has exploded and after reading various posts, this is a common problem with all mercedes that have airmatic suspensions and should be fixed/recalled by mercedes.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2011 Mercedes Benz GL450 2
Failure Date: 05/26/2018

Recall the air suspension bags keeps busting also I can�t tell how much gas in my tank I replace the back air suspension air bag and now the front has gone out I also replace the suspension leveling value the car bounces when driving.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2011 Mercedes Benz GL450 3
Failure Date: 02/01/2018

The airmatic system exploded while the car was at the Mercedes Benz dealier in modesto, California parked to have the breaks repaired . . According to the dealer the car is no operable due to one of the various airmatic controles exploded while parked waiting being services. The explosion was loud and keept the car bouncing for a couple minutes while the other airmatic controles were deflating due to the explotion. More information can be obtained from the Mercedes Benz dealer in modesto California since the explo tion occurred at their shop.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2009 Mercedes Benz GL450 4
Failure Date: 02/01/2018

I purchased my mb Gl450 in 2010 and at that time it was covered as a pre-owned mb vehicle. Under the warranty, I had the air ride suspension fixed twice. Once on front left and right. After the warrant expired, I have had to do both sides of my suspension again. Now the front left has failed and needs to be repaired. I have read my blogs and posts about this mb suspension defect and want hope the NHTSA can push mb to issue a recall to fix this failed product.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2007 Mercedes Benz GL450 5
Failure Date: 01/10/2018

Takata recall . My car have the air shocks completely down the air is escaping from 3 of them and the car looks and drive very bad ,also the turbine speed control sensor is failing since I purcfchase this vehicle, tha car stop moving forward every time igot to a stop ,and I have to turn the car off and then turn the car on in order to keep moving.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2010 Mercedes Benz GL450 6
Failure Date: 09/16/2017

Rear air suspension exploded while car was stationary in high position engine off . The car shaked .

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2008 Mercedes Benz GL450 7
Failure Date: 08/17/2017

8/30/16 replaced right front airmatic strut. Suspension kept dropping. 8/1717 at times,after closing door,air escapes and suspension drops. Dealer checked codes and nothing. Suspension continues to drop when door closes. Can hear air escaping. Not every time, but 3 out of 4 times.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2012 Mercedes Benz GL450 8
Failure Date: 02/09/2017

Airmatic suspension leak. Requiring expensive repaire. . Only has 61000 miles.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2011 Mercedes Benz GL450 9
Failure Date: 01/25/2017

This car was sold to me as a cpo vehicle from Mercedes Benz of greenwich with 32k miles in 2014. Since ownership all airbags have failed and been replaced except the recalled takata steering wheel air bag. The curtain air bags, rear airbags etc. Are now on the second replacement. The computer failed while driving and the dashboard went completely black and needed to be replaced. The dealership has told me that this year vehicle has continual problems and failures. It the sound like the car should have been recalled. I was told to sell the car privately since the value has plummeted.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2008 Mercedes Benz GL450 10
Failure Date: 11/11/2016

Vehicle goes on one side, dealer blames and repairs struts, same issue happen after 5 months, and dealer blames air suspension bellows. Stiff and noisy steering may also be related to takata recall.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2012 Mercedes Benz GL450 11
Failure Date: 06/15/2016

At 80k miles the front air suspension started leaking and I had them replaced at a cost $2414. 42. I was always worried that next was the back suspension and this is now true that I have to do the same for the rear air suspension and I can estimate based on the last repair price that perhaps will be paying another $2500. I have spoken to various people with the same type of cars whom I met with flattened air suspensions and did not know why their car suspensions were leaking. At least it would be good if mercedes could provide us with metal alternatives because do think in the next 2 to 3 years, I will be replacing them again and again. Please help, this does not seem right or even fair to have leaking suspension.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2007 Mercedes Benz GL450 12
Failure Date: 12/13/2015

2 complaints -1 I was driving w/out a coat on & turned the drivers seat heater on. Then I started feeling a sharp, stinging pain on my back and started smelling the burning of what turned out to be the seat. I almost had an accident trying to get what I thought was a stinging or biting insect off my back. Once I realized it was the seat heater, I turned the seat heater off, only to find I now have a hole in my seat. If mercedes knows they have this problem, as I have come to read here, they should warn people not to use the heaters to avoid an accident and avoid having a hole in the seat or replace the seat and heater. #2 the front air suspension shock crashed on the front of my car. My car sat in the dealership for over a month waiting for mercedes to reengineer the air shock. Finally, they told us to buy an aftermarket and they would install. Shortly thereafter rear of the car wouldn't level and they said it was the compressor so that was replaced. But still the rear was uneven so they replaced both rear shocks and still the car wouldn't level. Then they had the nerve to tell me it was the front aftermarket and they now needed to be replaced. And the dealer told me the car was a 2007 so what should I expect. I stopped going to the dealer and instead took it to a private shop. They replaced a sensor for a minimal charge and the car has been fine since.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2007 Mercedes Benz GL450 13
Failure Date: 09/11/2015

Veh suspension fell, almost lost control.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2008 Mercedes Benz GL450 14
Failure Date: 07/04/2015

The contact owns a 2008 Mercedes Benz Gl450. While driving at 20 mph, the vehicle drove over a pothole and became inoperable. The compressor overheating warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the front axle, hubs, and suspension were corroded and the engine was leaking. All the parts needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 92,876.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2008 Mercedes Benz GL450 15
Failure Date: 12/09/2014

I believe this is a faulty part. I had 31,000 miles on the vehicle when the front airmatic went out. Now the back is going out at 50,000 miles. The first time I took it in they said it's not if it will go out it's when. So I believe Mercedes Benz knows they have problems with this and we are paying for bad parts. I believe this part should be recalled because they know their is a problem.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2010 Mercedes Benz GL450 16
Failure Date: 01/31/2014

My car was very low when I saw it in my parking lot and it was the suspension,and the think is that I already saw a lot of Mercedes Benz with bad suspension I already fix my car 2 times.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2008 Mercedes Benz GL450 17
Failure Date: 09/23/2013

Left-front strut leaked causing damages. We have been complaining for 4 years that the left-front of the car was making noise;took it to the dealer for service numerous times but they were not able to fix the problem.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2007 Mercedes Benz GL450 18
Failure Date: 05/22/2013

Mercedes Gl450 the front end started riding low after driving it and would then adjust itself, which was very noticeable not the minute amount is supposed to do just for aerodynamics. Then it started out low from a parking position and once on the road it would raise a little to where it was drivable that went on for two days I had an appointment to get it inspected and on the third day the front end just lowered itself and the whole car was very unstable jumped up and down because of tbe great difference between the front and back I was driving on a one lane road on a mountainous region which is where I live and had nowhere to pull over. I made it after driving at 30 mph on a 45 mph zone, front air suspension struts that were leaking and told me this car was notorious for this problem. I need you to please look into this o believe it is a hazardous dangerous problem with this vehicle!.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2010 Mercedes Benz GL450 19
Failure Date: 05/07/2013

Upon purchasing this car 4/8/2013 I have been burdened with replacing the front aromatic suspensions. Then the air comprosseror that supplies air to the suspensions, and now the back suspensions are giving up. I don't feel safe in this car, nor I think Mercedes Benz dealer in foothill ranch, CA cares as they know the poor production on these gl-450.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2008 Mercedes Benz GL450 20
Failure Date: 10/11/2012

I own mercedes Gl450 2008 that I bought as new. I saw that the the r/f corner of the vehicle very low. Turns out that the trust airbag is leaking and both suspension/trust assembly need to be replaced. This issue can flip the car if you ran into potholes on the road.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2007 Mercedes Benz GL450 21
Failure Date: 09/20/2012

The contact owns a 2007 Mercedes Benz Gl450. The contact stated the vehicle made a whistling and rumbling sound in the front of the vehicle. The contact confirmed that there was no steering or brake problems. The contact had not taken the vehicle to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The failure mileage was 47,700.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2011 Mercedes Benz GL450 22
Failure Date: 01/02/2012

Were told by a mechanic at betten imports in grand rapids, mi, that the suspension was stuck in the 'low' position, causing the tires to become cupped and pitted. After keeping the vehicle for one week, betten's service manager said that it was bad tires and not the suspension. Only all season tires available for this body type are not adequate for winter driving, and make driving this vehicle in any precipitation hazardous. Driver had ups driver training experience, as well as, on the road sales driving experience. Vehicle bounces around the road and tires become cupped and pitted. Driver did not have these issues with any previous vehicle. Had to replace the tires three times before 44000 miles. We are not sure if this is really an issue with the tires, or if there is a suspension issue with this vehicle, specifically, or the model of this vehicle, in general. Very unsafe to drive in the winter.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2007 Mercedes Benz GL450 23
Failure Date: 12/15/2010

The contact owns a 2007 Mercedes Benz gl 450. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the front end of the vehicle suddenly collapsed. Upon inspection, the contact noticed there was no space between the tire and the wheel well. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was found that the compressor for the front air suspension had failed. The contact also stated that the air compressor was replaced previously but the failure recurred. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 105,000. The VIN was not available.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2008 Mercedes Benz GL450 24
Failure Date: 10/22/2009

We have taken this vehicle to the dealer service numerous time complaining some weird noise coming from the left front side of the vehicle and a bumpy ride. Left vehicle with dealer service at least 8 times for the same problem but never fixed. Right before my warranty expired in December 2012; I took it back to the dealer for the same issue and asked them to completely inspect the vehicle for any problems needing repair before the warranty expires. The dealer service found no issues and were not able to resolve the issue of bumpy ride; asked us to replace tires (we were told the same 3 times previously and we replaced tires each time but never fixed the problem) and we replace all four tires the fourth time in 4 years. Picked up the car and noticed no of the issues were resolved; and the warranty eventually expired. Took it back to the dealer for maintenance and they gave mean an estimate of around $1800 for bad left-front strut. They advised me that the vehicle was unsafe to drive. The vehicle is still at the dealer workshop.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2008 Mercedes Benz GL450 25
Failure Date: 02/06/2009

The contact owns a 2008 Mercedes Benz Gl450. The contact stated that his vehicle has been stalling ever since it was purchased. He took the vehicle back to the dealer and was informed that there was no remedy for the failure. When the stalling occurs, there is no power throughout the vehicle, but it will restart seconds later. In addition to this failure, the sideview mirror is molded, the tire lug nuts are rusted, the power seat and navigation system are malfunctioning, the engine valve cover is cracked, and the compressors for the suspension system has failed. The contact has taken his vehicle back to be repaired numerous times. The failure mileage was 18,000.


Other Common Suspension related problems of Mercedes Benz GL450

Problem Category Number of Problems
Suspension problems
25
Front Suspension problems
5
Rear Suspension Springs problems
4
Suspension Noise problems
3

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