About Mercedes-Benz S500
Being a member in the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, formerly known as Sonderklasse (German for "special class", abbreviated as "S-Klasse"), which is Mercedes-Benz's flagship and successor to Mercedes-Benz Type 300, Mercedes-Benz S500 was built by Daimler Benz from 1994 to 1999 and DaimlerChrysler from 1999 to 2006 as a full-size luxury car. Originally introduced as the third-generation S-Class (W140), S500 was also believed to be the renamed version of 500SE. Competing against the BMW 7 Series, Audi A8 and Jaguar XJ, S500 won many awards and recognition such as Wheels Magazine's Car of the Year, Popular Science's Best of What's New-Grand Award and so on. But after being manufactured for about two generations, the S500 was replaced by S550.
The first-generation Mercedes-Benz S500 (W140) was produced from 1994 to 1998 and was introduced when the SE, SEL and SEC cars were named the S-Class in late 1993 for the 1994 model year. It was offered in only two body styles, 4-door sedan and 2-door coupe (C140). During this generation, Mercedes-Benz S500 was powered by a 5.0 L V8 rated at 322 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque and this engine sent power through 4-speed, 5-speed automatic and 5-speed manual transmissions to rear wheels or four wheels. More recent S500 (W220) went on production on August 13, 1998 and went on sale in North America for the 2000 model year. it came in base S500 sedan and S500 4Matic sedan. And S500 still got power from the 5.0 L V8, which could generate 302 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque and power was sent through 7-speed 7G-Tronic transmission to rear wheels or four wheels.
Mercedes-Benz S500 Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
As a model of high-tech, high quality German luxury, Mercedes-Benz S500 has always been a solid choice for luxury large cars. But considering the youngest S500 is at least twelve years old now, you have every reason to learn about these common problems on it:
First, the first issue on Mercedes-Benz S500 is said to the braking failure, which is serious enough to attract every driver's attention. Though most S500 owners have not much knowledge about working principles of automobiles, they know how serious the braking failure will be. Therefore, these typical symptoms of this issue are hoped to be helpful for them to diagnose and solve it as soon as possible. Generally, it often starts with noisy sounds from the brakes when being depressed; the brake could also respond poorly; the brake pedal also pulsates; sometimes, the rear brakes will get locked up, especially on wet surfaces; the brake fluids may also leak on the ground; parking brake cable could not hold the vehicle properly. Once both Brake Warning Light and Parking Brake Light are activated, you should make sure if the S500 brake pad set, brake line, brake disc, brake drum, hydraulic hose, parking brake cable and brake proportioning valve are working properly or not.
Second, for an old model like Mercedes-Benz S500, engine failure is also a very common and serious issue. In case your S500 breaks down immediately when meets the engine problem, you have to be prepared for these symptoms in advance. Some said the issue starts with whining, squealing or rattling sounds from the engine; then it evolves engine running roughly, misfiring, stalling, hard starting and inability to start. After a while, the vehicle also loses power while acceleration and suffers from decreased fuel economy. The illuminated Check Engine Light could be seen as the most obvious sign for you to inspect the working condition of S500 spark plug, engine control module, engine mount, oil filter, air filter, fuel pump, throttle body and valve cover gasket.
Moreover, please attach enough importance to performing routine maintenance on vulnerable auto parts on your Mercedes-Benz S500. Parts including S500 seat belt, windshield wiper, wiper blade, fog light, headlight, antenna and cabin air filter should be added to routine maintenance list.
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