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Mercedes-Benz E-Class repairs by problem area

Engine (31%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (9%)

Brakes and Traction Control (5%)

Suspension and Steering (13%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (28%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (7%)

Other (5%)

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Mercedes-Benz E-Class brake repair cost distribution

$2500+ (5%)

$1000 - $2499 (13%)

$500 - $999 (18%)

$100 - $499 (28%)

< $100 (36%)

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Chart based on 102 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4dr Sedan

302-horsepower 3.5L V6 7-speed shiftable automatic RWD

7700 mi Parking brake cable separated from brake mechanism causing main dash alert. 

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2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 577hp 5.5L V8 7-speed shiftable automatic AWD

57660 mi

C $460
Front Caliper seized. This require replacement of both front rotors and the passenger front caliper. Brake pads changed as well due to new rotors. 

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2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 402hp 4.7L V8 7-speed shiftable automatic AWD

60000 mi

US $3000
Rotors and pad replacement. 

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2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 195hp 2.1L I4 Diesel 7-speed shiftable automatic RWD

26000 mi Parking brake replaced 
39000 mi Parking brake would sporadically not release. 

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2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4dr Sedan

302-horsepower 3.5L V6 7-speed shiftable automatic AWD

45000 mi Sticking parking brake in cold weather. 
44000 mi

US $525
Additionally front brakes had to be replaced, Auxilary battery needed replaced and a software update to fix the steering wheel motor. 
37000 mi The parking brake doesn't release on its own I had to help it with my left foot. It was really a problem especially on very cold days. Parking brake assembly was replaced. This was done under the CPO warranty. 

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2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 210hp 3.0L V6 Diesel 7-speed shiftable automatic RWD

52800 mi Parking brake stuck 

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2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4dr Sedan

302-horsepower 3.5L V6 7-speed shiftable automatic AWD

42800 mi Entire steering column replaced since Traction Control stops working. This also led to inoperative cruise control. 

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2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4dr Sedan

382-horsepower 5.5L V8 7-speed shiftable automatic AWD

118000 mi

US $400
Replace front rotors, pads, wear sensor. 

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2009 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 210hp 3.0L V6 Diesel 7-speed shiftable automatic RWD

88000 mi

US $300
Rotors and shoes worn 
43800 mi ESP Failure lamp on 

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2009 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4dr Sedan

268-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

71200 mi

US $275
replace front brake hose 

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2008 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4dr Wagon

507-horsepower 6.2L V8 7-speed shiftable automatic RWD

45000 mi

US $1200
Electronic stability control sensor replaced. Minor issue. 

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2008 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 210hp 3.0L V6 Diesel 7-speed shiftable automatic RWD

44640 mi Replace ESP sensor 
126700 mi

US $400
Brake fluid sensor was not working and gave a message that brake fluid reservoir was low. The sensor had to be replaced and brake system flushed. 
90000 mi

US $420
Rear rotors, pads and sensors replaced. 
68000 mi

US $500
Replaced pads and rotors and mounted winter tires. 

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2008 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 168hp 2.1L I4 Diesel 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

120000 mi

£80
Changed brake pads 

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2008 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4dr Sedan

382-horsepower 5.5L V8 7-speed shiftable automatic RWD

54000 mi

US $200
No cruise control and traction control was gone. Had to replace the steering angle sensor. Fixed. 

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2008 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4dr Sedan

268-horsepower 3.5L V6 7-speed shiftable automatic RWD

62000 mi ESP light on intermittently. Replaced steering angle sensor 
18000 mi ESP inoperative message - faulty steering angle sensor diagnosed - replaced under CPO warranty 

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2008 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4dr Sedan

268-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

1000 mi brake mount cracked 
4000 mi Brake mount replaced. 
13000 mi A message on the dash said Electronic Stability Control System was Off and I could not turn it on via the ESP button. Replaced steering angle sensor. 

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2007 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 208hp 3.0L V6 Diesel 7-speed shiftable automatic RWD

25800 mi ESP warning light came on. Brought in while warning light on. Dealer pulled down codes. Sensor failure. Replaced. No further problems. 
96300 mi

US $1
Replace rear caliper. 

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2007 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4dr Sedan

507-horsepower 6.2L V8 7-speed shiftable automatic RWD

39000 mi

US $480
Steering wheel angle sensor failed, causing the stability control to shut off and the car to ride very stiffly. Part was replaced and paid for by Assurant aftermarket warranty. 
88660 mi

R 1750
ESP failure alarm constantly coming up with related tyre pressure sensor inoperative. Suspension becomes harsh while failure showing. Steering angle sensor failure in this case. Could also have been brake light switch or a wheel speed sensor. Removed and replaced steering angle sensor with second hand unit. New Mercedes part unreasonably priced for what it is. I can now advise the the old unit was in fact serviceable. Stripped it down, cleaned it and retested it and it works just fine. Simple job but must be done carefully. Many video's online to follow. 

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2007 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4dr Sedan

268-horsepower 3.5L V6 7-speed shiftable automatic RWD

17000 mi

US $700
Check engine light came on intermittently. Dealer replaced steering wheel sensor. 
47000 mi

US $510
Steering angle sensor failed.  
60000 mi

US $320
Stability control and cruise control intermittently went out. Replaced steering angle sensor. 
78000 mi

US $800
replace steering angle sensor 
35000 mi

US $487
Replace drivers side rear caliper. The caliper was sticking and would not fully release. 
22000 mi steering wheel position sensor failure, controlling ABS, etc. 
49000 mi

US $350
ESP/traction c is nonfunctional. I am living with it for now. 
68000 mi

US $1500
Traction & cruise control inoperative, ESP warning light on: replaced angle sensor in the steering column. $700. 

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2007 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4dr Sedan

268-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

32300 mi

US $470
esp light coming on; speed control inoperative as well 
30100 mi This was 3rd visit to repair ESP and Speedtronic that were intermittently failing. DTB performed 
32000 mi Vehicle in shop for 4th time to attempt permanent fix. Advised service manager that this now elevating to a safety issue. 2nd steering angle sensor replaced under warranty with "updated part"[apparently 1st module was defective]. 

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2006.5 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 168hp 2.1L I4 Diesel 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

145000 mi O/S/R brake pipe corroded, replaced pipe and renewed fluid 

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2006 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4dr Wagon

268-horsepower 3.5L V6 7-speed shiftable automatic RWD

134000 mi Failed ABS unit. 

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2006 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 201hp 3.2L I6 Diesel 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

42000 mi

US $500
Steering angle sensor failure. Replaced SAS, but error code remained. 
43000 mi

US $200
Yaw sensor failure. 
93000 mi

US $200
Replace pads & rotors 
160000 mi

US $900
excellent car. follow service manual and drive. 
73000 mi

US $500
Brake hoses, found during state inspection. 

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2006 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4dr Sedan

268-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

64000 mi Lateral stability sensor, under back seat. ESP warning light. 

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2005 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4dr Wagon

221-horsepower 3.2L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

124000 mi Supplemental Braking Control (SBC) module end-of-life warning message 
115000 mi

US $198
As usual it was normally easy but the emergency brake was problem. 
46000 mi

US $100
Brake light has come on twice. Said take for immediate service. Problem disappeared after parking. Reappeared two days later.  

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2005 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 201hp 3.2L I6 Diesel 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

146000 mi

US $1500
Received a "Service Brake - visit workshop" message on my dashboard. Mechanic's code search called for the Sensotronic Brake Control Unit to be replaced. Brakes worked fine but after discussion decided to go with my trusted guy's advice. 

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2005 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4dr Sedan

supercharged 469hp 5.4L V8 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

123000 mi SBC system warning message 
131000 mi Sbc light came back on. Dealer said replacement of system due to accumulator leak. Cost is ~$3000.  

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2005 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4dr Sedan

302-horsepower 5.0L V8 7-speed shiftable automatic RWD

96000 mi

US $650
Battery light with "visit workshop" displayed. Car needed emergency brake battery replaced 
57200 mi

US $700
steering input sensor failed and was replaced 
85440 mi SBC System is showing alarm and visit workshop .. a mercedes w211 issue and the dealer refuses to repair 
88700 mi

¤500
W211 SBC issue 

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2005 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4dr Sedan

221-horsepower 3.2L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

3800 mi correction: electronic brake unit problems/failure replacement was in March not jan. 

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2004 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4dr Wagon

302-horsepower 5.0L V8 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

85000 mi

US $1000
Change rotors, pads and brake control unit which was defective 
120900 mi

C $400
Replace front pads (wear), rotors (corrosion, car sat for a year+ before i bought it). Replace one OEM wheel due to a crack in it 

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2004 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4dr Wagon

221-horsepower 3.2L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

109700 mi SBC reservoir faulty. 
162000 mi

US $3800
Sensotronic brake control (SBC) pump rebuild 

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2004 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4dr Wagon

221-horsepower 3.2L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

91000 mi

US $160
R/R front brake pads and sensors 

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2004 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4dr Sedan

supercharged 469hp 5.4L V8 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

76000 mi

US $1200
SBC module malfunction, reached end of service light. Accumulator also failed. 

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2004 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4dr Sedan

221-horsepower 3.2L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

95000 mi

US $1800
Replace SBC Control Unit (SBC brake system), 
116000 mi

US $2500
SBC [stability control] unit 
158000 mi

US $540
Front brakes,  

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2004 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4dr Sedan

164000 mi

US $250
reprogrammed SBC controller 
176200 mi

US $250
replaced both ABS rings rear axle replaced all brake lines under the car' caused by brake line failure at Right Rear wheel, Failure was due to corrosion, enhanced by 10 years of exposure to liberal application of winter road salt in our locality 
185000 mi

US $300
Replaced front rotors / drums Repaired / replaced last foot of front brake lines 

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2003 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4dr Sedan

supercharged 469hp 5.4L V8 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

97400 mi

US $529
As previously mentioned as a weak engineering point in my review of the E55, the component that went bad was the pressure reservoir on the SBC unit. I found the part on ebay for $529. This would have been a $1100 at the dealer. 
153000 mi

US $2300
Airmatic brake system. 

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2003 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4dr Sedan

302-horsepower 5.0L V8 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

69000 mi Check ABS system--diagnose reason for warning light; determine covered by warranty and referred for dealer repair 
71000 mi SBC pump for primary braking system failed. 7 days in shop for warranty repairs. Estimate cost $2500 pump $1000 Labor Total estimate $3500 
125000 mi

US $800
The car has dual electrical systems for the electronic brakes. The computer controlling both systems failed and killed the battery at night. Replaced computer. 
90000 mi SBC Brake module timed out. Mercedes Benz extended the warranty period for this item up to 100k miles. 
103000 mi

US $1200
Brake "collector" (a cylinder that is part of the SBC brake system) had gone bad and had to be replaced. 

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2003 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4dr Sedan

221-horsepower 3.2L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

62000 mi Car was having a jolt and vibration thru the steering wheel while braking. Independent mechanic said it was due to warped rotors and also the SBC pump had reached its threshold but was still covered under warranty. 
68700 mi SBC pump was going out. 
102000 mi

US $2080
Brakes went out suddenly. Replaced Sensotronic Brake Control (SBC) Operating Unit to correct. 
87000 mi I got a message stating "brakes, visit workshop" I had an independant garage pull the full code with the STAR diagnostic system to find the SBC unit was beyond is lifespan. Dealer replace no charge to me. New unit functions quieter than old. I got a message stating "brakes, visit workshop" I had an independant garage pull the full code with the STAR diagnostic system to find the SBC unit was beyond is lifespan. Dealer replace no charge to me. New unit functions quieter than old. 
108000 mi

US $2000
SBS System Failure 
141000 mi

US $2800
Replace ABS 
166200 mi

US $300
Warning light indicating brakes instructing me to take to shop. Gone more than a week. When I got it back the warning lights were gone. No mention of any charges on the statement so I don't know what, if any, work was done. Warning message back in Feb. 
88600 mi

C $245
the codes had to be reset because the dash message said go to shop for brakes 

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2003 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4dr Sedan

31000 mi Required a software update for the brakes, SBS message came up while driving in a car park, and applied the brakes. 

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2002 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4dr Wagon

221-horsepower 3.2L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

130000 mi

US $210
new caliper, rotors turned and pads 

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2001 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4dr Wagon

221-horsepower 3.2L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

139700 mi

US $600
All brake lines replaced. 

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2001 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4dr Sedan

275-horsepower 4.3L V8 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

341000 mi

US $220
LR Caliper locked up - replace caliper, pads, rotor 

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2001 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4dr Sedan

275-horsepower 4.3L V8 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

182000 mi

US $4500
hydraulic system failure. replace hydraulic unit @ $1920 + labor. 

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2001 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4dr Sedan

221-horsepower 3.2L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

100500 mi rear brake lights switch needed to be replaced 

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2001 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4dr Sedan

221-horsepower 3.2L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

125000 mi

US $1000
ABS motor leaked badly and was replaced with used part. 
133000 mi

US $100
Brake line was damaged during prior repair work and failed. Was replaced. 
164000 mi

US $1500
Brake lines replaced. 
164000 mi

US $600
Rear brakes and rotors replaced 

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2000 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4dr Wagon

221-horsepower 3.2L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

127100 mi parking brake...Sold the damned car!! Free at last! 

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2000 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4dr Sedan

221-horsepower 3.2L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

98000 mi Had new tires and brakes installed by local Goodyear. Within 100 miles ABS and BAS systems failed forcing car into limp home mode. Brake pedal switch has now failed 
112000 mi

US $750
wheel sensors had worn and brake pedal switch failed. 

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1999 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Engine not specified

129000 mi

£300
Change break discs, pads, pipes and fluid 
166200 mi

US $4500
Brake lines failing; replaced 

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1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Engine not specified

34000 mi

US $25
BAS/ASR light on intermittently for weeks. Replaced brake light sensor myself with $25 part from local shop - they got it from MB in a few hours. Problem resolved. 

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1996 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

93000 mi

$150
BAS/ASR sensor replaced. 
220000 mi

US $2000
steering column shifter and key 

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