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2003 Mercedes-Benz SL Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs)

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12/29/09 NHTSA ID: 10030964
TSB ID: SB-090930

Mercedes: the limited warranty on the sbc hydraulic unit for models 211, model 219 and models 230 was extended from the original 4 years/50,000 miles to 10 years with no mileage limitation. the sbc hydraulic unit extended limited warranty
12/23/09 NHTSA ID: 10030939
TSB ID: SB-P-047527

Mercedes: parktronic intermittently not functioning. the function works again after a short time or distance. when the foot operated parking brake is applied, the parktronic system is deactivated. if the foot operated parking brake is o
12/22/09 NHTSA ID: 10030929
TSB ID: TSB-42-10-109

Mercedes: corrosion protection coatings for brake components and hardware may be damaged and or stripped away if highly concentrated acid based cleaners are used. once the corrosion protection is damaged or removed the brake components an
05/12/09 NHTSA ID: 10028644
TSB ID: PB-42-46-102

Mercedes: vehicle fails star diagnosis test; inspect brake system for air." models 230, 219, and 211. model years 2003-2009.
05/12/09 NHTSA ID: 10028626
TSB ID: PB-32-50-35C

Mercedes: the vehicle's suspension level randomly lowering while driving and/or rapid sporadic level changes shortly after stopping the vehicle, replace the body acceleration sensors. models 215.3, 220, and 230. model years unknown.
05/11/09 NHTSA ID: 10028587
TSB ID: PB-46-20-16E

Mercedes: leaks at steering gear control head connection to high or low pressure lines or leaks at internal steering lines of control head connection to steering gear housing. models 171, 203, 204, 209, 211, 215, 216, 219, 220, 221, and 2
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10/03/07 NHTSA ID: 10022893
TSB ID: 033008

Check engine light on / fault codes fc1200 / fc1208 stored in me-sfi control unit. mercedes-benz model c230, c280, c350, slk280, slk350, clk350, clk550, e350, e550, cls550, s600, and sl550. equipped with m272 engine or m273 engine. *nj
05/14/07 NHTSA ID: 10021522
TSB ID: 322546

Knocking noise from the front axle area.
05/19/06 NHTSA ID: 10019990
TSB ID: 463040

Flow noises from area of power steering pump and/or foaming of power steering oil in reservoir.
02/13/06 NHTSA ID: 10019128
TSB ID: 331516

Steering wheel twitch during brake application. various models including mercedes benz 2006 model 230.
01/18/06 NHTSA ID: 10018832
TSB ID: 2005100015

Inspect sbc suction hose, replace if necessary, to improve the brake bleeding process.
09/27/05 NHTSA ID: 10016670
TSB ID: 470036

Mercedes: the fuel level indicated in the instrument cluster does not match the actual fill level. this may be caused by a fault in the fuel level sensor function chain: hydraulic and electrical lines and their connections, rear sam or in
05/04/05 NHTSA ID: 10014573
TSB ID: 424658

Activation of the sensotronic brake control (sbc) system with das software 02/05. mercedes-benz models 199, 211, 219, 230 my 2003-2006.
02/23/05 NHTSA ID: 10012246
TSB ID: 484656

Sensotronic brake control (sbc) noise diagnostic flow charts. mercedes-benz models 211, 230 model years 2003-2005.
01/31/05 NHTSA ID: 10011705
TSB ID: 4653

Brake malfunction sbs visit workshop. displayed within the insturment cluster's multifunction display. (mercedes benz, model 211 and 230 year 2005). *jb
01/31/05 NHTSA ID: 10011740
TSB ID: 1516

Steering wheel twitch during brake application. *jb
01/31/05 NHTSA ID: 10011709
TSB ID: 4654

Parts identification for the sbs hydraulic unit.(mercedes benz, model 230, year 2005) *jb
07/30/04 NHTSA ID: 10008444
TSB ID: 424646B

Sensotronic brake control (sbc) bleeding procedure. various including my2005 m-benz e-class and sl-class included. this bulletin supersedes pb42.46/46 dated june 24, 2004. all models.
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03/26/03 NHTSA ID: 10000638
TSB ID: 070021D

Engine ticking (piston slap) noise complaints when accelerating between 1200 and 3000 rpm. models e500, sl500, clk500 my2003.
05/07/18 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10136041
TSB ID: LI27.60-P-059296

Selector lever blocks in position "p" (brake applied)
05/07/18 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10135628
TSB ID: LI82.70-P-060004

Iphone mobile phone: various complaints after software update to ios8
05/07/18 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10135917
TSB ID: LI83.00-P-052510

Malfunctions of various control units and/or on-board power supply problems caused by water in the control unit tray under the driver/front passenger seat (dislocated, pinched or leaking condensation hose)
12/06/10 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10034565
TSB ID: LI-54-25-P047464

Mercedes (xentry): implausible gear indicator on instrument cluster, shift paddles non functional. no model years listed.
06/30/10 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10033070
TSB ID: LI-58-40

Xentry (mercedes): engine warning lamp is currently on or was on and a delay fault of the camshaft adjust to current or stored in the engine control unit. models 171, 203, 209, 211, 219, 221, 216, 230, 164, 251, and 403. no model years li
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12/23/09 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10030941
TSB ID: SB-P-047124

Mercedes: cracking noise from the area of the instrument panel/firewall when cornering, during throttle lift off and on uneven roads. stress at the spot welds on the firewall to the right of the brake booster can result in cracking noises
07/20/09 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10029945
TSB ID: PB-91-60-189

Mercedes: there is a srs warning in the instrument cluster; this may be due to the wss control unit connection being loose or unplugged. no model years listed.
05/11/09 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10028585
TSB ID: PB-82-10-376F

Mercedes vehicles: the xenon or bi-xenon headlamp not functioning. a function description can be found in wis document gf8s.10-p-20010 (203), gf82.10-p-0003q (209); gf82.10-p-3002r (230). model years uknown.
05/19/06 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10019993
TSB ID: 2006030011

A potential malfunction which could render the secondary air injection pump relay inoperable thereby affecting the proper operation of the secondary air injection pump.
09/27/05 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10016687
TSB ID: 325029

Abc visit workshop displayed in instrument cluster and hydraulic fluid leakage. updated 5/14/09. models 215, 220 and 230. model years unknown.
09/26/05 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10016632
TSB ID: 2005070017

The alternator regulator may fail to prevent voltage values ranging beyond the specified tolerance limits.
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01/28/05 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10011693
TSB ID: 5465130

Parktronic triggers without obvious cause at front bumper in mercedes model numbers 171/211/230. *tc
05/23/12 Other NHTSA ID: 10044222
TSB ID: 40-P-052794

Mercedes benz: front or rear seat belt does not roll up correctly. dirt deposits on the seat belt guide due to soiled seat belt. also included models 169, f cell, 246, and 231. no model years given. *js
02/13/06 Other NHTSA ID: 10019138
TSB ID: 773028

Penetration of water into the vario (hardtop) roof.
11/08/05 Other NHTSA ID: 10017492
TSB ID: 2005090018

The oval contours of the left and right locks may lead to a noise complaint. inspect retractable roof locks and replace if necessary.
07/29/05 Other NHTSA ID: 10015604
TSB ID: 322527

Thumping/rumbling noise from front of vehicle. mercedes-benz model 230. model year 2003-2005.
01/27/05 Other NHTSA ID: 10011629
TSB ID: 8235428

Windshield washer nozzles heating inoperative. *tc

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Mercedes-Benz SL TSBs (Technical Service Bulletins)

Some things are often misunderstood about recalls and technical service bulletins (TSBs). Plus a disclaimer.

  1. Recalls do not have to be issued only because something is prone to failure. NHTSA (a government agency) can only require a recall if a failure will affect safety, emissions, fuel economy, or compliance with some other regulation or law. Manufacturers can voluntarily recall cars for problems that do not affect these, though.
  2. Recalls often apply to only some cars of a specific model year, rather than all of them. You should receive a letter from the manufacturer if your car has been recalled. You can also check with the dealer, which will know which (if any) recalls pertain to your car.
  3. The primary purpose of TSBs is to inform dealers about known problems with a car and how to fix them. They are not the same as recalls. As with recalls, TSBs often only apply to some cars, not the entire model year.
  4. Dealers often will not provide a preventive repair just because a problem described in a TSB might happen to your car. They'll usually want to observe symptoms that the problem is already affecting your car.
  5. Even if there are symptoms, a manufacturer doesn't have to pick up the cost of a TSB repair if the car is out of warranty, though sometimes they do.

We provide the text of recalls and TSBs as provided by NHTSA. There can be errors in the text. If you sign up for notifications in My Garage, we will try to get these to do, but for various reasons (some beyond our control) cannot guarantee you will receive them. When in doubt about a recall or TSB, contact the dealer.