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1.6

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
102,142 miles

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2006 Mercedes-Benz CLS500 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2006 Mercedes-Benz CLS500 Owner Comments

problem #9

Aug 112016

CLS500

  • 103,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2006 Mercedes-Benz Cls500. While driving 65 mph, the ABS warning indicator illuminated. The contact stated that the brakes failed to engage and was forced to drive off to the side of the road in order to stop the vehicle from crashing. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The dealer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 103,000.

- Benton Harbor, MI, USA

problem #8

Jan 082016

CLS500

  • 177,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Mercedes Benz Cls500. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds and attempting to depress the brake pedal, it traveled to the floorboard causing a greater stopping distance. The contact stated that the failure nearly caused accidents on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the sensotronic brake control hydraulic pump had failed and would need to be repaired. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 177,000.

- Mentone, CA, USA

problem #7

Jan 222016

CLS500

  • 107,500 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Mercedes Benz Cls500. The contact stated that while depressing the brake pedal at 70 mph, the vehicle failed to stop and the reduce brake error message displayed. The contact was able to avoid an accident. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the hydraulic pump and the sbc brake system failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and mentioned that the vehicle was previously serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 05V133000 (service brakes, hydraulic). The failure mileage was 107,500.

- Mentone, CA, USA

problem #6

Feb 012016

CLS500

  • 135,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

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 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. The warranty has been extended to 10 years, unlimited mileage, so mb knows of the defect. Unfortunately, many vehicles are outside this 10-year window, yet the problem should be fixed. This is a major safety issue that needs to be addressed.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #5

Sep 122014

CLS500

  • 86,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Mercedes Benz Cls500. While driving approximately 45 mph, the "braking power insufficient" warning indicator illuminated. The contact had to depress the brake pedal to the floorboard in order to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 86,000.

- Odenton, MD, USA

problem #4

Oct 232013

CLS500 8-cyl

  • 111,114 miles
Bought the car in Oct.of 2013. Third brake warning comes on from time to time. Have checked my brake lights with someone pushing the brake pedal while I observed more than once and they work fine. Two of my co-workers have told me recently while following me that my third brake light does not always work. I know there is a brake light issue that is being recalled on a different Mercedes model and year. Was thinking that my vehicle might have the same issue.

- Blue Springs, MO, USA

problem #3

Nov 192012

CLS500

  • 59,767 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2006 Mercedes Cls500. The contact stated that she believes the vehicle was included in recall NHTSA campaign id number: 05V133000 (service brakes, hydraulic). The vehicle was taken to the dealer for the recall repair. The technician stated the sbc unit needed to be replaced but was not covered under the recall. The technician stated the only part covered was the sbc pump. The contact was waiting to hear back from the manufacturer for possible assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 59,767.

- Palm Coast, FL, USA

problem #2

Jul 052012

CLS500 8-cyl

  • 91,900 miles
Driving at steady speed, tried to brake- brake pedal sank to the floor, driver's side front wheel locked up- no apparent braking actually happened, despite pressing on the brake pedal. Locking up of driver's side front wheel caused total loss of vehicle control, causing a 360 degree spin. Car malfunctioned afterwards, could not drive until turned off the engine and restarted the car. There were no warning lights afterward- no brake light, no check engine light, no error message in the dashboard relating to brake failure.

- Rydal, PA, USA

problem #1

Jun 052012

CLS500 8-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Mercedes Benz cls 500. The contact stated while in his home, he could smell gasoline fuel leaking from the vehicle while parked in the residential garage. The contact was unable to locate a fuel leak and took the vehicle to the dealer for inspection. The dealer advised the contact that the fuel pump needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 48,000.... updated 08/15/12 updated 08/16/2012

- Gray Court , SC, USA

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