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1.5

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
111,060 miles

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2006 Mercedes-Benz E350 brakes problems

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2006 Mercedes-Benz E350 Owner Comments

problem #13

Nov 012016

E350

  • 145,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Mercedes-Benz E350. After starting the vehicle, a brake visit workshop warning indicator illuminated. The contact noticed that the warning indicator continuously illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the sensortronic brake control unit failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 04V296000 (service brakes, hydraulic). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 145,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #12

Nov 152016

E350

  • 122,449 miles
Was driving the Mercedes E350 on a hilly road on Nov 15, 2016 when the vehicle lost pretty much all braking capability. The dash started flashing "stop reduced braking power. Depress brake pedal fully" looks like this problem is caused by a manufacturing defect on the brake pump/controller. This incident could have causes serious damage to the car and physical injury if it had occurred at higher speeds or different terrain.

- Brookhaven, GA, USA

problem #11

Sep 072015

E350

  • 129,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Mercedes-Benz E350. While driving approximately 45 to 50 mph, the vehicle approached a ramp and applied the brakes. Messages on the instrument panel illuminated that read "reduced brake pressure and depress brake fully", "traction control", "ABS", and "check engine lights". in addition, the steering wheel locked up when the brakes were applied. The vehicle was pulled over, turned off, restarted, and driven home. The failure recurred. The vehicle was driven to a mechanic who diagnosed that the transmission and engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 129,000.

- Mckinney, TX, USA

problem #10

May 082016

E350

  • 100,000 miles

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

The brakes on this car failed without warning while traveling on interstate at high speed. I have contacted Mercedes and they have agreed to pay the cost of the spc brake unit under warranty; however, the costs of labor is very high and I have to cover it. I am a retired elderly combat disabled war veteran with limited funds and believe Mercedes should recall these dangerous vehicles and and cover the entire costs. The vehicle is currently under repair at fields Mercedes in lakeland Florida

- Sebring, FL, USA

problem #9

Nov 252015

E350

  • 55,766 miles
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. Mercedes Benz has issued a service bulletin S142.46-P-0012A which addresses this issue. Mercedes stopped installing this system in 2006. This is a major safety issue that needs to be addressed.

- Glendale, CA, USA

problem #8

Nov 252015

E350

  • 55,700 miles
Brake service workshop message. Sbc unit failing and loss of brake function noticeable when the light is on. Message goes away but comes back on. Car has 55766 miles and is less than 10 years old.

- Glendale, CA, USA

problem #7

Oct 022015

E350

  • 147,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2006 Mercedes Benz E350. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 55 mph, the vehicle stalled and the service brake warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the sbc pump needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure and the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 04V296000 (service brakes, hydraulic). The failure mileage was 147,000.

- Younges Island, SC, USA

problem #6

May 052015

E350 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Catastrophic sbc system failure. Driving on the turnpike at 65 mph suddenly brakes stopped functioning at all, dashboard turned red with the message sbc failure, depress brake pedal in full, but there was no braking power at all. Coasted, took the nearest exit and could tow the car. I was very lucky. Not a good experience to discover you have no brakes on the highway. Car is in a mechanic shop now, repair will cost over $ 2000. This brake system is a failure, mb discontinued it and went back to the traditional hydraulic system. Mb should had made a recall on this issue as they are aware and it is a failure that can not be predicted, maintenance or age apparently have no influence on the part failing otherwise mb would include the part's replacement as part of a preventive maintenance service. This is a very serious safety issue, and I have seen several people complaining about the same.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

problem #5

Feb 042015

E350 6-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
Defective ABS system, sbc system. Sensotronic brake control system not functioning.

- Canoga Park, CA, USA

problem #4

Mar 312014

E350

  • 159,000 miles
I turned on my engine and made a U-turn to travel up my street. When I completed the turn a red warning light flashed that my break system was not fully operable/take car immediately to dealer. In a few feet, my brakes failed completely, car would not stop, and emergency brakes did not work. When I put my foot on the brakes, it went to the floor; no amount of pumping stopped the car. The warning flashed "pump brakes! I continued, to no avail, and finally, about 15 feet before the intersection, the car slowed to a stop. This occurred on Monday (I had just picked up my car the Friday before because the brakes were making a "squeaky-chirp like sound when pressed, after work had been done by the dealer on another issue. I took it back the same day that happened and was told there was air in the brakes; that usually, when pumped 15 times, it goes away. From then on, when I put the car in park and/or pressed the emergency brake, it continued to move forward, as though not held securely). The dealer towed it to the shop and now says my sbc system failed but there was no way to foresee or predict that problem by checking the brakes. I believe there is a severe problem with the brake system; especially given the dealer saying that there is no way to detect a problem that causes the brake system to completely fail. They now want to charge me $2000 to fix a brake problem I believe they caused when they had my car initially and/or did not identify after me taking it to them, twice, thereafter. This was a terribly frightening experience. I, my grandkids, and others on the road narrowly missed being involved in an accident and injured, or killed. Thank god I was on a residential street and the car stopped before I was forced into traffic. I saw that others online have had the same problem and can't believe no one has been killed due to this braking system issue.

- Altadena, CA, USA

problem #3

Feb 142015

E350 6-cyl

  • 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. This is a major safety issue that needs to be addressed.

- Wadsworth, OH, USA

problem #2

Jan 122015

E350

  • 106,867 miles
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. This is a major safety issue that needs to be addressed.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #1

Mar 222014

E350 6-cyl

  • 168,000 miles
While driving at about 25 mph making a left turn, the brake pedal went to the floor and I completely lost the brake function, the car would not slow down. I steered the car to the right shoulder and it took it another 200 to 300 feet to stop. The dash turned red and had a warning stop reduced braking power depress brake fully sbc warning I shut the car off and restarted it, everything went back to normal. I checked the fluid level, brake pads, leaks...but found none.

- Grosse Ile , MI, USA

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