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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,863 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2002 Mercedes-Benz S600 engine problems

engine problem

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2002 Mercedes-Benz S600 Owner Comments

problem #5

Oct 212011

S600 12-cyl

  • 55,615 miles


Massive oil leak. I have been told that it's everything from oil pressure valves to the oil cooler. Mb... what's the problem?? I need help and none of the san diego mb dealers can fix properly.

- Chula Vista, CA, USA

problem #4

Jul 302009


  • 35,200 miles
Oil leak from oil cooler seems to be a chronic problem on this model car.

- N Potomac, MD, USA

problem #3

Jun 062008


  • miles
Oil cooler leak on my 2002 S600, and I found out that this a very common problem on these cars (2000-2002 V12 engines) and a very expensive repair that Mercedes Benz should cover or at least a large percentage of the repair. I just found out about your website so I decided to file a complaint. I took the car to the Mercedes Benz dealer and they diagnosed it and said the rear main seal needed to be replaced. I paid over $1100 for this repair and took the car back 3 times within a week and a half because the oil leak continued only to find out the oil cooler is what is leaking and not the rear main seal.

- Biloxi, MS, USA

problem #2

May 152008


  • 118,500 miles
The Mercedes S600 has a design flaw that causes a major oil leak from the oil cooler that is embedded inside the engine. This requires the intake and heads to be removed to replace the oil cooler at a cost of approximately $5K. Special care must be taken to clean the oil from the wiring harness, transmission and areas that has been soaked by the oil leak. This problem seems to re-occur every 50-100K miles. As a known problem, Mercedes has not assumed any responsibility for this problem.

- Fairburn, GA, USA

problem #1

Nov 062003


  • miles
While driving at 45 mph, the vehicle stalled. The driver tried to restart the vehicle. The driver took the vehicle to the dealer for analysis. The mechanic replaced gasket and other parts.

- Florence, SC, USA

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