2001 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Consumer Review: Electrical nightmare

2001 Mercedes-Benz S-Class - Consumer Review

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S430 Sedan (4.3L V8 5-speed Automatic)

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Electrical nightmare
By Muskmelon on


2001 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S430 4dr Sedan (4.3L 8cyl 5A)


I have mothballed this car after a little over a month of driving. Cooling fan motor bearings bad ($830 for the part!), bad starter solenoid, entire center row of buttons on the dash do not function, small rust spots on fender seams, flickering headlights, intermittent trouble light telling me I have a bad bulb in the rear that is not bad. Can't get parts except from dealer and then they need to be programmed to the vehicle. I want my 1996 Ford Taurus back but until spring I will drive my 175,000 mile Suburban which is reliable and can be repaired with parts that are cheap and readily available. Car ran great for 2 weeks!

Best Features

Fast and smooth at high speed. Large interior for big people.

Worst Features

Body rust on a car this age and price is unacceptable. Nightmarish wiring schemes.
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