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I recently purchased a 2003 cl600 with 40k miles. I bought the extended warranty. This morning the red ABC warning light came on, followed by "drive to workshop" message. I recogonize that having issues with ABC can be somewhat common. That said, I have scheduled a service appointment for next week with Mercedes. The service department indicated that it was ok to drive until then! Any advice?
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Congratulations on what must be a beautiful car! You were smart to buy an extended warranty on that car because from what I've read the various 600 models can get expensive to maintain very quickly. If they told you it's O.K. to drive I would trust them, just don't take it out on the track.

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I have a CL 500 and the ABC warning came on whilst driving the other day,however after stopping the vehicle and restarting the message is no longer there, the car handles fine and no malfunction message is listed.

Has anyone had this experience, or could it be a prelude to a fault on the system becoming permanent?
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I have a CL 500 and the ABC warning came on whilst driving the other day,however after stopping the vehicle and restarting the message is no longer there, the car handles fine and no malfunction message is listed.

Has anyone had this experience, or could it be a prelude to a fault on the system becoming permanent?
Maybe yes or maybe no, having the fault codes read out will help to determine if a part of the system is starting to fail. Also check your fluid level for ABC and steering.

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Eric- Thanks for that, will check the fluid level
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The $2500 I spend on MB extended warranty 11 years ago was money down the drain.
Than think what would happen to the $2500 if I'd put it on stock market?
Personally I would not drive with faulty brakes without verification what is at fault. If that is fluid level and you can check it visually - I see no problem but what if that is ABS sensor and you will have to do panic braking?
This is an excellent time to buy OBD scanner and use it.
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The $2500 I spend on MB extended warranty 11 years ago was money down the drain.
Than think what would happen to the $2500 if I'd put it on stock market?
Personally I would not drive with faulty brakes without verification what is at fault. If that is fluid level and you can check it visually - I see no problem but what if that is ABS sensor and you will have to do panic braking?
This is an excellent time to buy OBD scanner and use it.
ABC and ABS are two completely different items. ABC has nothing to do with brakes. There are many CL owners, including myself, where the warning light comes on when you start the car after it has been sitting for a while, you turn off the engine, and restart the car - the ABC system rises to the set setting and everything is fine. If you have no leaks, the fluid and filter should still be changed once in a while ....
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How often should you change the fluid and filter in the ABC system?

There is no service interval listed in the owners service book as i can recall, furthermore i contacted my local dealer who said they only replaced the fluid if there was a failure in the struts, pump etc ?
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How often should you change the fluid and filter in the ABC system?

There is no service interval listed in the owners service book as i can recall, furthermore i contacted my local dealer who said they only replaced the fluid if there was a failure in the struts, pump etc ?
There is no official MB line on this and it is down to Dealers descretion. A good guide line is 100,000km or one year. Always changed after major repairs.

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Eric- Thanks again for your help
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