I am now the VERY VERY Proud owner of a 1999 S500 Grand Edition!! I couldn't be happier if you gave me a million Dollars... ok, that was a slight exageration.. Anywho.. I purchased it from a really nice guy about 2 weeks ago in Brooklyn and I absolutely LOVE the car but I do have a couple of questions and need your help.
The things that are wrong with ther car are as follows in order of severity:
1: The ASR BAS light comes on SOMETIMES and I really wouldn't care, but it affects the operation of the cruise control when it does.. Sometimes I can drive 50 miles and it won't come on.. then I might drive 100 ft and it comes on.. haven't been able to put my finger definitively on any particular cause although it does seem that normally I have to press the brake pedal for it to happen as I performed a little experiment the other day. I was on a stretch of highway and Pulled off to reset the ASR light before getting back on. I then took off down the highway, and didn't press the brake for around 70 miles and the ASR/BAS stayed off. Just as soon as I had to tap the brakes BOOM!!! ASR LIGHT!! I read somewhere here that the switch may be the culprit for this as well. Also it seems to happen more frequently after the car is hot and less when it has just been started or has cooled off for a while..
2: I need new outside mirrors, two days before I was to pick it up someone stole the passenger side one and broke the drivers side partially..
3: Now this has only happened 2 times and it was really strange.. Jst as the temperature reached around 101 the speedometer dropped to zero and the transmission stopped shifting. Not limp home mode where it only does 2nd gear, this was just whatever the last gear was, it left it there. I am wondering if there is a circuit breaker or a relay somewhere that could cause this? I don't think it was the speedometer sensor as when I pulled over and turned off and back on everything was normal on both instances... Very strange indeed.
4: The check engine light is on.. The guy has replaced the Mass airflow sensor, the plugs, some coils alot of parts that I have the old parts for. I have to get the code read before I talk about this too much i suppose, he said it was for misfire, but she runs like a top (no shaking stumbling or hesitation) and I'm getting about 22-24 on the highway with the ac running not that that makes a terrible amount of difference anyway. I can reset the codes (unplug the battery, I know this is a bad method :-) ) and drive the car around a hundred miles before it ever comes back on.. one day it went off by itself and then a few days later came back. We will check this one out in greater depth later.
7: The transmission has about 100k on the rebuild... I don't like that there is a sealed tranny, no dipstick thing.. This worries me.. I have to get the dipstick "tool".
7: The doorsill Illumination for the front doesn't work.. the inverters are bad.. the rear does, but the front no. Where are they located!??!?! I can't find them.
That's about it.. everything else works perfectly!!! oh well The remote is broken, but I spoke to Benz and a remote key (switchblade type is 187) may wait a while on that is there any other place to get an uncut switchblade remote key for less??.
So guys.. the car has 190k and drives like a champ I paid 3k even for it.. It has a few scratches and I'm going to get her repainted.. after I get the other things done.. the grand edition Obsidian Black of course.
Thanks for all help guys!!
1999 Mercedes S500 Grand Edition
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