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Hello all. My name is Angelo and Im really happy I found this Forum. I own a 2003 S600 AMG and I LOVE IT!!!! The car has more powere than i could ever use and OMG what a plush interior. The car has 114,000 miles on it, but looks and runs like new. The one problem I am having with the car is... When I leave the car overnight, the drivers side (front and rear) lowers to the tires. As soon as I start the car, it levels out. I read on here about the airbags being thin from MBZ and possibly there's a leak in one. Any help would be much appreciated. ALSO...I am about to buy an extended warranty on the car through AAA. Does anyone know of a better choice than AAA for an extended warranty?
 

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The first place to start diagnostics is with a fault code readout, this will point you in the correct general direction, also is your suspension Airmatic or ABC?
 

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Exactly what I thought, if it was leaking there would be fluid on the floor. And get a warranty fast, ABC is an expensive system when it goes wrong and it always does go wrong.
 

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OK .....thank you for the fluid info....there are no errors showing in the display....unfortunately, the AAA warranty does not cover the ABC system...apparently they're keen to the fact that it is a problem area and don't cover it :(
 

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OK .....thank you for the fluid info....there are no errors showing in the display....unfortunately, the AAA warranty does not cover the ABC system...apparently they're keen to the fact that it is a problem area and don't cover it :(
The display on the instrument cluster will only show warnings, what you need to do is take the car to a workshop (dealer or specialist) that can connect SDS (Star Diagnostic System) to the car and read all the fault codes, they will give you a printed copy of the fault codes.

Then post the ABC fault codes here and we will help you to trace the fault. The ABC system is very complex and the code will narrow it down to one area.
 

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Hey man....a warning appeared on my dash today. It said ....
"ABC PROBLEM
bring your car to the repair shop"
It wouldnt go away until I held the reset button. I am taking it to EUROTECH in Delray Beach , FL. It turns out I know the owner there and Im going to bring it there as soon as I get the extended warranty from AAA in effect. Should be a day or two. I'll let you know.:thumbsup:
 

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Somewhat fixed

OK....so $2000 later and the front doesnt leak down overnight, but the rear still does. Im dropping it back off on Tuesday and hopefully they'll get it taken care of this time. They replaced a valving system in the ABC control that we thought would take care of the problem. Apparently, I have to have the ABC pump itself replaced as well. It simply is making less pressure than its supposed to. Let me know if this sounds about right. You seem to know a lot about Mercedes. Also, my car has a top speed restrictor that stops acceleration at 130mph.:crybaby2: Is there a chip I can buy to get rid of the restrictor or am I going to have to have someone reprogram it at a tuning shop? Thanks for your help.
 
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