What are Common Problems with Mercedes-Benz 500 SEL?
Whether it's a 1984, 1985, 1992, or 1993, from the 140 or 126 series, your 500 SEL is a classic worth keeping in a condition befitting Mercedes-Benz luxury. You can keep it running for hundreds of thousands of miles, in fact -- for decades -- if you stay on top of some issues you might run into from time to time. Here's how to take care of them.
Bad Engine Wires
If you're engine's not running right, most likely, it's because of degraded insulation on its wiring; the bare wire might be exposed and contacting surrounding parts. This is commonest in 500 SEL models from 1992 and 1993 with just over 100,000 miles on the odometer. It's a pretty easy fix, and the replacement parts we sell are genuine Mercedes-Benz, as reliable as factory parts, quality-wise -- so you can buy with confidence.
Faulty Heater Core
Got a coolant leak near the bulkhead/firewall? Chances are you've got a cracked or broken heater core outlet housing to go with it -- especially if your 500 SEL is a 1992 or 1993 model clocked at 120,000 miles or so. We've got them, plus the radiator and any cooling system parts you need, marked down from MSRP, backed by manufacturer warranty, and bringing peace of mind along with them.
If you're having door closing assist problems and your door locks aren't working right, there's a good chance the pneumatic system's the issue. This is commonest in 500 SEL models from '92 and '93 with around 170,000 miles. Don't worry; the parts we sell to replace them are guaranteed fits. Just select your model year and trim/engine in our catalog; you can start browsing what's compatible right away.
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