Mercedes Benz G500 Problems
The Mercedes-Benz G50 is a compact vehicle built to be an off-road compact SUV. Since it was first released in 1979 in Europe, little has changed in the design. Made virtually by hand in Austria, the MB G500 was originally intended for military use. Since it is a tough vehicle, it suffers from several design problems that is expected from a commercial automobile. Here are some notable problems that somehow turn off prospecting owners:
Some owners of 2002 and 2003 G500 complained about the failure of one or more doors to open because of a broken linkage between the vehicle and the door. This problem can be remedied by installing a new or a modified clip.
There are also some drivers who found fault on the 2003 G500's rear doors; there are instances when these doors don't lock. In such cases, vehicle owners should notify the dealer as soon as possible.
Some G500s models also have a glitch in the mass air flow sensor, causing the "Check Engine" light to come on. Since the sensor makes sure that the engine receives the right fuel mass, any defect on it can cause the "Check Engine" warning to illuminate. It can make some drivers panic, thinking that there may be a serious problem with their engine. This problem can be fixed by simply replacing the mass airflow sensor.
Furthermore, there are complaints about oil leak coming from the G500's oil level sensor. Replacing the leaking sensor can correct the problem.
Steering rack pinion
Other problems encountered by G500 owners are caused by the pinion shaft and the rack and pinion. There's a complaint about the steering wheel of 2003 Mercedes Benz G500 shaking uncontrollably, making it difficult for the driver to maintain control of the vehicle. The solution to such problem is pinion shaft replacement.
There are also customers who reported that the G500's steering unit shakes to a point that the driver almost lost control of the vehicle. It happened after the vehicle hit a bump while running on the freeway.
In some 2002 and 2003 models, playing double-sided CDs seems to be near to impossible. When inserted, the CDs jam in the changer; at times when they do not jam, they may not play at all. The best way to avoid this is not to use double-sided CDs.
How to Maximize Your Mercedes Benz G500’s Lifespan
For years, the Mercedes Benz G500 has kept the same design. Its boxy, tall, flat-sided appearance unexpectedly yet perfectly combines luxury with military-grade off-road capability. Drivers who want an old-school ride in terms of handling easily consider this SUV as their go-to for when they want a rough adventure. Because of the conditions it usually drives on, it is important to give this luxury off-roader some TLC before and after each trip. Here are some easy ways to do that.
Thanks to computers and other high tech components in vehicles these days, taking your vehicle to a service station for a tune-up is almost non-existent. However, this doesn't mean you will leave everything to the computer to diagnose your vehicle. Take some time once a month to checking on normal maintenance parts. Inspect the spark plugs and test the compression in each cylinder. Then you must clean them or, if the 60,000-mile marker has been reached, replace them. Check the distributor cap and rotor and make sure that there are no cracks or wear on them, and if you do find any damage, replace the worn component.
- Repair any engine troubles as soon as possible.
Whether it's as minor as a flickering oil pressure light or as serious as an engine knock, you must promptly look for the source as soon as you observe it before it becomes a bigger, more expensive problem. If your Mercedes Benz G500's engine is low on oil pressure, then this means that there is something wrong and requires immediate repairs. A tapping noise may indicate an oil flow problem that can cause damage to at least one valve or more. If your engine will not idle smoothly or stalls when it is cold, then several components might be faulty. Whether you inspect the engine yourself or you take it to the nearest repair shop, you must address the issue immediately.
- Take good care of your brakes.
Your vehicle's brakes keep you and your passengers safe. While Mercedes Benz G500's brake parts are expensive, they are built using high-quality materials and a high-standard design. This is why it's recommended that you only purchase parts that were made specifically for your vehicle. Every six months, inspect the condition of your SUV's breaks. Look on the surface and sides of the rotors for any grooves or obvious defects. Check the brake pads for uneven wear, breakage, or cracking on the friction surface. Replace either parts immediately should you find any sign of wear or damage.
- Ensure that the electrical systems are working fine.
The electrical systems of vehicles today are more intricate and may need to be handled by more expert hands, but you can still look over the system to diagnose it. When looking for the problem, remember that each circuit needs a power source and that most electrical devices need a minimum voltage in order to function properly. Aside from these, take note that all circuits require continuity. Should you find anything out of the ordinary when you visually inspect the wirings, take your vehicle to your service shop immediately to get it diagnosed properly and repaired.