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MERCEDES SLK320 - 2001 MERCEDES SLK320 Problems & Complaints

 
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There are 14 complaints filed for the 2001 MERCEDES SLK320

Below is a list of complaints & problems filed against the 2001 MERCEDES SLK320. These problems includes information received by NHTSA from consumers either directly or as recorded by the Vehicle Safety Hotline. This information may be used by NHTSA during the investigation process. If you like to file an official complaint for the 2001 MERCEDES SLK320, you can do so by calling the NHTSA Mon-Fri 8am to 8pm at 888-327-4236, TTY: 800-424-9153. You can also file your complaint online by clicking here. Your complaint will be added to the NHTSA complaints database after a thorough review. If a trend is discovered, an investigation will be opened by the ODI.

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EXTERIOR LIGHTING

1/6/2015 - COVINA, CA
REAR BREAK LIGHTS WERE REPALCED IN 2006 RECALL (05V05000). SAME PROBLEM IN JAN OF 2015. NO CHANCE OF DEALER STANDING BEHIND THE RECALL AGAIN. NOW I HAVE TO PAY OUT OF POCKET THE COST TO FIX THE LIGHTS THAT WERE RECALLED PRIOR. OVER $600. WHEN THEY JUST REPLACED THE RECALL WITH THE SAME FAULTY LIGHTS. TURNS OUT THEIR C-CLASS IS NOW HAVING THE SAME RECALL PROBLEM.

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SERVICE BRAKES

1/6/2015 - COVINA, CA
REAR BREAK LIGHTS WERE REPALCED IN 2006 RECALL (05V05000). SAME PROBLEM IN JAN OF 2015. NO CHANCE OF DEALER STANDING BEHIND THE RECALL AGAIN. NOW I HAVE TO PAY OUT OF POCKET THE COST TO FIX THE LIGHTS THAT WERE RECALLED PRIOR. OVER $600. WHEN THEY JUST REPLACED THE RECALL WITH THE SAME FAULTY LIGHTS. TURNS OUT THEIR C-CLASS IS NOW HAVING THE SAME RECALL PROBLEM.

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ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL

1/4/2015 - SUN CITY CENTER, FL
DRIVING AT LOWER SPEED, CAR RUMBLES ,ESP WARNING LIGHT COMES ON AS WELL AS BAS/ESP. CARS SKIDS TO STOP. DRY ROADS, DRIVING NORMALLY. HAS HAPPENED TWICE SINCE. VERY SCARY.

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SERVICE BRAKES

1/4/2015 - SUN CITY CENTER, FL
DRIVING AT LOWER SPEED, CAR RUMBLES ,ESP WARNING LIGHT COMES ON AS WELL AS BAS/ESP. CARS SKIDS TO STOP. DRY ROADS, DRIVING NORMALLY. HAS HAPPENED TWICE SINCE. VERY SCARY.

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EXTERIOR LIGHTING

11/24/2014 - ALPHARETTA, GA
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2001 MERCEDES BENZ SLK320. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE TAIL LIGHT FAILED TO ILLUMINATE. THE CONTACT MENTIONED THAT THE VEHICLE HAD BEEN SERVICED 7 YEARS AGO UNDER RECALL NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 05V505000 (EXTERIOR LIGHTING). THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO THE DEALER. THE TECHNICIAN STATED THAT THE TAIL LIGHT ASSEMBLY WOULD NEED TO BE REPAIRED. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 45,000. UPDATED 12/23/14

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STEERING

9/23/2014 - FORT WASHINGTON, MD
THERE IS A DEADLY ISSUE WITH THE 2001 SLK320 AND SIMILAR MODELS/YEARS, IN REGARDS TO THE LATERAL SPEED SENSOR AND THE YAW SENSOR. WHEN THESE SENSORS GO FAULTY, THEY ENGAGE THE BRAKES ON THE CAR WHILE THE CAR IS IN MOTION. THE LATERAL SPEED SENSOR TRIGGERS THE BRAKES WHILE DRIVING STRAIGHT FORWARD, AND THE YAW SENSOR TRIGGERS THE BRAKES WHEN MAKING A RIGHT OR LEFT TURN. THIS IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS, AS THE CAR IS STOPPED WHILE IT IS IN MOTION, REGARDLESS OF SPEED. THIS HAS HAPPENED TO ME OVER A HANDFUL OF TIMES FROM DECEMBER 2013 WHEN I PURCHASED THE CAR, UP UNTIL YESTERDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2014. THIS IS ALSO A KNOWN ISSUE ACROSS MERCEDES CAR FORUMS, SO IT IS EXTREMELY UNSETTLING THAT THE ISSUE HAS NOT BEEN ADDRESSED. IN REGARDS TO MY EXPERIENCE: WHILE DRIVING STRAIGHT, THE FRONT PASSENGER SIDE BRAKE IS SPORADICALLY ENGAGED DUE TO THE LATERAL SPEED SENSOR. THIS HAS HAPPENED TO ME AT VARIOUS SPEED LIMITS, AND IT IS VERY SCARY AS THERE IS NO WARNING. WHEN THE BRAKE ENGAGES, THE CAR SKIDS TO THE RIGHT AS A RESULT OF THE BRAKE LOCKING. THE FIRST TIME THIS HAPPENED TO ME I WAS ON A BUSY HIGHWAY IN THE RAIN AND ALMOST SKIDDED INTO OTHER CARS. YESTERDAY, THE BRAKES ENGAGING ALMOST CAUSED ME TO DRIVE UP A CURB AND INTO A FENCE. THIS HAS EVEN OCCURRED WHILE I HAVE BEEN DRIVING UP TO 60MPH, WHICH IS INCREDIBLY DANGEROUS. AS PREVIOUSLY STATED, THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF OTHER DRIVERS THAT HAVE EXPERIENCED THIS SAME SAFETY ISSUE. THE LATERAL SPEED SENSOR COSTS SEVERAL HUNDRED DOLLARS TO REPLACE, WHILE THE YAW SENSOR COSTS ALMOST $1,000 TO REPLACE. CONSUMERS SHOULD NOT HAVE TO COME OUT OF POCKET TO PAY FOR A POORLY PRODUCED PRODUCT, BUT WITH THE ISSUE BEING POTENTIALLY FATAL, OWNERS HAVE HAD NO CHOICE. I ADAMANTLY BELIEVE THAT MERCEDES NEEDS TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE, AND RECALL THESE SENSORS. LIVES ARE LITERALLY AT STAKE.

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SERVICE BRAKES

9/23/2014 - FORT WASHINGTON, MD
THERE IS A DEADLY ISSUE WITH THE 2001 SLK320 AND SIMILAR MODELS/YEARS, IN REGARDS TO THE LATERAL SPEED SENSOR AND THE YAW SENSOR. WHEN THESE SENSORS GO FAULTY, THEY ENGAGE THE BRAKES ON THE CAR WHILE THE CAR IS IN MOTION. THE LATERAL SPEED SENSOR TRIGGERS THE BRAKES WHILE DRIVING STRAIGHT FORWARD, AND THE YAW SENSOR TRIGGERS THE BRAKES WHEN MAKING A RIGHT OR LEFT TURN. THIS IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS, AS THE CAR IS STOPPED WHILE IT IS IN MOTION, REGARDLESS OF SPEED. THIS HAS HAPPENED TO ME OVER A HANDFUL OF TIMES FROM DECEMBER 2013 WHEN I PURCHASED THE CAR, UP UNTIL YESTERDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2014. THIS IS ALSO A KNOWN ISSUE ACROSS MERCEDES CAR FORUMS, SO IT IS EXTREMELY UNSETTLING THAT THE ISSUE HAS NOT BEEN ADDRESSED. IN REGARDS TO MY EXPERIENCE: WHILE DRIVING STRAIGHT, THE FRONT PASSENGER SIDE BRAKE IS SPORADICALLY ENGAGED DUE TO THE LATERAL SPEED SENSOR. THIS HAS HAPPENED TO ME AT VARIOUS SPEED LIMITS, AND IT IS VERY SCARY AS THERE IS NO WARNING. WHEN THE BRAKE ENGAGES, THE CAR SKIDS TO THE RIGHT AS A RESULT OF THE BRAKE LOCKING. THE FIRST TIME THIS HAPPENED TO ME I WAS ON A BUSY HIGHWAY IN THE RAIN AND ALMOST SKIDDED INTO OTHER CARS. YESTERDAY, THE BRAKES ENGAGING ALMOST CAUSED ME TO DRIVE UP A CURB AND INTO A FENCE. THIS HAS EVEN OCCURRED WHILE I HAVE BEEN DRIVING UP TO 60MPH, WHICH IS INCREDIBLY DANGEROUS. AS PREVIOUSLY STATED, THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF OTHER DRIVERS THAT HAVE EXPERIENCED THIS SAME SAFETY ISSUE. THE LATERAL SPEED SENSOR COSTS SEVERAL HUNDRED DOLLARS TO REPLACE, WHILE THE YAW SENSOR COSTS ALMOST $1,000 TO REPLACE. CONSUMERS SHOULD NOT HAVE TO COME OUT OF POCKET TO PAY FOR A POORLY PRODUCED PRODUCT, BUT WITH THE ISSUE BEING POTENTIALLY FATAL, OWNERS HAVE HAD NO CHOICE. I ADAMANTLY BELIEVE THAT MERCEDES NEEDS TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE, AND RECALL THESE SENSORS. LIVES ARE LITERALLY AT STAKE.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

9/23/2014 - FORT WASHINGTON, MD
THERE IS A DEADLY ISSUE WITH THE 2001 SLK320 AND SIMILAR MODELS/YEARS, IN REGARDS TO THE LATERAL SPEED SENSOR AND THE YAW SENSOR. WHEN THESE SENSORS GO FAULTY, THEY ENGAGE THE BRAKES ON THE CAR WHILE THE CAR IS IN MOTION. THE LATERAL SPEED SENSOR TRIGGERS THE BRAKES WHILE DRIVING STRAIGHT FORWARD, AND THE YAW SENSOR TRIGGERS THE BRAKES WHEN MAKING A RIGHT OR LEFT TURN. THIS IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS, AS THE CAR IS STOPPED WHILE IT IS IN MOTION, REGARDLESS OF SPEED. THIS HAS HAPPENED TO ME OVER A HANDFUL OF TIMES FROM DECEMBER 2013 WHEN I PURCHASED THE CAR, UP UNTIL YESTERDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2014. THIS IS ALSO A KNOWN ISSUE ACROSS MERCEDES CAR FORUMS, SO IT IS EXTREMELY UNSETTLING THAT THE ISSUE HAS NOT BEEN ADDRESSED. IN REGARDS TO MY EXPERIENCE: WHILE DRIVING STRAIGHT, THE FRONT PASSENGER SIDE BRAKE IS SPORADICALLY ENGAGED DUE TO THE LATERAL SPEED SENSOR. THIS HAS HAPPENED TO ME AT VARIOUS SPEED LIMITS, AND IT IS VERY SCARY AS THERE IS NO WARNING. WHEN THE BRAKE ENGAGES, THE CAR SKIDS TO THE RIGHT AS A RESULT OF THE BRAKE LOCKING. THE FIRST TIME THIS HAPPENED TO ME I WAS ON A BUSY HIGHWAY IN THE RAIN AND ALMOST SKIDDED INTO OTHER CARS. YESTERDAY, THE BRAKES ENGAGING ALMOST CAUSED ME TO DRIVE UP A CURB AND INTO A FENCE. THIS HAS EVEN OCCURRED WHILE I HAVE BEEN DRIVING UP TO 60MPH, WHICH IS INCREDIBLY DANGEROUS. AS PREVIOUSLY STATED, THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF OTHER DRIVERS THAT HAVE EXPERIENCED THIS SAME SAFETY ISSUE. THE LATERAL SPEED SENSOR COSTS SEVERAL HUNDRED DOLLARS TO REPLACE, WHILE THE YAW SENSOR COSTS ALMOST $1,000 TO REPLACE. CONSUMERS SHOULD NOT HAVE TO COME OUT OF POCKET TO PAY FOR A POORLY PRODUCED PRODUCT, BUT WITH THE ISSUE BEING POTENTIALLY FATAL, OWNERS HAVE HAD NO CHOICE. I ADAMANTLY BELIEVE THAT MERCEDES NEEDS TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE, AND RECALL THESE SENSORS. LIVES ARE LITERALLY AT STAKE.

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EXTERIOR LIGHTING

9/6/2014 - ARLINGTON, VA
2001 SLK 320 HAD BEEN RECALLED IN 2006 FOR BRAKE LIGHTS MELTING INTERNALLY. CAMPAIGN# 2006080005. MY BRAKE LIGHTS WERE REPLACED UNDER THE RECALL. I JUST STARTED HAVING THE SAME PROBLEM WITH THE BRAKE LIGHTS. I BROUGHT IT TO THE DEALER AND THEY TOLD ME IT WAS THE EXACT SAME PROBLEM THAT HAD BEEN RECALLED AND REPLACED. APPARENTLY THE RECALL REPAIR WAS NOT A REAL SOLUTION. MERCEDES MUST HAVE JUST REPLACED THE BAD PART KNOWING IT WOULD BE A FEW YEARS BEFORE IT FAILED AGAIN. WELL, HERE WE ARE AGIN AND THEY ARE REFUSING TO FIX IT AND WANT ME TO PAY ALMOST $600 TO FIX.

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ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL

1/7/2014 - KINGSTON, NH
CAR DRIVEN NORMALLY ON COLD, CLEAR NIGHT. ROAD CONDITION WAS FAIR (DRY FROM CENTERLINE TO TRAVEL LANE MIDPOINT W/ HARD-PACKED SNOW FROM THERE TO SHOULDER). EXPERIENCED A VIBRATION, SQUEALING NOISE & SLIGHT PULL TO RIGHT. STOPPED TO INVESTIGATE POSSIBILITY OF BLOWN TIRE. FOUND NOTHING WRONG AFTER VISUAL INSPECTION, SO RESUMED DRIVING. APPROX. 15S LATER, SQUEALING, VIBRATION & SENSATION OF PULLING TO RIGHT RETURNED, THEN CAR WOULD NOT RESPOND TO THROTTLE INPUTS & SLOWED FROM 40 TO 25MPH. CAR THEN SHUDDERED VIOLENTLY W/ LOUD SCREECHING NOISE, SNAPPED TO RIGHT & LOST CONTROL. ATTEMPTS TO COUNTER STEER WERE INEFFECTIVE AS CAR SLID ON HARD-PACKED SNOW FOR APPROX. 100-++ & STRUCK SNOWBANK AT 20MPH. FORTUNATELY SNOW WAS VERY LIGHT, DRY AND FLUFFY & DECELERATION WAS REASONABLY GENTLE. NO MAJOR DAMAGE OCCURRED & AIR BAGS DID NOT DEPLOY. AFTER EXTRICATING, CAR COULD NOT BE DRIVEN. AN OBSERVER STANDING OUTSIDE THE CAR NOTED FRONT RIGHT WHEEL WOULD ROLL FOR A FEW FEET, THEN LOCK UP. SHUT ENGINE OFF & RESTARTED (ATTEMPTING TO RESET SYSTEMS). AT THIS POINT BOTH -++BAS ESP-+¥ AND -++ABS-+¥ WARNING LIGHTS ILLUMINATED (THEY WERE NOT LIT PREVIOUSLY). CAR STILL COULD NOT BE DRIVEN - FRONT RIGHT WHEEL WOULD LOCK UP AFTER A FEW FEET OF TRAVEL & HAD TO BE TOWED AWAY. LATER DETERMINED INCIDENT CAUSED BY YAW SENSOR FAILURE. FRONT RIGHT WHEEL HAD BEEN LOCKING & SLIDING ON HARD PACKED SNOW THEN SUDDENLY REGAINED TRACTION WHEN IT CROSSED A DRY PATCH OF PAVEMENT, CAUSING THE RAPID DIRECTIONAL CHANGE & LOSS OF CONTROL. VERY DANGEROUS. IF CAR HAD HIT A TREE, PARKED CAR, ETC. INSTEAD OF SOFT SNOWBANK THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN A SERIOUS CRASH LIKELY W/ INJURY. UNACCEPTABLE & UNSAFE! PLEASE REOPEN INVESTIGATION! THIS IS A POTENTIALLY VERY DANGEROUS SYSTEM! SENSORS SHOULD CONTINUOUSLY SELF-CHECK & SHUT SYSTEM OFF COMPLETELY IF FAILED. THIS WILL KILL SOMEONE EVENTUALLY IF NOTHING IS DONE!

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