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W211 Mercedes with SBC

Started by entresz, 23 November 2023, 06:08 PM


Hi all

Just wondering if anyone on the forum has had any experience with W211 Mercs that have SBC, especially in Australia. The time has come to find a daily driver and I feel a W211 would look nice in the garage parked next to my W116.

I've seen a few nice low mileage cars for reasonable prices; however I am concerned by the SBC system. I'm wondering if it means cars with SBCs should be avoided or is it not that much of an issue?

Would appreciate any advice! thank you
1975 Mercedes-Benz 280SE
1981 Mercedes-Benz 300D
Previous cars:
1979 Mercedes-Benz 450SE
1982 Mercedes-Benz 280E


Go post 2005 or whatever it is.  That SBC was a nuisance. The machines as I understand have a set number of brake cycles, then they just start putting out warnings whether they are working or not!  We had to replace it (I recall it being 1-2k at the time?) once on my wife's series 1 e240 which was still a nice car.  we then got her an e500 wagen series 2 which doesnt have this rubbish and is fine.  My sisters e240 series one also has the same issue and had it replaced, and now just ignores it which isn't ideal!
the 211 I think is one of the best looking e classes of all the E's put out, and still looks sharp.
1979 116 6.9 #6436
2018 213 e63
2011 212 e63
2011 463 g55
2007 211 e500 wagen
1995 124 e320 cabriolet
1983 460 300gd
1981 123 280te


According to wiki:

In May 2004, Mercedes recalled 680,000 vehicles equipped with the system; in March 2005 a total of 1.3 million vehicles were recalled. In 2006 high-volume models such as the E-class returned to conventional hydraulic brake systems. Low-volume luxury models such as the SL, the Maybach and the SLR continued to use SBC due to the prohibitive cost of redesign.[3]

In a letter—only to US customers—dated August 2018 a warranty addendum was sent extending coverage for 25 years and unlimited miles on the following SBC components.

    Hydraulic control unit
    Hydraulic Pump
    Pressure Reservoir
    Brake Operating Unit
    Front and Rear wheel speed sensors
    Brake lamp switch
    Yaw Rate Sensor

Out of warranty repairs of these items can be reimbursed by MB if proper documentation is provided. [4]
'68 250S
'77 6.9 Euro
'91 300SE,
'98 SL500
'14 CLS550,
'21 E450 Cabrio


Thanks for the tips everyone, sounds like it's best to find a post 2005 car. Really appreciate the advice on this forum!

1975 Mercedes-Benz 280SE
1981 Mercedes-Benz 300D
Previous cars:
1979 Mercedes-Benz 450SE
1982 Mercedes-Benz 280E