Maintenance on some luxury cars starts to add up after a while. Sophisticated suspension systems, all-wheel drive and even the charging systems — like the one in this Mercedes-Benz E500 — add extra cost to the maintenance tab. AAA’s Car Doctor John Paul finds out why:
Q: I have a 2006 Mercedes-Benz E500 and was thinking about replacing the battery. After asking around, I was told my car has two batteries. Is this true and why? And if it is true where is the second battery located? I have put many batteries in cars over the years, can I do this myself?
A. Some Mercedes models have two batteries, a main starting battery located in the trunk and a secondary smaller battery located under the hood near the windshield on the passenger side of the car. Essentially there is so much electrical demand on this car it needs two batteries. The charging system for this setup is quite sophisticated to balance the alternators output between the two batteries. In addition some of these cars need to have the various systems re-initialized after the batteries are replaced. You might want to leave this particular battery job for the professional.