Used Mercedes-Benz Antos: 12 common issues

Lucy Radley
April 9, 2023

Click here to view all of the used Mercedes-Benz Antos’ we have in stock.

Antos is, as we mentioned, effectively just a day-cabbed version of the Actros, and as such many of the problems to look out for are common to both.

The majority of used Antos on the UK market are rigid-bodied, so it is on those vehicles we have concentrated when compiling this list.

We’ve also retained those points which refer to older Euro-5 vehicles, having been assured by Roy Simpson that the market is still strong.

1. Radiator

Grille-mounted radiator vents are designed to be variable, opening up as the engine warms. Issues reported with these sticking.

2. Bumper

Bottom corner panels and front bumper are prone to damage due to being mounted so low.

3. Kerb Mirror

Kerb mirror can work loose.

4. Headlights

Excessive use of headlight bulbs. Doesn’t affect vehicles using xenon lights, so perhaps consider changing.

5. AdBlue

Multiple reports that all Euro-5 and Euro-6 engines are sometimes prone to engine management and AdBlue warnings on the dash, which largely turn out to be AdBlue sensor issues, although some pump replacements were needed as well. Check history for replacement.

6. Rear-axle casing

A recall was issued in 2017 because some rear-axle casings were cracking and leaking oil. In some examples this even led to failure of the axle casing entirely. Check whether or not the vehicle could have been affected by this, and if the part has been replaced.

7. Fuel lines

Some very recent examples were recalled in January this year because of leakage from high-pressure fuel lines. Check whether this applies and, if so, that the problem has been fixed.

8. Cruise control

Cruise control and drivers’ side window switches prone to showing wear.

9. Rattles

Front corner scoops near headlamps develop rattles.

10. Wipers

The windscreen wiper motors are prone to early failure.

11. TGM module

TCM module (gearbox control) leaks air on Euro-5 and early Euro-6 models. Again, check for replacement – major VOR failure.

12. Wiring looms

Early models (pre-63 plate) had water ingress via the wiring looms, which tracked down inside and damaged ECUs. There is a fix now, but worth checking it’s been done.

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