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MB M-Class Owners Accessories and Modifications

ml320hugomnjml320hugomnj Posts: 9
edited March 6 in Mercedes-Benz
Has anyone found a "real" brush-guard; like one that will actually protect you in case you hit a deer ?
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  • I finally turned on my fog lamp switch in my ML. I installed a pair of H3 in the headlamp housing. Now I have a factory fog lamp for only $40. My dealer charged me half hour of labor to turn on a SWITCH! It probably takes them 5 minutes.

    -derek
  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    I don't know about you, but these are excessive, not to mention ugly! FWIW, one of the Australian ML owners hit a kangaroo at 110 km/hr and his dealer-installed brushguard prevented the vehicle from being severely damaged. Only the front bumper had to be replaced.

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  • mercaramercara Posts: 291
    Wonder if these have built-in winch mounts? That will be cool, finally ML320 is on it's way to become a true off-roader.
  • Thanks Drew, Mercara !
    The Aussie solution looks terrible, I'll stay without a brushguard I guess. Thanks anyway.
  • bargamonbargamon Posts: 302
    Could you get the picture of the ML that hit the 'Roo? Pretty sick eh?
  • Should I go with Style II MB Original Equipment or German Cobra stainless steel guard? Or Manik? Or Waag? Thanks for any suggestions>?
  • biker5biker5 Posts: 199
    My opinion is to get the OEM style II... go to www.mbnz.org a fellow is complaining that the Manik he bought for his ML won't fit and he need to modify some area to make it look right...again get the OEM like I did. keep it original.
    Jim
  • cdiccdic Posts: 36
    Anyone got a lead on seat covers for the ML? I am particularly interested in rear seat covers in order to minimize the damage on account of the kids on long road trips. The MB site has some for the rear, but they look kinda like you can't use the seat belts(?) The MB site implies theirs is for usage with a dog, not kids.
    Just hate the thought of juice or chocolate donuts ground into the leather. It has already happened in Mom's mini-van.
  • Biker5,
    Thanks for the news on the Manik brushguard. That is what I have on my wife's Suburban, but for the ML it didn't look right on the picture, hence my question for alternatives. (The aussie looked terrible, so I'm driving "bare"; hope the deer stay away).
  • biker5biker5 Posts: 199
    You are welcome I'm glad I can help..at least for advise. I have OEM type 1 on my 2k320. I want to keep it original,beside the manik or waag way to bulky as you look to ML.
  • Has anyone found a kit or a way to install fog lights without the rallye/brushguard. I am interested in having powerful yellow fog lights low on the front (for real fog visibility, not for external looks) here in the US (NJ) ?
    I have looked under the plastic bumper cover and cannot see how to install them where they would be firm without cutting the plastic (which I will not do).
    Drew, old posts (message board/ref #) would be fine.
  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    You can mount foglamps in the openings at the base of the front bumper. However, those are the front brake cooling ducts, and I'm not sure if I'd want to obstruct them too much. I know that a few others have installed smaller foglamps so that it minimises the blockage of air there.


    Since you mentioned that you would like larger foglamps, perhaps you will be interested in the below?

    http://www.off-road.com/mbenz/DieterLights.jpg


    Hope this helps!

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  • Drew,
    Thanks. THat is a lot more like what I want (if you really hit anything, either way the fog lights get destroyed, but you should be able to avoid hitting anything this way. Thanks again.
  • mark214mark214 Posts: 2
    Does anyone know of a brand of remote control car starter that will work on the M class? My dealer said that MB doesn't make one, and the only place in town (St. Louis)that I have found who regularly installs them did not know of any that were compatible with the M class electronics.
  • ubruhlubruhl Posts: 1
    Looking for various accessories for our new ML320. Any suggestions for quality accessories?

    John
  • biker5biker5 Posts: 199
    What are on your list? First thing you can do is pick up one of the MB accessories catalog and check what you want, then check the online accessory store to save some bucks, Online purchase is always cheaper than the dealer, even if you pay shipping...still cheaper. Pretty much all accessory came with the complete installations instruction so you don't need the dealer to have it installed. Thats if you are a backyard mechanic like me:-)For the mentime you can try WWW.performaceproducts.com or www.precisiosnauto.com they are one company but the second one have a lots of pic. on their site.
    hope this will help. Jim ML320 MY2000. I checked your profile and found out you are from Mission Viejo...I got mine at MB Laguna NIguel.
  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    I've seen a couple of MLs around my area sporting this Euro-spec rear deflector. Not sure where they're buying it from though. I finally managed to get a few shots of it while driving around in my neighbourhood after my tire rotation on the weekend. I don't really like how it looks though. Too boxy, and that huge cutout in the middle (which is for the raked European cellphone antenna) is rather ugly and non-functional for N.American-spec GPS/Cell antennas.


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  • biker5biker5 Posts: 199
    It's look too bulky . And its not look like a spoiler it look like a wind scooper :-))) IMHO
  • ahalkidisahalkidis Posts: 2
    Are mats for the third seat floor area available? Two local dealers say they aren't. Any help would be appreciated.
  • mercaramercara Posts: 291
    I bought a set of Weathertech mats which can be used with the third row of seats. I bought these from www.clairparts.com. If you don't get them there. Try www.weathertech.com
  • bejumabejuma Posts: 2
    Hi there;

    I am looking to install a Hitch on my ML320 for bike carrying,
    Any directions? Advise? Does it need to be done at the dealer?
    Any price figures?

    Thanks;

    JCC
  • biker5biker5 Posts: 199
    Nope, If you want to save some bucks you can install it yourself. Find a U-haul rental place on your area and ask for Draw-tite hitch it will cost you around $150.00, but check around maybe you can find some place that are cheaper. I got mine for 96 bucks here at SOcal. You will be surprise that you can do it.Or visit WWW.Drawtite.com.
  • hilldhilld Posts: 5
    While you might do ok with the aftermarket hitch, there are several advantages with purchasing the OEM version from a dealer, I would suggest clairparts.com (cheaper ~$225.00). One is the warranty issue, if the part is installed on your car still under warranty, the aftermarket parts (original accessories) carry the same warranty as the car. In addition, if there is a structural problem, such as a tweaked frame from towing a heavy load, it should be covered under warranty. Third is that the people at U-haul most of the time don't have a clue of what they are doing. They have air tools and will just hammer away until the parts fit. Fourth is that installation takes less than an our and only a few basic tools (sockets, hammer, screwdrivers). Last but not least is that the factory hitch kit comes with the wiring adapter to convert separate turn signals to trailer type turn/stop in a single light. This adapter plugs directly into the factory wiring harness without any hacking/cutting of wires and includes a flat 6 receptacle that mounts under the bumper. It is of course your choice, but it is easy to install and of good quality.

    One last recommendation, purchase a locking pin, it will let you hold on to your bike rack or stinger just a little longer.
  • bejumabejuma Posts: 2
    Thanks all who answered.
  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    Instructions are here. It's a less fancy hitch than the MB OEM hitch, but it is less expensive.:

    http://www.off-road.com/mbenz/member.html


    Do a browser keyword search (Ctrl-F) for "Draw-Tite".

    Clairparts.com sells the MB OEM trailer hitch for $250:
    http://www.clairparts.com/shop/accessories.cfm?do=list&&cat_id=241


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  • Where can I find cup holders for my 3rd seat passengers........
  • I have 01ml320 and would like to change headlamp to 02 model. Is it possible to do so? Do I have to change any parts?
  • acfanacfan Posts: 2
    I am planning to upgrade the speakers on my 1999 ML320 that has standard factory (non-Bose) radio/tape receiver. Does anyone know the amplifier power rating (watts) of this unit?

    I am looking into getting MB Quarts speakers which require at least 40-50 watts/channel. If the power is low, I have to consider getting an amplifier or getting other speakers.

    Thanks.
  • acfanacfan Posts: 2
    An addition to my question on Message 29:

    Does the standard radio head unit on the 1999 ML320 has a pre-out for external amp connection?
  • tony116tony116 Posts: 1
    I'm looking to get an ML 320 - but I don't see anything anywhere about tow packages. I assume that since they rate the towing capacity at 5000 pounds - someone, somewhere must have actually towed something. What did they use for a hitch?
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