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MB M-Class Owners Accessories and Modifications



  • 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?


  • 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
  • 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 (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.:

    Do a browser keyword search (Ctrl-F) for "Draw-Tite". sells the MB OEM trailer hitch for $250:

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  • 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.

  • 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?
  • pandaipippandaipip Posts: 2
    Doese anyone knwo where can I order the Stainless Grill Guard and step bar for the 2002 ML 320. I try to order from i am not sure it is going to fit on my 2002 ML. Does anyone order it and install it perfectly? Thankz...
  • pooliopoolio Posts: 18
    Use my ML for towing Two ATV'S weight 800lbs apiece ,Plus trailer= about 2500lbs.Had installed the stock M/B hitch.Couldn't be more pleased.No! problems tows great.Stick with the M/B hitch.Then you'll have no problems.
  • mlevinedcmlevinedc Posts: 45
    Hello all, it's been quite a while since I've posted here. It's time for new tires (275/55 17) on our 2000 ML430. We've put on 33,000 miles and the fron are within a few 1/16ths of showing the wear bars. So before the winter, I'd like to get new tires. The vehicle is leased and we have another 2 years to go. Best price I've seen on the Dunlop Grandtrek's is 101ea plus shipping. Has anyone found an aftermarket tire better? cheaper? Suggestions? If I get the new tires now, I can always hold on to the OEMs and give Mercedes the truck back with the originals.
  • bertram60bertram60 Posts: 113
    are what I replaced the Grandtrek's with. They were a little more $ (from Tirerack, the cheapest prices around) but are 1000% better from a ride and wet road standpoint. As I'm in FL snow/ice is not an issue, but I believe they are highly rated. They were definitely worth the extra money just in the way they made the truck handle. They have none of the dead-on center feel that the Grandtreks did, much more of a performance feel with excellent wet road traction.
  • this for pandaipip ijust got the side step for my ml 320 2002 and they are stainless i got my from a store in ny i dont know where u are i put them on my self
  • I have a 2001 ML 320. I want to buy and install a 6-disc CD Changer.(all I have is in-dash am/fm/cassette). I have seen many for sale on Ebay at about half the dealer cost. If I buy off of Ebay , can I install the changer myself, and if so what if any problems should I anticipate? Local dealer advises against my installation because of fiber optic cable. Vehicle is pre-wired for CD. Is this a real problem or is it just a plug into the changer? I would appreciate any help/advise. Thank you.
  • I have a 2000 ML430 purchased new. I had a 8-disc CD Changer installed by Autotoys. It works wonderfully well with the factory head (radio). Your 2001 320 may need additional hardware but Autotoys should be able to accommodate you. Their website is
  • I need some new tires for my 99 ml320. The originals are by Dunlap. Any suggestions for the replacements??
  • I realize there are more important things in life BUT I have lost my black on black M-Class hat. It was treasured. Does anyone know where I might be able to find some of the "old" M-Class gear?
  • Hi, I just purchased an 03 ML320 and have a couple of questions: 1) the daytime driving lights, I guess from the previous posts, these are not enabled by default. to turn these on I must a) buy the bulbs and b)have the dealer "turn-on" this option? I'm getting the phone installed by the dealer next week. Anyone out there have any advice on the Nav it worth the money? Is there a less expensive way to get it (I've seen some ads on eBay for the DVD piece that installs behind the LCD screen). Thanks in advance.
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