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Mercedes-Benz M-class (ML320, ML350, ML500 and ML55) 2005 and earlier

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  • paulhsupaulhsu Posts: 2
    I am thinking to buy a 2001 ML-320 before this summer. I read a message before we can get invoice price or even better. If somebody know some good dealer in SF Bay area or nearby please help. And does all ML-320 come with Bose Audio CD Changers? I hope later MP3 holding 100+ songs can replace 6 CD changer.
    Any information and comments are helpful. thanks
  • wmquanwmquan Posts: 1,817
    I agree that if you're more of a casual observer and don't own an M-class, it's hard to pin down the visual changes in the 2002. Nevertheless, the bumpers and the integrated foglights are a definite improvement. MB didn't advertise the 2002 changes as a major aesthetic redesign.

    Totally subjective, but I agree with Drew, I don't know if the wheels "look right" for the vehicle. They look more like something you'd see on a curvy GT sedan, or something of that ilk.

    On the other hand, a lot of the 2002 changes are under the skin.
  • roger23roger23 Posts: 48
    I have read a couple of posts on this board mentioning the availability of this option on MY2002 ML's, which supposed to provide voice activation/controls for the MCS ie telephone radio CD etc. However, I just ordered a 2002 ML500, and my MB dealer has not mentioned the availability of this option. Is it in fact available? Is it a factory ordered option or dealer installed? Any insight would be appreciated.
  • acraftonacrafton Posts: 99
    Hi. Taking my 2000 ML320 in for its A service and called two dealers to schedule - asked what oil they will use - here are the answers:

    Dealer 1 - Castrol 5W50 (said castrol gave a better deal than Mobil1)

    Dealer 2 - Mobil 1 10W30

    Located in Northern Virginia and confused as to why they are using two different oils and which I should use - does it matter? First oil change was at dealer (out of cycle) with Mobil 1 10W30. Thoughts and answers appreciated!

    Adam
  • ran111ran111 Posts: 9
    According to the letter sent to MB owners regarding service on FSS vehicles, Castrol was one of recommended brands of synthetic oil, along with Shell, Mobil1 and Valvoline. With regard to preferred viscosities (5w-50 vs 10w-30), I would think it is more a matter of personal preference as long as the viscosities fall within the guidelines specified in the MB owners manual.
  • mlx52mlx52 Posts: 72
    From what I have heard the Linguatronic system will be a dealer installed option. Much like the K2 and K2a packages that Mercedes offers for its other models. Your dealer may not know about it, because it is not mentioned on the order sheets as of yet. You may want to take a look at www.mbusi.com and search for 2002. Somewhere on there you will find the script for the owners video, which also includes a list of options and accessories.

    Hope this helps
    Jamie
  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    As Jamie said, it is a dealer-installed option. I'm not sure if it will be available immediately, but it will be available. BTW, are you planning on selling your ML430 or keeping it? The GPS in your current ML should be compatible with the '02's MCS so you can get them to swap it out.
  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    Long time no see! Welcome back...I hope your ML430 Sport is doing well. Hope to see you participating more again :-)


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  • rajalingarajalinga Posts: 9
    Hi Guys,It has been a long time since I wrote to anyone, 6 months I think. Hope all is well
    Been very busy fussing over both my babies, my baby daughter and my sport 430. Of the latter,it has been a pleasure to drive,great handling and great sense of security while driving under wet conditions !!. The problems to date were 1) glue in the passenger side window and 2) my left window motor switch died with my window down !!. The latter bugged me, was cursing BB all the way to the dealer but calmed down when it was fixed and went back to enjoying the ride. No rattles or leaks. It has 4200 miles on it. Star's service was good, no complaints. The only extras I got were what drew recommended, rubber mats and the cargo tray, happy with both. Overall, I am very happy with my truck. yes, I wish those pbms did not occur but when I am glad that I got a BB esp.when I take a ride in the jeeps and the Montero's Just thought you guys maybe interested in the 6 month progress report.
  • rajalingarajalinga Posts: 9
    It is MB, not a BB. sorry,still getting used to the new look. Thanks drew, good to hear from you
    raj.
  • cavman2xcavman2x Posts: 26
    I've seen it mentioned nere by a few posters regarding poor radio reception, here is my problem. I live in northern NJ,01 ML320, and have noticed a very bad radio modulation problem. The treble seems to flatten out at any time even when standing still. I have the Bose+CD+6 changer. The problem occurs on any station and does not happen when using the CD. Any experiences/fixes would be appreciated. TIA, G
  • haunruhhaunruh Posts: 14
    Adam, my dealer uses Quaker State 15W40 ... I'm in Vancouver, Canada. So, it really depends on the area you're in and the whims of your dealer. There does not appear to be any set standard weight or grade.

    Cheers, Harry
  • gpvsgpvs Posts: 214
    Took my ML to the dealership for the scheduled A maintenance this morning. I was told by the SA that the tire rotation is part of the sked A. I had him fix some of the minor squeaks i've experience during the cooler temps. They had a Budget Rental on premises but where giving out MB loaners. I think they're giving similar cars to the ones you take in. Some of the guys got the C-class and another guy got the SLK, and I got another ML. Not bad. Hope that they'll be able to take care of all the problems.
  • macbestmacbest Posts: 55
    Can you let us know what kind of squeaks you are having looked at and what type of fixes they come up with? I'm on my second ML320, first 1998, now 2001 and am still having trouble with a squeaky sunroof. My last visit to the dealer was that they concluded it was a design defect as we checked out other 2001's on the lot and the same clicking noise occurred when you go over bumps. If you can push up on the rear of the sunroof and you have a little movement, this translates into a clicking noise every time you go over a bump.

    Would be interested if others have had this problem, what was done to correct, or am I just so anal that I'm hearing everything?
  • gpvsgpvs Posts: 214
    i had the front right dash squeaks. That's the only squeaks i have so far. Fortunately, didn't have the sunroof squeaks. Although my loaner has the dreaded sunroof squeak.

    They just called me and said that the car's ready. They said that the squeaks were not found since it's not cold here. It only happens on colder weather. so, i guess i have to bring it back this fall. They did schedule A and he rotated and balanced the tires. Replaced wiper blades (front). I'll post anything else they have done once I pick it up later.
  • mtsangmtsang Posts: 70
    Hello,

    Trying to figure out how flexible the third row seating arrangement is -- is it possible and safe to only use a half of the third row seats for seating while the other half is removed from the vehicle? Thanks in advance.

    Mike
  • roger23roger23 Posts: 48
    Drew, when my ML500 gets in, I will be selling my 2000 ML430. As for swapping the GPS, if it doesn't make any significant difference in my trade in or resale price, then I will. Thanks for the suggestion!
  • bertram60bertram60 Posts: 113
    I must be missing something. Why would you swap out the GPS from your ml430 and put it in the 500? Is GPS an option now (standard on my '00 430)? Or, is there something in the MCS that you currently have that you're not ordering on the new truck....
  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    Roger is in Canada, and over here, GPS is only standard equipment on the ML55AMG. It's optional for the ML320 and ML430.
  • rs64rs64 Posts: 64
    I use mine that way often. Either with half folded down or folded up or completely removed. Suits me fine!
  • bertram60bertram60 Posts: 113
    Thanks Drew. Roger's flag doesn't appear, and I didn't look very closely.
  • mtsangmtsang Posts: 70
    just another question, does the 3rd row seats have armrest on both seats? Thanks.
  • rs64rs64 Posts: 64
    No - no armrests on my 2000 ML320 3rd seats. Not even a cupholder! But I am still glad I have them. My 7 yr old loves it!
  • raybearraybear Posts: 1,776
    Paul, they don't deal in the Bay Area like they do in some other regions. Too many people willing to drop their wallets to the dealers.
  • c_j_gordonc_j_gordon Posts: 19
    (from Germany)....can be purchased at www.mercedesshop.com for front axle only. I just bought 4 sets...should last several months. Any idea on how to replace them? Just like any other disc brakes?
  • djdjdjdj Posts: 111
    The local MB dealer has a 2000 ML320 with 19K miles for $34,900. I looked inside (dealer wasn't open at the time) and noticed the ceiling was different. Then I realized the car has a skyroof in it and the big wind deflector that comes with.
    Does anyone have any experience with this option? Is is too buffeting to drive at any speed with the roof open? Do all those panels joints tend to leak?
  • sshowittsshowitt Posts: 137
    signed in and could not get on chat. Welcome to our chat room is what is posted
  • ck53ck53 Posts: 4
    Does anyone know how the rain sensitive wipers work? Where is the sensor? In the windshield or in the wipers?

    Just curious.
  • biker5biker5 Posts: 199
    That's exactly what I'm planning to do. To do it myself. I'm pretty sure you check the do it yourself section of Mercedes shop about brake pad change. Its look pretty easy, with a little diffirence from the ML brake it didn't mention about using a T-40 torx bit to remove the caliper.As of now I'm still looking for a brake pad. How much did you pay fo 4 set plus shipping and handling? I check it the other day but the S&H is not showing. How much they did charge you?
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