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

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  • biker5biker5 Posts: 199
    IMO, Don't do it, because I installed one before but I returned it the following day after I drove it on the highway its gives tremendous amount of wind noise. If I was you stick to the hitch type bike rack it cost a little bit more but the convinience to use is paid off. Also to put the bike on the roof Oh boy you gonna need a stool everytime, especially with our size I am 5'8" and still having a hardtime reaching the roof.Anyway its your call, wherever you are happy go for it.
  • gpvsgpvs Posts: 214
    I'm now leaning more on spending extra for the hitch and hitch type racks. When you installed yours, did you install the fairings? I know what you mean about height of the vehicle, i don't have the side bars, so even cleaning it is a problem, I'm a little bit over 6' but i still open the doors to clean the top. On my old truck before, i had the side bars, so i was able to reach the racks without much of a problem.

    Thanks again for your input guys.
  • khoonkhoon Posts: 85
    Folks, I love my '99 ML320. Recently, the road noise from cheap General tires has increased significantly. Beginning at about 38-40 mph, the road goes up as the speed increases. The local dealer first identified the brakes as the culprit and changed them (on my dime) When that didn't fix the problem they fingered the tires. I have about 26K miles on the truck, and the tires have significant tread on the them. MB and the dealer are asking me to duel it out with General on my own.

    I was wondering if others have experienced similar problems. Any suggestions on a course of action? And, any recommendations on replacement tires?
  • shorelineshoreline Posts: 10
    Read messages #3605 and forward on ML 320 price discussions.
  • biker5biker5 Posts: 199
    As of now I don't have any complaint on my General tire with 19K + miles on them and of course it depends on what type of road you are riding on I heard the road noise once in a while especially on asphalt with gravel. My suggestion go for Michilin Cross Terrain but the price is pretty high $158.00 ea at Cosco, compare to the OEM General at $68.00 ea. Its your choice.
  • rjlimrjlim Posts: 30
    gpvs, you're over 6 feet? You must not be a Filipino. HE HE HE. What mix are you? Do you have a Spanish blood? Just thinking, 'coz I'm the same as biker5, 5'8", and I'm 50/50 Spanish/Chinese. Just wondering.
  • gpvsgpvs Posts: 214
    Not a whole lot taller that 6, just about 6'. I'm mix chinese, too.
  • gpvsgpvs Posts: 214
    My wife's driving the ML today and she just called me and said that those lights are on. It was working fine last night. Do you guys have any ideas what could've caused it?
  • rexconde1rexconde1 Posts: 278
    I'm 5' 11"
    Mix: Chinese,Spanish, and 50% Filipino.

    Robert
  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    I had that happen to me a few weeks ago. After shutting off the engine when I reached my destination, and then restarting it, the idiot light went off. Nothing seemed to be amiss, but I booked a service appointment anyway. Turns out that it was just a small glitch with the stop lamp switch (all of the brake lights still worked though). Problem solved.

    BTW, I'm 100% Chinese, 5'9", born in Singapore ;-)
  • gpvsgpvs Posts: 214
    Thanks. I'll ask her to see if the lights went off after turning the car off and then on. I'll have to book another appointment then.

    Did they have to replace anything?
  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    Yes, according to my work order, they just performed the Star diagnostic to check for the codes (nearly everytime an idiot light illuminates and stays on, and error code is recorded in the computer, even after the light goes off at the next restart), determined that it was the stop lamp switch, replaced it, and then deleted the code. All under warranty of course. Looks like it only took the technician only about an hour or so to do everything.
  • gpvsgpvs Posts: 214
    So, does that mean that a stop light bulb is out or was it actually the switch? Is this something i can do without taking it in?

    Shei shei, ni.
  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    It was the "stop lamp switch" according to the work order. It was definitely not the bulbs since I checked it all just to make sure that everything was functional. As I mentioned, it was not a failure, but just a glitch. If it was a total failure, the light would've illuminated continuously. I can't say with 100% certainty that this is also your ML's issue, but it is definitely a possibility. In my case, the idiot light didn't re-illuminate for the two weeks between when I scheduled my appointment, and when it first came on.

    Bu ke chi :-)

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  • gpvsgpvs Posts: 214
    I guess it's time for another visit for service. Wife just verified that the lights indeed went off after she turned the car off and on. So, it could be the same issue as yours.

    Thanks again.
  • biker5biker5 Posts: 199
    I had that problem when my ML reached a little over 7k miles of course I took it to the dealer and they replaced some kind a switch on the brake, it did'nt say if that is the same brake switch that Drew was mentioned. Since then the BAS/ESP never comes on. And Yes, the light will stay off for a while when you turn off your engine then it will came back on after a few miles. Best bet have the dealer change that switch.

    BTW. I am pure blooded Filipino. Have a nice day and keep S(ML)ng (got from Jüri at MBNZ.org)..Thanks Jüri..
    JimB
  • rjlimrjlim Posts: 30
    Is your Mom the Filipino or your Dad?
  • gpvsgpvs Posts: 214
    I have already called my SA to schedule a visit but he has not returned my call yet. Thanks for all the help. Maraming salamat.
  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
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    Just a reminder that the MB chat is on tonight (6-7pm Pacific/9-10 pm Eastern). Hope to see you there!

    http://www.edmunds.com/chat/mercedeschat.html

  • Thanks Shoreline,
    today, I've called dealer again and discussed with him about incentive. He said he can do $5000 below MSRP, which is about $1,782.00 below invoice. This should be not too bad. What's the dealer's hold back on ML320? 2% or 3%, anybody knows?

    Thanks.
  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    That sounds like an extremely good price. If you want the vehicle, go for it!


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  • gpvsgpvs Posts: 214
    If you like the vehicle, it's a no brainer, get it.
  • trantatranta Posts: 2
    Could you post the contact (dealer name, saleperson name, phone number) that give you that good deal?

    The holdback for ML320 is 3% of the total MSRP as listed on edmunds.

    Thanks!
  • dbonodbono Posts: 8
    Yes, Drew's right, that's a very good price. I started my shopping at the end of last week, and that's much better than I've been able to get using blind e-mails. What dealer/salesperson gave you such a good quote?
  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    is on now! (6-7pm Pacific/9-10 pm Eastern). Hope to see you there!
    http://www.edmunds.com/chat/mercedeschat.html


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  • Dear all, I will go to dealer tomorrow. However, I won't guarantee how many miles are there already because they've only got a couple left with options I want. U know, normally the lowest mileage one will go first.
    I will let you know the details tomorrow.
    Including name, contact info ... ... :)
  • rexconde1rexconde1 Posts: 278
    My parents are each 50% Filp. My m. grandfather is chinese, my p. grandfather is spanish.

    But, man do I love my blood stew... dinner tomorrow night!

    Robert
  • As I ponder my next purchase, I have the following questions for the collective. I know that most of these must have been discussed earlier, but I would like the latest and best thinking of the community:

    ML 320 v. ML 430: Is the 430 that much better power and feature-wise?
    Skyview v. Sunroof: Does the noise ruin the Skyview experience? (Any former ragtoppers input will be particularly useful.)
    Bose v. No-Bose.
    Any current pricing/dealer info for Southern California.

    Please fire away and thanks for the help.
  • rexconde1rexconde1 Posts: 278
    Are you thinkning of a 2001 or 2002?

    2002 the ML500 will be out and have more power than the 430. This will make the gap between the v6 and v8 much larger.

    Will you be towing?

    If I could do it again I probably not get the Bose until they adjust speaker placement or make some sonic improvements to the ML. I'm not unhappy but not happy either with the BOSE but the $$ could have gone somewhere else.
  • rockypaulrockypaul Posts: 104
    I use a 3 foot step ladder to wax the roof of my Ml320.

    But my parents were of german and polish ancestary.

    Therefore, I am 6 ft. tall; hope this helps the discussion with respect to overall tire diameter, parentage and roof reach.
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