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



  • mercaramercara Posts: 291
    My cousin bought my 99ML320 and his check engine light came on at 84K miles. I hope he doesn't end up spending a lot of money to fix it and hate me for it. This is a car with a full dealer service history.

    Moral of the story. Don't sell your M-class to family ;-)..
  • mezecamezeca Posts: 66
    I've never heard or seen it cost that much to repair. Most common problem is the stop
    lamp switch, or one of the relays that controls the ETS pump. This is across the board for ML's, including AMG's. Depending on the shop rate, this is probably under three bills total. I don't know what dealers you've been visisting, but your figures are completely unreal.
  • mark156mark156 Posts: 1,992
    Mercara, if the purchase was within the past few weeks, I would split the difference of the cost to repair. If the tables were turned and you had bought the vehicle from Him/Her, you would appreciate it if they offered.

    Just my .02, Mark
  • mercaramercara Posts: 291

    That's what I offered him. Anyway he after he filled up gas again and the check engine light dissappeard. So we suspect the gas station attendant didn't close the gas tank cover completely or the gas may have been bad.
  • Can anyone tell me if the Four Nitto NT 555 Extreme ZR 245/35ZR20 Wheels & Tires will fit a 1998 Mercedes ML320 or how I can find out?
  • My 2001 ML320 needs 4 new tires. I like to get the Yokohama Geolandar HTS 255/65R16, which is the same size as the stock Dunlop. But its speed/load rating of 106S is different than that of the stock dunlop which is 109H. Is it ok to use the Yoko on ML320. Anybody has tried?

  • markjennmarkjenn Posts: 1,142
    If you can live with the lower speed rating (meaing you won't be pushing sustained speeds near the rating), you should be fine. But keep in mind that a lowre speed rating may mean the tire is a little cheaper and may not handle as well.

    Are you hung up on this particular tire? I can't say enough good things about the Michelin LTX M/S on my 2000 ML320. Put on a 35K, they look about half-worn at 75K.

    - Mark
  • ty39ty39 Posts: 23
    Any thought about setting up a discussion site...strictly for the new ML350 and/or ML500?
    So far, it has been 'hit or miss' finding anything about the '06 ML350/500.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,958
    Over in Future Vehicles we're also lumping them together as the 2006 Mercedes-Benz M-Class. When that discussion gets moved to SUVs (and it sounds like the '06's are in, so it's about time to move it out of Future Vehicles), we could rename it and split it up some.

    So we need a ML350 2006+ and a ML 500 2006+ discussion? Anyone want to just keep lumping them together?

    Steve, Host
  • carmenpcarmenp Posts: 1
    I just went for an emissions test in CT and they told me that I failed the emissions test because when they started the car the Engine Check light did not come on with all the other indicator lamp symbols. There are no codes and all they could tell me is that maybe the bulb needs to be replaced and they wouldn't do it because you have to take the whole dash apart. Now I am going to have to take it to a dealer to have a bulb replace at $100 an hour. Any suggestions out there would be appreciated. My vehicle is a '99 ML320 with 117,000 miles owned it for 2 years.
  • Steve,
    Please set up a new section on strictly for the 2006 or newer ML350 or ML500. I would like one for general information and one for problems and solutions. It would be very for current and future owners. Thanks.
  • mercaramercara Posts: 291
    I am glad Mercedes finally is firing their CEO Jurgen Schremp. The idiot went around buying brands like Chrysler and Mitsubishi and neglected their premium brand Mercedes. I have a lot of faith in the new guy Dieter Zetsche who did a remarkable job turing around Chrysler.

    I switched to a Toyota Landcruiser since I sold my ML320. I will definitely consider the new G-Class when I am ready to trade in my TLC.
  • mark156mark156 Posts: 1,992
    Hey Guys, I looked at the 2006 ML500 a few weeks ago and I'm appalled at the black plastic on the front grille/fog lights and plastic scoops near the windshield. It looks so cheap. It appears that the sport package option changes the fog light black surrounds to one that is painted and restyled.

    I'm also disappointed that the 2006 ML doesn't have the third row option like I currently have on my 2002 ML500. The new R-class is only 2+2+2 whereas mine will seat 7 people and is a shorter vehicle. Also, my loaded out ML was $52,000 and the R-class will be in the $70,000 range. :mad:

    So, I'm looking at possibly considering the RR LR3, the Volvo XC90 or the Acura MDX. I don't want to buy the first year model, especially, from Mercedes. If they don't turn things around, I won't be a customer anymore.

    I looked at the Mercedes E-wagon and there is no way that an adult can sit in the third row, it's only for little munchkins.

    Mark :surprise:
  • mercaramercara Posts: 291

    I would recomend the Acura MDX. I considered the same models before I bought my TLC. If I din't want 6500 lb towing capacity I would have gone for the MDX. Definitely the best value out there and probably the most reliable between the three of them. I like the looks and features of the LR3, but I am not willing to take a leap of faith on Landrovers quality. If you are leasing it should or don't plan to keep the car beyond the warranty you should be fine. If you want to keep the car for 5+ years go for the MDX. If you read online Volvo's have some quality problems as well and once you add the options, they price goes up farily steep.
  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    ML63 AMG

    Mercedes-Benz's 510hp rival to the Porsche Cayenne Turbo has arrived!

  • shenkarshenkar Posts: 159
    I was on the highway leading away from the factory where the ML's are made in Alabama. I passed 2 car haulers loaded with new ML's. Each one (12 total) had model badges on the left rear liftgate that said "ML320". On the right side of the liftgate was a second badge that said "CDI".

    I stopped by my local dealer and he knew nothing. Is M-B about to drop the common-rail injected diesel engine from the E320 sedan into the ML???
  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    Is M-B about to drop the common-rail injected diesel engine from the E320 sedan into the ML???

    Well yes and no. Mercedes is going to offer a ML320 CDI for the 2007 model year, but it will have the new 3.0L V6 Diesel, not the current I6 from the E320 CDI on sale now.

    All MB diesels will be of the "V" variety once the cleaner diesel fuel goes on sale in late 2006.

    Mercedes says they plan to offer at least one diesel variant of every sedan/suv during the coming years. The ones you saw were either testing for the U.S. or on a test drive/inspection before being shipped abroad.

  • markjennmarkjenn Posts: 1,142
    I suspect these diesels are headed overseas.

    - Mark
  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    At this point I would say that is the case too. Low sulphur diesel is still about a year off. I think MB already tested the new V6 diesel engine and the new diesel fuel during the time they did those durability runs in Texas a few months back.

    I can't wait to see what the market's reaction will be when MB, BMW and Audi all start pouring on the diesels. I don't see how anyone couldn't at the very least be curious about BMW's 535d. Awesome machine.

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