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



  • buck45buck45 Posts: 2
    Has anyone had any problems with the front door speakers in their ML? rattling excess vibration etc?
  • bargamonbargamon Posts: 302
    I have been hanging out over by the E class site of late, They are alittle slower over there, by that they are not doing 40-50posts per day.

    But I was curious as if you ever resolved your service problem a few weeks back. I believe you have had a noise emmiting from your front end.

    Oh I found your wallet under the seat! Ha ha.
  • dt77,
    I can't find your post on this problem. Can you re-post?
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  • biker5biker5 Posts: 199
    It happened to ML320 2K but the dealer fixex it for free. It was happen when I have about 7K miles on it. What years is yours?
  • guy22guy22 Posts: 7
    I have been having problems with the MCS recently and have been getting different answers from the dealer. First he told me the dash unit was the problem and would order a new one. Before it came in he told me there is an electrical problem with all 2kML's with the Nav system and the factory is working on a fix. Doesn't do me any good since I have no idea when it will work again.

    The unit will lose power when the car is shut down and will not come on line again.
    Have you heard anything like this or have you heard anything from your sources?
  • Andrew,

    Thanks for the response re: the power skyview top. I'm definitely looking into adding it (it will just mean custom ordering the car since most dealers don't seem to carry many ml320 w/skyviews on the lot).

    Since you live in Europe you might be the perfect person to ask about the skyview top leaking during the rainy season. Any problems that you know about? Can you also tell me if the windnoise is unbearable on the freeways?

  • Biker5,
    Mine is 430 00 model , and this noise is intermittent, starting from about 10K. Initially, the dealer thought it was brake-related but the noise came back even after they replaced the pads.
    It is annoying and sounds like fingernail scrarching the chalk board.
  • I took delivery of my ML55 in August and the performance is awesome,
    having owned a RangeRover 4.6 as my prior vehicle there simply is no
    comparison. The only problem I've recently encountered has been with
    the windows jamming and refusing to close. The dealership, after no
    help in the sales dept., referred me to service who said just at my
    dealership only there were another 6 ML55's with the same problem and
    this is a known defect with the switch.

    Given that I live in NJ and the temperature has recently been in the
    single digits I wasn't amused, have driven 10 miles with the window
    jammed down to find that a recall hadn't been issued!

    Any other 55 owners had the same problem?

  • bon2000bon2000 Posts: 26
    okay guys--the front bars and running boards that you guys show do look good but what am I do8ing wrong? What's the I and II difference and looking like the sports package????what does that mean. I still think the art front guard is the absolute sharpest around if it can be had....maybe I would rather have none...but not sure. What's all the hype about the ones looking like the sports package? Why what does that have?
    Remember I am the one who purchased the ml320 and wanted sports package and salesman told me it was not an option GRRRR now I suffer and now I hear 2002's (mine is an oi) will look like sports package on all of them. I am PISSED--AND YES I AM SHOUTING. I wrote Mercedes about this and can't wait to hear their replies. Please post a picture of all brush guars, fender flares, running boards etc on one sits so it is easier to compate without jumping all around. Also any pics of new 2002 yet? Compare on same page with 2001 with sports package as compared to ml55--pPlease.... I am furious my salesman was such a dope and knew nothing....cause neither did I. I bought truck for safety and perfect size for me and wonderful ride (but did inquire as to making it look soupier???) Now I am the one who will probably suffer on resale. GRRRRRR
  • kckwokkckwok Posts: 1
    I am planning to add the external rear tire carrier to my ML320. I have heard that it is only available in selected dealerships in the US or else I would need to get it in Canada. Does anyone know approximately how much it would cost (both in US and CAN?) And if it was brought in the US, where can I get one?

    If possible, please give a breakdown of the involved costs (i.e. wheel, carrier, labor...e.t.c.)

    Thank you!!
  • swimmomswimmom Posts: 23
    I am new to this forum and am about to embark upon a somwhat complex transaction and would appreciate any advice. I plan on trading a loaded 99ML with 19,000 miles and purchasing an 4matic wagon with E2 and leasing a new comparabley equipped ML. To make a very long story short, we need to lease one car for tax reasons. We own the current ML outright and plan on buying the wagon outright.

    I live in Atlanta and purchased our current ML from a local dealer. Not enamoured of them but no serious complaints. Any recommendations on dealers who deal in the Southeast would be great. Should I expect a decent trade for the current ML (its in good shape)? Because we are buying two cars is it better to try and negotiate everything as a package or do it one at a time? Has anyone got any experience with leasing an ML ?
  • kenyeekenyee Posts: 738
    I just got a copy of the M-Class Accessories Collection catalog. You can see pics of the Type I and Type II brushguards, and also pics of the side runners that came w/ the M4 pkg (they added steps to these runners compared to the M4 pkg ones). I'm checking into pricing of the Type II brushguard + skidplate; install is supposed to be $$$. :-P
    Go to and fill out a request for it. You'll get it in the mail in a few weeks and it will answer most of your questions on what things look like.
    No info on the 2002 facelift yet.
  • rexconde1rexconde1 Posts: 278
    The rear tire carrier is ONLY avaiable in Canada. It looks a bit goofy as I would prefer the one like on the G-Class.

    You HAVE to go to Canada to get it, and even then I believe it costs around $3500 with the tire, rim, carrier and different rear suspension (to compensate for the added weight. This doesn't include installation. Although if one were to get it I dont believe that installing it would be that difficult (It would be like the trailer hitch); the suspension adjustment is another story.

    One BIG negative is that it makes it even harder to see out of the back of the ML. The middle seat headrest does this to (I removed mine) , but much worse.

    BTW No dealer will install it because it isnt something that is allowed in the US, plus MB wont allow it.

  • I was in a coworkers, jeep 97 and it had two spearkers mounted on the rear interior roof,it sounded good, but unable to hold a conversation from the rear passengers to the front. Was thinking of installing on my ML.

    Any comments
  • kiiwiikiiwii Posts: 283
    got the AMG grill looking for $12.95 =) i did it this morning. took about an hour.

    here are the "transformation" photos...
  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    Looks good! I did something like that when I first got my ML. However, watch out for the top bar on the grill, and the 2nd (middle) bar to a lesser extent. Both can get pretty hot from the engine, and the problem I had was that the heat was making the adhesive break up. A couple of small sections of the grill started popping up every 2-3 months. After re-doing the stripes twice, I gave up and bought the real grill :-) I think my mistake was that I used aluminum body tape and that adhesive backing didn't work too well (our sorry autoparts place - Canadian Tire - didn't have anything else). Your pinstriping tape may be better.

    P.S. We need a cat as one of the tools? ;-)
  • kiiwiikiiwii Posts: 283
    you are absolutely right. one of the stripes popped up a little bit as soon as i placed the grill back, the section where i had to bend inward. the tapes weren't thick enough. i'll fix that by taping more at the bent area tomorrow morning. will update you guys how it works out.
  • nikorrnikorr Posts: 23
    Do anybody know anything about remote starter for ML class ? Thanx for help. MARCEL
  • dk14dk14 Posts: 1
    98 ML320

    I experience wind noise when my moon roof is closed. The noise is eliminated by applying upward pressure on the glass. Has anyone with a similar problem been able to improve the seal?

    Also, what is the best brand, in terms of quality and price for new all season tires? 255/65/16. I do not take me vehicle off road.
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