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

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  • sshowittsshowitt Posts: 137
    I would be interested in the unit, any idea of the pricing and how easy/difficult was the instalation. Also, what is the Fresnel mirror and what does it exactly do. Do you find it to be an asset when backing up? Where and how much is the unit purchased. BTW, I like the fourmatic
    emblem on the trunk. I have been contemplating putting the V8 emblem on the c pillar, between the rear door and the rear side window, on both sides, don't know if it would look too ginchy though. Saw it on a clk and it looked quite sharp.
    Took the ML430 up to VT this week, it performed marvelously, especially on the two lane roads going up the moutains. Not many passing zones, but when there were, no problem accelerating up and by the slower vehicles. The MCS worked great and was very helpful getting us around to our various destinations. I saw a few MLs,lots of Subarus and quite a few BMW SUVs, must be the chic skiers car of choice. Saw an Audi All-road, nice looking, and the new Volvo awd, looks somewhat odd. It has a stout rear profile with odd looking rear tail lights and protruding fender flares which makes the side view look very squat.
    Very different than their other awd wagon.
  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    See my post (link below) WRT the Poron USA reverse warning system. You can have a look at the instructions that autotoys.com has put up as well. It's actually not too difficult at all. Far easier than what I had to go through for the Parkpilot system.

    The Fresnel mirror is a wide angle stick-on mirror. It really helps when backing up (into a parking space, or parallel parking) since you can see obstacles below the window line. Again, see my previous message for more info. Here are a few pictures though. I find that the reverse warning system and the Fresnel mirror both work well together. Whatever it below the range of the mirror, the sensors pick up.

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    Parallel parking
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    I wouldn't recommend the V8 logos on the C-pillar, but instead the front fenders on the area below the fender mounted signal lamps. I would align them up with the rubstrips on the doors. The reason why I like this area is because the MB Gelandewagen (G500 and G55 AMG) has have V8 badges there. I already have two "Elegance" badges on the very edge of my rubstrips, so adding another two badges would be overkill. But since you don't, I think the V8 badges would look good.

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  • Can you take a closer pictures of it. I bought the tape later last year and with the weather being so cold in New York, I never really had the chance to do.... PHAT!
  • skipped the church and done it!


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    Hope it will stay... :-) I'm happy now.

    http://www.ometofu.com/ml.htm

  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    Looks familiar :-) Good job! What procedure did you do for yours and which tape did you purchase? I had a problem with getting all of the air bubbles out. Did you?


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  • Drew, I had the tape (not sure the brand, I just picked it up in my local autoshop) for a while now... just lack of motivation for doing it. (if i had more energy, I would do the door handles too!!). I managed by got most of the bubble out after the a fourth attempt! (I had 8" by 12 foot" chrome strip!) In anycase, if anyone is attempting this, make sure you have pretty of Chrome strip, you need to learn the dynamics of the material and try not to touch the adhensive, especially on the edges. My first two attempted resulted from my fingers touching the adhensive making it (the edges) not as sticky as it should... On the third attempt, I learned that if I start in a center and with the help of the wet cloth, I can eliminate many bubbles... After I done with the third attempt, I realised that instead of cutting the excess chrome at the bottom, I can simply tuck it in and make it neater... so the forth attempt..... 20 minutes later.. I love the result. I also blow dried a bit to melt the adhensive a bit more uniformly. I then use a small needle to poke a hole on any remaining bubbles... The result is amazing from a foot away. I still prefer if someone would make a real chrome cover for it. But for now... I just love it......

    Now.. can someone help me a occasional/practical wireless rear cam....
  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    Thanks for the great info. I'll have to get more chrome tape before trying again. I also used a very small needle to puncture holes to deflate the air bubbles. Even if a company had made the handle for our N.American MLs, I'm not sure if I'd be willing to spend the $200 for it!

    I did the door handles several months ago. So far they have stayed on just fine. I've noticed several ML owners (when they're waiting in traffic next to me) looking and pointing to the sides of my vehicle. Heh heh...


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  • dt77dt77 Posts: 232
    great pics drew =)

    4 matic is cool too ? ... was it expensive ?

    ometofu, wow, u work quick. got that tape on just like that !, nice.


    i was thining of smoking my tail lamps.

    anyone done this ? there are spray paints out there that enable you to spray the outside. i think it might be illegal here in CA..hmmm...

    it's also 'removable' but don't know the specifics on how it can be removed ..peel off ?


    dt77

    http://fullspeed.to/ml

  • Anyone have their CFA designation? Currently studying and have a couple questions.

    Robert
    rexconde@exconde.com
  • Has anyone installed a "real" brushguard on an ML; like something that will actually protect you if you hit a deer. The official gear is too low and narrow to make any difference.
  • kenyeekenyee Posts: 738
    I don't think we have any in the U.S. "roo bars" only exist in Australia and are a lot more substantial than the stuff by Manik, etc. which are just "brush guards"...
  • dt77dt77 Posts: 232
    what do some of you do after driving in snow/snowy conditions ?

    spray/wash the undercarriage ?

    TIA
    dt77
  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    Long time no see!

    I don't recall how much the 4-matic badge cost, but I do remember that it wasn't cheap for what you get, even with my usual discount. The fact that it had to come from Europe didn't help either. I guess they figured not many people would order it as spare parts (in fact, I was the first person that asked for it through the parts counter :-)).

    Smoked taillamps/headlamps are counter-intutitive to me. Manufacturers are coming up with ways to increase the brightness of lamps/make them more conspicuous, and I don't understand why someone would want to make them dimmer. But that's just my humble opinion. I will say that I do like the lightly smoked taillamps of the VW Golf GTI though, but those have met motor vehicle regulations, so at least they're legal and meet certain lighting standards.

    If the pipes outside are not frozen outside, I usually wash the salt (and other crud) off the surface of the vehicle immediately after I get home. I then wait for the truck to cool down first before spraying the under carriage. If the pipes are frozen, I fill up a few buckets of very warm water and splash it on the sides/wheels, etc. To properly rinse the underneath, I place a sprinkler - the kind that shoots a wall of water up and side to side - underneath and let it run for a few minutes.
  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    I took these pictures yesterday, but they don't do the colour justice (it's much brighter in real life; the truck was also fairly dirty).

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  • dt77dt77 Posts: 232
    yeah, i agree.
    I like the smoked look. but light output will be decreased - something I don't want =)

    so you ordered the 4matic badge thru dealer ?

    I'm trying to go for this 'stealth' look on my ml=)
    she is almost all decked out in black hehe. that is why i was looking into the smoking the tail lamps.

    I have recently seen some GS lexuses with their badges 'blackened' instead of the usual shiny metal or watever most badges are made of. Not sure if they bought the car like that or they did something to it. Maybe they did what I did to my blackstar. Once I get around to getting them black, then she will truely be stealth hehe.
    i ain't touching the rims. Is the star and the badge at the rear made of metal ?
    The star in front is just plastic.

    dt77
  • dt77dt77 Posts: 232
    Can I spray anything and everything under the ML ?

    dt77
  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    No, those badges are with what is called the "Black pearl" finish. Toyota offers Gold plated or black pearl replacement badges.

    Yes, the badge was through the dealership. I think they're made of metal and not chromed plastic, but I'm not 100% sure. It may be the same as the front star.

    Considering that the ML was designed for fording through up to about 2 feet of water, I don't think that you will have a problem with spraying the under carriage. :-)


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  • dt77dt77 Posts: 232
    I put a pic up in my gallery of the optilux bulbs in action.

    doesn't prove much really cuz nothing to compare to...just osmething to look at.

    I didn't adjust anything to the pic after i took it. As far as exposure goes, the cybershot automatically did it. There was one pic I took standing further back and the glare was just too much. just two bright white spots.

    drew, how do u stick a pic on HERE like you just did.? and wat car is in the back ground of one of your pics ? all suped up ..integra ?

    dt77

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  • birgerbirger Posts: 80
    Ometofu,


    in fact, someone (Schätz in Germany - http://www.schaetz-tuning.de/schaetzallgemein/willkommen.html ) already does make an add-on chrome handle for the ML:


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    Price is 129 DEM. It's a simple stick-on affair that does not involve taking off the original handle.


    Talking of rear logos, my Belgian-sold ML270 CDI proudly announces (in slightly smaller letters than the rest) that it has ESP. Left side of rear hatch, same level as the license plate.


    Kind regards from Luxyland.


    Birger

  • birgerbirger Posts: 80
    There might be a problem for you US/Canadian ML owners in fitting the chrome bit shown above. I think the rear hatches are different on Euro ML's versus yours - at least the recess for the license plate has another shape on ours. The actual handle might be the same, though. Just check carefully before sending off your 129 German Marks.

    Birger
  • sshowittsshowitt Posts: 137
    I noticed that all the windows on my 00ML430 have the serial# etched into the glass. The 98ML320 that we had did not. I know that M/B puts the serial# on all the body panels with a DOT tag and has for many years. When did they start etching the ML windows? My 00CLK430Cab does not have the serial numbers etched in the glass, strange.
  • I've had my '00 430 ML for almost a year now. With 14,400mi, I still love it as much as the day I picked it up. However since the 5,000mi mark my "oil high" light kept coming on. Dealer fix was to suck out enough oil to keep the dip-stick mark between full & needs a quart. Light still kept coming on... but not as soon after starting up. I put up with this for a few months. No harm, no foul. Brought back for 2nd oil change @ 10k,(always Mobil 1 5-30, since 2k). Dealer said keep oil level just above low mark!!!! The sensor is a big deal to replace. Well that didn't work and low and behold finally the dealer admits to faulty sensors. New ones are on the way from the Fatherland and should arrive early March.
    I hope this helps some of you that are being told to adjust your oil level.
    AS: about those squeaky brakes...
  • kenyeekenyee Posts: 738
    kaz1dj:
    Next time you bring it in, you should switch to 15W50 Mobil1. The 5W30 is too thin (and not recommended by MB) and may end up in the oil (one person on the m-class mailing list had this problem). It may be the problem if the sensor replacement doesn't fix it...
  • I had a set of Optilux,(highs and lows)bought thru Ken at Susquehanna Motor Sports. A low burned out. Ken said he had a lot of quality control problems and returns of the Hella Optilux. Sent them back and waited. Now Ken says he's discontinued that bulb since the new improved ones still have a high failure rate.
    I now have the PIAA Hiper bulbs. They really mimic the HID's. Gotta get use to them.
    Find them at the Auto Bulb Depot.
    If any of you have them already...how do you like them.
    Oh!, does anyone stateside carry the Schatz chrome hatch lift cover or a chrome exhaust tip for a 430?
  • Kenyee,
    Never thought of that since this happened before switching to Mobil 1, but seemed to get worse. A year ago the big topics include oil and Mobil 1. Posters seemed to use the 5w - 30 unless they lived in the south. Service mgr. did get a tech bulletin about replacing sensors...but not due to oil. But your point is well taken. Thanks
    PS: Ken is refunding $ for all the Hella Optilux failures purchased thru him. An honest online business.
  • <<#1765 of 1768  OIL Hi - Lites by kaz1dj  Feb 19, 2001 (08:50 am)
    I've had my '00 430 ML for almost a year now. With 14,400mi, I still love it as much as the day I picked it up. However since the 5,000mi mark my "oil high" light kept coming on. Dealer fix was to suck out enough oil to keep the dip-stick mark between full & needs a quart. Light still kept coming on... but not as soon after starting up. I put up with this for a few months. No harm, no foul. Brought back for 2nd oil change @ 10k,(always Mobil 1 5-30, since 2k). Dealer said keep oil level just above low mark!!!! The sensor is a big deal to replace. Well that didn't work and low and behold finally the dealer admits to faulty sensors. New ones are on the way from the Fatherland and should arrive early March.
    I hope this helps some of you that are being told to adjust your oil level.>>

    ...and after the dealer's first unsuccessful attempt at a fix was to just change the oil. I yelled at them for not fixing it, as the "Oil HI" light came on within 5 miles of leaving the dealership! They subsequently replaced the sensor.
  • <<#1761 of 1769  optilux by dt77  Feb 19, 2001 (02:06 am)
    I put a pic up in my gallery of the optilux bulbs in action.
    doesn't prove much really cuz nothing to compare to...just osmething to look at.
    I didn't adjust anything to the pic after i took it. As far as exposure goes, the cybershot automatically did it. There was one pic I took standing further back and the glare was just too much. just two bright white spots.>>

    ...pics don't prove a thing, as the camera automatically adjusts the exposure, so there is no objective way to compare light brightness by comparing pics. As for color, that's even harder to make comparisons, as different digicams will record color differently. Not to mention how each computer monitor is calibrated, or for that matter, uncalibrated.
  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    I was aware of the chrome lift handle product about a year and a half about, but I'm sorry to say that our North American license plates are much narrower, and hence the chrome handle will not fit. Oh well...
  • <<#1757 of 1770  Orion Blue '01 ML320 by drew_ HOST  Feb 18, 2001 (06:27 pm)
    I took these pictures yesterday, but they don't do the colour justice (it's much brighter in real life; the truck was also fairly dirty).>>

    ...but your description makes me think that it might be something like the very popular Topaz Blue that BMW 3-series owners are touting. Mine 330xi is steel grey.
  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    I take it that you added on the "ESP" badge? :-) Was it a MB part? I'm not aware of any MB vehicles that have it.
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