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

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  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,454
    Well, if it's volume and not pressure you're after, I recommend a Carlson Barrel Pump. Everytime I use one, I'm reminded why I prefer canoeing over rafting. Thanks for the info.

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  • tonychrystonychrys Posts: 1,310
    Right you are, the speed is SLOW when using the electric, but convenient.

    Drew: I like the flag thingies, I think I'll change my country once a day! hehe
  • kenyeekenyee Posts: 738
    Steve:
    That has got to be the biggest *ss hand raft pump I've ever seen, with a price to go with it. I bet you could use it to pump up monster truck tires. LOL! :-)
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,454
    Well, my buddy indeed has one and it comes in handy on those chilly early mornings when his raft is about 1/2 deflated. Then along about 11 o'clock you have to start bleeding air off so the tubes won't bust in the sun and leave you stranded.

    btw, kenyee, seems like one of the GM vans (Silhouette?) came with a little elec. pump (like tonychrys's probably) stuck in the back fender well. What do the Hummer's use to get pumped up from the dashboard anyway?

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  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    You have one of those $200 monsters? Yikes!

    Yes, the GM vans with the auto leveling pneumatic rear suspension do have an onboard hookup for filling up things. It's only a hookup though, since it utilises the suspension hardware to provide the air.

    As for the Hummer, I seem to recall that it has a tank of compressed air somewhere onboard (which is constantly topped off by a pump). There are lines that feed off this tank and go directly into to the wheels. It's called the CTIS (optional) - Central Tire Inflation System. The obese tires take forever to inflate though, even with the compressed air tank.


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  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,454
    Frugal me? Nah, I just have friends with $200 pumps and $5,000 rafts. And pricey MB SUV's too, come to think of it :-) If I "consumed" all that stuff, I'd have to get a real job, lol.

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  • kenyeekenyee Posts: 738
    http://reality.sgi.com/rogerb/4x4/CheapTricks/OnBoardAir.html


    The QuickAirII (needs direct battery connections) is actually almost as fast. The QuickAirIII is supposed to be much faster and should be released by now. The problem w/ the electric compressors is that the goods ones are $$$ :-P

  • dennettdennett Posts: 332
    LOL!! Hey, are you going to make FF?
  • Hi y'all.
    I'm taking my ML for service next week to have the "gas tank sensor" replaced. The last couple of times I've filled it, the tank reads 3/4 full even though it is full. Has anyone else had this problem? I called Tony (my service advisor) and he diagnosed this problem quickly over the phone. I got the impression it might be a common problem.
  • biker5biker5 Posts: 199
    Hey Dennett, I check your profile and I found out you are from San Diego....????I just don't know what is NL DEU stand for. I'm just want to learn something. FYI I am from Sun Dog also.
  • dennettdennett Posts: 332
    Yes I'm from SD, we've talked before, I believe about the service at MB of San Diego. How's the ML doing? Are you going to the mini fun run the MBWorld group's doing Sat? I'm not, but I think I'll try to make it next month when they do the tour of Brabus, did I spell that right? The NL DEU stuff is so I can get a German flag, Drew jokingly said I couldn't do it in the C thread. I wanted a German flag to match my German car.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,454
    Perhaps biker5 didn't recognize your new accent, dennett. I wonder if there's anything in the Terms of Use here about using one consistent login flag, lol.

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  • dennettdennett Posts: 332
    I think I'll leave it that way, unless somebody tells me put it back!
  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    Too many star spangled banners next to usernames in Town Hall anyway ;-). I'll "fly" my TH Canadian flag proudly :-)

    Unfortunately I won't be able to make Fridays Freeways. At least not for the 1st half. Have fun and good luck with the trivia!
  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    Yes, it is a known problem for MLs (and a couple of other MB vehicles actually). Those built after January 2000 got the latest version of the fuel pump/fuel sending unit; I've had mine changed a few months ago too, and no problems since.

    It seems that the high sulphur content of North American petrol, in addition to the fuel tank (below the gas station, that is) liner are both the main culprits for the inaccuracies. MB substantially beefed up the design of the later FSU's and it seems to be okay now.

    Hope this helps!

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  • dt77dt77 Posts: 232
    I was driving on the 110 here in SOCAL. Carpool lane and it was beginning to merge into one. Was going at about 75 mph. Saw a black spot on the ground from a distance, but couldn't avoid it in time...rumble rumble. The left wheels of the ML just rode over it. A damn POTHOLE ! the ml shook like it never shook before.hmm..should I be concerned ? pothole was maybe 1.5 ft in diamter and maybe 6" deep...haven't noticed anything different..but i'm just paranoid.

    dt77
  • birgerbirger Posts: 80
    This is just to test the flag feature. What if you live somewhere else than where your "roots" are??

    Of course I know that Luxembourg is not located in Denmark - but I only live here. I'm not Luxembourgish, nor will I ever be. So I see no reason to wave the Luxembourgish flag about.

    It might be an idea to include more possibilities in the next makeover. Maybe even a EU flag, and the flags of the individual US states......

    Happy motoring to all,

    Birger

    PS: Heh-heh, seems that the system got confused by the Luxembourg DNK in my profile

    PPS: Wonder what flag will come up after modifying my profile??
  • birgerbirger Posts: 80
    That's funny, even LUX Luxembourg didn't bring up the Luxembourg flag. Wonder what happens now?? Or doesn't the Edmund's base have flags from smaller countries??

    Birger
  • mtsangmtsang Posts: 70
    Hi all,

    Any spy news of changes and/or enhancement for the '02 ML's? I am looking to purchase a ML in the next six months, want to know if I should wait for the '02 or take the plunge with a '01.

    Thanks in advance for any thoughts or opinions.
    Mike
  • robsutsrobsuts Posts: 18
    Mike -
    I'm in the same boat as you. I'm waiting for the 2002 ML to come out. If you search the web, you'll find a spy photo of the 2002 with a refreshed facial and bumper wrap-around. The 430 is possibly going to be replaced by a 500 (5 liter) version. The ML-500 is a "for sure" thing. You can get confirmation of that from the MBUSI.com site by searching for "2002". I've heard that automatic climate control will be available (sad?) and maybe the head lights will finally be automatic (wishful thinking). Confirmation of the automatic climate control can be seen in the Canadian mercedes site under the Fads. I wish they would FIX the rear seat fold down. You have to remove the head-rests and throw them in back when you fold them down. Horrid. Take care -Rob
  • dleungnycdleungnyc Posts: 41
    Welcome to pothole driving. 8). I would check for wheel alignment at least, and maybe even the tie rod connection, if the M-class has it ( I don't own a M-class yet, my current garage is too small for it, waiting for my new house 8). ) You might also want to do a visual inspection on the tire and wheel to see if there are any damages.

    At the speed you indicated, I would definitely have it check out. Even with the stop and go traffic in NYC, hitting a sizeable pothole at 30mph will jar my car out of alignment.
  • sshowittsshowitt Posts: 137
    On the MB World site, CLK section, a number of us are going to try and meet up for the April 28th auction in Tarrytown NY. It is suppose to be quite a car show, I'm not necessaryly talking about the auction, but the cars in the parking lot. We may try to get an area just for MB. Please read the note sent to me by Jim on the CLK site.

    From: jamesc-ol@msn.com (jcolfa)
    To: Modntractr@aol.com

    Hi Steve,

    Christies' Exceptional Motor Cars Auction will be April 28th at the
    Lyndhurst Property in Tarrytown New York.
    Viewing is from 9am to 12 auction begins at 2pm probably about two hours.

    For more info an to order a catalog call Christie's : 212-636-2277 and/or
    visit their website: www.christies.com

    I enough MB people show we can take over a corner of the parking lot for our
    own show.
    I have many friends at Christie's so I may be able arrange this with them.

    Stay in touch,

    Jim
  • bfengbfeng Posts: 6
    Dear ML owners,

    I see the reliability topic has reared it's ugly head again.
    A few things to remember about CU's reliability reports:
    They are based on feedback from members who own the vehicle in question
    As such, they are inherently biased by the expectations and idiocyncracies
    of the owners of each specific vehicle. It's my bet that a Mercedes owner
    is a LOT more finicky than a Chevy owner. That in and of itself would cause
    identically reliable vehicles to perform differently in CU's ratings.

    Also, OEM's (and CU) does not differentiate between niggling problems and ones
    that leave you stranded. That affects the meaning of those "not-recommended" ratings.

    Lastly, the ML IS NOT one of the most reliable vehicles I've ever owned. It has a multitude
    of niggling problems (some assembly related and some out and out stupid design flaws).
    It's still a great vehicle and the one I'd buy for my wife had I to do it all over again. But,
    I don't wear rose colored glasses, and I will admit the Expedition we had previous to the
    ML had generally better build quality and better materials on the interior. (this says
    nothing about the antiquated mechanical design of the Expd)

    John F.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,454
    That's the flag where the sun symbolizes liberty the eight rays represent the first eight provinces that fought Spain? The three stars represent the three major islands of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao?

    I'm learning more geography here than car stuff:-)

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  • sydney6sydney6 Posts: 64
    Hey, it didn't work!
  • Thanks Drew! I thought this gas issued had emerged before. Hope they fix it well.

    I like the flags...Hope my homeland's flag showed up.
  • Nope, it didn't show up! Whoever decided to add flags needs to review US/World history!
  • dt77dt77 Posts: 232
    I just noticed after Service A, my black brake calipers have been stratched quite a bit. anyone have similar experiences?

    dt77
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,454
    For a flag to show up, the country must be in the drop down list when you edit your profile and tell where you live.

    And no, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, as a territory, isn't on the list :-(. I'll mention it "upstairs" if you promise not to turn this into a Seinfield episode .

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