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MB M-Class Owners: Meet the Members

Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,092
edited August 2014 in Mercedes-Benz
Please introduce yourself!

My name is Karen and I'll be your host in the Mercedes M Class Club. Let me know what discussions you would like to have included in this folder. Perhaps take a look at the already established Owner's Clubs for ideas? Anyone care to be a representative/Community Leader for the club? Let me know!

Looking forward to meeting everyone!

Owner's Club Host


  • ometofuometofu Posts: 53
    Hi peps,

    My name is Louis. I have a troublefree 1999 ML320. I would like see more discussion on toys, accessories, upgrades (interior/exterior), hooked ups for my baby. Like to see what u done on your ML as well. later.

    You can see my ride here at

  • My name is Danny, and I have a 01 ML 320.... just happy to be here d:)
  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    ...and I'm a M-class nut :-) Most of you know me already, so I don't think I'll have to introduce myself too much. For those of you who don't, I drive an early build MY2000 ML320 Elegance (Canadian model). I'm also host of Townhall's Vans and Aftermarket & Accessories message boards.

    Vans and Aftermarket & Accessories message boards
  • gpvsgpvs Posts: 214
    My name is Glenn and I'm the proud owner of a 3 month old black ML-320 with Java interior.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I just want to welcome you guys over here to the owner's club area. Good to see some other classy SUV folks over here. Welcome on board. Maybe we can have a gathering sometime in the NY/NJ/PA area for Isuzus and MBs, if we aren't too low on the socio-economic scale for you guys ;)

  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    thanks for the welcome!
  • rameshramesh Posts: 6

    I am Ramesh and I am a proud owner of 01 ML430 (Nov. 18, 2000). Bordeaux Red with Java Interior, Sun Roof, Bose, M3, M6, and M7.

  • rexconde1rexconde1 Posts: 278
    Hello everyone.
    My name is Robert Exconde and I'm a ....

    Whoops Wrong Board!

    I have a 00ML430, and proud to be one of the first to have the first to have Xenons in the ML430.

  • bob259bob259 Posts: 280
    Hi, My name is Bob and own a 00 ML320. I also have Xenon's installed by following Robert's instructions.
  • nikorrnikorr Posts: 23

  • ddykes1ddykes1 Posts: 13
    I'm Dave Dykes and I have a 99 ML320 Elegance, Polar White/Java. As a new owner I've learned a lot about common problems from these boards. Also interested in accessories and upgrades for our great trucks!
  • sencsenc Posts: 44
    I'm Scott and I have an black early '99 model. It is now nearly trouble free(still a few rattles in sunroof and noise in rt front window). I got the latest door latches free :) when I went in for regular service, so doors no longer rattle. I also just put Michelins on it(just past 40k miles) and they ride GREAT!!
  • sshowittsshowitt Posts: 137
    My name is Steven and I have, or I should say, my wife has a 00ML430, white w/ grey interior, sunroof, Bose w/ 6 cd changer and intregrated fog lights. This is our second ML we have owned, we traded a 98ML320 with 39,000 in on this one. I had good luck with my 320 and expect to enjoy the same with the 430. My dealer is fabulous, no complaints on the purchase or the service.
  • From Central Florida - East Coast

    The ML family on the net have been a great resource.

    I have a 00ML 320 Approaching 18K miles

    Silver/Charcoal M1, M2, Bose, Sun roof, chrome front bumper guard, internal fogs activated. (State Department Whelen stobe package)
  • kenyeekenyee Posts: 738
    Hi, I'm Ken in Boston. I'm an Internet addict and M-Class enthusiast. No matter what happens, I have this urge to share information. My wife has threatened to stop paying the electricity bill so I'll stop using the computer!

    Uhhh. Never this instead:

    I also admin the M-Class Outpost and the M-Class Mailing List. The M-Class Outpost has a neat feature for M-Class owners to log their experiences with their personal ML. You can check out my config there if you're curious what I have on my silver ML320 that's covered w/ salt and dirt...
  • Hi can you tell me where I can get ML chrome strips and how much are they, easy to install?
  • ometofuometofu Posts: 53
    Cliff, the strips are so easy to install, when it first came out, many has concerns about its durabilities... it has been 18months now... now issues what so ever. Is easier and cheaper(thought, I still think is ripped off) than replacing the whole chrille. The strips is available everywhere... and many other site... I got my from (they're one of the first US company carries it.)


    PS. They're about 180bucks.

  • macbestmacbest Posts: 55
    Hi, I'm Wayne. I have a 1 month old ML320; Orion blue, java, its very different than others because of special order color. M1, M2, m7, bose, heated seats. Previous owner of a 1998 ML320 with many problems. MB "bought it back" with money to buy a new one. 2001 is night and day different.
  • tangjtangj Posts: 4
    owner of 99 ml320, loaded and 3rd seats (m1, m7 ???), side step and hitch (installed myself), fog light activated, so far so good, replaced fsu and door lock, and a oil leak from converter when new, all fixed, 16k mile, changed to mobil1 at 1001 miles, and every other 5k miles............ a very safe vehicle!!
  • rjlimrjlim Posts: 30
    Hello everyone. Glad to be here. I drive a 96 C280 and my wife drives a 99 ML320. These cars are addictive. I'm on the process of putting a ML55 Xenon lights to my wife's ML320. Hope it will work. It should work, Robert say so.
  • Hi,
    My name is Dave and a MB enthusiast. I own a 00 ML320 in Azure Blue with 4k miles and a 99 C230K in black with 55k miles. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their insight and contributions to the M class Town Hall, especially Drew. It is the most informative site for the M class.

  • Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,092
    Happy to meet everyone! Please let me know if you have any questions, or suggestions for the M-Class Owners Club.

    Owner's Club
  • Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,092
    Special Event Chat with Ed Hellwig

    Tues., Jan. 30th, 5-6pm PT/8-9pm ET

    Ed Hellwig - Associate Editor,

    Associate editor Ed Hellwig came to Edmunds with a diverse automotive background that included stints as a gas station grease monkey, automotive spy photographer, and ice rink Zamboni driver. Ed spent five years making sure he hated cold weather at the University of Colorado in Boulder where he somehow earned a degree in American history between beer runs and football games. Upon returning, he proclaimed "snow sucks" and forever pledged his allegiance to the Southern California sunshine. Prior to joining Edmunds, Ed toiled under the iron fist of Tom Lindamood at A&M Specialists, a press vehicle logistics company, as a road-tester and delivery driver. While tooling around in Bentleys and Porsches was less than grueling, Ed just couldn't shake the editorial urge and jumped at the chance to join the Edmunds team. He's now responsible for writing road tests, editing our "Future Telling" column, and assisting in performance testing.

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  • My name is Randy & I have a 2000 Bordeaux ML55, I also had a 1999 Emerald Green ML430.
  • dt77dt77 Posts: 232
    Hi everyone !

    I'm known as dt77 on most M-class discussion boards. I got my black 00 ML430 in May of 2000. Build date of my baby is April of 2000. So far, I have about 8100 miles on it and loving every mile of it ! Check out some pics on the link below. Drive Safely !


  • My name is Omar. I have a 1999 ML430 with over 75K miles. I love my ML (I used to have a 98 ML320 that saved my life and my son's life). To see more of my baby, visit here:

  • Hi, my name is Randy. I just bought my wife a black 2000 ML430 with 9k miles on it. 1,500 miles so far and no complaints.

    I am a car fanatic and spend most of my free time making sure all our cars look better than the day they were delivered!

    I really enjoy this and the other town halls at Edmonds as I read about each SUV I was looking at through thier respective discussions (Land Rover,X5,MDX,ML) before I made my final choice.

    Thanks for all the great discussions. Randy
  • biker5biker5 Posts: 199
    Hi! My name is Jim, A.K.A Biker5. another happy owner of 2KML320 Black Opal /Black int. wit h a bunch of OEM assy. I live here in Sunny California. I am also Mt. Bike nuts.
  • ptomeptome Posts: 2
    Hi! I am PhilT from Colorado, 2001 Desert Silver ML430.

    Ours is the one with the Chrome wheels that Drew does not like!

    Have more then 6800 miles on it so far. The only issue seems to be a bad tire - cant seem to get them balanced.

    Have seen lots of snow - one beck of a snow mobile!
  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    I like the rest of your truck, Phil :-) Especially the entertainment system, being a big gadget freak myself. Hope to see some of your pictures posted in the Photo Gallery.

    Vans, SUVs, and Aftermarket and Accessories message boards
  • cdiccdic Posts: 36
    Hi... I'm Will (aka CDIC). I too have a desert silver ML430. It also has the dreaded Sport package (which I love), complete with the huge wheels and fender flares, Xenons (which I love too), Bose, Nav, etc. So far, it is flawless and has been an excellent performer. I have already seen the yellow -!- triangle light up several times in bad weather (New England snow and slush).

    A long time SUV driver, I watched patiently over the past few years as Mercedes perfected this car. Some of the features that became available for this model year (Sport pkg, Tele Aid, Nav) intrigued me enough to visit the local dealer. I dumped the 5 year old Toyota 4Runner (my 4th 4Runner) and bought a ML430 off the lot. So far, I am far from sorry.
  • HI

    I am on my second ML, had 99 ML320 and now ML 2000.

    I am seeking MB to build a larger SUV.

    current size is adequate, could use more for trips and family.
  • Hello:
    read the useful posts before buying a ML 320 01 last week. heated seats,m1,bose system skyroof, black opal. am most interested in maintenance issues.
    so far so good -89 miles
  • thevjthevj Posts: 3
    hi all. hhookkkked on Edmunds, gotten great info from all since 1998. My ruby red 98 has had some of the first year problems,none of the serious ones (?) Just had the air flow mixture flap replaced,was only getting hot air off the engine..Service center ( 1 of only 3 world wide) gave me a Hertz rental (01 Ford Taurus station wagon),had no appointment so they could not work on mine until the next day but wanted me to leave ml there. Ford wagon ok but wouldn't buy one. ML's the only one for me....Dealer and service center people have been great. F.J Imports Las Vegas,Nv Happy to meet everyone.. vj
  • My name is Ron and I live in Louisville, KY. I have a 00 320 with 7500 miles and a build date of 07/00. Great info on the board.
  • I am Ron (AKA Sydney6) with a 00320 White/Java build date 9/99. It's actually my wife's car, but I even get to drive it occasionally. Other than a bad fuel sending unit, bubbling armrest, and slow clock, (and a couple of other minor problems I can't even remember right now)it has been 18.5K miles of trouble-free, rattle-free driving joy.

    BTW, I still have 3,300 miles until Service B.
  • i'm a 5.5 year-old norwich terrier and i steer my owner's 2000 ml320 but he yells at me for not using the turn signals or the mirrors and because i can't find the caps lock on the keyboard.
  • biker5biker5 Posts: 199
  • Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,092
    As long as you don't drool on the windows and keep your head inside the vehicle at all times, you're very welcome here! ;-)

    Owner's Clubs
  • Hi Y'all. I just purchased a 1998 ML320 with 13,600 km (8200 miles). Service date was Feb.2,1998. Not bad, huh?? Any suggestions on what I should look out for on this new a '98? I was ensured all recalls had been taken care of.

    Looking forward to your comments ... Harry
  • I do believe we will be buying our first MB (used) and it will be a '99 ML320. It has roughly 21,800 miles, all the bells and whistles and has been a dealer car to date. Used as a demo and service loaner. The records look good, nothing out of the ordinary. The only paint chips I can find are on the edges of the back two doors, very minor and will be fixed. The ML will be Starmarked prior to pick up and will retain the remainder of the new car warranty. With all this in mind, plus they are paying off the $11K we owe on our '98 Caravan, my question is, Does $24K for the ML320 sound like a great/good deal? The Kelly Blue Book Trade-In value was between $28K-$30K depending on how you marked the engine/exterior. Other than the couple of chips there are two very minor dings near the driver's door handle, which can only be seen from a side view, not straight on.

    I would be interested in your opinion.

  • birgerbirger Posts: 80
    Hi, I'm Birger,

    - and so far it seems I'm the only European ML owner here. A couple of pictures of my past and present ML's are in the photo section.

    Past 4x4's include a Ford Explorer and a JGC V8 - the ML is a whole different ballgame. And the 2001 vintage is so superior to the 1999 one.

    Could macbest, or Wayne, please if possible put one or more pictures of that Azure Blue ML with the Sport kit in the photo section - I didn't dare to be so bold, but maybe the next one should be blue....

    Kind regards from Luxyland, Europe


    And this, however, is my daily driver:


    - and this is how it looks when you don't travel particularly light, yet drive a MCC smart:

  • Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,092
    Love your photos!

    Owner's Clubs
  • Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,092 will happily arrange a live chat for any M-Class owners who are interested. Please let me know!

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  • biker5biker5 Posts: 199
    Nice photo and big trunk too. I wish this one come to the USA so, we have some to match with BMW Mini Cooper... Just wishing...
  • '99ML430, brilliant silver, lots of gremlins and plenty of nittly problems, yet nothing else I'd rather have my wife drive, especailly this winter. It seems that yellow (orange?) triangle never goes off! Oh, and yes, it is possible to do donuts, even with ESP on, especially on black ice...

    I'm also one of the few people on the board here to seem to prefer the '99 over '00. I'm also always interested in any first-hand objective reports of any chip-tuning work - Scotty, we need more power!
  • OK, so there are at least 2 of us--I like the 99 over the 2000--at least mechanically. I did a little research into chips. Wittenauer has one that removes the sped limiter and adds about 10hp. They were, however, having problems with the the check-engine light coming one. last time I talked to them, they thought they had it fixed but wanted to do more testing before releasing it.

  • kjookjoo Posts: 27
    My name is matt and im the owner of a 2001 ML55 in Brilliant Silver , Charcoal , im in love, DON'T LET MY WIFE KNOW THAT.' But this is a big improvement over my 99 ml430
  • mercaramercara Posts: 291
    Hi , Tony here from NJ. I have a 99 ML320 with 37K trouble free miles. Last christmas, I did a 1600 mile round trip to Knoxville and back to visit family. Thoroughly enjoyed the trip and the
    car. The funny thing was I paid about 20 bucks in tolls, all within the first 200 miles ( In NJ and
    Delaware). No wonder they call NJ the toll-booth capital of the world.
  • My name is Bill, I own a 2000 model Brilliant Silver ML-320. I had the GPS, lighted running boards, chrome brush guard with Piaa ion lights, rear mud flaps, tow hitch, fender flares, chrome wheels, chrome headlight rings added on by the MB dealer. Only a few problems with the vehicle such as, rear center seat belt would not release when the second row seats were laid down, fuel gauge problem, running board lights quit working, twice now.
    I like the car and the service from the MB service dept. at Keyes European, Van Nuys Ca.
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