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



  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    Congrats on your new ML! A nice Christmas present, no doubt. The Orion Blue is certainly a very unique colour and will make your ML stand out amongst the (many) others in your area. Hope that you can get some pictures online sometime - perhaps in a album like mine).

    Drew Townhall co-host
    Vans and Aftermarket & Accessories conferences

    P.S. Did you purposely write "dose", or was it a Freudian slip ;-)
  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    For those of you who are can have a look at my updated Photopoint album here.
  • tariktarik Posts: 344

    In short, congrats to the successful installation of your scratch avoiding supplement! Nice (actually extremely nice) job, excellent!

    For those weird triple-beamers, go to, and choose M-Klasse.

    Merry Christmas and happy holidays to everyone...

  • pooliopoolio Posts: 18
    I would like to know if you could get A remote control for starting up A 2000-ML320.
  • dt77dt77 Posts: 232
    I really like your parktronic thingy. Nicely done. I'm guessing you did it yourself ? was it hard ? how long it take ? what type feedback does the system provide you with ? sound or visual or both ? how much ? hehe..sorry so many questions...

  • bob259bob259 Posts: 280
    Thanks Drew. Yes the highbeams are Halogen. The projectors shift upward automaticly when you switch to hig beams via a electric motor.

    I have the article he gave me on them. I'll try to scan it and send it to you. (New scanner for Xmas and it may take me awhile to figure out how to do it, but I'll attempt it).
  • bob259bob259 Posts: 280
    I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and Safe and Happy Holiday.

  • Drew,
    I think I read that you have the cargo liner with the neat mini compartments for storage. My wife ordered same for me for Christmas but it is back ordered. Cost about $120 plus shipping. My question is did you buy direct from Mercedes Benz? I just checked Clairparts and they don't seem to have a similar liner with the compartments.
    If I'm wrong and you don't have this item in your truck, maybe you can refer me. thanks in advance and happy holidays.

  • Is this what you are looking for?

  • Ask Clairparts for:
    Q-6-75-0016 (MY1999) $102
    Q-6-74-0004 (MY2000/01) $105
    This be the part number for the cargo tray divider.

    There is a difference between the two trays, I tried the 99 version and it has two extra cutouts for the floor anchors. The 2000 has a better fit and two less floor anchors.

  • Are those compartments removable, or is it one molded piece ?
  • Has anyone noticed how soft the paint is on the ML. It seems to chip really easily and one has to be especially careful when washing the ML as not to cause more chips to appear. Any tips or suggestions as to how to prevent any further chips from appearing so easily?


  • The compartments are removable, independently. Convenient for caring for the groceries on spirited drives.

  • Jason,

    Is the gas tank cover on the AMG ML55 the same as all the other ML's. Coming back from church today I parked next to a ML55 and it had a chrome gas tank cover. It looks like the same one on the Mitsubishi Eclipse

    It is a circle with chrome cover, and chrome screws or rivets on the outer cover edge. The guy said that that is how the ML55 came, but it doesnt seem like it does. Its not typical of MB to put something as flashy as that. Not even our CLK55 has a tank like that. Looked kind of out of place.

  • dagilldagill Posts: 13
    Drew is it poss to get the twin proj lights in the US.
    The chrome tip on your ML looks good. What size does one need and where did you get yours from. Tried K-mart they do not seem to carry any.
    Dave gill
  • dt77dt77 Posts: 232
    I really doubt the ML55 came with that cover. My bet is that guy put it on himself and lied to you =)

  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    The ML55 comes with a normal fuel filler lid, just like all other MLs. To my knowledge, MB has never added anything like what you saw to any of their vehicles. Screams boy racer :-)...The Audi TT and the Mitsubishi Eclipse both have these billet aluminum fuel filler caps from the factory.
  • kenyeekenyee Posts: 738
    It's been tried. Someone on the M-Class list long ago tried to get one into his 1998 ML; he had to put one of the spare keys in the ML. I think someone on this forum long ago was successful as well. The problem is that most of today's cars come w/ a "smart" key. The key transmits a code to the ML before the ML will start. Makes it hard to steal, but almost impossible to add a remote start to.

    What are you using to wash you ML? Sand? ;-)
    I haven't had the paint chip from washing yet, but I haven't been able to give it a full hand wash since my week of Zaino. The weather here has been totally crappy and it's coated w/ salt and dirt and it's too cold to wash it off (8 degrees F this morning)-:
  • Rexconde:

    My ML55 doesn't have a chrome cover like that....I think that guy was pulling your leg too. I wouldn't want something like that to begin with too...too gaudy for my taste.


    Others have said how soft the clearcoat was on the ML so I was concerned about that. And it isn't that cold over here...I still don't know why you guys are getting all the cool stuff! No snow here yet to play with! :( It's all of 45 degrees right now!

  • I was thinking that he may have bought it used, he was an older guy about 50-60, and I doubt that he would have put it on himself.

    Yes I thought that this is more of a japanese type add-on. I knew he probably lied to me but I never looked at the gas cap specifically on other ML55s.

  • What is everyone's opinion of the NAV system for the ML. The hardbound owners guide that came with my 2001 makes it seem neat, but I would like to get the opinions of others that have used it. Does the novelty wear off? Where is the best place to get it, Clair parts and then have the dealer install it?
  • dt77dt77 Posts: 232
    I have even seen really shady stick on covers too ! they are just chrome stickers ... man, can you imagin ? shady ...

  • kenyeekenyee Posts: 738
    Where are the paint chips you are seeing? People have said the front chips easily. I think a big part of it is the steep angle of the hood. MB also has switched to water based paints before other companies have and these paints suck.
  • Kenyee:

    I have the stongard and bug delfector on the front so I haven't gotten any chips up there but I have gotten quite a few chips (4 at last count) on the rear hatch area. I"m thinking that the rocks that get kicked up by the tires may have had something to do with those chips. What do you think? You may want to check your hatch for signs of any chips. Maybe I should get a mud flap but I've heard from others that it won't fit the ML55.

  • kenyeekenyee Posts: 738
    That's a weird place to get chips. I have the mud flaps, but the vacuum created by the ML's mass has been sucking up salt/dirt and dropping it on the back hatch (including under the hatch handle!!!)-: I did notice what looked like a paint chip on the roof when I waxed it.
    I'll have to check when I wash it next week. Have to do it soon. Some weenie decided that it would be fun to do graffiti on the dirt on my windows and tried doing it on my painted areas (and no doubt grinding the dirt into the paint), too :-P
    The mud flap won't fit the ML55 w/o serious cutting. You might want to see if you can trim a generic mud flap to fit, but it won't look as good as the MB ones. MB is supposedly redesigning a bull bar and side steps for the ML55 and ML Sport by this summer, so let's hope they redesign flaps as well (and in rubber instead of the horribly hard plastic it is now).
  • sshowittsshowitt Posts: 137
    it is really trick, very useful, especially for my wife who has a genetic impairment (just kidding) when it comes to directions, for her its a godsent. That is one of the reasons I got the 430 v the 320. It is std. on the 430 and at least a $2K option on the 320.
  • Atomic 80/ Jason

    My theory is that the metallic clear coated paints seem to hold up much better than the solid colors. I had a black one and the paint seem to kinda flake when hit with a rock or something. I now have silver and it is holding up much better. Still get some chips in weird places.

    BTW, when I see large trucks or anything that has debris that may kick out, I stay way clear, sometimes getting off the freeway to avoid the trucks load with junk.
  • thor3thor3 Posts: 120
    Many Auto Shows going on now and more to come in Jan/Feb... it will be interesting to see if there is any new info. leaked on the 2002 ML changes....
  • That is exactly the item. Thanks so much for the help. I will order from Clair and save a few bucks and get it timelier, I'm sure.

    Thanks again,
  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    After days of aggravation, the Parkpilot system installation is finally complete. It took a little longer since my father and I decided to wire in manual kill switches so that the system could be easily deactivated in the event of a problem, or when towing (even though the system can be specially programmed when towing).

    In the process of dismantling many trim pieces, we discovered the extent of the improvement in sound dampening/insulation (not to mention the huge improvement in the quality of the plastics) everywhere for MY2K MLs. Nearly every cavity that we opened was filled with a combination of sound dampening foam, thick carpetting and rubber seals. Even the rubber mouldings around the tailgate hatch were filled with (tough to cut) metal loops and fibres.The only bad thing about this was that it was considerably more difficult to push the Parkpilot wiring around.

    The P.P display/beeper unit was installed in the 3rd row seatbelt cutout area primarily because it was in the same line of sight as the stick-on convex mirror, as well as the fact that it was one of the easiest spots to wire in. I could've cut into the plastic trim for a more integrated look, but this would've required removing a large plastic piece (holding the headliner) and I didn't want to mess with that. Not only this, but I was scared off by the difficult drilling in the bumper + I didn't have the right size (30mm) bit :-)

    I'll be uploading a lot more pictures in a seperate album soon, but for now, here are a few more:




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