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



  • markjennmarkjenn Posts: 1,142
    Can't help you on the struts, but when I owned my ML320, I found Michelin LTX M/S to be great tire for this vehicle, with crisp handling, good snow performance, and outstanding mileage - when I sold the car with 40K miles on these tires they hardly looked worn. Many are reporting 100K+.

    I now have them on my Honda Pilot and I'm finding them a little noisy as this SUV has less insulation from road noise. But on the ML they were fairly quiet.

    Tire Rack is a good outfit, but by the time you factor in shipping and finding someone to mount them for you, the discount tire places (e.g., Discount Tire, Costco, etc.) are usually cheaper overall. Costco has a $60 discount on 4 Michelins right now.

    - Mark
  • chumsaechumsae Posts: 61
    No comment on the struts.

    I'm using Michelin CrossCountry on our 2000 ML320 and they
    are pretty perfect to me; quiet, good handling, warranty 65K miles. The tread pattern is road-like, but the little I've driven in the snow (we're in El Paso TX) they seemed unstoppable. We are 40K into ownership on these tires and they will easily go another 30K. Bought ours at Sam's Club at about $150 each.
  • chumsaechumsae Posts: 61
    It is Michelin Cross Terrain.
  • this happened to my ml500 too ! Roadside assistance came to my place & the guy was puzzled & he pretty much FORCED reverse and unlocked the brake. He told me maybe I had been washing the car & the cold water got the brake to lock up. Went to the dealer they don't know why, but I am sure they have a list of problems w/the ML models. happened when it was about 35,000 ml

    I am have more trouble now with the car at 65,000 ml & I will not buy another MB !!!!!!!
  • the problem i am having with my ml500 is with so many test drives and changing the brakes for the entire 4 tires, the groaning noise continue to occure only when I am driving it in slow speed during traffic and the groaning sound is like when you shift gear and the car has that noise when the gear didn't go smoothly. Any ideas ? car shop can't find anything wrong with it, but the minute I drove home and in slow speed,less than 15mph, the all noise occured again & again, like the car is "chocking". help ?
    ESP light came on, but went away quickly, drove on smooth street.
  • I had a flat tire on the front passenger side tire on my ML320. My wife didn't know about it and started driving, not realizing the tire was flat, and a few minutes later came back and told me about it. I'm not sure how far she drove on a flat tire (never a good thing to do). Anyway, I
    temporarily put the spare donut tire on the car and took the wheel/tire to Sears.

    I told them to just fix the flat. They said they couldn't because the tire was damaged from driving while the tire was flat. Ok, then I said replace the tire with a new one. He said that's fine but they could/will not mount
    it for me because the car is 4WD and the tread depth on the one new tire would be som much more/taller than the remaining 3 that it could damage the gear box. They are not authorized to put just one new tire on a 4WD
    vehicle. I then said, ok give me two new tires then and put them both on the same axle. Again they said no as they could not - for the same reason about the gear box stuff.

    So I eventually caved in (perhaps I should not have) and purchased 4 new tires for the car. I did not want to do that as about 18 months earlier I had already purchased 2 new tures for the rear. So $600 later, instead of $125 later I have 4 new tires....

    Does this sound right? Did I waste my money buy having to put 4 new tires on the car to have the same tire tread depth to not damage the gear box?
    I'm thinking of calling Sears and discussing and maybe complaining to them.
    What is the deal on a 4WD car and tires with different tread depths?

  • 0435004350 Posts: 26
    I had one flat due to a large nail bolt and tire blew on
    ML350. I went to Discount Tire. Nothing said about difference in mileages on respective tires. They installed
    one new tire and I also bought their certificate ($72
    for their coverage). About 6 months later another tire blew while driving (ironically while only a half mile away from Discount Tire). Took certificate in and Discount Tire again replaced only blown tire for the $ 18 replacement fee. There was no pressure or even mention from Discount Tire to buy 3 more.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    My AWD Subaru's owners manual talks about replacing tires and the need to stay within a certain tread depth of the existing tires if you just replace one - some shops will shave a new tire to make it close in size to the existing ones. So check your manual and see if it says anything.
  • markjennmarkjenn Posts: 1,142
    I think Sears is being overly conservative, and possibly using this as a tool to sell more tires. While there might be some outlyer cars out there where this difference in tread depth could cause an issue, the vast majority of cars shouldn't have the slightest problem with it. The ML has open differentials both side-to-side and fore-aft, so the differentials will not care and I'd be very surprised if the wheel speed difference would be enought to cause the traction controls sytems to engage. And if they did, you'd get a dash light.

    - Mark
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 11,042
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  • sbss4sbss4 Posts: 2
    I'm on my second ML320 a 2002, the first was a 1998. steve squires
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    Please give a shout to Ctalati at the email address in the previous post and maybe you'll get your name in lights. :shades:
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  • I have a small oil leak coming from the head gasket behind the power steering pump. I would like to replace this before it gets too bad.
    Does any one have any info on removing the head.
    I am looking for bolt torque settings, order of removal/replacement of bolts and any other information specific to this model.
    Many thanks in advance.
  • What sounds like my power steering pump has been getting louder and louder over the past several months. It's much louder when it's cold; and, the volume of noise appears to corrlelate somewhat to the number of RPM's. It makes noise even when I'm not steering...and gets louder when I steer or increase RPMs. Any idea what's going on? Fluid level is fine in pump. Thanks for any advice/info. :confuse:
  • I noticed that you work for MB. I couldn't get my ML320 out of park this morning and the dealer said that it is common. They said that I need to replace the brake light switch at $279.00. I checked the price of the switch and it is 25.00. I'm sure it takes all of 5 minutes to replace the switch.(I may be wrong) Can I do this myself? I am really tired of the it's only 279 it's only 1,000. No offense to you at all. I think it starts at the front with the service reps. Then they have the nerve to say well your driving a Mercedes. I don't care what I drive I don't like to spend money on stupid repairs. I have a sebring convertible that has cost me almost nothing to keep up and it always starts

    thanks for any info you have for me!
  • sgt_k1sgt_k1 Posts: 14
    If you were in woodbridge, VA, I would installed it for you. It's very sample and I hate when people try to spend too much for things that are call for. There is a website that you can buy the brake light switch for $12.45. I could installed it for 20 bucks. Because of my Army vaules, I am going to share my skills with you. Installation:
    1. Reach under the brake padel and remove the mat and protective cover.
    2. Unplug the white brake light switch from the male, this can be found right where the brake padel and the floor touches.
    3. Replace the switch and put the protective cover back and mat in place. You can call me, 703-862-1571
  • you are the greatest. I am actually in arlington, I would love to get the website where I can get the part. The one I found was 25.00 and it said it was a mercedes original part. Don't know if that matters.

    bless you
  • lawallawal Posts: 1
    I am experiencing problems with my 2000 ML 320. The truck looses power and shuts down when applying brakes such as trying to stop suddenly or slowing down to make a turn or trying to turn into a parking spot. I took the car in to our independent mechanic who said it was in need of a tune up with new spark plugs, etc. I picked it up and it ran better but I am still loosing power as described above. Other than this, the only problem I've had with this vehicle is the CD player. There is also a noise coming from somewhere under the car; like a rattling sound which is annoying... any ideas...
  • benabena Posts: 1
    Hi guys! do you know where I can find and order a rear bumper? I backed up in my husband's car and my rear bumper is gone, almost half of it. I have an ML 350, year 2003.
  • sgt_k1sgt_k1 Posts: 14
    I have a 2002 ML 500(third row seating, NAv. and other) that I am selling, does anyone interested.
  • mercaramercara Posts: 291
    Where are you located. I live in NJ and had my rear bumper damaged. I found this used part dealer who specilizes on mercedes and picked up a used bumper from him. I can send you his number if you are around NY/NJ.
  • tluketluke Posts: 52
    I understand that the ML500 will be replaced by the ML550 for the 2008 model year. I heard that the 5.5 from the current E class will be utilized. I am interested and am willing to wait for the ML550 if this is in fact true. Does anyone have any information on whether this is true or just rumor?
  • sgt_k1sgt_k1 Posts: 14
    I change my battery lastnight, but as soon as I was done, my Esp light came on, and now it wouldn't go off. Do anyone know how to reset it or something of that nature?
  • cneffcneff Posts: 65
    It seems to be true. 2008 ML550 382hp. Apparently no other upgrades except engine. According to C&D about $10k less then current ML55
  • pai7pai7 Posts: 35
    glad to hear that the V-8 ML is getting an engine upgrade.I hope this new vehicle comes with an updated navigation with a rear camera.Has the Mercedes ironed out the bug in their Transmission?
  • cneffcneff Posts: 65
    Not the right forum but let me answer...the NAV is indeed a bit behind, I have not heard of improvements coming. I have a 2006 CLK and 2007 ML320CDI. The CLK shows me elevation (why I need that who knows) but does not show miles and time left while the 2007 does show this. My ML320CDI has a rear camera and works well. The 7spd tranny has a re programming fix - my CLK even had some rough shifts and they tweaked it.
  • royalrdhroyalrdh Posts: 1
    Hi=Do you still own your 2005 ML350? I am thinking of buying a certified Pre-owned 2005ML350 and am wondering how it has held up for you and if you had any complaints on it....I'v read some disturbing things on MB on how once you own it, you're nickeled and dimed with continued service and repairs. Thanks for your input.
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