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You are in the Mercedes Benz M-Class
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Mercedes-Benz M-Class, Mercedes-Benz ML55 AMG, SUV
#3490 of 8199 ctic and bargamon
Jun 04, 2001 (11:05 am)
The V-class is currently a large van (VW Eurovan-size) sold only in Europe. MB will supposedly be coming out with a compact van called the Vito in Sept 2001, but only for Europe. The MB minivan will be based on the next generation M-class W164 platform. Since this platform is still in development and the next generation M-class won't be out till 2005, it makes sense that it will take MB some time to develop the van off the W164 as well.
#3491 of 8199 bargamon
Jun 04, 2001 (11:07 am)
The next generation M-class will supposedly be available in two wheelbases...the latter will be more comfortable for longer trips in the 3rd row. It will NOT be a full-sized SUV though since MB has said that they don't want to compete in that segment, and besides, there is actually a downward sales trend in those vehicles right now.
Jun 04, 2001 (11:11 am)
Congrats on your new ML and welcome to the group, this time on the other side of the "fence" as an owner
Biker5 has already perfectly explained the coolant pump huming to you. The only thing that I can add to that its purpose is to prevent hot spots in the aluminum alloy engine block.
Regarding the temperature control, I think (I really haven't noticed) mine gets a tad warm to the touch too. Not the dial, but the blue/white/red area. However, I've always assume that its because my lights (DRLs) are on all of the time. No problems whatsoever.
Jun 04, 2001 (11:15 am)
Congrats to you too, and welcome to the M-class topic! Glad to hear that you had a good purchasing experience.
Regarding the climate control system, it may interest you to know that it is already is a semi-automatic system. This means that you select the desired temperature via the middle knob (yes, the only thing not present is the temperature markings), as well as the fan speed and then leave it. There is a sensor in the dash (it's behind that little grid in between the low range and foglamp switches) that will adjust the temperature of the airflow to match.
#3494 of 8199 To the 3 new M-class owners
Jun 04, 2001 (11:19 am)
If you haven't done so already, please feel free to introduce yourself in the M-class owner's club area, in the "Meet the members topic". Also, you can post any pictures of your new ride in the Photo gallery topic over there. Finally, any good/bad sales or service experiences can be posted in the dealer & service experiences topic.
I hope to see you all in the weekly MB Tuesdays chat at 6-7pm Pacific/9-10pm Eastern. The link to the chat as well as the owner's club will always be at the top of this discussion topic (just under the topic title) for easy reference.
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Jun 04, 2001 (12:23 pm)
Thanks for the response. In our case, the actual knob itself got quite warm (not today after 35 minute trip, though), and no DRL's here in the States. I had not felt the dial. FWIW, the knob had been in the blue sections for the entire trip. I would just like to ensure that no electrical connections are getting too hot or shorting back there.
#3496 of 8199 extended warranty/Melissaomaha
Jun 04, 2001 (12:24 pm)
I am sure that someone has turned you on to Lisa at Courtesy Motors for your warranty. Any questions please feel free to contact me. Real nice to do business with.
#3497 of 8199 Fog Lamps
Jun 04, 2001 (12:39 pm)
Thanks Biker5 for the useful info about the installation. I am waiting for the delivery of my front grill guard and side steps. Do you think that only PIAA 520 comes with the wire harness that would fit the pre-wired harness?
#3498 of 8199 Inside Cabin Noise...
Jun 04, 2001 (12:52 pm)
I have an '01 ML430 and it just got a few hundred miles on it. However, I recently noticed that there's some sort of a noise on the driver's side. I checked around the dashboard but nothing was suspected. I then checked under the hood while the engine running. I can hear that noise but don't know exactly where it came from. I looked at the engine cooler reservoir and saw the coolant inside kind of circulating. I think maybe that's the noise? Anyone familiar with this noise?