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#3884 of 8199 Comment to ggoudeli1 re: lease end options
Jul 11, 2001 (7:58 am)
Although I recently purchased a 2001 ML320, thought I could be of some help regarding your lease-end options. A family member recently turned in a SL500 which was leased through World Omni not Mercedes. The leasing company offered almost $5000 reduction in buyout as incentive. In addition, other companies including Ford sent letters regarding their interest in providing financing to purchase or re-lease the vehicle. In addition, it seems that the longer you hold out the incentives begin to increase. I hope this info. is helpful. Of course, I'm a new car junkie and would definitely get a new vehicle. The deals are great on the 2001 ML320 especially if your willing to take black or white.
#3885 of 8199 biker5
Jul 11, 2001 (8:26 am)
My wife "can" drive the ML but if she did then I'd have to drive her mini-van. Since she got the prior two new cars and I now drive to work instead of to a commuter bus, I don't see the point of giving her the ML. Since neither vehicle has memory for the seats or mirrors, it drives her nuts when I do drive the van (like when I take the dog to the bank because they give dog biscuits) and re-arrange everything.
Before I bought an SUV she did agree to take it if I didn't like driving one and then I'd get the next new car again. So once I can justify buying the SLK320, I'm all set.
#3886 of 8199 biker5
Jul 11, 2001 (9:03 am)
Just sent you an e-mail from your profile.
#3887 of 8199 djdj/wife and ML
Jul 11, 2001 (9:49 am)
That was a good explanation. And here is my scenario I let my wife to drive my ML before without any problem, but since her minor accident she need to ask me in advance if she can drive my ML(weather permitted..) Confused? here is the story..one time a rainy day here in CALI. 0n the way home from work she missed the left turn on one street, I didn't blame her because it was so dark and it was raining, she end up climbed up to a 4 foot hills. I am so glad my ML have a front bar with skid plate. No damage done underside. Since then she always ask me if she can drive my toy. Funny huh!
Jul 11, 2001 (10:10 am)
1. I'm contemplating to change the engine oil myself on my '00 ML at its first 5000 miles mark without changing the oil filter. Does it make sense not changing the oil filter? Any thoughts?
2. I live in a suburb of Chicago, IL. Does anyone know if all the gasoline in Illinois are of equal quality? ie. with the same amount of ethanol mixed in, etc? I had been buying gas (93 octane) from Speedway or Citgo. Or should I feed my ML with gas like Shell, Amoco (I had bad experience with Amoco) Mobil and such?
3. Do we have a search feature on this board so that I can search out old relevant topics instead of asking the same old questions that had been asked and answered over?
Jul 11, 2001 (11:04 am)
Your '00 ML has below 5000 miles on it? Wow, that's really low for a '00 model, but I guess if you don't drive it much...If it's the very first (ever) oil change, you may want to consider changing the filter since all of the metal filings from the new engine will be in there. I had my first oil and filter change done at about 3500 kms when I switched to Mobil 1. Since then, I've been sticking with the FSS computer recommendations and everything has been just fine so far.
You may find this helpful:
Robert (rexconde) lives in your area, so perhaps he tell you more about your questions about the gas stations
As for the search feature, yes there is one in the main SUV lists (it's under the "Add discussion" button) but
unfortunately, it's not very good and is still being refined.
Vans, SUVs, and Aftermarket & Accessories message boards
Jul 11, 2001 (1:08 pm)
I live in Schaumburg!
WRT the gas, I have two different takes on this in Illinois. Bear with me a bit. The BMW 7-series had a problem with their engine block in the mid-90s. The blocks had to be replaced secondly because the gas (specifically in Illinois) was really bad. People's engines were failing left and right. One of the main causes was found to be the gasoline in Illinois. The engines were replaced to put up with the gas
In general I believe that the gas in Illinois is worse than some other states. I would definalty stick with the more reputable brands: Mobil, SHELL, Amoco. I don't trust Gas City or Citgo.
With the tolerant nature of our engines and the resistance to pinging, it isnt crucial to the ML, however it is advisable. However if you are caught in a place where you need gas, a couple of fill ups with the lower octane or the worse brand gas wont hurt the ML. If you do see a change in the car it will most likly be seen in the future. However in the present lower MPG may result.
When I left the Mobil station Premium gas was 1.56, and the Gas City was about 1.68. I'll let you decide which one was at the major intersection.
#3892 of 8199 biker5
Jul 11, 2001 (1:50 pm)
If she broke it, she bought and you're entitled to a new one.
I honestly don't think my wife really cares.
Actually she really hates the blind spot on the left because the outside rearview mirror doesn't tilt out far left enough. It leaves a gap off of the rear left fender that you can't see out of the corner of your eye and you have to twist and turn every time to check.
Does anyone else have that problem? The dealer said the travel is correct and the loaner ML had the same problem.
Jul 11, 2001 (2:06 pm)
That's because we were taught wrong about how to set the mirrors in driver's ed. You should *not* see the side of your car in the mirror. If you do, you're overlapping w/ the rearview mirror. Adjust it so that you don't see overlaps in the mirrors as a car moves from behind you to your side.
I don't have blind spots except for one directly next to me and I can see that out of my peripheral vision...