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Mercedes-Benz M-Class, Mercedes-Benz ML55 AMG, SUV
Aug 20, 2001 (4:29 pm)
Responding to #4290
I have a new 2001 ML 320 with only 800 miles. The hesitation problem has happened quite a few times to me as well. It feels as thought the vehicle is about to stall and splutters for a second before taking off just fine. I took it to the dealer and they kept it for a day and also found nothing. I can't believe that as many people as I have seen on this message board have had problems and mercedes can't find the problem. Unfortunately it is very unpredictable and occurs on taking off from a dead stop, usually with the a/c on.
Does anyone have any other ideas? Thanxs
#4503 of 8199 Moving from the C board to the M board!
Aug 20, 2001 (4:29 pm)
I'm just about to sell my 2001 C320 and buy a 2002 ML-320. I had some questions on the price. Here's what I'm getting:
Met Paint 495
Heated Seats 635
COMAND Navig. 1,860
First is the discount reasonable? Also, it seems like the price of COMAND is high -- it was 1,675 for 2001 (the dealer says it includes 2 hrs of labor, it's hard to believe it takes two hours). I would appreciate your comments.
#4504 of 8199 Doesn't look bad
Aug 20, 2001 (4:39 pm)
What's stopping you from cashing in on the 2001?
#4505 of 8199 Re: Doesn't look bad
Aug 20, 2001 (4:55 pm)
I really liked the improvements in the 2002 ML. It's true I could have save a significant amount if I purchased a 2001; however, the features seem to be worth the money.
Aug 20, 2001 (5:01 pm)
The ML actually doesn't have the COMAND system. We have something called the MCS (Modular Component System). What you're paying for is probably the optional GPS module. You can get it cheaper online from Clairparts.com, for example, and then have your dealership install it for you. In actuality, the GPS module can be installed in only 1/2 hour. It's not too difficult to do it yourself either since all of the wiring is already pre-installed.
Aug 20, 2001 (5:03 pm)
The speed rating of the tire doesn't only mean that you can go up to xxx mph. What it also indicates is the tire's resistance to heat, since as you go faster, there is a lot more heat generated. A higher speed rated tire is probably also better made (better compounds) and is less likely to fail, which is probably why MB chose a higher speed rated tire...for that extra margin of error. Keep this in mind when purchasing new tires.
Aug 20, 2001 (5:06 pm)
4.5 years of battery life sounds pretty reasonable to me. Heat is a major factor as far as battery life goes. One thing to make sure is that the new battery is compatible with the vent tube. I can't remember if the older E-classes have this, but the newer ones do. If not, then you can get pretty much whatever you please.
Aug 20, 2001 (5:08 pm)
Ha, don't hold your breath. The good news though, is that by (or even before) 2007, we will likely see the return of high tech diesel engines to N.America since the oil companies are mandated by law to significantly reduce sulphur levels by then.
Aug 20, 2001 (5:10 pm)
The air filter box was originally designed for the ML55's engine in mind, so it's actually very much oversized for the 3.2L engine. As such there is no real need for a K&N filter. Not only this, but apparently MB engineers found that while there is superior breathing with the K&N filter, it doesn't trap the smaller particles that the factory air filter does. Not a good thing if you plan to keep your truck for a long time.
Aug 20, 2001 (5:13 pm)
Congrats on your new ML! Hope to see you posting here more in the future.
Yes, the M7 package deletes the retractable cargo tonneau cover. Some people have requested it as part of the deal when purchasing their vehicle. If you want it, your MB parts department should be able to order it for you. There should be no problems getting it to fit with your vehicle when the 3rd row seats are flipped down, or removed. You should not have it in the cabin when the 3rd row seats are being used though.