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#5308 of 8199 Mercedes Client On Track
Oct 06, 2001 (2:22 am)
was Friday here in Western PA. Our first rotation was at the ML offroad track. I drove the 500 in first gear virtually straight up and down hills, sideways, over large boulders and even over an open log bridge. The professional driver had me stop going up a hill-all I could see was sky but the vehicle didn't even roll so much as an inch back down the hill. Went down the other side with foot off pedals and the truck under complete control. One wheel left the road and the other three took over on a steep bank. This session was incredible and something I figured most of us mortals never get to experience (Drew excluded!).
On to the timed cone track where I knocked over one cone and has a respectable time. Next was the racetrack to drive whichever 2002 you wanted.
Floored the SLK55 and felt the G's as my head hit the headrest! The CLK is fast and fun too. The E430 feels roomy and safe and the little convertible coupe is a great toy.
MBUSA (impressive safety feature presentation) and all the professional drivers were great. I'm sorry that hubby doesn't have enough legroom for the tank-like ML (I mean that in a good way). Had to order an X5 but our next car will be the CLK. I just gotta have a Mercedes!
#5309 of 8199 DREW PLS. HELP!!!
Oct 06, 2001 (6:59 am)
HI. My wife just came back to havre the fuel gauge sensored fixed in our '99 ML430. I also told her to have the technician fix the ex cessive wind noise coming from the "loose lipped"doors. THe tech told her that this was, "normal turbulance" for this vehicle. I've read several posts here that the dealer installed upgraded seals and it kinda fixed the problem. QUESTION. What do I do next to impress the service writer that this is not normal turbulance. Ås a long time rider of MB's I was pretty distarught about the level of noise that this vehicle has on the freeway. Do I complain to the regional manager? Written complaint?
My dealer seems FJmercedes has a good rep around this parts.IF ANYONE HAS ANY BRILLIANT IDEAS...PLS. RESPOND. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
Oct 06, 2001 (8:46 am)
Was this a special event by MB? Or was it done by a dealer?
Sounds like great fun. Wish they brought it up to Boston
#5311 of 8199 Skyview Roof not available on 2002 models?
Oct 06, 2001 (1:43 pm)
Hi - I am new to board so forgive me if I repeat a previous topic - I have a 2000 ML430 and am extremely happy with it (I hate my dealer -poor service- but that's another story). I was thinking of trading up to the 2002 ML500, since they have added features I like such as climate control, but it seems the skyview roof (which I have) is no longer an option. Were there problems with these roofs? Mine has been fine for 18 months and 20,000 miles. Also does anyone really use the third row of seats? Thanks! -Jim
#5312 of 8199 Jim - as to the skyview roof....
Oct 06, 2001 (2:28 pm)
it seems MB couldn't get it working with the side curtain airbags, so it had to be scrapped. Shame - initially, I wasn't going to look into it, but after seeing so many wonderful pictures, I do miss the option for 2002.
I don't have mine yet (fingers crossed waiting for Nov. delivery), but I got the third row. From all the people I've spoken to, they're great for kids, and good for adults over short trips (<1 hour).
Oct 06, 2001 (4:17 pm)
Bought my ML430 w/Sport Package back in Jan 01. All options (except rear quarter panel opening windows - would be nice). Installed a trailer hitch (Dremel Tools are nice) and have taken a number of high speed trips w/trailer up and down the East Coast. Biggest complaint is wheel balance (3 times to dealer in Annapolis, MD) - am about to see if local shop can do better ( I've always had excellent service from this local shop). Just had the AC/Rear window washer fuse blow (30 amp- they are one and the same). No clue as to why - anyone out there have an idea?
Like this board - it has provided me with some great ideas.
Oct 06, 2001 (4:48 pm)
I am in the habit of walking away from my cars, and having them lock themselves after a matter of seconds. Unfortunately I had grown accustomed to having to remote lock my 2001 ML320 upon leaving the vehicle.
Recently I was holding a conversation and remotely opened the vehicle, the conversation lingered and I didn't immediately enter the vehicle, and after about a minute I notice the vehicle re-locked itself, and set the anti-theft unit!!
Is there a way to set the vehicle to always lock itself, and set the anti-theft unit if the driver forgets to lock it after exiting? or must one always lock the vehicle when walking away?? (I read my manual, I swear I did, smirk)
"God bless America"
Oct 06, 2001 (4:53 pm)
Has anyone installed video equipment yet? Did you do it yourself, or use a vendor? Is it better to go with screens in both headrest? or the one unit placed behind the sunroof?
The Mercedes Collection manual shows their video product installed in a ML; however, the child appears to be sitting on the edge of the seat to see the screen. MB service department actually sent me to a outside vendor who installed audio/videon systems for the Athletes in our area. The vendor charges around $1100 to install a 9 inch screen w/ VCR and dual headphones. For $1600 they will install the same device, but with dual screens in each headrest.
Does this sound reasonable?
Oct 07, 2001 (10:46 am)
what are the best summer only tires for an ML430? Emphasis on quiet smooth ride, wet weather adhesion? (paved road use only)