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Mercedes-Benz M-Class, Mercedes-Benz ML55 AMG, SUV
Dec 23, 2002 (9:02 am)
In an earlier post I mentioned how much I like my ML, etc, etc. Well, when I finished my 2000 mile trip recently, I did notice that I had a squeak in the dash. I've had the ML for a year on Dec. 15th. I took it in because I wanted to have mud-flaps installed and I told them about the dash squeak. They told me that Mercedes has a bulletin on this and that the squeak is actually coming from the hood area, not the dash. So, they will remove the hood, take it to a body shop to have brackets welded on and re painted (the underside not the top of the hood). The service guys said this will remedy the squeak. I sure hope so because I really like the vehicle and don't want any trouble.
Anyone else heard of this remedy? Mark
#6778 of 8199 Steering is very tight
Dec 24, 2002 (10:25 am)
Looks like the power steering on my ML430 is dead. I have to really turn the wheel hard to make the simplest of turns. Backing out of a parking spot is a nightmare. It just happened today out of the blue. I called my dealer and they said since this is Christmas eve, they can't help me and told me to call Roadside assistance! I will do so. meanwhile I am wonderng has anyone experienced this? Thanks.
#6779 of 8199 Power Steering Failure
Dec 24, 2002 (11:28 am)
My power steering on my 99 ML430 has been trouble prone since 8000 mi (now has 42k). Last week my dealer finnaly fixed it, by replacing both the pump and the reservoir. It seems there are baffles in the res. that keep the pump from cavitating, and introducing air bubbles into the system, which can lead to failure. Hope this helps
#6780 of 8199 Climate Control?
Dec 27, 2002 (9:56 am)
My wife recently purchased a 1999 ML-430. I have a question regarding the climate control/heater. Is this a true climate control where the vehicle controls the amount of heat coming out of the vents to maintain a desired cabin temperature or is it a standard heater which puts out the same amount of heat depending on the dial setting? The reason I ask is that I notice that the air temperature coming out of the central vents in the dash above the radio varies without changing the temperature dial setting. The air will come out warm when the heat is first selected but will becoming cooler as the cabin heats up. Setting the dial hotter will again cause warmer air to come out of the vent which will eventually cool. The side vents do not seem to noticeably change the air temperature. The climate control systems I am familiar with require the operator to set the desired temperature for the cabin by inputting a digital temperature reading. The ML-430 just has a dial to raise or lower the temperature which makes me think it is not an automatic climate control. Am I right and is the changing temperature in the center vent indicating a problem?
#6781 of 8199 Climate Control? by derel2
Dec 27, 2002 (5:34 pm)
My 2000 ML320 works the same way when heating the car. Cooling seems to be more constant.
Earlier discussions on the temp system refer to it as semi-automatic. I finds the temperature drops too much to be trying to maintaining a constant temperature until the car has really warmed up.
Dec 28, 2002 (12:46 am)
I think we all decided on this board about a year ago that it was automatic climate control (or semi-) but with analog guages.
I start the dial off at 12 o'clock in the white and then put it at about 10 o'clock after 15 mins otherwise it will get too hot. I should really try just leaving it at 10.
As air comes in whether the fan is at 0 or 1, I always leave the fan off when I first start the car otherwise I'll get cold air coming into the cabin. Sometimes if I get on the freeway right afterwards I never even have to turn the fan on - freeway speeds seem push enough air into the cabin. This is unlike MB sedans with the digital guage. When you turn the fan to 0, you can actually hear the vents closing and nothing comes in the car. This leads me to believe it's not just a difference of digital or analog guages - the whole system is different.
Dec 30, 2002 (6:30 am)
(Update)..... Picked up the ML on Saturday. The squeak in the dash is totally gone. Welding the front metal pieces under the windshield wiper area apparently has done the trick.
The new mud-flaps were installed and I'm sure will do the job but they are kinda big.
#6784 of 8199 Warning about window switch failure
Dec 30, 2002 (11:26 am)
We have a '99 ML320, which has been
very reliable but for 2 problems.
WINDOW SWITCH FAILURE: wife complained the
1-touch down on drivers window was harder to
activate. I ignored her. Then, at Midnight,
the window switch failed with window down.
It was midnight, 20 degrees, snowing, 40 miles
from home, and we had 2 sleeping babies in the
Mercedes roadside assistance arrived within
15 min (but we had to call in twice).
Mechanic said all ML's with the original
switch configuration are subject to premature
failure ... which is why he keeps spares
in his service vehicle. Repair took 10 minutes.
(2) Mass air flow sensor went bad at 20kmiles.
Otherwise, this has been a rock solid, dependable
family hauler. If it keeps on at this rate, one of
our toddlers will get it as her first car.
Road Side Assistance: When we called about the
window problem, Merc. said a tech would call us
back in 10 min. 30min passed and no call. We called
again, they apologized, and alerted the 24hr tech
from another local dealer, and he called us back
in less than 2 minutes. So, be persistance and call
until you get service.
#6785 of 8199 Road Side Assistance
Dec 30, 2002 (8:44 pm)
We recently purchased a 1999 ML 430 from a non- Mercedes dealer. The vehicle has less than 50,000 miles and is still under warranty honored by Mercedes. How does the road side assistance work? Is it included with the original warranty and does it expire at 50,000 miles? Is it transferable to second owners? or is it a separate coverage that requires an annual fee like AAA?
Dec 30, 2002 (10:40 pm)
Roadside assistance is available to any MB vehicle, no matter how old. It does not expire with any warranty.