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#7915 of 8199 Maintenance - what to expect (money and interval)
Nov 05, 2005 (9:29 am)
Hello all, new to this forum. I just got married and now own (not sure if proud or not yet) a 2001 Mercedes ML320, my wifes car going into the marriage.
Of course, I worry about the cost to maintain this car, but then again Mercedes generally last long right?
My question related to maintenance. She has 68,000 miles on the car, and her "double wrench" lit up, which she says means its time for maintenance. She doesnt have the book that came with the car? What might I expect the car needing for this maintenance? Oil and what else? Should I bring to a MB Dealer or private mechanic? (there are a few in my area).
What did everyone else pay for this service?
thanks so much in advance.
#7916 of 8199 Re: Maintenance - what to expect (money and interval) [mjlayton]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Nov 05, 2005 (9:39 am)
Congrats on the marriage!
The Edmunds Maintenance Guide will tell you what needs to be done for an A service or a B service. And it'll tell what we think the service should cost.
#7917 of 8199 RE: Maintenance - what to expect
Nov 08, 2005 (4:39 am)
Expect about $500 for the bigger service. My 1999 ML320 was fairly trouble free.
Nov 10, 2005 (3:34 pm)
Somehow I just like to drive the diesel equipped cars; the only car that I put over 45k miles was the 97 E300D. When VWís Touareg V10 tdi came in, I wasted no time to get one and so for the E320 CDI and the Passat tdi. Now, the M is coming with the diesel(s) in 06 as 07 models; it is interesting, what is the displacement of the engine(s)? A 4.2 CDI installed in the M will create the long waiting list of the new kind buyers!
#7919 of 8199 Satellite Radio
Nov 22, 2005 (12:10 pm)
I am interested in adding Sat Radio to my '04 ML350, but I don't want to pay the dealer $1k to install it. Is their and after market radio that links to the existing Sat. set up on the radio???? If so where do I find it? Any help would be appreciated.
#7920 of 8199 Re: ML Diesel's coming? [merc1]
Nov 26, 2005 (10:20 am)
Considering another ML for '06 and questioned M-B about diesel.
No straight answer if they ever will be available for NY registration.
2 trips to FL from NY recently in premium fueled cars.
Of course the gas price drops by 35 cents once out of NY and more as you travel south.
But guess what?
Diesel was 75 cents to one dollar higher than premium gas in the south.
I have read just yesterday of the refinery problems related solely to diesel and the Louisiana huricanes but my M-B S430 4-Matic got 28.7 mpg fully loaded with people and cats and stuff and my BMW 330xi got 29.6 mpg also loaded. And these are round trip numbers.
The diesel and its premium acquisition cost is making less and lees sense for me. I may not wait for 07.
#7921 of 8199 Re: ML Diesel's coming? [rockypaul]
Nov 26, 2005 (7:21 pm)
Certainly understandable. Those are some very impressive numbers, especially for the S430.
I think we all often forget that German cars are very efficient when it comes to highway travel, which is what they're really made for in the first place.
Now just think what a S420 CDI would get on the highway! That is once diesel fuel comes back down in price. If I mean.
#7922 of 8199 The "numbers"
Nov 26, 2005 (11:19 pm)
Before you believe what the read-out is telling you about the gas mileage, put pencil to paper to see what the actual mileage is.
I was just on a trip in my 2002 ML500 and the read-out was telling me 21 mpg but I was actually getting 18 or so. I never really checked it after all these years but the computer seems to be very optimistic. Calculate the mileage manually to get the real figure.
#7923 of 8199 2007 M CLASS
Nov 30, 2005 (10:21 am)
Does anyone know whether there will be any changes? If the price will go up? I'm planning on buying one but I don't like to buy the first year a vehicle is redesigned.
#7924 of 8199 Re: The "numbers" [mark156]
Nov 30, 2005 (4:47 pm)
What you said in your post is so true, I do the same calculation for the mileage calculation; the trip mile number divided by the gallon number. And here are the references for those vehicles that I know so well in my daily driving( local, city and some highway)- the E320 CDI gets 28, Highlander Hybrid 24, Passat 2.L TDI 34, Touareg V10 TDI 20, E320 4matic wagon 16, E430 4matic 15, 4Runner V8 16, and I canít remember that well for the others. Today, I filled up the CDI at $2.399 vs. $2.129 of the premium gas here in South Jersey. To my experience, the diesel should come down below the premium after April. Somehow in these past three years, the tax imposed on on-road diesel fuel increased so much, diesel was always cheaper than the regular. The tricky part from the policy makers is to tax the truckers and let them pass the cost to the people who wonít feel the pinch until the price of good increase in their shopping lists. The heating oil and off road diesel are same as the #2 diesel and cost much less, but it is illegal to pour in your car unless you use on your farmland. I am just a diesel lover, the longest car I kept was 97 300D, just like the CDI, I go to gas station every 425-450 miles. The only difference is the CDI is easy, fast, and silk smooth and I donít detect the green smoke like the 300D, Touareg and Passat TDI in cold early morning starting! E420 CDI 4matic wagon is my dream car, I do wish it gets on this shore!