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Mercedes-Benz M-Class, Mercedes-Benz ML55 AMG, SUV
#8068 of 8199 Extended warranties???
Dec 05, 2007 (9:39 am)
I am fast approaching the end of my factory warranty and was wondering if anyone here recommends purchasing of an extended warranty for a 2005 Mercedes Benz ML 350? I haven't had any major mechanical or electrical issues as of yet but I do know how expensive it is to repair MBZ's. The extended warranty is about $4000 for 100k miles of protection. Are there any major issues I need to worry about in the future or now? Any information will be useful, thank you!
#8069 of 8199 Re: Changing coolant after 5 yrs/70,000 [pkunk1]
Dec 06, 2007 (7:24 pm)
I know I should be doing it, but I am really inconvienced by taking it to a dealer 180 miles away. Most of my vehicles have been a piece of cake to drain and refill. The 2000 ML320 has a radiator drain that is impossible to reach, the block drains are invisible. Anyone have a clue how to do this? Do I have to pull the bottom radiator hose?
#8070 of 8199 Re: stereo/cd/radio/tape/nav sys [ovalle]
Dec 07, 2007 (6:37 am)
I had the same problem before all you need to do is turn your key to on position like if you are about to turn your car on and leave in this position for approx 15 minutes then it will clear (wait) you only have 3 trys to enter the right radio code
if you do not enter the right code the radio will lock out again then you will need to repeat the same process again
Dec 07, 2007 (5:00 pm)
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Dec 13, 2007 (5:08 pm)
I am looking for my first car and I really like the M-class. i am looking at a 2001 ml430. I am worried about the reliability though. Any suggestions?
#8073 of 8199 Re: Teenager [carlover20]
Dec 18, 2007 (9:19 am)
In my opinion, the ML's offer lots of value for the money, but are not as trouble free as, say, a Lexus SUV.
What you get are: safety, handling, smooth powertrain, true off road capability, and lots of luxury features. Our ML320 gets over 20MPG, which is probably 20% better than other SUV's of similar size and weight. The chassis design contributes to a nice ride and also extends tire life (I think) since we just got 85,000 miles on a set of Michelin Cross Terrains. So, the ML does offer certain operational economies not found in lessor SUVs. Of course, the ML430 will suffer in the MPG department... do you really need the V8?
If you read through the 5000 posts you'll see a pattern of uncharacteristic faults which one would not expect from Mercedes. Our older MB sedan had a more of a hand-crafted feel than our later model ML (2000 ML320). But, our ML, now with
125K miles, has actually been fairly good: we have fixed the AC compressor, the driver's seat skirting is broken, the windshield fluid tank was replaced, the fuse box fan was replaced, we hear a clicking in the heating ducts (an actuator), the power window switch failed, one door lock actuator failed, the CD unit was replaced, and our radio is now flakey.
Balance the problems against the benefits, and the ML offers good value. Most posters comment that one should look at used ML's from 2000 up, but I'd guess that once the 98-99 models settled in they were ok too.
#8074 of 8199 Re: stereo/cd/radio/tape/nav sys [phazepg]
Dec 18, 2007 (10:08 am)
A few days ago I forgot to turn off the lights of my 2000 ML 320 and the battery went dead (you'd think a Mercedes should've automatic light cut off like my 1989 Toyota camry wagon!). So I entered the wrong code a few times and it went into Cyber-land and the screen says "Wait" since yesterday morning. Even when I switch switch the engine off and on it's still says "Wait". Lately I'm not able even turn it off unless I completely switch off and remove the key!).
I'll try your 15-minute on "on position". I hope it works! Any suggestion if it still doesn't work? Thanks. johnnye at jntscrlyahoo.com
#8075 of 8199 Re: stereo/cd/radio/tape/nav sys [johnnye]
Dec 18, 2007 (10:51 am)
I've heard that the WAIT algorthm can be anything from a few minutes to 24 hours.
When it happend to me I think it was about a half hour.
#8076 of 8199 Re: BAS/ESP&ETS WARNING LIGHTS [sgt_k1]
Dec 27, 2007 (6:32 am)
I have a 2003 ML350 with the same problem. I went to purchase the brake light switch for about $21 and brought it home for my husband to replace per the instructions I've seen posted but he can't seem to locate it in our ML350 under the brake pedal. Anyone have any thoughts where it would be located in a 2003?? or pix of it?
#8077 of 8199 Re: 2000 ML 320 [pscarb]
Dec 27, 2007 (5:52 pm)
I HAVE A 2002 ML500 AND ITS IS DOING THE SAME THING , DID YOU FINALLY FIGURE OUT WHAT WAS WRONG? I AM HEADED TO THE EUROPEAN SHOP TOMORROW TO DISH OUT $$$ TO SEE IF THEY KNOW WHAT WRONG IF YOU GET THIS EMAIL ASAP TO LET ME KNOW THANKS