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#8122 of 8199 Mercedes ml320 2002. My SUV will not start.
Apr 16, 2008 (6:03 am)
The ignition will start and turn over but the car dies right away. I am very low on gas. I thought this was the problem and put an additional 2 gallons in but the problem persists. The fuel pump was replaced in 2006. I am wondering if the fuel filter is clogged or I have a fuel pump problem. It is in the garage and wondering if I need to have it towed or is there something we can check out. Your assistance is appreciated.
Apr 28, 2008 (2:43 pm)
Does anyone know the location in the fusebox of the fuse for the rear power outlet, the one by the rear tailgate?
#8124 of 8199 Re: Mercedes ml320 2002. My SUV will not start. [artiste]
Apr 30, 2008 (9:30 am)
If you let fuel level get too close to empty, you will burn up the fuel pump.... it will turn to toast in an instant because it relies on the fuel for lubrication....
you have every symptom of a shot pump. never let your fuel get below the 1/8 level
#8125 of 8199 DOOR LOCK PROBLEM....NEED HELP!
May 06, 2008 (9:28 am)
I have an 02 ML55....for some reasons my rear passenger side door lock is jam! It won't lock automaticly or manually(it anoying when it come to a slow speed,the door try to automatic set the lock) anyways have anyone ever took the paneling off the door?.. someone told me there is 2 clips at the rearend of the door, any other clips?. Any help would be highly appreciated!...
#8126 of 8199 Re: Used 2002 ML320 with 132K miles [kandygirl]
Jun 19, 2008 (5:18 am)
I know what you mean. I was looking at the ML500 2003. The price is right but I wanted to know when problems tend to happen at a particular mileage point. I cannot afford to be riding cute and have my truck blow up. Also, I have heard that they only get between 21-25 miles to the gallon. If anyone knows differently, please let me know. I am interested in the truck but I don't want any other issues other than normal wear & tear!
#8127 of 8199 Re: ML320 [fmfc1]
Jun 19, 2008 (8:15 am)
After my initial post, we replaced the Crankshaft Positioning Sensor and the car was finally fixed!
What we did: We invested in a code reader (bought it at Checkers for $129 with a $30 rebate). The reader showed codes which pointed to the Crandkshaft Positioning Sensor which cause the misfire codes, etc. and in turn turned the computer/engine off. Buying the code reader was well worth it the investment!
#8128 of 8199 2006 ML-350 Schedule C Service
Jul 19, 2008 (11:57 am)
My ML is due for its schedule C service: Does anyone know the approximate cost of this and can it be done by a certified independent MB mechanic without voiding the warranty?
#8129 of 8199 Hello all, looking to be a proud M-Class owner
Aug 13, 2008 (12:47 am)
My apologies, i seem to be in the wrong thread, my question is pretty general as far as Maintenence, dis reguard the model mentioned below, thanks.
Hello all, im looking for a newer car. I have been eyeing the 2000 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML320, i have seen quite a few with what looks like an incredibly low price, Prices ranging from $8000 to $12000.
I absolutely love the look of this vehicle, but i have no idea how to go about looking for one used.
Before asking anything specific about this vehicle post what my main concern is first off.
Main concern, will i be able to keep up the maintenance on this vehicle given my current Earnings. I earn roughly 38000 a year and live alone, if i had to guess how much money will be on hand for normal wear and tear i would have to say approximately 2000 - 4000 a year.
Is it possible for me to keep up with that amount, i love this vehicle, but if keeping it in excellent running condition means i will likely be spending alot more i may have to reconsider.
This is all for now as depending on the answer i may not need to bug you guys much more.
Thanks in advance, any and all advice will be greatly appreciated.
#8130 of 8199 Re: Hello all, looking to be a proud M-Class owner [bobbi_digitali]
Sep 13, 2008 (5:58 am)
It is a rainy Sat. morning, and I occasionally read these threads, so here's my response to you bobbi digitali:
1) See if you can buy an extended service contract whether from the dealer
or online. If you buy it online, that won't kick in for 30 days and 1,000 miles.
2) My rule of thumb is for every 1,000 miles that you drive expect to spend
$ 100 for routine upkeep and repairs on this or any other moderate luxury/premium type vehicle. The service and upkeep on this should be cheaper than on the Porsche SUV.
3) If the one you're buying has Dunlop tires (which were standard on mine), buy
a new set of some other brand with a UTQG rating of over 500. The Dunlop tires
get only about 20,000 to 30,000 miles. You also must buy the exact same tire
for all 4 tires so you can't mix brands such as Goodyear with Michelin because
of the AWD. It has to be the same brand, the same tire.
4) Brakes seem to wear fast. Dealer recommends that rotors always be replaced.
An independent shop told me "mostly yes, but not always" on rotors. Brakes are not covered on extended service plans.
5) Oil changes: Fortunately, only every 10,500 miles. Simple oil change at MB
dealer is about $ 200, major oil change next 10.5K miles from MB dealer is about $400. Why so high? The MB dealer checks everything plus using Mobil1 synthetic for I think between 7 and 8 quarts. I got a quote from an independent dealer about 20% to 25% less, so I'll probably try the independent next time, since I'm out of regular warranty.
6) I have avoided 2 possible accidents since I've had my ML350 that I would not
have been able to avoid with my prior SUV vehicle. 2 separate people pulled out on
me from a side street when I had the right of way on the same stretch of highway
and I was able to take evasive action to avoid a collision (On one I had to cross
the center line to avoid an elderly woman driving a van who was making a left hand turn but she was blocking oncoming traffic).
7) I don't know where you live but (assuming that you have the right set of tires)
these MLs are great in snow. If I lived in the South, I likely would not buy an ML
nor any other 4 WD/allwheel drive/SUV, with the price of gas what it is today.
8) The power steering hose has a tendency to "pop out". It happened to me
once while backing out of the driveway and was covered under original warranty.
9) MLs are great for long highway trips.
10) I do have some other mechanical issues with my ML, which my extended
service plan mostly covered.
Hope this helps you. I suspect that like other SUVs that there are some real bargains now available if you shop around such as the Edmunds used vehicles list.
#8131 of 8199 Re: Used 2002 ML320 with 132K miles [kandygirl]
Oct 03, 2008 (5:21 am)
They are telling you utter nonsense. I have two 80's Mercedes diesel sedans (85 300D and 83 300SD) which are considered by many to be the most durable cars ever built. However, just like any other car, they require maintenance as time goes on. Rubber parts in the suspension crack and wear out, timing chains stretch, rubber hoses deteriorate, plastic clips disintegrate, ac. compressors and vacuum actuators wear out. These cars may last a long time but they will not do so without investing money in repairs and maintenance. Same holds for the ML class or any other Benz cars. Even more so, because new vehicles have a lot of electronic components.