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#155 of 699 brake pedal travel distance?
Aug 27, 2003 (5:37 pm)
We just got a 2000 ML320 and I almost hit a car yesterday because when I press the brake pedal it travels 2 inches before it engages. Our other cars engage with maybe a 1/2" of travel and I can't seem to get use to our mercedes.
I went to 2 Mercedes dealers and they said this is just the way the brakes are designed on an ML. They also said there is no way to adjust this travel distance.
Is this true?
#156 of 699 RE: brake pedal travel distance
Sep 04, 2003 (2:40 pm)
Yes, it's normal. It took me quite sometime to get used to.
#157 of 699 2002 ML-320 Transmission and Hesitation Problems?
Sep 06, 2003 (8:34 am)
My wife's 2002 ML-320 (delivered April 02 and now with 20,000 miles) continues to have two problems that will not go away and in-spite of multi week long stays in the MB shop cannot be fixed.
The first is an intermittent accelerator hesitation problem...from a standing stop you will step on the gas on nothing happens. No revs, no movement of the vehicle...nothing. Then after two-three seconds off it goes like nothing was wrong. It has happened when the vehicle is hot or cold, and there does seem to be a common weather factor...it seems to always happen when it is 80 degrees or above. We do live in an area that is also very humid most of the time (South Texas). How often does it happen? One or twice per week...sometimes four of five times per day.
Next is a transmission problem...once again intermittent. The transmission will not up shift or it will downshift at will. Happens once or twice per month maybe. First go around the dealer replaced the control module but it still happens.
We are wits end...not only are these two problems a reoccurring pain but that are both a real safety issue.
I have read of others with the hesitation problem...how about the transmission problem?
#158 of 699 Serivce Bulletins on 2002 ML-320 Transmissions?
Sep 06, 2003 (8:35 am)
Have there been any service or technical bulletins issued for tranmissions on a 2002 ML-320?
#159 of 699 Service Bulletins on 2002 ML-320 Accelerator Hesitation?
Sep 06, 2003 (8:36 am)
Have there been any service or technical bulletins issued for accelerator hesitation on a 2002 ML-320?
#160 of 699 RE: transmission
Sep 09, 2003 (12:03 pm)
Is it possible that you knocked your shift from "D" to "4" or "3" without knowing? That will keep your ML from shifting to the next gear. My ML spends half of the time in Houston (high humidity) and half of the time in DFW (high temp). There is no problem with the transmission.
#161 of 699 2003 ML 350 SERIOUS DEFECT
Sep 12, 2003 (2:25 am)
I've have had my ML350 for 6 months. I BOUGHT IT FOR SAFETY AND THE AWESOME SERVICE I EXPECT FROM MERCEDES BENZ. This past weekend, I was pulling in a parking space with my 3 small children belted in the back when I realized the brakes were not stopping the car. When I pushed harder, the car accelerated, jumped the cement median and plowed into another parked car. Thank god no one was hurt. I'm sick thinking of what could of happened. I have a police report that says the officer and tow truck driver concur that the brakes were down to the floorboard and not engaging. Prior to this I have had a problem where I would step on the brake and the car would seem to stall and buck forward. It was to the dealer twice and they could not find it on the computer or duplicate it. I believe it is all related. DJDRAGEN WITH JOLTING ML350 WATCH OUT. THIS IS DIGUSTING FOR A $40,000+ CAR. THE MANUFACTURER REP IS GOING OUT TO CHECK IT - I HOPE THEY STAND BEHIND THEIR DEFECTIVE PRODUCT.
#162 of 699 ML 350 Serious Defect
Sep 12, 2003 (5:52 am)
If I were you, no matter what Mercedes does, I would go to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) website and report this potentially deadly defect. Mercedes tends to sweep things under the rug for too long before they finally effect a recall campaign. They finally recalled the ML's for the power steering cooling hose problem (causes loss of power steering when hose clamp fails). They have yet to recall 98-2000 Mercedes vehicles with V-6 and V-8 engines that have defective crankshaft balancers that take out the oil pan and timing shaft cover when they fail (repair cost - $2,000).
Don't wait --- Report it now!
#163 of 699 ML350 SERIOUS DEFECT
Sep 16, 2003 (2:02 pm)
THANK YOU. I HAVE REPORTED IT THE NHTSA. THE MANUFACTURER WENT OUT AND COULD FIND NOTHING WRONG (OF COURSE). VERY SICKENING!
Sep 17, 2003 (6:06 am)
What you are experiencing is Mercedes quality today. They have their problems and are not antying up to address them. The tech who looked at your car probably spent no more than 20 minutes looking at it since that is all they are allowed by the dealership service department and Mercedes warranty reimbursement.
If you own a Mercedes for any length of time (outside of warranty) you want to find a good independent Mercedes mechanic that provides some customer service.